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Our departmental motto for FY17 is “innovate, integrate and ignite.” Innovation has always been the cornerstone of what makes Johns Hopkins great. As a department, we continue to innovate and advance the field not only through our groundbreaking research, but also through our innovative approaches to resident education and to improving the quality and value of the care we deliver.
Quality and value have recently become buzzwords in medicine - patients and physicians alike want diagnoses and treatments that are not only more effective, efficient and safe but also cost less. It's a vision that is a driving force for the Division of Breast Imaging, says division director Susan Harvey.
The Division of Cancer Imaging Research is relatively small compared to other divisions in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, and relatively new, says division director Zaver Bhujwalla. The goal of the division is to promote the use of preclinical and clinical multimodal imaging applications to understand and effectively treat cancer.
The Division of Diagnostic Imaging at Johns Hopkins has long been recognized as one of the best in the world. Thousands of patients receive exams each year, with a dedicated team of radiologists, technologists, nurses and support staff using the best technology to obtain the most accurate results.
About half of the Division of Interventional Radiology's patients have traveled to Johns Hopkins for treatment, says division director Kelvin Hong, many driven by the breadth of treatments available here. From routine procedures, such as placing ports for gastric tubes or central lines, to personalized cancer treatments, such as chemoembolization of liver tumors, the division's team is always looking for new innovations.
Within medicine, radiologists have the reputation of being the "technology people," says Division of Medical Imaging Physics director Ben Tsui. "But within radiology itself," he adds, "medical physicists and engineers are the technology people."
Since publication of the first magnetic resonance (MR) images in 1973, this technology and its applications have made enormous advances. But even after nearly half a century of innovation, says Paul Bottomley, director of the Division of Magnetic Resonance Research, this technique still has room for improvement. He and the 28 faculty members in the MR Research division focus on developing novel MR methods and applying them in biomedicine.
The Division of Neuroradiology has long had an outstanding reputation within the medical community for its strong clinical work—recognition that’s continued to grow as the practice has expanded beyond the main Johns Hopkins Hospital campus to practices in White Marsh, Green Spring Station and, most recently, Columbia. But behind the scenes, the division also has a thriving research group as well, devoted to gaining better insight into the basic workings of the brain—knowledge that could eventually help clinicians deliver even better care.
Thierry Huisman, director of the Division of Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Neuroradiology, says that he and his colleagues often refer to their young patients as “moving targets”—not just physically, but emotionally as well.” That’s why he and his team have developed an incredibly detailed, multilayered approach to ease the minds of children and their families alike.
“Bench to bedside” is one of the central tenets of modern academic medicine—the idea that scientists can develop research findings from the laboratory that can be converted into novel ways to treat patients. It is a cornerstone of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, says division director Martin Pomper.
The mission of the Radiology Residency Program at Johns Hopkins is to provide the best training in the country for this specialty, says program director Pam Johnson. Recognizing the talent and energy of Johns Hopkins trainees, Johnson and her colleagues developed five different special distinction programs designed to help residents become leaders in other areas important to this specialty, building on a long-standing quality improvement track.
There are three key ingredients to making a successful medical imaging business work, says Marty Bledsoe, administrator for the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and president of Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging: great equipment, great people to operate it and great physicians interpreting the images.
Ever since Johns Hopkins Medicine acquired Baltimore City Hospitals in 1984, renaming it the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, it’s been an ongoing goal to standardize care and practices between Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Feeling one’s professional purpose is a key part of employee engagement—the passion and commitment employees feel toward their jobs and organizations and the effort they put into their work. Last year, the department ranked in the 81st percentile nationally for employee engagement compared to all health care systems that participated in the Gallup Employee Engagement Survey.
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