2021 Chair's Message

Published in Radiology Update - 2021

The Johns Hopkins Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science continued to progress forward in 2021 with our tripartite mission while maintaining COVID-19 response measures. Additional priorities for the representation of our diverse staff were recognized and led to the establishment of the Radiology Black Caucus. The goal of One Radiology was furthered with the welcome of a new Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center leadership team, comprising Dr. Harjit Singh as the interim chair of Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Danielle Karavedas as administrator and Dena Dempster as clinical operations manager.


Our clinical staff and faculty members have truly shown their dedication and commitment to providing full imaging services across Johns Hopkins hospitals and outpatient imaging centers. With a second site confirmed for Columbia and a brand-new site anticipated in Belward Farms, we look forward to expanding access to high-quality, value-driven imaging within communities.


We have had several exciting developments in research, ranging from establishment of the Radiology Physician-Scientist Incubator program, entering clinical trials for immunotherapy imaging and the FDA approval of PyL for prostate cancer imaging. The development of PyL has been a 25-year journey for Dr. Martin Pomper and his team, and we congratulate him on this remarkable milestone.


For the third year in a row, our radiology department was ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Radiology Programs. The experience and collaboration we emphasize for our residents and trainees have remained priorities, with a new online dashboard dedicated to helping residents track progress for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

As the pandemic continued, stories of collaboration, achievement and clinical excellence emerged across our clinical teams, researchers and administrators. We share a few of those stories in this newsletter. I hope you enjoy them. As always, alumni and donors are welcome to reach out to me with any questions.


Karen M. Horton, M.D.

Martin W. Donner Professor of Radiology Director, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science