Francis Deng, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Languages: English, Mandarin


Computed Tomography, Emergency Medicine Radiology, Head and Neck Radiology, High-Resolution Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Neuroimaging, Neuroradiology, Neurovascular Imaging, Oncologic Imaging, Stroke Imaging more

Research Interests

Head and neck radiology; Contrast safety; Radiology training and education; Diagnostic error more


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600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Dr. Francis Deng is an expert in neuroradiology, specializing in diagnostic imaging of the head, neck, brain, and spine.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He then completed a medical internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by diagnostic radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, both affiliates of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Deng's academic interests include medical education. He has authored chapters in bestselling textbooks such as First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 and Core Radiology: A Visual Approach to Diagnostic Imaging. He is an Editor of Radiopaedia and has served Radiology in various editorial roles, including deputy editor for Images in Radiology, co-host of the Radiology Podcast, and senior deputy editor of Radiology In Training. He is a 2023-2024 Visiting Scholar with the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Deng previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Resident Matching Program. more


  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis (2016)


  • Radiology; Massachusetts General Hospital (2021)


  • Neuroradiology; Massachusetts General Hospital (2022)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology (Radiology-Diagnostic) (2022)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Deng F, Touska P, Reinshagen KL, Curtin HD, Juliano AF. “Diagnostic Performance of Cone Beam CT Pixel Values in Active Fenestral Otosclerosis.” American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2021;42(9):1667–70. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A7192.

Deng F, Li MD, Reinshagen KL, Juliano AF. “Motion degradation in optic nerve MRI: a randomized intraindividual comparison study of eye states.” European Journal of Radiology. 2021;142:109865. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2021.109865.

Lang M*, Deng F*, Singh R, DeFuria CL, Saini S, Alkasab TK. “Implementation of a Semistructured Clinical Event Documentation Tool for Acute Adverse Contrast Reactions.” Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2022;19(5):655–662. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2022.02.028. *co-first authors

Chen JX, Deng F. “Screening Mammography Utilization Among Women With Visual or Hearing Impairment: Results From the 2019 National Health Interview Survey.” American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023;220(1):141-142. doi: 10.2214/AJR.22.27992.

Wahl AD, Saini N, Trinh K, Patel S, Lobner K, Huang J, Deng F. “Simulation Training in the Management of Adverse
Contrast Reactions: A Systematic Review.” Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2023. 

Activities & Honors


  • Phi Beta Kappa (junior year), Harvard College, 2011
  • Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard College, 2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
  • Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) Resident Teaching Award in Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2019
  • Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) Resident Teaching Award in Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2020
  • Magna Cum Laude, Radiological Society of North America, 2020
  • Editor’s Recognition Award with Distinction, RadioGraphics, 2021
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Special Distinction, Radiology, 2022
  • Radiology Residency Diagnostic Faculty Educator of the Year, Johns Hopkins University, 2023
  • Neuroradiology Fellowship Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2023


  • Radiological Society of North America, 2012
  • American College of Radiology, 2015
  • American Society of Neuroradiology, 2018
  • American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, 2020
  • Association of University Radiologists, 2023
  • Eastern Neuroradiological Society, 2023

Professional Activities

  • Member, M.D. Admissions Committee, 2022 - 2023
  • Chair, Social Media Committee, Eastern Neuroradiological Society, 2023
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