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Francis Deng, M.D.

Francis Deng, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Languages: English, Mandarin


Computed Tomography, Emergency Medicine 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


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 484-328-6537


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 for the journal and related digital content. Harvard medical students twice awarded him the Resident Teaching Award in Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In residency, he helped create and graduated from the Clinician Educator Track. 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, Li MD, Wong A, Kowalski LT, Lai KH, Digumarthy SR, Zhou L. “Quality of Documentation of Contrast Agent Allergies in Electronic Health Records.” Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2019;16(8):1027–35. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.01.027

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

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


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

Professional Activities

  • Member, M.D. Admissions Committee
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