The American College of Radiology® Foundation (ACRF) presented its 2022 Global Humanitarian Award to Kassa Darge, MD, PhD, DTM&P, FSAR, FAIUM, Radiologist-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Radiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Global Humanitarian Award honors individuals who have had a positive global impact on radiology services.
Dr. Darge has been a leader in international medical outreach for more than 30 years, 20 of which have been dedicated to pediatric radiology outreach. His outreach is primarily centered in Ethiopia, with 60% of the population younger than 20 years, s at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. His medical outreach also extended to Liberia, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Argentina and Eastern Europe.
Among his work, Dr. Darge points to the creation of a first-of-its-kind pediatric radiology fellowship outreach program accredited by the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia as one of his greatest accomplishments. The two-year program includes on-site training through rotating international pediatric radiology faculty, distance learning supported by an educational team from CHOP, a three-month observership at CHOP and mentored research concluding with a board exam. To date 4 radiologists have completed the pediatric radiology fellowship. Yet 4 pediatric radiologists are still too few for a population of 120 milion thus, the training will continue. He also continues to support the residency program with additional pediatric radiology training. A CME course dedicated to pediatric radiology, held annually in collaboration with the Radiological Society of Ethiopia, is now in its 10th year and a major training venue for all the radiologists.
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