Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Radiologist-in-Chief and The William L. Van Alen Endowed Chair Department of Radiology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP] 3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Dr. Darge is a renowned expert in pediatric radiology, and Radiologist-in-Chief and The William L. Van Alen Endowed Chair of the Department of Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), as well as Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as the President of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR). As past Chairman of the Pediatric Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Taskforce of the Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR), Dr. Darge played an important role in pushing for the approval of US contrast agent for pediatric CEUS in the United States. He has established at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia the “Center of Pediatric Contrast Ultrasound (CPCU)” with the focus of advancing pediatric contrast US application and research in children. For the Director of the CPCU he created an Endowed Chair in Pediatric Contrast Ultrasound that will fund a Research Fellowship in Pediatric Contrast Ultrasound. The CPCU has trained many pediatric radiologists, sonographers, and other pediatric subspecialists around the nation and internationally. Dr. Darge introduced in the late 90s contrast enhanced voiding urosonography (ceVUS) for the diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux, while working in Germany, that is now in widespread use around the world. He has had research collaborations with various ultrasound scanner manufacturers, and this has included the design and introduction of pediatric specific CEUS software. Dr. Darge has authored numerous scientific publications on pediatric CEUS and is an editorial board member of Pediatric Radiology and reviewer of numerous scientific journals. He is also an honorary professor at the Departments of Radiology at Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar Universities in Ethiopia, where he has established in the former a pediatric radiology fellowship program.