The Department of Radiology is one of 20 academic Departments in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and offers outstanding educational, clinical and research opportunities for our students and faculty. Our Department consists of over 130 radiologists, 26 radiology residents, 10 clinical radiology fellows, 10 full-time faculty in the Division of Image Science, and numerous MSc. and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants/associates and summer students.
Our busy clinical activities span the Calgary Zone, offering diagnostic imaging service to 4 large adult urban and 1 children’s hospital, 7 suburban/rural hospitals, 4 Urgent Care facilities and 1 community Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. We perform almost 900,000 examinations per year in our facilities housed with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment, including multiple clinical 3 T whole-body MRI scanners.
Our accredited Radiology Residency Training Program is based at a busy tertiary care hospital and trauma centre and provides an outstanding educational opportunity for learners under the supervision of fellowship-trained radiologists. Our Trainees are integral members of our Department, providing comprehensive diagnostic imaging services for a large volume of patients in Calgary and the surrounding area.
Foothills Medical Centre is a major stroke and oncology centre and provides advanced imaging and state-of-the-art endovascular therapy for acute stroke patients and is the home of the Calgary Zone Positron Emission Tomography (PET) program. Off-site educational opportunities include paediatric radiology rotations at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and genitourinary and musculoskeletal imaging rotations at urban hospitals and diagnostic and treatment centres within the zone.
Our Radiology Fellowship Training program provides advanced training in most major subspecialty areas of Radiology and includes programs that are fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our faculty radiologists practice in subspecialty-based divisions integrated with clinical teams providing our trainees with an in-depth understanding of imaging, disease and management. Our extensive and current equipment infrastructure provides opportunities for advanced imaging as it relates to both clinical practice and research.
Through strategic alliances with the research institutes at the University of Calgary and strong support from the Cumming School of Medicine, our Department’s footprint in imaging research continues to expand. We have tremendous strength in our growing Image Science Division, with strong leadership from our senior faculty balanced with several recent strategic hires creating a diverse and successful team of researchers and educators. Faculty members in the Image Science Division have been very successful in obtaining research support from CIHR (including two Foundation Grants), NSERC (including an NSERC CREATE training program grant in International and Industrial Imaging), MS Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Three members of the Division also hold research Chairs. Finally, the Division includes five research-dedicated imaging facilities: the Seaman Family MR Research Centre, the Child and Adolescent Imaging Program, the Centre for Mobility and Joint Health, the Experimental Imaging Centre, and the Healthy Brain Aging labs.
As Academic and Clinical Department Head, I strive to create a culture rich in collaboration, accountability and excellence. The future of our specialty is dependent upon our ability to demonstrate that we are ‘adding value’ to the patient care experience, which can be enhanced through the provision of patient-centred radiology. As educators and researchers, our success is measured through the accomplishments of our students, the successes in their careers and the impact of our discoveries on humankind.
Head of the Department
Dr. Richard Walker
Associate Professor, and Head
Department of Radiology
Room 812, North Tower
Foothills Medical Centre