LDI Senior Fellow Mitchell D. Schnall, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine where he also serves as a professor of Radiology.
Dr. Schnall completed his medical training as a radiology resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was chief resident in 1989. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1991, Associate Professor in 1994, and Professor in 2002. He was named to his endowed professorship in 2001. For seven years, he was Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and has served as the Department’s Vice Chair for Research since 1997.
Regarded as an international leader in translational biomedical imaging research, Dr. Schnall’s research spans the interface between basic imaging science and clinical medicine. His work has led to fundamental changes in the imaging approaches to breast and prostate cancer. Under his leadership, the research program in the Department of Radiology has long been one of the top recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. With LDI Senior Fellow Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, professor of Medicine, Dr. Schnall is principal investigator for the recently funded Penn Center for Innovation in Personalized Breast Screening. He was also a co-principal investigator of a five-year, $10 million grant to study the progression of breast cancer using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and animal models, with the goal of developing more effective therapies. With that grant, the Perelman School of Medicine was named a Breast Cancer Center of Excellence by the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.
Dr. Schnall serves on multiple editorial boards and scientific advisory committees including the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Radiology Society of North America and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He was elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians.