Meet LDI Senior Fellow Charles Kahn, Jr., MD, MS

Meet LDI Senior Fellow Charles Kahn, Jr., MD, MS

Professor and Vice Chairman of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed nineteen Penn health services researchers including:

Charles Kahn, Jr., MD, MS
Professor and Vice Chairman of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

RADIOLOGY REPORT TRANSLATOR SYSTEM FOR PATIENTS
Traditionally, radiology reports are written to be read by other doctors who understand the dense jargon and technical concepts that define the findings and diagnosis. But as patient-centered strategies increasingly make such reports directly accessible to patients via personal online medical records portals, the demand for "translations" into layman's language are also increasing. Directly addressing this new need, Kahn and his team has developed the PORTER (Patient-Oriented Radiology Reporter), a web-based tool that digitally links layman language annotations and definitions to radiology reports. Kahn's team has done some prelimary evaluations with Penn patients and continues the system's development. "We're actually working to build this into MyPennMedicine so that every radiology report that comes out will have this facility within it," he said.   | See bio page | See the 18 other new senior fellows  |