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Canadian leader in radiology heads McMaster department

Published: March 12, 2008
David Koff
Dr. David Koff, chair of the Department of Radiology

Dr. David Koff, a physician known for developing ways to use new technology to improve medical imaging informatics, has become the chair of the Department of Radiology, effective March 1.

Koff had been an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Toronto, a chest and body radiologist at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and a research associate at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. 

He immigrated to Canada in 1998 following 18 years as a radiologist in Oise, France.  Upon arrival in Canada, he founded Easy Pax Inc., specializing in teleradiology and medical digital imaging, and served as its president from 1998 to 2005.  In addition, he was a staff radiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute and a lecturer at the Université de Montreal from 2002 to 2004. 

Koff had received his MD in 1978 and a specialist designation in diagnostic radiology in 1981 at the Rene-Descartes University Paris V.  He also has clinical fellowships in chest and body imaging and pediatric radiology at Toronto hospitals.  

In Toronto, Koff led the first conference to foster collaboration between medical imaging departments and computer science and engineering programs.  He is also part of a worldwide initiative to foster interoperability between software used in healthcare.  Dr. Koff is a member of the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ committee developing guidelines for image compression and teleradiology, and he collaborated with Canada Health Infoway, developing standards for digital imagining and communication to be implemented as part of the Canadian electronic health records standards.  The focus of Koff’s current research is medical imaging informatics. 

In addition to his academic position in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Koff has also been appointed as chief of the department of diagnostic imaging at Hamilton Health Sciences.
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