Radiology announces new medical physics chief and vice chair for clinical research


The UC Davis Department of Radiology has announced the appointment of  two new leadership positions: Sarah McKenney is the new chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Michael Corwin will fill the newly created role of vice chair for clinical research.

McKenney and Corwin will provide support, resources and opportunities for those advancing innovation with the Department of Radiology.

“Our department and faculty have a long track record of developing leading-edge imaging technologies and creating new approaches to generating and analyzing radiological images. Dr. McKenney will ensure our medical physics team continues with that same standard and reputation for excellence,” said Elizabeth A. Morris, chair of the Department of Radiology. “Additionally, Dr. Corwin’s role as the new vice chair for clinical research is an important step in ensuring this department can more quickly translate our innovations and advances into better clinical outcomes and patient care.”

Sarah McKenney

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Sarah McKenney

McKenney currently serves as a diagnostic medical physicist at UC Davis and is an associate professor. She supports all X-ray emitting devices. She has a strong interest in pediatric imaging, with research interests including image quality and patient dose optimization. McKenney obtained her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis and completed her medical physics residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Illinois.

McKenney is part of multiple national organizations and boards, including serving as the chair of the Pediatric Imaging Subcommittee for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. She is also a steering committee member of the pediatric imaging non-profit Image Gently and the chair of the American College of Radiology CT Dose Index Registry subcommittee.

McKenney succeeds John Boone, who stepped down from the role after six years to take a yearlong sabbatical and focus his efforts on his continued research into CT breast imaging.

Michael Corwin

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Michael Corwin

Corwin is a professor in the Department of Radiology and serves as the director of Body MRI. His clinical areas of interest include abdominal MRI and CT, with his research focusing on abdominal imaging studies. Some of his work in this field is the basis for current national guidelines. Corwin has authored over 95 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology. He is chair of the Society of Abdominal Radiology Disease Focused Panel on Adrenal Neoplasms. Corwin completed medical school at Duke University, his radiology residency at Brown Medical School, and abdominal imaging fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Corwin joins the Department of Radiology’s current department research leadership team of Ramsey Badawi and Guobao Wang, who currently serve as the department’s chair for research and associate vice chair for research, respectively.

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