Maureen Kohi, MD Accepts Position as Chair of the Department of Radiology at UNC Chapel Hill

I am honored to share that Maureen Kohi, MD, associate professor of radiology chief of Interventional Radiology, has accepted the role of Ernest H. Wood Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, effective December 31, 2020. While this is a bittersweet announcement for our department, I could not be prouder of Dr. Kohi's leadership, accomplishments, and professional success. Dr. Kohi will conclude her service at UCSF on December 2, 2020.

Dr. Kohi received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree with honors from New York Medical College. She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at UCSF during which she completed a one-year research fellowship as a recipient of our NIH/NIBIB T32 Training Grant program (2008-2009). Following her residency, Dr. Kohi completed two fellowships at UCSF, one in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and the other in Women's Imaging. In July 2012, Dr. Kohi joined the UCSF faculty in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. She has served as the associate program director for the Interventional Radiology residency and fellowship, as the co-director of the high intensity focused ultrasound program, and as IR section chief since February 2018.

Dr. Kohi’s primary research interest is in the field of women's health and interventions. Her research focuses on evaluating minimally invasive treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids, optimizing the management of pregnant patients presenting with invasive placenta, and evaluating gender differences in vascular and oncologic diseases. Her clinical research and interests also include interventional oncology, hepatobiliary disease interventions, management of portal hypertension and inferior vena cava filters.

Dr. Kohi's leadership in our field is significant. She serves as an executive council member of the Society for Interventional Radiology, as the development division chair of the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, scientific chair of the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Meeting, associate editor for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, chair of the Women in Interventional Radiology Governing Council, member of the Vascular Interventional Advances Physician Board, and as the current president of the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society. 

One of Dr. Kohi’s most significant contributions has been the promotion of diversity and inclusiveness in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. She recently completed the first benchmark study evaluating the change in the representation of women in the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and presented her findings at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Society of Europe annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kohi has created a number of initiatives to promote women in radiology and in interventional radiology at UCSF, regionally with partners at Stanford University, and nationally. She co-founded the Diversity and Inclusiveness grant committee for SIR that supports diversity and inclusion initiatives including travel funds for women and underrepresented minorities.

Please join me in congratulating Maureen on her many distinctions during her tenure at UCSF and on her new appointment at the University of North Carolina. We will miss Maureen as a friend and colleague in the halls of UCSF and are extremely grateful for her years of service and contributions as a member of our faculty and leadership. She will flourish in her new role, bring outstanding leadership and vision to UNC, and extend our department's reach within the broader academic community. We wish her all the best in this next step of her academic and professional career.


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