Khanna Named Chief of Pediatric Radiology; Assumes Role of Radiologist-in-Chief
Geetika Khanna, MD, MS, a professor of radiology, has been named chief of pediatric radiology for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR). Khanna, who served as interim chief for the past year, also assumes the role of Radiologist-in-Chief for St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH). She succeeds Robert C. McKinstry, MD, PhD, who held the position for nine years before being named Senior Vice Chair and Division Chief of Diagnostic Imaging in March 2017.
The appointment, effective today, is further evidence of MIR’s continued commitment to building the next generation of leaders in radiology.
“Geetika is a tremendous leader, a go-to physician, and was the top candidate for the job after a national search” says Richard L. Wahl, MD, director of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, head of radiology at Washington University, professor of radiation oncology and the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology.
Khanna joined MIR in 2008 from the University of Iowa, where she was an assistant professor. Over the last several years she has increasingly taken on leadership roles in pediatric radiology, making her mark early on in the areas of pediatric oncology and pediatric MRI. Her dedication to excellence is evident in her serving on Mallinckrodt’s Quality and Safety Committee and on SLCH’s Team for Quality Improvement in Emergency Services.
“We were very fortunate to have recruited Geetika to MIR from the University of Iowa in 2008,” says Wahl. “Under her direction and expertise with pediatric body imaging, the MRI practice was modernized, and the application of MRI has been expanded.”
A previous recipient of MIR’s Distinguished Teaching award, Khanna has authored many clinical and translational research publications, is assistant editor for Pediatric Radiology, has served as the site principal investigator for a number of National Institutes of Health funded clinical trials, and plays an important role in the Children’s Oncology Group.
Khanna earned her medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. She trained in diagnostic radiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and at the University Iowa College of Medicine, where she also completed a pediatric radiology fellowship.