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William S. Ball Biography

William S. Ball, MD, became Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs on April 15, 2015. He is the 52nd dean in the medical college’s nearly 200-year history.

Dr. Ball was appointed interim dean on Nov. 1, 2014 after serving as the University of Cincinnati’s vice president for research, a position he held from 2011, first as interim and then appointed permanent vice president in 2012. He is also a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics, and is former interim chair and chair of the department of biomedical engineering serving from 2001 until 2008.

Dr. Ball received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology/pediatric neuroradiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and one year of fellowship training in neuroradiology at the University of New Mexico Medical Center before joining UC and Cincinnati Children’s in 1984. He is board-certified in both pediatrics and radiology.

In 1993, Dr. Ball developed and created the Imaging Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s and served as its director from 1993 to 2002. Dr. Ball has conducted extensive research on pediatric neuro-imaging and has contributed to nearly 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 13 book chapters.

While at UC, Dr. Ball has chaired or co-chaired a number of initiatives including the Bioinformatics Taskforce, the Civic Engagement Council, the Initiatives subcommittee of the Academic Priorities Taskforce and the Research in Radiology Taskforce.

He has served as a member of the governing board for UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, a member of the CincyTech Advisory Committee, Board of Trustees member for Confluence, a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Council, and as an ex-officio member of the Taft Executive Board and the UC Research Institute Board of Directors.

Honors he has received include designation as the Community Scholar for the University of Cincinnati (2006-08), 2009 Gold Medal Recipient from the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, and the Corning Benton Award for Outstanding Educator (2008-09) from the Department of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr.William Ball

William Ball File

Titles: Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine
Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Appointment: Named 52nd dean April 15, 2015

Medical Degree: Tulane University School of Medicine, 1974

Residency: Pediatrics at Charity Hospital and Oschner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans; Radiology at University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology/Pediatric Neuroradiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Neuroradiology, University of New Mexico Medical Center

Certification: Pediatrics, 1982; Radiology, 1982


Clinical Interests: Pediatric neuroradiology

Research Interests: Pediatric cerebrovascular occlusive disease with a focus on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)