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The department of Radiology is committed to research as a critical component of the academic enterprise. Our research mission is to collaborate in high-quality clinical research that requires cutting-edge imaging and to conduct high-quality medical imaging research that advances the practice of radiology. We will accomplish this through excellence in collaboration, interpretive skills, technology, and education.

Core Organizational Competencies  

  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships through medical imaging
  • Conducting high-quality imaging with integrity to research protocols
  • Providing subspecialty expert imaging interpretations
  • training future generations of clinical and imaging scientists
Achala Vagal

Achala Vagal, MD, MS
Vice Chair of Research

Organizational Values

The UCMD Department of Radiology is enthused with passion for excellence, integrity and teamwork in research. We are dedicated to providing world-class medical imaging for scientific underpinnings translating to improved health of our patients and community and to bring best practices from research to improve clinical care.


Achala Vagal, MD, MS - Vice Chair of Research

Dr. Achala Vagal is Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Research at University of Cincinnati Radiology Department. Dr. Vagal is actively involved in national and international multidisciplinary research collaborations. Her roles include Clinical Trial Working Group for the NIH/NINDS Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials (NEXT), NIH Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network and Net Stroke NET. Dr. Vagal has extensive experience in leading imaging core labs for large, multicenter stroke trials. She leads the UC Imaging Management Center and Imaging Core Lab, currently leading seven NIH and industry funded trials. She is also the contact PI of a NIH/NINDS R01 grant studying population-based brain health for recurrent stroke and a NINDS/NIA RF1 grant for post stroke dementia. 

She serves on numerous committees in national and international organizations with multiple leadership positions. She is recipient of the Stroke Innovation Award at the 2019 International Conference, the 2019 ASNR Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award and the 2020 RSNA Honored Educator Award. She is one of the 2021 Faculty Core Values award winners awarded to UC faculty for respectfulness, positivity, and overall professionalism in their interactions with the Office of Research staff.

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