A photo of Kathleen Emery.

Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

Division Co-Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging

Professor, UC Department of RadiologyUC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric radiologist, I have a particular interest in the musculoskeletal system. I was drawn to my specialty late in medical school when I found that I enjoyed the diversity of imaging in pediatric radiology and the joy of working with children.

I had always enjoyed anatomy, particularly growth and development, so pediatrics was a natural draw. Radiography and cross-sectional imaging (ultrasound, CT and MRI) can depict the growing human body in health and disease. This is most evident in the musculoskeletal system, where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in particular, has helped us study and understand the processes of normal and altered development and expand our diagnostic capability in injury and disease states. Most of my clinical research focuses on sports imaging and musculoskeletal trauma.

While patients and families may not see me directly, I believe that I see them. Their images are more than just pictures. They help me understand their clinical story and the diagnostic concerns that the imaging study is meant to address. I can then directly provide answers and help guide their therapy.

I know patients and their families read our reports, so I always keep that in mind as I interpret imaging studies. My hope is that results are clear and help inform the ordering physician as well as the patient and family.

In my free time, I enjoy yoga and meditation regularly. I have also studied karate for 20 years.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric sports medicine; musculoskeletal imaging (MRI) 

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of RadiologyUC Department of Pediatrics


Radiology, Radiology

My Education

BS: Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1978.

MD: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, 1982.

Internship: Internal Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL,1983.

Residency: Radiology, Rush Presbyterian, St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1987.

Fellowship: Body CT/Ultrasound/MRI, Rush Presbyterian, St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL,1988; Pediatric Radiology, C.S. Mott Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,1989.

Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 1987; Pediatric Radiology, CAQ American Board of Radiology-CAQ, 1995; Pediatric Radiology, MOC American Board of Radiology, 2005.

My Publications

A Newborn With Abdominal Pain. Alwan, R; Drake, M; Juarez, JG; Emery, KH; Shaaban, AF; Szabo, S; Sobolewski, B. Pediatrics. 2017; 140:e20164267-e20164267.

Diffuse phalangeal signal abnormality on magnetic resonance imaging: phalangeal microgeodic disease. Radhakrishnan, R; Emery, KH; Merrow, AC. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2017; 47:313-320.

Pediatric elbow fractures: a new angle on an old topic. Emery, KH; Zingula, SN; Anton, CG; Salisbury, SR; Tamai, J. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2016; 46:61-66.