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Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

Associate Chief, Clinical Operations and Informatics

Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology



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My Biography & Research


Dr. Towbin is a radiologist, the Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics, and associate chief of Radiology, Clinical Operations and Radiology Informatics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is a recognized leader in pediatric abdominal imaging, pediatric oncologic imaging, imaging informatics, and quality improvement. Dr. Towbin is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on topics including pediatric liver tumors, pediatric cancer imaging, the use of MRI-based contrast agents, customer service, social media in medicine, enterprise imaging, structured reporting, and workflow efficiency. His research focuses on imaging of the liver, cancer imaging, clinical informatics, quality improvement, and machine learning. Dr. Towbin is well published and has authored more than 150 articles and 110 chapters in textbooks. He has won numerous awards for his research, service, teaching, and clinical acumen.

In addition to his roles at Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Towbin leads multiple national and international initiatives. As a leader in pediatric oncologic imaging, he is a fellow of the International Cancer Imaging Society, the incoming Chair of the Diagnostic Imaging Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group, the chair of the pediatric LI-RADS committee working to standardize reporting of pediatric liver tumors, a member of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Imaging Steering Committee, and is the radiology primary investigator of the current international pediatric liver tumor research trial. As a leading advocate for children, Dr. Towbin serves on the Steering Committee of Image Gently and is a co-chair of its current education-based campaign. He also serves on multiple committees with the American College of Radiology to help improve the appropriateness of pediatric imaging. Finally, as an informaticist, Dr. Towbin serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine, co-chairs the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society/Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine Enterprise Imaging Committee, co-chairs the American College of Radiology Data Science Institute Non-Interpretive Panel, and serves on the American College of Radiology/Radiological Society of North America Common Data Element Steering Committee.

Clinical Interests

Radiology informatics; cancer imaging; abdominal imaging

Research Interests

Radiology informatics; cancer imaging; abdominal imaging

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology

Clinical Divisions

Radiology, Kidney Tumor Clinic

Research Divisions

Radiology, Biomedical Informatics

My Education

MD: Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

Internship: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center-University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2002-2003.

Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-2007.

Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center-University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Certification: American Board of Radiology, 2007.

My Publications

A retrospective cohort evaluation of the effect of multiple administrations of gadopentetate dimeglumine on brain magnetic resonance imaging T1-weighted signal. Towbin, AJ; Zhang, B; Dillman, JR. Pediatric Radiology. 2021; 51:457-470.

Increasing Median Time between Interruptions in a Busy Reading Room. Smith, EA; Schapiro, AH; Smith, R; O’brien, SE; Smith, SN; Eckerle, AL; Towbin, AJ. Radiographics. 2021; 41:E47-E56.

Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins. Maatough, A; Towbin, RB; Rattan, M; Towbin, AJ. Applied Radiology. 2021; 50:34-35.

Disaster Planning During SARS-CoV-2/COVID: One Radiology Informatics Team's Story. Towbin, AJ; Regan, J; Hulefeld, D; Schwieterman, E; Perry, LA; O’Brien, S; Dhamija, A; OConnor, T; Moskovitz, JA. Journal of Digital Imaging. 2021.

Critical Results in Radiology: Defined by Clinical Judgment or by a List?. Kuhn, KJ; Larson, DB; Becker, C; Bierhals, A; Broder, J; City, R; Cooke, E; Cordova, D; Curci, NE; Davenport, MS; et al. Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2021; 18:294-297.

The Importance of Body Part Labeling to Enable Enterprise Imaging: A HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Community Collaborative White Paper. Towbin, AJ; Roth, CJ; Petersilge, CA; Garriott, K; Buckwalter, KA; Clunie, DA. Journal of Digital Imaging. 2021; 34:1-15.

Pneumatosis intestinalis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: When not doing anything is good enough. Wallace, G; Rosen, N; Towbin, AJ; Jodele, S; Myers, KC; Davies, SM; Flannery, A; Gurria, JP. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2021.

Online Liver Imaging Course; Pivoting to Transform Radiology Education During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Elsayes, KM; Marks, RM; Kamel, S; Towbin, AJ; Kielar, AZ; Patel, P; Chernyak, V; Fowler, KJ; Nassar, S; Soliman, MA; et al. Academic Radiology. 2021; 28:119-127.

Renal angiomyolipoma secondary to tuberous sclerosis. Flowers, DK; Flowers, RL; Racadio, JM; Towbin, RB; Towbin, AJ. Applied Radiology. 2021; 50:44-47.

Barth syndrome: A rare cause of congestive heart failure in boys. Nissim, L; Barnes, C; Towbin, AJ; Towbin, R. Applied Radiology. 2021; 50:48-49.