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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

513-636-5896

513-803-3015

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My Biography & Research

Biography

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

Departments

Radiology and Medical Imaging, Liver Tumor Program, Radiology, Biomedical Informatics, Pancreas Care Center, Best Doctors 2017-18

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

Towbin AJ, Meyers RL, Woodley H, Miyazaki O, Weldon CB, Morland B, Hiyama E, Czauderna P, Roebuck DJ, Tiao GM. 2017 PRETEXT: radiologic staging system for primary hepatic malignancies of childhood revised for the Paediatric Hepatic International Tumour Trial (PHITT). Pediatr Radiol. 2018 Apr;48(4):536-554.

Ranginwala S, Towbin AJ. Use of Social Media in Radiology Education. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Jan;15(1 Pt B):190-200.

O'Neill AF, Towbin AJ, Krailo MD, Xia C, Gao Y, McCarville MB, Meyers RL, McGahren ED, Tiao GM, Dunn SP, Langham MR Jr, Weldon CB, Finegold MJ, Ranganathan S, Furman WL, Malogolowkin M, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Katzenstein HM. Characterization of Pulmonary Metastases in Children With Hepatoblastoma Treated on Children's Oncology Group Protocol AHEP0731 (The Treatment of Children With All Stages of Hepatoblastoma): A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Oct 20;35(30):3465-3473.

Towbin AJ, Perry LA, Larson DB. Improving efficiency in the radiology department. Pediatr Radiol. 2017 Jun;47(7):783-792.

Towbin AJ, Roth CJ, Bronkalla M, Cram D. Workflow Challenges of Enterprise Imaging: HIMSS-SIIM Collaborative White Paper. J Digit Imaging. 2016 Oct;29(5):574-82.

Larson DB, Froehle CM, Johnson ND, Towbin AJ. Communication in diagnostic radiology: meeting the challenges of complexity. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Nov;203(5):957-64.

Kolbe AB, Podberesky DJ, Zhang B, Towbin AJ. The impact of hepatocyte phase imaging from infancy to young adulthood in patients with a known or suspected liver lesion. Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Mar;45(3):354-65.

Towbin AJ, Iyer SB, Brown J, Varadarajan K, Perry LA, Larson DB. Practice policy and quality initiatives: decreasing variability in turnaround time for radiographic studies from the emergency department. Radiographics. 2013 Mar-Apr;33(2):361-71.

Larson DB, Towbin AJ, Pryor RM, Donnelly LF. Improving consistency in radiology reporting through the use of department-wide standardized structured reporting. Radiology. 2013 Apr;267(1):240-50.

Meyers AB, Towbin AJ, Serai S, Geller JI, Podberesky DJ. Characterization of pediatric liver lesions with gadoxetate disodium. Pediatr Radiol. 2011 Sep;41(9):1183-97.