In Memoriam

Hooshang Kangarloo, MD (1944-2012)

Hooshang Kangarloo was the Founding Director of the UCLA MII group, leading its development since its inception in the mid-1980s. Originally trained at the University of Tehran Medical Center, Dr. Kangarloo completed training in pediatrics prior to coming to the United States to pursue an internship at Johns Hopkins, a radiology residency at Medical College of Virginia, and fellowship training in pediatric radiology at UCLA. While in Radiological Sciences, Dr. Kangarloo was Section Head of Pediatric Imaging from 1978-1987, director of residency training from 1984-1986, and became the first Leo G. Rigler Chairman of Radiological Sciences from 1986 through to 1995.

The period of Dr. Kangarloo's chairmanship was one of growth in the technical infrastructure of Radiological Sciences encompassing the new technologies of CT and MR imaging. UCLA became renowned as a major innovator in PACS. From 1984 to 2005, Dr. Kangarloo was principal investigator of several NIH-funded R01 grants and a continuously funded Program Project Grant in digital imaging and informatics that spanned over 20 years. His vision in electronic imaging systems anticipated decentralized architectures, telemedicine, and distance subspecialty over-reads fully years in advance of their routine implementation. His vision inspired the creation of the informatics track in the UCLA Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program (IDP), which bridged collaborations between the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

His tireless passion for education was reflected by six Teaching Awards from the Departments of Radiological Sciences and Pediatrics. He ultimately received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Alumni Association and Academic Senate Committee on Teaching in 1984. In 2002, Dr. Kangarloo became the founding Program Director for the UCLA MII training program. Under his direction, a new generation of informaticians has received post-graduate degrees to become informaticians at UCLA, at other academic institutions, and throughout industry.

Dr. Kangarloo passed away in May 2012, after a long battle with cancer. For those who were privileged to be his students and colleagues, his memory will invigorate them to approach their lives and careers with the passion and devotion he so consistently demonstrated. His legacy, ideas, and dreams live on through the UCLA MII program