Moritz F. Kircher, MD, PhD has been named Chair of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Department of Imaging and Radiology, effective December 1, 2018. Kircher, a national leader in both clinical radiology and molecular imaging research, will also serve as Chief of the Oncoradiology Division of the Brigham and Women’s Radiology Department, led by Giles Boland, MD.
Kircher has most recently been a Diagnostic Radiologist and laboratory leader at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY). He graduated with highest honors from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident, and did subspecialty training in magnetic resonance imaging at Stanford University. He pursued postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.
As a clinician, Kircher has specialized in abdominal and pelvic imaging, with a focus on the evaluation of the liver, pancreas, and biliary tree. As a researcher, he has pioneered techniques for using nanoparticles to detect cancerous and precancerous tissue with microscopic precision. He also has worked on techniques for imaging the molecular and cellular changes that occur as cancer forms and progresses, and on non-invasive methods for tracking cancer cell migration. Kircher is the founding chair of the "Molecular Imaging in Nanotechnology and Theranostics" (MINT) Interest Group of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nanotheranostics.
As the new chair, Kircher will be responsible for the full scope of clinical, research, and educational activities in the Institute’s Department of Imaging and Radiology, as well as collaborative activities with other Dana-Farber departments and affiliated institutions.
Kircher’s background in clinical care and research, and collaborative approach have positioned him well for this role.
“I am looking forward to working with the extremely talented faculty and staff at Dana Farber, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the wider range of the Harvard Medical School community,” Kircher said.
Kircher succeeds Annick Van Den Abbeele, who is now Chair Emeritus of Dana-Farber’s Department of Imaging and Radiology.