Wahl succeeds Jost as Washington University radiology chair

The Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis has selected one of its own, alumni Richard L. Wahl, MD, as Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor and chair of the radiology department. Wahl, whose cutting-edge research resulted in the development of immunotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also was named director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

Wahl succeeds longtime chair R. Gilbert Jost, MD, who led the department for 15 years. Jost created the Center for Clinical Imaging Research during his tenure and will continue to be active in research.

In his most recent post at Johns Hopkins University, Wahl was the Henry N. Wagner Jr., MD, Professor and director of the division of nuclear medicine.

“Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology has made many very important and influential contributions to the use of radiopharmaceuticals and cross-sectional imaging in modern medicine,” Wahl said in an announcement posted on the Washington University web site. “I’m eager to return to St. Louis to help the faculty and staff continue to provide top-notch clinical care and education and to expand the frontiers of research.”

An alumni of the Washington University School of Medicine, Wahl served his residency there before interning at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. He holds 18 radiology patents and has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles.