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Dr. Omar Islam Appointed Interim Head of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Omar Islam

Dr. Omar Islam Appointed Interim Head of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Acting Dean Chris Simpson is pleased to announce that Teri Shearer, Acting Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University has appointed Dr. Omar Islam as Interim Head of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology for the Faculty of Health Sciences. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2019.

Dr. Islam earned his MD from the University of Toronto in 1995, and he then came to Queen’s for both his internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery and his residency in Radiology. After finishing his residency, he completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Yale University. Upon completing his training, Dr. Islam returned to Queen’s in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and as the Section Head for the Division of Neuroradiology and Head & Neck Imaging. At Queen’s, he has been a dedicated educator, serving on the Specialty Training Committee, the Resident Research Committee, and as the Supervisor of the Journal Club in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. For his demonstrated commitment to students, Dr. Islam has won the Staff Teaching Award from his department three times.

Dr. Islam has also been a prolific researcher on imaging whose studies have appeared in many different peer-reviewed journals, such as Neurology, American Journal of Neuroradiology, and the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. He has also presented his work at a wide variety of conferences and continuing medical education programs.

In addition to his roles at Queen’s, Dr. Islam is also a leading figure of Kingston MRI Inc, a non-profit community MRI clinic licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. From 2003 until now, for Kingston MRI Inc., Dr. Islam served as the MRI Director & Chair of the Quality Advisory Committee and as the President of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee. Through these two roles, Dr. Islam provided leadership on both the business and medical aspects of the clinic.

Dr. Islam has done extensive professional service with several different organizations. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Examination Board in Diagnostic Radiology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Islam also serves as a reviewer for both the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences and the Head & Neck Journal. In 2017, he joined The Comprehensive Clinical Neurosurgery Review as a member of the Lead Faculty. Dr. Islam has also provided his medical expertise to the courts by writing over 30 expert opinion reports since 2003.

Please join Dr. Simpson in congratulating Dr. Islam on his appointment.