How do you foresee this research influencing your future
career and current position as
an assistant professor in radiology at Emory University?
My aim is to pursue and cultivate an academic career that would include excellence
in research, teaching, and clinical service.
Getting such grants not only provides resources to perform research successfully but
also builds credibility and competitiveness
for the future.
I believe that plaque imaging by MRI in a
vulnerable population such as cancer survivors is a concept that offers immense potential
for me to build my academic career in radiology. Furthermore, the impact of MRI in the
noninvasive diagnoses of vulnerable plaque
has the potential of significant societal impact.
“I believe that true success lies in the quality and the
quantity of the services we render for the good of
others, and therefore, the purpose of life must be a
life of purpose.”
You are board certified in
radiology in Canada, Europe,
and the United States. That’s
impressive. How did this
When we set sail, the journey is halfway
over, and it just happens that my educational
voyage across continents led to these board
certifications. My residency was in Ireland,
which resulted in FFR RCSI (Fellowship of
the Faculty of Radiology of the Royal College
of Surgeons in Ireland). I decided to relocate
from Ireland. The Royal College in Canada
awarded the board eligibility on the basis of
my qualifications, and subsequent examinations resulted in FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal
College of Physicians of Canada). The ABR
allowed me to complete the requirements via
the Alternate Pathway, resulting in DABR
(Diplomat, American Board of Radiology).
The training, mentoring, and friends I
made in Ireland gave me the confidence
and the aspiration to continue thriving. My
mentors and friends, such as Graham Wilson, James Meaney, and William Torreg-giani, were great sources of wisdom and
The environment and the mentoring
that I have received in the United States
from my mentors, such as Melvin Clouse,
Jonathan Kruskal, Sanjiv Chopra, David
Hackeny, Rafiq Bhadelia, Srini Tridanda-pani, John Votaw, and Carolyn Meltzer,
have inspired me to strive to reach my potential and become a peak performer.
Dublin. I also completed a diploma in management offered by the Institute of Public
Health in Ireland.
The paths we choose define the people
we become. While the training in Ireland
was of very high caliber, I still felt that
there was more to do and achieve, both
personally and professionally. Once I
came to Boston and decided to stay, I took
the Alternate Pathway of the ABR and underwent fellowship training in several disciplines at Brigham and Women’s and
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The extensive travel and training has added
to my armamentarium and given me a global perspective of health care and life.
You’ve studied in the United
States and Ireland and earned
your medical degree in Pakistan. Can you tell us a little
about your upbringing and
The concrete foundation of my education
was laid out for me in Pakistan. My father is
an epitome of excellence obtained through
hard work and perseverance. He has always
emphasized that success is a journey and not
a destination. His advice throughout has been
to set audacious goals because life can be
pushed by drive as much as it can be pulled
You’ve published many
articles including six for AJR
over the past few years. What
inspires you to achieve and do
more to promote health care
and the radiology field?
Publishing is the only means to propagate
and share research and educational endeavors with physicians all over the world. The
world-class reputation of ARRS and AJR is a
major attraction for academicians and clinicians across the globe.
Many people have been an inspiration, including my father and mentors, some of
whom I have named earlier. I have been
blessed in many ways and perhaps moreso
than I deserve. Thus, paying it forward is important to me, and clinical service and research provide meaningful avenues to pursue
this goal. I believe that true success lies in the
quality and the quantity of the services we
render for the good of others and therefore
the purpose of life must be a life of purpose.
You’ve received awards for
clinical service, teaching, and
research. Tell us about these
and how you manage to
balance your personal and
I have been fortunate to receive awards,
which have had a significant impact on my
life. The two awards that have been game
changers for me are the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz
(medal of excellence) by the Government
of Pakistan and the ARRS scholarship.
Balancing my personal and professional life is a challenge; however, I am grateful
to my wife for all her sacrifices and especially for her understanding of my time
commitments to research. While spending
quality time on weekdays is a challenge,
weekends are usually the time to catch up
with my supportive wife and our two beautiful children. n
You’ve had many radiology
fellowships over the years. Tell
us more about them and why
furthering your education is so
important to you.
In Ireland, I completed my radiology
residency and two fellowships under the
auspices of the Faculty of Radiologists in
Hear Dr. Khosa speak about his
research opportunity in a video
on ARRS.org, under The Roentgen