(Philadelphia, PA) - Harold I. Litt, MD, PhD, has been named an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Litt received both his MD and PhD degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1996. He began his postgraduate training as a Guest Researcher at the Unit on Brain Imaging and Computing Laboratory for Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging. In 1997, he completed his internship in Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital-Harvard Medical School. He served his residency in Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Litt completed his postgraduate training in June 2002, as a Fellow in Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Litt's research interests focus on cardiac and thoracic imaging, especially non-invasive imaging of the heart and coronary arteries. He is currently the Associate Director of Cardiovascular Imaging, and Chief of Cardiac CT for Penn's Department of Radiology. Dr. Litt has held editorial positions for Buffalo Physician Magazine and Penn's Department of Radiology's Web Case of the Week (www.uphs.upenn.edu/radiology). He has authored or co-authored book chapters, research papers and abstracts in publications including Radiology, The American Journal of Roentgenology, Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and Academic Radiology.

Dr. Litt has received several accolades including the Roche Laboratories Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the Young Investigator Award from the Third International Conference on Quantification of Brain Function with PET and the Baum-Laufer Award for Excellence in Service to the University of Pennsylvania Radiology Residency. He has been invited to lecture on cardiovascular imaging in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. He is also a member of numerous professional societies including the Radiological Society of North America and the North American Society of Cardiac Imaging, among others.

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The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

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