Kyongtae Ty Bae, Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A.

The only constant is change: A professional journey and personal perspective from an engineer, radiologist, administrator and entrepreneur

We all have finite years in our professional career life—however long that may be—and a desire to accomplish as much as we can during that period.  As our initial career choice changes and advances, we need to adopt and adapt to these changes and advances as efficiently and effectively as possible to best fulfill our evolving career goals.  There are a number of approaches and choices to be made in designing a career and practicing a profession.   I, as an engineer, radiologist, administrator, and entrepreneur, would like to share my personal professional journey and perspective by highlighting some of my work in imaging science and radiology along with a brief history of the evolving changes and opportunities in radiology and related healthcare.


Bae photo cropKyongtae Ty Bae, PhD, MD, MBA, is Associate Dean Clinical Imaging Research, former Chairman and Professor of the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, the largest academic radiology department in USA. He is also a Professor of Bioengineering and the Director of the Imaging Biomarker Lab in the Department of Radiology. He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He received a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa, MS and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MD from the University of Chicago. Dr. Bae did his Radiology residency and fellowship training at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St Louis and rose through the academic ranks before moving to University of Pittsburgh. Recently, he graduated from the Executive MBA Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to clinical radiology practice, Dr. Bae has research interests in applying quantitative and physiologic imaging and computer applications in diagnostic imaging including contrast medium pharmacokinetics, functional and physiologic CT and MRI imaging, and computer-aided diagnosis to advance clinical translational and imaging biomarker research in a wide range of diseases. Dr. Bae’s Imaging Biomarker Lab specializes in developing and analyzing morphological and functional imaging biomarkers from CT, clinical and high-field MR images.

Dr. Bae has published over 560 papers, proceedings, and abstracts including over 225 peer reviewed journal publications (H-index 60). He is responsible for securing over $22 million in NIH and DoD grants to pursue research over the past 17 years. He has also supervised clinical and research training of numerous students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars during his academic career. At the national level of radiology organizations, Dr. Bae served as Chair of the Academic Radiology Research Council and Chair of the Radiological Society of North America Research Grant Review Study Sections.

Dr. Bae holds eleven patents and founded companies in the field of medical device and informatics. Seven of his patents were licensed for commercial implementations.