Professor Kwok joined the University of Rochester in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is currently an associate Professor of Imaging Sciences. His research interests in MRI include MR safety, high resolution imaging, RF coil development, water/fat imaging, dynamic contrast enhanced MRI, brain functional MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI. He has been developing RF coils and pulse sequences for research and clinical applications since 1990, and is in charge of RF coils at both Strong Memorial Hospital and UR Center for Advanced Brain Imaging & Neurophysiology. He is a recipient of six U.S. patents related to new pulse sequence and RF coil technologies.
Professor Kwok is board certified in Diagnostic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (since 1998) and certified as Medical Physicist - Diagnostic Radiological by New York State (since 2004). He supervises MRI quality assurance and ACR MRI accreditation at Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, East River Road, University Medical Imaging, Highland Hospital, Strong West, Penfield Crossings, Thompson Hospital and Noyes Memorial Hospital. He participates in the purchase and site planning, and conducts acceptance testing of new MRI systems. He also works with clinicians to optimize MRI protocols, provides consultation support to clinical scanning, and educates physicians and technologists on MRI technology.
Professor Kwok is also certified as an MR Safety Expert by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (since 2016). He is a member of the MRI Safety Committee at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He participates in the development of UR MRI safety policies and educational programs, and advises on the safety in scanning patients with implants or foreign objects.