Wing-Chi Edmund Kwok, Ph.D.

Wing-Chi Edmund Kwok, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester, NY 14642

Professional Bio

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 high resolution imaging, RF coil development, water/fat imaging, brain functional MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy. 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 the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging. 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). He supervises MRI quality assurance and ACR MRI accreditation at Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland 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.

From 2000-2003, he served in the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Radiological Society of North America Research and Educational Fund. He had also served as a reviewer in National Institutes of Health Study Sections.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Certificate of Merit Citation from Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting 1999
Student Fellowship from Intermagnetics General Cooperation 1985 - 1989
Full Tuition Scholarship from Hong Kong Baptist University 1982 - 1983

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Oct
Koo TK, Kwok WE. "Hierarchical CT to Ultrasound Registration of the Lumbar Spine: A Comparison with Other Registration Methods." Annals of biomedical engineering. 2016 Oct; 44(10):2887-900. Epub 2016 Mar 28.
2014 Aug
Qiu Y, Kwok WE, Hornak JP. "A method of switching the signal in an MRI phantom based on trace ion currents." Journal of magnetic resonance. 2014 Aug; 245:171-6. Epub 2014 Jun 02.
2011 Jan
Kwok WE, You Z, Seo G, Lerner A, Totterman S, Ritchlin C, Monu J. "High-resolution interleaved water-fat MR imaging of finger joints with chemical-shift elimination." Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI. 2011 Jan; 33(1):245-51.
Kwok WE; You Z; Seo G; Lerner A; Totterman S; Ritchlin C; Monu J. "High-Resolution Interleaved Water-Fat MR Imaging of Finger Joints". J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011; 33: 245-251.
Papuga MO; Kwok E; You Z; Rubery PT; Dougherty PE; Pryhuber G; Beck CA; Hilton MJ; Awad HA; Schwarz EM. "TNF is required for the induction but not the maintenance of compression-induce BME signals in murine tail vertebrae: limitations of anti-TNF therapy for degenerative disc disease". J Orthop Res. 2011; 29(9): 1367-1374.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Physics | Rensselaer Polytech Inst1990
MS | Physics | Rensselaer Polytech Inst1988
BS | Physics | Hong Kong - Non-Medical School1984