Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
2008
University of Pennsylvania

Currently: Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania

Web site: www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g334/p10970

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Dr. Langlotz received his Bachelors degree in Human Biology, Masters in computer science, MD, and PhD in medical informatics from Stanford, and undertook postgraduate training in medicine and radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. After residency he joined the faculty at Penn where he has risen through the ranks to become vice chair for Informatics in the Department of Radiology, and Associate Professor of Radiology and Informatics in the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, as well as Medical Director for Information Services for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System. He is also Director of the Center for Imaging Informatics and is the CaBIG principal investigator at Penn.

He developed a structured radiology reporting system that combined conventional speech recognition with point-and-click techniques. Dr. Langlotz's research has also demonstrated the shortcomings of existing terminology systems to represent information in radiology reports. With these findings, he helped urge the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to support the development of RadLex, which fills these gaps. He recruited 15 committees comprising over 150 expert radiologists who developed new terms by consensus. The RadLex lexicon, containing over 10,000 terms, is now complete and is being used by vendors such as GE Healthcare, Elsevier, and http://YottaLook.com, a radiology search engine based on Google technology. The lexicon has been translated into German, Portuguese, and Spanish. His election to the College recognizes these advances and contributions to the field of imaging informatics.