Dr. Julian Dobranowski

Dr. Julian Dobranowski Clinical Lead, IGAR Breast Investigation Team

Dr. Julian Dobranowski is an Associate Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

In 1999, he was seconded as Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, a position he held until 2007.

Under his direction, the Department became an international show site for its GE MRI unit, saw the acquisition of two new CT scanners a 16-slice and 64-slice, developed a state of the art Angio Interventional Suite, became the first department in southern Ontario to become filmless under PACS and to the first to use voice-activated dictation.

Dr. Dobranowski completed his medical training in Poland at the Medical Academy of Cracow, and his Radiology training in Canada at McMaster University. He completed one of the first Fellowship Programs offered in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in London, Ontario at the University of Western Ontario.

Until three months ago, he served Medical Director of the Imaging Research Centre (IRC) affiliated with McMaster University, based at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. The IRC is the first Canada Centre dedicated to advanced radiological research with MRI and CT/PET. Dr. Dobranowski is the Founding Director of the Centre of Radiological Anatomy (CORA). CORA is an educational centre focused on incorporating imaging technologies into undergraduate and postgraduate radiology learning. He is the Associate Clinical Director, Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation and was a co researcher for the NEEMO 7 and NEEMO 9 missions – conjoint projects with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA. He has a keen interest in the use of Telesonography in remote areas and space.

Dr. Dobranowski is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Uganda & Haiti Outreach Program and travelled to Uganda in January 2008 and visited two hospitals in two cities and is spearheading an equipment, new book and residency exchange program in Diagnostic Imaging. In January 2010 he returned to Uganda to set up CORA II and CORA III in Mbarare and Makerere. As a result of his efforts, in March 2010, the very first radiology resident from Uganda arrived to spend a four-month rotation at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton under Dr. Dobranowski’s supervision.

Dr. Dobranowski is presently the Chair of Ontario’s Wait-Time Strategy Committee, the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications and four Radiology texts. He continues to be very active in the training of Radiological learners and has served as an Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Currently, in addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Dobranowski serves provincially as the Chair of the CT/MRI Wait- Time Committee, Co-Chair of the Ontario Evidence Based Imaging Committee and holds the role of Provincial Medical Imaging Lead for Cancer Care Ontario