Diagnostic Imaging

About the Department

The Department of Radiology consists of faculty from a regional network of hospitals and facilities, and provides medical imaging education from undergraduate through to postgraduate to students from McMaster as well as to elective and fellows from beyond our walls. The 96 faculty members of our department, 51 of them full time, are primarily based at Hamilton Health Sciences and St Joseph’s Healthcare, and work in varied divisions: diagnostic and interventional imaging, nuclear medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, and medical physics. There are three large teaching hospitals at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), including McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton General Hospital and the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, as well as the Chedoke site, combined with the Diagnostic Imaging Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The 96 faculty members include also 18 adjunct members based in the Niagara Health Systems, Guelph and the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

All of the clinical centre’s affiliated with McMaster University Diagnostic Imaging provide strong educational opportunities for residency training, post-residency fellowships, undergraduate electives, as well as the graduate program for Medical Physics. There are rewarding opportunities for faculty who are interested in education, clinical excellence, research and multi-disciplinary team experiences. We are committed to making a difference in people’s lives and the future of our community, through integrated health services and internationally recognized programs.

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About the Chief - Dr. Karen Finlay (Interim)

Dr. Finlay is the Interim Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at Hamilton Health Sciences. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship at McMaster University, where she is now a Professor in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Finlay is a full-time Staff Radiologist at the Juravinski Hospital, with subspeciailty interests in musculoskeletal and breast imaging. Dr. Finlay is an experienced leader in education, serving as Associate Chair of Education and former Resident Program Director for the Department of Radiology, as well as the recent Director for the Clinician educator AFC Diploma Program at McMaster University. She is a member of various national committees for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Chief Assistant

Victoria Howes-Jones

Vision and Mission


To be leaders in clinical, academic and research excellence.


The department of Radiology provides evidence-based diagnostic and interventional patient services through Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine.

Specific technology and expertise are aligned and sized to support clinical programs and deliver the highest quality of care to the people and communities we serve.

Radiology commits to advance patient care through education and research.

Organization and Structure

The Department Chair is ultimately responsible to the Dean/Vice President and provides leadership in all aspects of Departmental affairs.

Our Governance structure is composed of a number of committees supporting the vision for the Department and managing our key activities.

The Department of Radiology Academic Council (DRAC) assists the Chair in his responsibilities. The DRAC is composed of the Associate Chair Education and Department Education Coordinator (DEC), Research Coordinator, Residency, Fellowship and Undergraduate Program Directors. The site chiefs and chief of Nuclear Medicine are invited to the meetings, which take place every three months.

The DRAC is an advisory to the Chair of the Department of Radiology, in all matters pertaining to research, education and standards of radiology practice. It may also be asked to advise on other matters of importance to the department.