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William Ball, MD, vice president for research, is also professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics and former interim chair and chair of the department of biomedical engineering from 2001 to 2008. He also served as attending neuroradiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center through December, 2012.   

Ball received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology/pediatric neuroradiology at Cincinnati Children’s and one year of fellowship training in neuroradiology at the University of New Mexico Medical Center before joining UC and Cincinnati Children’s in 1984. He is board certified in both pediatrics and radiology.

In 1993, Ball developed and created the Imaging Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s and served as its director from 1993 to 2002. Ball has conducted extensive research on pediatric neuro-imaging and has contributed to nearly 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 13 book chapters.

While at UC, Ball has chaired or co-chaired a number of initiatives, including the Bioinformatics Taskforce, the Civic Engagement Council, the Initiatives subcommittee of the Academic Priorities Taskforce and the Research in Radiology Taskforce.

He recently formed the University of Cincinnati Wellbeing Initiative which serves an inter-disciplinary effort/coalition to promote and encourage innovative research frameworks that impacts the wellbeing of individuals and communities both locally and globally.

He is a steering committee member for the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Award through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, and was a member of the executive committee for the College of Medicine’s strategic planning initiative.