Wayne S. Kubal, MD

Professor, Medical Imaging - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Professor, Neurology
Professor, Neurosurgery

For the past ten to fifteen years I have focused on traumatic and emergent neuroradiology. I am excited to be at the University of Arizona because of its very busy emergency department. My background as an undergraduate physics major enables me to better understand new imaging technology. My training in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology enables me to apply the new imaging technology to the neuroradiologic evaluation of traumatized and emergent patients. The American Society of Emergency Radiology has given me a platform to share my insights with colleagues. I have served on many of the society's committees, I am honored to be a fellow of the society and I currently serve as vice president of the society. I have also regularly presented educational courses at the annual meetings of the Radiologic Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the American Society of Emergency Radiology. I am currently co-editing a textbook of emergency radiology. Working in an academic medical center has allowed me to teach fellows, residents and medical students. My role as an educator has been important to me over my entire career and it has been particularly gratifying to follow the successes of former trainees. Currently, I serve as director of the neuroradiology fellowship program and I run the journal club for the radiology residents. Research Support: Support: Guerbet LLC #DGD 44-050, Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of Dotarem in MRI in Patients with CNS Lesions, P1: Raymond Carmody, My role: to evaluate contrast enhanced MR in patients with intracranial lesions looking specifically at the efficacy of a new contrast agent. Term 2010-Present. Support: Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, 1 ROl MH6551 9-01, Corpus Callosum in Maltreated Children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, P1: Joan Kaufman, My role: to evaluate advanced MR imaging of the subjects looking specifically for acquired structural derangements in the corpus callosum. Term 2002-2009.  

Research Interests: 

Traumatic brain injury Traumatic spinal cord injury Acute stroke Infections of head, neck, and spine

  • MD: University of Wisconsin, 1978
Honors and Awards
  • Listed in "Who's Who in Health and Medicine," 2013
  • Fellow of the American Society of Emergency Radiology and current vice president of the society
  • Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Radiology, American Society of Emergency Radiology, 2011
  • RSNA "Faculty Development Workshop," invited by RSNA, July 2010
  • Outstanding contribution to Emergency Radiology, American Society of Emergency Radiology, 2010
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Yale University, Department of Radiology, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin, Diagnostic Radiology, 1983
  • University of Utah, Neuroradiology, 1986
Board Certifications
  • National Board of Medical Examiners Parts I, II, III
  • American Board of Radiology (oral and written), 1983
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology, 1995
  • Maintenance of Certification in Neuroradiology, 2006

Select Publications

In Press

Nael, K., and WS. Kubal, "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Acute Stroke", Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America, vol. 17, issue 1, In Press.


Erly, W. K., J. L. Becker, R. Inampudi, S. John Hur, K. Nael, and W. S. Kubal, "Fractures of the posterolateral maxillary sinus: a masticator space blowout injury?", Emerg Radiol, vol. 23, issue 5, pp. 439-42, 2016 Oct.


Nael, K., B. Mossadeghi, T. Boutelier, WS. Kubal, EA. Krupinski, J. Dagher, and JP. Villablanca, "Bayesian Estimation of Cerebral Perfusion Using Reduced-Contrast-Dose Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast Perfusion at 3T", American Journal of Neuroradiology, vol. 36, issue 4, 2015.
Becker, J., W. Kubal, S. Hur, R. Khan, R. Inampudi, R. Carmody, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, R. Buckner, and K. Nael, "The Utility of a Rapid 13-Minute MRI Protocol for Evaluation of the Pediatric Brain Following Intracranial Trauma", American Society of Neuroradiology: American Society of Neuroradiology, 04/2015.
Kubal, WS., "Face and Neck Infections: What the Emergency Radiologist Needs to Know", Radiologic Clinics of North America, vol. 53, 07/2015.


Meshksar, A., WS. Kubal, SE. Mirvis, WS. Kubal, K. Shanmuganathan, JA. Soto, and JS. Yu, "Intracranial Hemorrhage", Problem Solving in Emergency Radiology , Philadelphia, PA, Elsevier Health Sciences, pp. 53-68, 2014.
Meyer, MA., WS. Kubal, SE. Mirvis, WS. Kubal, K. Shanmuganathan, JA. Soto, and JS. Yu, "Traumatic Brain Injury", Problem Solving in Emergency Radiology , Philadelphia, PA, Elsevier Health Sciences, pp. 20-39, 2014.
Kubal, WS., "Traumatic Brain Injury: Imaging Update", ARRS In Practice, vol. 8, issue 2, 03/2014.