Ken F Linnau, MD, MS
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NAME: Ken F Linnau

eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login): klinnau

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor WOT

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)



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Completion Date





University of Vienna, Austria



Medicine and Surgery

University of Vienna, Austria



Radiology Residency

University of Washington



Health Services Research

University of Washington



Radiology Residency

University of Washington



Emergency Radiology Fellowship


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A.              Personal Statement

I am a clinical scientist in Emergency Radiology with training in Health Services Research. As such I work closely with trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians striving to be actively involved in the care of my patients for improved health outcomes. I have focused my research on patient centered investigations that improve health outcomes of patients. My clinical expertise stems from my fellowship training in Emergency Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and subsequent faculty appointment in 2009.  As a former NRSA Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Washington, I have acquired health services and outcomes research expertise which was expanded through projects at the Center for Cost and Outcomes Research (CCORC) and several multi-center studies across the United States and Europe. My academic work and active involvement in the America Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) has allowed me to establish strong collaborative relationships with diverse biomedical researchers at many large national universities including biostatisticians, physicist, health economists, trauma radiologists, trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians. I have the expertise to provide clinical advisory perspective on this engineering project, which addresses global clinical needs of patients with allergic reactions. As principal clinical investigator I will contribute clinical expertise and guidance for the research team in the development of a cost-effective device to treat life-threatening allergic reactions in children, adolescents and adults.

B.              Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment





Medical Education Specialist, University of Washington


Senior Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Washington


Senior Fellow, Emergency Radiology, University of Washington


Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Washington


Associate Professor of Radiology


Other Experience and Professional Memberships


2015              American Society of Emergency Radiology Research Committee Chair

2013 -              American Society of Emergency Radiology Program Committee Member

2013 -              American Society of Emergency Radiology Research Committee Member

2012-              Assistant Course Director for the CME course Emergency Radiology presented by the University of Washington School of Medicine

2011-2015              American Society of Emergency Radiology Educational Committee: Chair of the Sub-committee for Core Curriculum Illustration

2011-2015              American Society of Emergency Radiology: International Committee Member

2011-2015                                                        American Board of Radiology: Member of the General Certifying Committee

2009-                                                                       Member, American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER)

2006                                                                      Member, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

2003 -                                                                      Member, American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)




2015                                                                       Cum Laude Award American Society of Emergency Radiology

C.              Contribution to Science

My early scientific work was related to my MD thesis at the University of Vienna, Austria. While I later shifted my focus to radiology, my work in the infectious disease laboratory is the foundation of my scientific strive and resulted in publications related to protozoa and fungi.


  1. Wenisch C, Linnau KF, Parschalk B, Zedtwitz-Liebenstein K, Georgopoulos A. Rapid susceptibility testing of fungi by flow cytometry using vital staining. J Clin Microbiol 1997;35:5-10. PMCID: PMC229504
  2. Georgopoulos A, Linnau KF, Buxbaum A, Coste C, Ramirez de Los Santos MA, Shabpar A, Graninger W. Efficacy of macrolides vs. metronidazole against Entamoeba histolytica clinical isolates. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2001 Aug 16;113(15-16):593-6. German. PMID: 11571837

In radiology, I have worked mostly in emergency and trauma radiology, covering a variety of topics, most of which relate to providing or assessing evidence for data-driven, patient-centered decision making in the emergency department. This work emphasizes the need for deliberate decision making in order to improve patient outcomes. From my mentors I have learned to make the patient’s wellbeing and societal improvement my ultimate goal in research.


  1. Wang MC, Linnau KF, Tirschwell D, Hollingworth W. Utility of Repeat Head Computed Tomography After Blunt Head Trauma:A Systematic Review. Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care. 2006 Jul; 61(1):226-33. PMID: 16832279.
  2. Blackmore CC, Cummings P, Jurkovich GJ, Linnau KF, Hoffer EK, Rivara FP. Predicting major hemorrhage in patients with pelvic fracture. J Trauma. 2006 Aug;61(2):346-52. PMID: 16917449.
  3. Lehnert BE, Sandstrom CK, Gross JA, Dighe M, Linnau KF. Variability in Management Recommendations for Incidental Thyroid Nodules Detected on CT of the Cervical Spine in the Emergency Department. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jul; 11(7):681-5. PMID: 24656787.
  4. CT in the Emergency Department: A Real-Time Study of Changes in Physician Decision Making. Pandharipande PV, Reisner AT, Binder WD, Zaheer A, Gunn ML, Linnau KF, Miller CM, Avery LL, Herring MS, Tramontano AC, Dowling EC, Abujudeh HH, Eisenberg JD, Halpern EF, Donelan K, Gazelle GS. Radiology. 2016 Mar; 278(3): 812-21. PMID: 26402399.



Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:

D.              Research Support

Active Funding:

2015 ASER Research Award:

American Society of Emergency Radiology (PI: Linnau)                                                             12/01/15-06/01/17             


Title:Pelvic Angiography Project ASER evaluation of Computed Tomographic predictors of pelvic hemorrhage in the setting of blunt pelvic fracture (PAPA CT study).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Contrast enhanced CT is frequently obtained in the setting of blunt pelvic injury, but specific CT findings are poorly characterized. This retrospective multi-center cohort study is designed to identify reliable imaging predictors of vascular injury on multiphasic dynamic contrast-enhanced CT to expedite triage to catheter angiographic embo-therapy for hemostasis in the setting of blunt pelvic fracture.

Role: PI


Prior Funding:

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)                                                                                                                              10/01/12-06/30/14

(PI: Pandharipande, Site PI: Gunn)

Title: Value of CT in Patient Care

CT scanning is often used to evaluate chest pain, abdominal pain and head ache. This multicenter study championed by Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment aims to identify the underlying value of CT for common, widely accepted clinical indications in emergency department and primary care settings.

Role: Co-Investigator


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

K08 HS11291-01 (Blackmore)                                                                                                                                                                                                    09/15/00-08/31/05             
Title: Evaluating Pelvic Hemorrhage Study

The Evaluating Pelvic Hemorrhage Study (EPHS) explores pelvic radiography and other clinical findings that predict major pelvic hemorrhage. The goal is to develop a clinical prediction rule that can be used in multiple trauma care settings to expedite appropriate triage and aid in both initial (e.g., selection for angiography and embolization) and definitive patient management.

Role: Co-Investigator