Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Director of the Laboratory for Investigatory Imaging

453 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-2205

Email: evans.36@osu.edu

Phone: (614) 688-4535
Fax: (614) 292-0210

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

I came to the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences after having been an active clinician and Radiology Manager, within the OSU Medical Center.  I used my 25 years of clinical expertise to create real world educational scenarios for our students but also to solve complex imaging research questions.  As the Division Director, I worked to grow our programs, faculty, and students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  My areas of interest are in innovative educational content delivery, cutting edge image analysis techniques, and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal injuries, for those involved in medical imaging.

I am heavily invested in professional service to the School, University, and my profession.  I have been serving on the Executive Committee of the School since 2004, I also was the past Chair of the University Level Advisory Committee on General Education (2015-17), and I was the Chair of the University’s Council on Academic Affairs (2020-21).  Currently I am the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Academic Technology. In my profession, I have served as the President of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (2001-03), Chair of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (2010-2012), and Editor of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2016-present). 

Research Focus

In 2007, due to the amount of image analysis and the funding from federal, state, and foundations, I was able to open a dedicated research lab. The Laboratory for Investigatory Imaging has been a dream realized as a dedicated space for creative research and inquiry for my work and that of my many accomplished graduate and professional students. I strived to recreate in my lab the same mentoring and support that was given to me by physician mentor and my basic science colleagues.  I have been funding by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for multiple grants (R21, R01). I have also been funded by the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and several national research foundations to find solutions for ergonomic related work injuries.

The work within the lab focuses on development of new image analysis techniques, exploration of imaging methods to document COVID-19, and the salient variables that could contribute to work-related musculoskeletal injury in medical imaging workers. 

Recent Research

Stigall-Weikle N, Brady AN, Yang Q, Bloom IW, Evans KD. Sonographic cardiovascular assessment of the aorta: pilot of a modified image grading system. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2021 May; 37(3):223-30.

Evans KD, Sommerich CM, Stigall-Weikle AN, Stokes AD, Klatt MD. Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Radiographers: An Exploration of Self-reported Symptoms. Radiologic Technology. 2021 Nov 1; 93(2):161-76.

Lavender SA, Sommerich CM, Sanders EB, Evans KD, Li J, Radin Umar RZ, Patterson ES. Developing evidence-based design guidelines for medical/surgical hospital patient rooms that meet the needs of staff, patients, and visitors. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. 2020 Jan; 13(1):145-78.

Mohammad SH, Evans KD, Bahner D, Sommerich CM. An interprofessional approach to targeted sonography training using computer-based simulation in medical students’ clinical training: a case series. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2020 Mar; 36(2):153-61.

Recent Presentations

Evans, KD: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in medical imaging: Reducing injury risk for sonographers and sinologist. Intersocietal Commission on Accreditation Zoom broadcast -2021

Evans, KD & Weikle AN: How do I get involved in research? Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Knowledge Series Zoom broadcast -2021

Evans, KD: Using a high fidelity computer- based sonography simulator for assuring proper fetal biometry. Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Annual Conference. Denver, CO 2021.

Evans, KD: Administrative, organizational, and political influence on efforts to reduce work-related injuries. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Zoom broadcast. 2021.

Courses Taught

  • RadSci 4730 – Quality Improvement in Healthcare (on-line)
  • RadSci 5389 - Administration and Quality Management (on-line)
  • Rad Sci 3486 – Ultrasound physics I
  • Rad Sci 3487 – Ultrasound physics II
  • Rad Sci 4488- Ultrasound physics III
  • Rad Sci 3430 - General sonography concentration I (co-teach)
  • Rad Sci 3431- General sonography concentration II (co-teach)


  • 1981: BS, The Ohio State University, Allied Medicine
  • 1999: MS, The Ohio State University, Allied Medicine
  • 2002: MA, The Ohio State University, Adult Education
  • 2004: PhD, The Ohio State University, Gerontology and Research Methods

My Research Links

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