The Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

C. LEON PARTAIN, M.D., Ph.D. (Chairman 1992 - 2000)

C. Leon Partain, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Radiological Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering, received the Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1963. He received the Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering and PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 1965 and 1967, as a USAEC Special Fellow in Nuclear Science and Engineering. Next he received the MD degree from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1975, and completed residency training in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine at the University of North Carolina, 1975 - 1979.  

Professor Partain’s career included a position as a Nuclear Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1967 -1968, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, 1968 – 1971, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, from 1971 – 1975, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina from 1975 – 1979, Associate Professor 1980 – 1984 and full Professor in 1984 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was named the Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiologist and Radiological Sciences, and Radiologist-in-Chief at Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1992 – 2000.

Dr. Partain is clinically trained and certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology, and by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. Society affiliations include Fellow of four societies including the American College of Radiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He served as President of the Radiological Research Alliance of the Association of Research Radiologists, 2004-2005, and has held executive roles as a member of the Board of Directors of the Radiology Society of North America Research and Education Foundation, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Society of Chairs in Academic Radiology Departments. Professor Partain is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and has served in that role since 2000. He has served as a member of the Editorial Boards of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, American Journal of Roentgenology, Academic Radiology, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and Investigative Radiology.

Professor Partain has authored 6 textbooks including the first comprehensive text in magnetic resonance imaging which was translated into Japanese. He has also authored 96 book chapters and 200 archival journal articles. He served as Director for the first International symposium in MRI at Vanderbilt University in October 1980. At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Partain has been a funded principal investigator, study section member, parent committee member and visiting scientist. He has received the Distinguished Service Awards from the American Board of Radiology (examiner for 20 years), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (member of the Nuclear Medicine Residency Review Committee), and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, American Men and Women of Science, and the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Partain and his wife, Judy, have 3 children and 7 grandchildren and are grateful for the opportunities of life at this time and at this place!

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