The Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

JEREMY J. KAYE, M.D. (Chairman 2007 - 2012)

Jeremy J. Kaye began his educational experience at the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University Medical College in New York. He did a radiology residency and fellowship at Cornell before accepting an assistant professorship there.

In 1976, Kaye came to Vanderbilt to head the musculoskeletal radiology section. While here, he helped design the new hospital and the department of radiology. He was named director of Diagnostic Radiology and later was selected as head of Ambulatory Radiology at the Vanderbilt Clinic.

Kaye left Vanderbilt in 1988 to serve as director of the Department of Radiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which is part of the Cornell University complex in New York.  He decided to move to a more general hospital in 1997 and accepted the position as chairman of Radiology for St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, which is affiliated with New York Medical College. 

After several years of administrative positions, Kaye returned to Vanderbilt in 2000 as professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences to do what he loved most - teach.  “Of all the things I do, I love to teach,” Kaye said. “One of the reasons I came back as vice chairman is to teach more and have less of the administrative duties.”

Moving back to Vanderbilt and Nashville was an easy decision for Kaye and his wife of 36 years, M. Bernadette. Two of their three children attended graduate school at Vanderbilt and still live in the area. “We have always liked Nashville,” he said.

“The opportunity to work with someone like Dr. Kaye is both a strength to the program and to the university,” said Dr. Martin Sandler, chair of the department of Radiology here at Vanderbilt.. “He is an outstanding teacher and administrator and has already had a tremendous impact on the department. We look forward to more advances in the future.”

Jeremy Kaye, M.D., was appointed interim chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, effective July 1, 2006.  He succeeded Martin Sandler,  who was named to the new role of associate vice chancellor for Hospital Affairs.  “Jeremy Kaye is an outstanding clinical radiologist and teacher, as well as having had extensive administrative experience,” Sandler said. 

Kaye, who focuses on musculoskeletal radiology, has published numerous articles in the area of radiology and orthopaedics and is the present treasurer for the International Skeletal Society.

In 2007, Jeremy Kaye, M.D., was appointed chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"During the course of my career, I have served in the Department at Vanderbilt for a total almost 25 years, and I am committed to the success of our Department in its three missions of teaching, research and patient care," Kaye commented.

“Dr. Kaye assumes the chair of one of the greatest departments of Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the country by any standard, whether it is residency education, patient care, research or administration,” said Steven G. Gabbe, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine..  “We are so fortunate that Dr. Kaye, who has had significant experience here at Vanderbilt and as a leader in his field, has taken on this important position.”

“The department has been highly successful and Dr. Sandler left things in outstanding shape,” said Kaye, who is currently serving a two-year term as president of the International Skeletal Society. “I want the department to grow not only in the number of faculty and not just in terms of the number of examinations, but also in stature.”

Kaye was also named to hold the Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Chair in Radiology. Endowed by the Pendergrass family in 1992, it serves as a tribute to the achievements of emeritus professor and former vice-chairman of Radiology, Henry P. Pendergrass, M.D., and his late wife, Carole.  “Having known Henry for so many years when he was vice chair here in the department, that's a particular honor for me as a person,” Kaye said.

The American Board of Radiology recently ranked Vanderbilt's residency program in Diagnostic Radiology No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year, and Vanderbilt's resident performance on the certifying oral examination continues to rank first out of 187 programs nationwide.

“Education, in particular resident education, is one of three major roles of this department, with the other two being patient care and research,” Kaye said. “Patient care and teaching go pretty much hand-in-hand, and we have particularly outstanding faculty who are committed to those three roles.”

Vanderbilt's Department of Radiology also currently ranks 10th in the nation in funding from the National Institutes of Health, up from 46th in 1997.


Jeremy J. Kaye, M.D.
Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1161 Medical Center Dr, MCN CCC-1106
Nashville TN 37232-2675
(615) 343-3310

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