The Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair is named in honor of Vanderbilt’s founder and was established by the university to support the recruitment and retention of a faculty member who is doing groundbreaking research. In 2010, nine Cornelius Vanderbilt chairs were created with institutional funds to support a variety of areas across Vanderbilt, including this chair in the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, established in 1875, trains leaders in medicine. The school’s ranking among the top medical schools comes from an innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and also a commitment to people. Its mission is to provide students with a foundation in the basic and clinical sciences that enables them to become leaders and scholars. Education is the school’s highest priority, and it is known for personal attention and customized medical education. The research program is the fastest growing in the nation.
Arthur C. Fleischer received the B.S. degree, Magna cum Laude, in Biology from Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in 1973. In 1976, he received the M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, and in 1980, he completed the Radiology Residency/Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.
Dr. Fleischer began his medical career in 1974 as the Acting Director of Diagnostic Ultrasound at the Medical College of Georgia. He came to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1976 and has held the following positions: Acting Director of Diagnostic Ultrasound, Clinical Fellow in Ultrasound, Assistant Professor (Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology), and Associate Professor (Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology). Additionally, Dr. Fleischer was Visiting Professor in Radiology (Diagnostic Ultrasound) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Presently, he is Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences (1987); Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Secondary) (1987); Medical Director of the Sonographer Training Program (1981); and Coordinator of Ultrasound Teaching Programs (1977).
Dr. Fleischer has been active in several specialty societies including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (Board of Governors, Fellow), the American College of Radiology (Fellow), the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (Fellow), and the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Imaging (Co-Founder and President).
Professor Fleischer has authored more than 150 research papers regarding clinical aspects of diagnostic ultrasound, and 23 textbooks involving the use of diagnostic sonography in obstetrics/gynecology. He has received numerous awards and honors, among them are the Larry Mack Award for Best Research Paper by the Society of Radiologist in Ultrasound in 1998, the William Fry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ultrasound by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in 1999, the CANDLE Award from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2002, and the Frank H. Boehm Award for Contribution to Continuing Medical Education by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2005, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Medical College of Georgia in 2007.
In August 2011, Dr. Fleischer was honored with the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology. "I am deeply honored to be named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiology. I am so grateful to the members of our Medical Center for their longstanding support. I hope to continue to build on the collegiality of our Department and the Medical Center as we devote ourselves to the clinical, teaching, and research missions of Vanderbilt University Medical Center."