The Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

2012 - PRESENT Reed A. Omary, M.D., M.S.

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and vice chair of Research for the Department of Radiology from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as the new professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. He will be transitioning into this role during the fall of 2012.

Dr. Omary has succeeded Jeremy Kaye, M.D., who retired as chair at the end of the 2011 - 2012 academic year after serving in this role since 2007. Dr. Kaye also served as the department’s interim chair and vice chair since rejoining Vanderbilt’s faculty in 2000. His many contributions span two tenures at Vanderbilt and have been numerous and critical to our ongoing clinical and academic success.

A highly personable and distinguished translational physician-scientist, and the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health-funded RO1 research grants, Reed has already accomplished much. He was chosen to lead one of the largest and most prolific departments at the Medical Center and in the nation. With constant advancements occurring within the field of imaging sciences, and the rapid pace of change at which patient care is delivered, his leadership will play a vital role in our future.

Dr. Omary obtained a Bachelor of Science in Medicine from Northwestern University. He is a 1991 graduate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he later trained as a fellow in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at the Northwestern McGaw/Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He trained as a resident at the University of New Mexico and the University of Virginia Hospitals where he also underwent post-doctoral research training and obtained a Master’s in Epidemiology from the University of Virginia.

His academic and administrative appointments at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have included: director of the Interventional Radiology Research Laboratory; director of Research for the Department of Radiology; full membership in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center; vice chair of Research for the Department of Radiology; and member of the International Institute for Nanotechnology.

Reed has served in leadership roles with organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, the American Heart Association, the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. He is also the recipient of numerous awards associated with teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles.

His appointment comes after a comprehensive national search chaired by Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, and staffed by David Raiford, M.D., associate vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs, in partnership with a national search firm.

Dr. Omary has been joined in Nashville by his wife, Lesley Tarleton Omary, M.D., and their children Dylan, 3, and twins Layla and Wyatt, 9 months.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Reed Omary into this important role on our leadership team and welcome his family into the Vanderbilt community.

Carol D and Henry P
Professor and Chair
Department of
Radiology and
Radiological Sciences

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