May 10, 2012

Message from the Vice Chancellor: New Chair Named for the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Reed Omary

Reed Omary

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and vice chair of Research for the Department of Radiology at 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.

Reed will succeed Jeremy Kaye, M.D., who is retiring as chair at the end of the academic year after serving in this role since 2007. Jeremy 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 currently 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.

Reed 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.

I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Sandberg, Dr. Raiford and our distinguished faculty serving on this committee, including: John Byrne, M.D., the William S. Stoney Jr. Chair in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery; Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., the Lee E. Limbird Chair in Pharmacology; John Gore, Ph.D., the Hertha Ramsey Cress Chair in Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Imaging Science; Stephan Heckers, M.D., the William B. and Henry B. Test Chair in Schizophrenia Research and chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Arnold Malcolm, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology; Scott Hiebert, Ph.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research; Kimberly Lomis, M.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education; Herbert Schwartz, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine; Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Adult Health Affairs and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; and Reid Thompson, M.D., the William F. Meacham Chair and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Reed will be 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 me as we welcome Reed into this important role on our leadership team and welcome his family into the Vanderbilt community.

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean of the School of Medicine