25 Top Radiology Professors

Radiology is a rapidly advancing field, and as the technology and methodology becomes more advanced, it is vital that radiology students learn from professors who have not only mastered their craft, but also demonstrated a commitment to further innovation and development of the science. By scouring the most important radiologic publications, research, and programs from around the country, we’ve found professors on the vanguard of the science of radiology, and listed them here.

Although taking courses from these game-changers does not guarantee you will have a better education, it is one of the most proactive ways to ensure that you are exposed to connections and concepts that can form the basis of a productive and successful radiologic career.

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Alexander Norbash

MD

Boston University School of Medicine - Boston , MA

Alexander Norbash is the Chairman of the Radiology Department at Boston University School of Medicine. He also acts on the Board of Chancellors for The American College of Radiology (ACR). His research and clinical specialties include endovascular simulation, intracranial aneurysms, carotid stenting and stroke therapy. He is also a celebrated speaker, having given over 400 lectures on every continent in the world except Antarctica. 

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Kimberly Applegate

MD, MS, FACR

Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta , GA

Kimberly Applegate is a Professor of Radiology and Imaging Services in Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a leader in radiology and President of the Association for University Radiologists (AUR) Research and Education Foundation. She is a Past President for both the American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR) and Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research (RAHSR).

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Jocelyn D Chertoff

MD, MS, FACR

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth - Hanover , NH

Jocelyn D. Chertoff is the Acting Chair and Professor of Radiology as well as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is the Secretary of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). She is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hitchcock Foundation. Her clinical and research interests are in workforce issues in radiology, gastrointestinal imaging, resident and faculty development. 

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Deborah Levine

MD

Harvard University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston , MA

Deborah Levine is a Professor of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University.  She is the Vice-President of The American College of Radiology (ACR).  She is a prolific author of scholarly articles focused on her specialty of pediatric radiology, with influential titles focused on prenatal appendicitis and interpretation of adnexal masses. 

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Burton P. Drayer

MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - New York , NY

Burton P. Drayer has served as the Executive Vice-President for Risk as well as a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Radiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1995. He previously served as President of The Mount Sinai Hospital from November 2003 to September 2008. He is  also on the Executive Committee of The American College of Radiology (ACR), and is past President of both the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). His specialty is Neuroradiology.

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Katarzyna J. Macura

MD, PhD

John Hopkins James Buchanan Brady Urological Institution - Baltimore , MD

Kararzyna Macura is an Associate Professor of Radiology in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She is the Chair for Women and General Diversity on the Chancellor Board of The American College of Radiology (ACR) and a former President of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). Her clinical expertise is in genitourinary MR imaging.

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Richard L. Ehman

MD

Mayo Clinic - Rochester , MN

Dr. Ehman is known for his phenomenal research into the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. He is the father of modern elastography, which allows doctors to know the elasticity of organs without performing invasive surgery. His research earned him the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator Award (2014), and the RSNA Outstanding Researcher Award (2006). He currently acts as the President-Elect for the RSNA.

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Susan J. Ackerman

MD

Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston , NC

Susan Johnston Ackerman is a Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in Radiology, and Division Director of Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina.  She is also the President-elect of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). Her clinical interests are imaging breast cancer, and ultrasound use in the evaluation of transplant organs.

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Gary S. Gustafson

MD

Oakland University - Beaumont School of Medicine - Rochester , MI

Dr. Gustafson has been named one of the Best Doctors in America for the last two years, in addition to being a professor and the Chief of Radiation Oncology at the Troy Beaumont Hospital. In addition, he serves as the current Vice-President of the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT). His specialties are brachytherapy and high-dose rate brachytherapy. 

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Kathleen Horst

MD

Stanford University - Palo Alto , CA

Kathleen Horst is a patient favorite, receiving 4.9 out of 5 stars in her surveys. She is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University Medical Center and is on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). Her clinical focus is on breast imaging and oncology.  Her patients note her friendliness, her clear explanations and her thoroughness of knowledge, all attributes of a great teacher.

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Cheri Canon

MD, FACR

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham , AL

Cheri Canon is a Professor and  the Chair of Radiology at University of Alabama Birmingham.  She is very active in the field of sonography education, and serves as both the Chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Education as well as the ACR Board of Chancellors. Her area of clinical practice is abdominal imaging, which has made her a perfect Chair for the Gastrointestinal Committee on the new ABR Certifying Exam. 

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Anne Roberts

MD

University of California, San Diego - San Diego , CA

Anne Roberts is a Professor of Clinical Radiology and Chief of Vascular and International Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. She is an officer on the Board of The American College of Radiology (ACR). Her particular interests center around interventions in women. She has been very active in treatment for fibroids, MR-guided focused ultrasound, and treating women with pelvic congestion syndrome.

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Ronald Arenson

MD

University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco , CA

Dr. Arenson is both a distinguished professor and respected researcher in the field of radiology and medical informatics. He was the President of the medical staff at the University of Pennsylvania, on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and Past-President of the UCSF Medical staff. He currently serves as the President of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), in addition to teaching.

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William Dillon, Jr.

MD

University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco , CA

Dr. Dillon specializes in MRI and CT imaging in the neck, head, and spine. He has had a very prestigious career, and currently serves as the 1st Vice-President of the RSNA. He has also won several awards for his research, including the ASNR Outstanding Research Award and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) Gold Medal Award. In addition, Dr. Dillon was the Senior Editor for the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

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Richard Baron

MD

University of Chicago - Chicago , IL

Dr. Baron is a leader in the field of gastrointestinal radiology, and has made significant contributions to abdominal imagery in relation to liver disease. His work has garnered awards from the American Board of Radiology (Distinguished Service Award), the Radiological Society of North America (Magna Cum Laude Award), and the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists (Roscoe Miller Award). He is a professor and the Chair of the UC Radiology Department.

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James Borgstede

MD

University of Colorado, Denver - Denver , CO

Dr. Borgstede is an active participant in the worldwide radiology community as well as activities at the University of Colorado - Denver. As the acting Vice-Chair for the Radiology Department, he actively teaches Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He is the Past President of the ACR, Colorado Physician Health Program, and Colorado Radiological Society. He currently serves on the RSNA Board of Directors, acting as the Liaison for International Affairs. 

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M. Elizabeth Oates

MD

University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Lexington , KY

M. Elizabeth Oates is the  Chair of the Department of Radiology at University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She currently serves as the Chair for the Commission on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging with The American College of Radiology (ACR).  She is also a past President of The American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). 

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Margaret Szabunio

MD, FACR

University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Lexington , KY

Margaret Szabunio's clinical focus and passion is early detection of breast cancer using the most advanced technologies, including elastography and tomosynthesis. She is a Professor of Radiology, Surgery & Biomedical Engineering, as well as the Chief of the Division of Women's Radiology at the UK. She is the Vice President of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR).

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Chelsea Pinnix

MA, PhD

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston , TX

Chelsea Pinnix has received numerous awards for her research and contributions to radiologic science, including the Excellence in Leadership and Community Service Award from the National Medical Association (2001) and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (2003-2005). She currently serves as  the Treasurer for the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) in addition to her duties as a professor. 

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Bruce Hillman

MD

University of virginia School of Medicine - Charlottesville , VA

Bruce Hillman is a Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging and Public Health Sciences at University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition, he is a Chancellor for the American College of Radiology (ACR).  Hillman is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ACR Image Metrix, an imaging contract research organization owned by ACR. His company designs and conducts clinical trials of imaging devices, radiopharmaceuticals, and pharmaceuticals.

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Eric J. Stern

MD

University of Washington - Seattle , WA

Dr. Stern is the author of over 100 papers and seven textbooks about chest radiology. His work has earned him a Chairmanship on the International Society of Radiology (ISR) International Commission for Radiological Education and Information. He has also acted as the President of the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR). In addition, he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of GO RAD, an outreach publication to bring radiologic research to underserved populations.

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Marta Hernanz-Schulman

MD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - Nashville , TN

Marta Hernanz-Schulman is a Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also  the Chair of the Commission on Pediatric Radiology for The American College of Radiology (ACR). Her expert skill and teaching acumen in Pediatric Radiology earned her the title of Teacher of the Year from the Department of Pediatrics at New York University Medical Center.

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Barbara Monsees

MD

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - St. Louis , MO

Barbara Monsees is currently the Ronald and Hanna Evens Professor of Women's Health. Her past position was as Chief of the Breast Imaging Section at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis. She also acts as Chair for the  Breast Imaging Commission at the American College of Radiology (ACR) as well as on their Board of Chancellors.

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Geraldine McGinty

MD

Weill Cornell Medical College - New York , NY

Geraldine McGinty is well-known for her teaching as well as her knowledge of healthcare economics. She is the current acting Chair of the Commission on Economics for The American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as the Chair of the Economics Committee of the New York State Radiologic Society (2010-present). Her clinical expertise is in women’s imaging and breast interventional procedures such as stereotactic breast biopsies and image guided breast biopsies (ultrasound and MRI). 

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Peter Glazer

MD, PhD

Yale University - New Haven , CT

Peter Glazer a distinguished Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Genetics, as well as the Chair of the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale School of Medicine. He is an avid researcher and his Glazer Lab is designed to study gene targeting, gene therapy, DNA repair, and radiation resistance. Any student with a research bent will be well served working with Dr. Glazer.

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Each of the members on this list have been chosen through careful research based on the following criteria:

  • Active Teaching. All of these professors are actively teaching or mentoring students at an accredited college.

  • Publication. Many of these professors have been published in online or print professional journals.

  • Thought Leadership. Professors on this list have been chosen due to their leadership in the radiologic community, based on speaking engagements, public leadership, or social media following.

  • Extracurricular Involvement. Each of these individuals are involved in both teaching and outside professional engagements, such as professional communities, educational organizations, or political activism groups.

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