May 14, 2002

National MRI Expert Named New Chair
Of UCSD Department of Radiology

William BradleyWilliam G. Bradley, Jr. M.D., Ph.D., FACR, one of the world's leading experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has been named the new chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He will begin his duties the week of May 27, 2002.

Bradley comes to UCSD from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he was director of MRI and Radiology Research. He also served as professor of radiological sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

A highly respected research and diagnostic radiologist, Bradley is the author of more than 160 articles and 17 books, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the major textbook in MRI, now in its third edition. He received the "Best New Book in Bio and Medical Sciences" award from the Association of American Publishers for the first edition in 1988.

"Bill Bradley is a consummate clinician and investigator who has been a leader in applying the powerful new imaging technologies available today to improved understanding and management of disease," said Edward W. Holmes, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean, UCSD School of Medicine.

"His leadership and experience will be invaluable as we open our new functional magnetic resonance imaging center," Holmes continued. "He will help us develop new collaborative opportunities with UCSD's extraordinary information technology programs, with computing a key element of imaging science. And, he will oversee expansion of our capabilities for viewing the body's inner workings both in the research arena, and in patient care."

Colleagues cite Bradley's contributions to imaging, noting that he has developed innovative magnetic resonance protocols, translating the novel, complex signals coaxed from the body's tissues by clinical MRI scanners into meaningful biological indices relevant to function and dysfunction. He has contributed to MRI capabilities for measuring blood flow and enhancing medically relevant magnetic resonance contrast. In addition, Bradley has conducted investigations of the biological basis for some of the newly revealed MRI-detectable signal abnormalities in tissues.

The excellence of UCSD's faculty and innovative research efforts were key factors in drawing Bradley to the campus.

"My personal research interest is in neuroradiology," he said. "UCSD has the number one neurosciences graduate program in the U.S. In addition, the campus is a powerhouse in MRI, as evidenced by the world's best functional MRI center."

Among his goals for the Department of Radiology and its 50 faculty members are to increase the department's research program and budget, and to enhance clinical service for referring physicians. He plans to capitalize on UCSD's Picture Archiving and Computing System (PACS), which allows images to be digitally sent and read on computer screens from any location, rather than limiting them to traditional viewboxes in doctors' offices and hospitals.

"PACS makes a great academic center like UCSD easily available to physicians or patients seeking an expert opinion from anywhere in the world," Bradley said. "With PACS, we move images from one location to another, not radiologists."

Leaving the position of interim radiology chair is Anne Roberts, M.D., professor of radiology, who held the position since the retirement of George Leopold, M.D. June 30, 2001. Chair of radiology for 17 years, Leopold is now a professor emeritus, spending two days a week in clinical service and teaching.

Bradley received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from California Institute of Technology, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology with a certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology from the American Board of Radiology.

This will be Bradley's second academic tenure at UCSD. From 1984-91, he was an assistant clinical professor of radiology in the School of Medicine. He has also held an academic appointment at California Institute of Technology and a staff radiologist position at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he was director of the MRI laboratory.

Among his honors is the presentation of the Gold Medal from the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Honorary Member Award of the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, of which he was president 1988-89. Bradley was awarded Editor's Recognition Award "With Great Distinction," from the journal Radiology, and a Gold Medal in 1994 from the journal Clinical MRI. He is a reviewer and/or sits on the editorial boards of nine journals. In 1998, he was named UC Irvine's "Teacher of the Year" by the radiology residents.

Currently, Bradley is chair of the Commission on Neuroradiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging and a member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Radiology Foundation and the ACR Institute. Additional memberships are held in the American Society of Neuroradiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Radiological Society of North America.

Bradley moves to San Diego with his wife, Rosalind B. Dietrich, M.D., professor of radiological sciences and director of MRI at UC Irvine, and their two daughters, India, age 14, and Felicity, age 11.

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