March 23, 2007

Kaye appointed Radiology chair

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Jeremy Kaye, M.D.

Kaye appointed Radiology chair

Jeremy Kaye, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Harry Jacobson, M.D., and School of Medicine Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., made the formal announcement during a meeting with the department last week.

“Dr. Kaye assumes the chair of one of the greatest departments of Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the country by any standard, whether it is residency education, patient care, research or administration,” Gabbe said.

“We are so fortunate that Dr. Kaye, who has had significant experience here at Vanderbilt and as a leader in his field, has taken on this important position.”

Kaye, who has been serving as interim chair of the department, succeeds Martin Sandler, M.B., Ch.B., who was named associate vice chancellor for Hospital Affairs last June.

“The department has been highly successful and Dr. Sandler left things in outstanding shape,” said Kaye, who is currently serving a two-year term as president of the International Skeletal Society. “I want the department to grow not only in the number of faculty and not just in terms of the number of examinations, but also in stature.”

Kaye was also named to hold the Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Chair in Radiology. Endowed by the Pendergrass family in 1992, it serves as a tribute to the achievements of emeritus professor and former vice-chairman of Radiology, Henry P. Pendergrass, M.D., and his late wife, Carole.

“Having known Henry for so many years when he was vice chair here in the department, that's a particular honor for me as a person,” Kaye said.

Sandler had been the chair's holder since 2003 and, prior to that, C. Leon Partain, M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, held the chair since its inception. Pendergrass and his late father, Eugene P. Pendergrass, are well known in the field of radiological research.

Henry Pendergrass began his long career at Vanderbilt in 1976, where he held a wide variety of clinical and academic assignments. He was also founding trustee of the RSNA Research and Education Fund, which grants fellowship to promising researchers.

The American Board of Radiology recently ranked Vanderbilt's residency program in Diagnostic Radiology No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year, and Vanderbilt's resident performance on the certifying oral examination continues to rank first out of 187 programs nationwide.

“Education, in particular resident education, is one of three major roles of this department, with the other two being patient care and research,” Kaye said. “Patient care and teaching go pretty much hand-in-hand, and we have particularly outstanding faculty who are committed to those three roles.”

Radiology also currently ranks 10th in the nation in funding from the National Institutes of Health, up from 46th in 1997.

VUMC's vice-chair of Radiology since 2000, Kaye previously served as director of the Department of Radiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which is part of the Cornell University complex in New York, and also as chairman of Radiology for St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, which is affiliated with New York Medical College.