January 19, 2001

Kaye returns to VUMC radiology department

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Kaye returns to VUMC radiology department

Dr. Jeremy J. Kaye is again doing the thing he loves – teach. After several years of administrative positions, Kaye has returned to Vanderbilt as professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.

Kaye, who was at Vanderbilt from 1976 to 1988, served as chairman of the radiology department at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before accepting the current position at Vanderbilt.

“Of all the things I do, I love to teach,” Kaye said. “One of the reasons I came back as vice chairman is to teach more and have less of the administrative duties.”

Kaye began his educational experience at the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University Medical College in New York. He did a radiology residency and fellowship at Cornell before accepting an assistant professorship there.

In 1976, Kaye came to Vanderbilt to head the musculoskeletal radiology section. While here, he helped design the new hospital and the department of radiology. He was named director of Diagnostic Radiology and later was selected as head of Ambulatory Radiology at the Vanderbilt Clinic.

Kaye left Vanderbilt in 1988 to chair the radiology department at Cornell’s Hospital for Special Surgery after Dr. Bob Freiberger, his mentor, retired.

Deciding to move to a more general hospital, Kaye accepted the department chair position at St. Vincent’s in 1997.

Moving back to Vanderbilt and Nashville was an easy decision for Kaye and his wife of 36 years, M. Bernadette. Two of their three children attended graduate school at Vanderbilt and still live in the area. “We have always liked Nashville,” he said.

Kaye looks forward to working with department chair Dr. Martin Sandler.

“Dr. Sandler and I make a very good team,” he said. “If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t have come here.

“This is a department that is growing rather than retracting,” Kaye added. “Morale is high and we have a super residency program.”

Sandler is also positive about his working relationship with Kaye.

“The opportunity to work with someone like Dr. Kaye is both a strength to the program and to the university,” said Sandler. “He is an outstanding teacher and administrator and has already had a tremendous impact on the department. We look forward to more advances in the future.”

Kaye, who focuses on musculoskeletal radiology, has published numerous articles in the area of radiology and orthopaedics and is the present treasurer for the International Skeletal Society.