October 10, 2003

Pediatric Radiology names radiology chief and associate director

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Dr. Marta Hernanz-Schulman

Pediatric Radiology names radiology chief and associate director

Kim Halliburton

Kim Halliburton

Pediatric Radiology — which will be housed in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt — has named a new chief of pediatric radiology, Dr. Marta Hernanz-Schulman, and has appointed Kim Halliburton as Associate Director for Pediatric Radiology.

Dr. Marta Hernanz-Schulman has served at Vanderbilt since 1988, most recently as professor of Radiology and Radiological sciences, and professor of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Hernanz-Schulman has made an enormous contribution to the next level of Pediatric Radiology,” said Dr. Martin P. Sandler, chair of the Department of Radiolog and Radiologuc Sciences. “We are really fortunate to have her take a leadership role in Pediatric Radiology at the Children’s Hospital.”

A graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, Hernanz-Schulman received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she trained in pediatric radiology at Harvard.

In addition to several other awards and honors, Hernanz-Schulman has received the Caffey Award in pediatric radiology research, and most recently, the President’s Recognition Award from the Society for Pediatric Radiology this year.

She has authored more than 90 publications, has participated in 12 grants and has written 18 book chapters and reviews. She has served in the Editorial Board of Radiology, the Board of Directors of the Society for Pediatric Radiology, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Pediatric Radiology.

“This is a brand new challenge to actually be in our own Children’s Hospital where the entire department is geared to children. Our goal is to have a fully integrated imaging department for children,” she said. The office will be assisted by our team of pediatric radiology staff, Dr. Stein, Dr. Singh and Dr. Stokes.”

Hernanz-Schulman succeeds Dr. Richard M. Heller, who has stepped down after founding the division 28 years ago. He will continue to serve as professor of Radiology and Radiologic Sciences and Pediatrics, and to head the Pediatric Radiology fellowship program.

“I think Dr. Heller has made an outstanding contribution to the Medical Center in many different facets. He started pediatric radiology in the department, was one of the initiators of the radiology residency program, was key in the recruitment and training of the residency program and has contributed to the academic well-being of the department,” Sandler said. “He has been a major force in radiology for the past 25 years at Vanderbilt, as well as nationally and internationally.”

Kim Halliburton has been appointed Associate Director for Pediatric Radiology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Halliburton will be working with 43 technologists and support personnel who will make up the new team dedicated to pediatric services.

“Kim has exhibited exceptional leadership while in the department of radiology and I am delighted that she has accepted the position of Director of Clinical Services in radiology at Children’s hospital,” said Sandler. “We are most fortunate to have Kim leading our team of highly trained staff and technologists that will move over to Children’s Hospital in December.”

Halliburton has worked in health care management for more than nine years, serving as assistant director of Radiology Clinical Services prior to her promotion. In her new role as administrative director, she is charged with developing Radiology services within Children’s Hospital, including all aspects of supporting the 69,000 pediatric procedures the team performs throughout the year.

“I’m excited to be leading a team that will dedicate the extra attention that children deserve,” Halliburton said. “This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Halliburton began her career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital and joined Vanderbilt in 1989.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Imaging Technology from Belmont University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Trevecca Nazarene University.

All three will move from the Medical Center to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt upon its completion.