Rofsky named chairman of radiology

By Kristen Holland Shear / October-November 2010

Dr. Neil M. Rofsky, an internationally acclaimed radiologist with specific expertise in body magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance angiography and translational research, has joined UT Southwestern as chairman of the Department of Radiology. He succeeds Dr. Robert Parkey, who recently stepped down as chair after more than three decades.

Dr. Greg Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, said, “Dr. Rofsky comes to UT Southwestern at a critical time, as we look to imaging programs to play a central role in our continued clinical and academic growth. He has the skills, both personal and professional, to be an outstanding leader of the department and the school.”

        Dr. Neil M. Rofsky

Dr. Rofsky was recruited from Harvard Medical School, where he served as professor of radiology and director of MRI at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He pioneered the development and application of many advanced imaging techniques, including noninvasive magnetic resonance angiography and noninvasive 3D approaches to measure liver fat and iron within the span of a breath hold.

In addition to leading the radiology department, Dr. Rofsky is also a member of the governing board and co-director of translational research for UT Southwestern’s Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC). Through this appointment, he is working to develop novel approaches to detecting and monitoring prostate, liver and renal cancers through the use of high-spatial-resolution techniques.

An authority in cancer-related imaging, Dr. Rofsky maintains several active National Institutes of Health grants, and his results have been published in more than 150 scientific journals. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a member of the board of trustees for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine as well as the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance.

Dr. Rofsky said he looks forward to “bringing fresh perspectives to UT Southwestern from the rich experiences obtained while at NYU and Beth Israel Deaconess.”

“I also plan to build on Bob Parkey’s legacy of technological prowess and leadership in the Department of Radiology,” Dr. Rofsky said. “The vital way in which our department touches almost all others requires us to be a central resource for expert consultations, excellent service and intellectual vibrancy. It is a great opportunity to lead the department during such a unique and exciting time of UT Southwestern’s history.”

A graduate of New York Medical College, Dr. Rofsky earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland. He also completed a fellowship in nuclear medicine at the University of Utah Medical Center before training at New York University Medical Center, where he completed his radiology residency as well as fellowships in abdominal imaging and magnetic resonance imaging.

He and his wife, Lisa, have two teenage children.

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Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.

Dr. Rofsky holds the Effie and Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging.