Interpreting Images: SLU Recruits Six New Radiology Faculty
ST. LOUIS – Jeffrey Brown, M.D., who joined Saint Louis University as chair of radiology and part of the SLUCare practice a year ago, has brought on board several new radiologists to join him in the department. Brown came to SLU after 23 years at Washington University where he served as director of MRI, director of the research residency, and director of clinical research – a balanced clinical, educational and research background that informs his vision for his current department at SLU.
“Our top priority is clinical excellence,” Brown said. “I believe that every patient deserves our best effort. “We can do the best work when we invest in outstanding imaging equipment, when our faculty have been trained to make the right interpretations and when we are committed to outstanding service to our patients.”
Joining Brown and the department are six radiologists with advanced clinical training and research interests ranging from the use of artificial intelligence to diagnose disease to assessing health care costs and financing for patients.
|Rotimi Johnson, M.D.|
Rotimi Johnson, M.D.
Rotimi Johnson, M.D., assistant professor in the department of radiology, earned his medical degree from Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine, West Indies. He completed his internal medicine internship at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago; a diagnostic radiology residency at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, formerly known as Cook County Hospital; and an interventional radiology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Board-certified in diagnostic radiology, Johnson is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American Roentgen Radiology Society, the Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Johnson is affiliated with Saint Louis University Hospital and has clinical expertise in percutaneous ablative tumor therapy; hepatobiliary, genitourinary and gastrointestinal interventions; venous insufficiency; kyphoplasty; and uterine fibroid embolization. In addition to clinical and teaching responsibilities, Johnson has research interests in interventional oncology and uterine and prostate artery embolization.
|Nadeem Parkar, M.D.|
Nadeem Parkar, M.D.
Nadeem Parkar, M.D., serves as chief of the section of cardiac and thoracic imaging and is assistant professor in the department of radiology. He is board certified in radiology, internal medicine and critical care medicine.
After completing his fellowship in critical care medicine, Parkar joined the faculty of Saint Louis University as assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care. Three years later, he began a residency in diagnostic radiology at Saint Louis University and then a fellowship in cardiac and thoracic imaging at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Parkar has hospital affiliations at Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He has clinical expertise in both cardiac and thoracic imaging, especially in high resolution chest CT, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.
In addition to patient care and teaching responsibilities, Parkar's interests include imaging in interstitial lung disease and cardiac MRI.
|Martin Reis, M.D.|
Martin Reis, M.D.
Martin Reis, M.D., assistant professor in the department of radiology, earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then completed an internal medicine internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a radiology residency and a neuroradiology fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Reis is board-certified in both internal medicine and radiology. He has hospital affiliations at Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, and has clinical expertise in brain, head and neck, and spine radiology.
In addition to clinical and teaching responsibilities, Reis has research interests in assessing health care costs and financing as well as creating processes to more efficiently and cost-effectively provide excellent patient care in radiology.
|Vilaas Shetty, M.D.|
Vilaas Shetty, M.D.
Vilaas Shetty, M.D., assistant professor in the department of radiology, earned his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, followed by a radiology residency and a diagnostic radiology fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Shetty is also board certified in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology. He has hospital affiliations at Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center.
He has clinical expertise in adult and pediatric diagnostic neuroradiology, including head and neck imaging, skull base imaging, spine imaging, and brachial plexus and peripheral nerve imaging. In addition to patient care and teaching responsibilities, Shetty has research interests in imaging head and neck cancer.
|Kirubahara Vaheesan, M.D.|
Kirubahara Vaheesan, M.D.
Kirubahara Vaheesan, M.D., joins SLU as section chief of interventional radiology and associate professor in the department of radiology. Vaheesan earned his medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Tirunelveli Medical College, India, followed by a postgraduate degree (M.D.) in radio-diagnosis from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India. He completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Long Island Campus of Albert Einstein University of Medicine, New York, and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami.
He was awarded certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST) in clinical radiology by The Specialist Training Authority of The Medical Royal Colleges, United Kingdom. Vaheesan is also board certified in diagnostic radiology and certification of added qualification (CAQ) in vascular and interventional radiology.
He has hospital affiliations at Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and SSM St Mary's Health Center. He has clinical expertise in solid organ transplantation related interventions, dialysis interventions, interventional oncology, trauma related interventions, TIPS, and uterine artery embolization. His research interests include thrombolysis and liver transplant interventions.
|Yihua Zhou, M.D. Ph.D.|
Yihua Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
Yihua Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of radiology, completed his doctoral studies at the Edison Biotechnology Institute of the Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University, and earned his medical degree from Zunyi Medical College, Guizhou, China. Zhou completed an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, followed by a radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship both at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Zhou joins the SLUCare practice from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was an assistant professor and director of neuroradiology imaging protocols. Zhou is board certified in radiology and is the author of numerous abstracts and publications. He lectures frequently on the applications of advanced imaging techniques.
Zhou has hospital affiliations at Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, and has clinical expertise in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology. In addition to clinical and teaching responsibilities, he has research interests in the application of artificial intelligence in early disease diagnosis.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. SLUCare is the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
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