“Imaging has become a major positive force in facilitating the performance of safe and accurate modern health care.”

Burton P. Drayer, MD
Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology

Under the leadership of Burton P. Drayer, MD, the Department of Radiology has made enormous strides in advancing the application of imaging technology. The department continues to achieve clinical and educational excellence, propel innovative research and development, and improve patient-centered service and optimized communication through digital platforms.

Dr. Drayer is a nationally recognized authority on the use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosing neurological disorders. His clinical research interests focus on the normal aging brain and on the use of innovative imaging techniques for early detection of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and brain infarction. As Director of Radiology, he oversees all inpatient and outpatient imaging activities.

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Drayer served as President of Mount Sinai Hospital and as Executive Vice President for Hospital and Clinical Affairs. During his tenure, the hospital demonstrated measurable growth, from facility expansion to improved financial performance. He continues as Executive Vice President for Risk, overseeing medical liability and enterprise risk evaluation.

Dr. Drayer holds leadership positions in several radiologic associations. In 2011, he will become President of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) — following his term as Chairman of the Board in 2009 — a platform that will allow him to further champion the role of imaging and sustain efforts to digitize health care technologies. He is also a Past President of the New York Roentgen Society and of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He received a three-year appointment to the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology in 2009.

Dr. Drayer has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology (2008), the Cornelius G. Dyke Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology (1977), and the President's Award (First Prize) from the Pittsburgh Roentgen Ray Society (1977). He has produced nearly 200 published papers on topics such as improving diagnostic specificity in multiple sclerosis, primary brain tumors, brain infarction, and neurodegenerative disease.

Furthermore, Dr. Drayer has made seminal discoveries in delineating brain iron using high-field MRI, utilizing CT scanning and nonradioactive xenon to measure regional cerebral blood flow, defining the adverse reactions related to intrathecal contrast media, and he has helped to popularize the use of MR angiography for the carotid and intracranial circulation. He has authored numerous book chapters, and he was editor of the Neuroimaging Clinics of North America from 1991 to 2005.

After earning his medical degree at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Drayer completed two residencies — one in neurology at the University of Vermont and another in diagnostic radiology at the University of Pittsburgh — and he is board certified in both. Dr. Drayer remained in Pittsburgh to pursue a fellowship in neuroradiology. He went on to become Director of Neuroimaging and Associate Director of Metabolic Imaging at Duke University Medical Center, where he worked from 1979 to 1985. In 1986, he joined the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix as Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Research, where later he was named Radiologist in Chief. Dr. Drayer joined Mount Sinai in 1995 as the Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology.


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