Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD Named the Inaugural William R. Brody Professor of Pediatric Radiology and Child Health at Stanford University
July 20th, 2021
The Department of Radiology is pleased to announce that Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD has been named the inaugural William R. Brody Professor of Pediatric Radiology and Child Health at Stanford University. An appointment to an endowed chair is the highest honor the University can bestow on a faculty member. This professorship was established with a gift from Dr. William R. Brody to support a faculty member whose academic or clinical focus is pediatric radiology. Dr. Brody is an alumni of Stanford, having received his MD and PhD here.
Dr. Vasanawala serves as Radiologist-in-Chief for Stanford Children's Health and Division Chief of Pediatric Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. After completing undergraduate studies in mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, he pursued a medical degree and doctorate in biophysics at Stanford University, where his studies led to a resurgence of signal efficient methods in magnetic resonance imaging. After residency in radiology and a fellowship in pediatric radiology, Dr. Vasanawala joined the faculty at Stanford University. He then focused efforts on building the MRI programs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and building the Division of Body MRI.
Dr. Vasanawala leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing fast and quantitative pediatric medical imaging methods. The group’s efforts include development of new medical imaging hardware, new pediatric-friendly image acquisition methods, novel image reconstruction approaches and unique strategies to image analysis. These endeavors have led to the first routine clinical translational deployment of high density pediatric specific MRI receiver coils, the first routine clinical use of innovative compressive sensing and deep learning medical image reconstruction methods, and the routine ability to obtain high resolution pediatric images with reduced anesthesia. Together, these efforts, and those of other pediatric radiology faculty, have contributed to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford becoming a leading pediatric MRI program internationally. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications and 25 patents, he has developed a deep collaborative network within Stanford and beyond. Dr. Vasanawala has received many honors for his work, including membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and Fellowship in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).