Pamela K. Woodard, MD, a national leader in cardiothoracic imaging, has been named head of the Department of Radiology, director of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) and the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She will begin her new role July 1.
In this new role, she will leverage her extensive research, clinical and leadership experience in the field of radiology. She is currently the Hugh Monroe Wilson Professor of Radiology, senior vice chair and division director of MIR’s Radiology Research Facilities, director of the Center for Clinical Imaging Research, head of Advanced Cardiac Imaging CT/MRI, director of the Radiology Research Residency Program, and director of TOP-TIER, a clinician-scientist training program for residents and fellows.
“Dr. Woodard was unanimously selected by our leadership team from a deep and impressive group of candidates,” said David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor. “We believe she can lead us in further defining the career of radiologists and imaging scientists, the role of imaging in personalized medicine, and new strategies for diagnosis and treatment through interventional, minimally invasive and even noninterventional approaches that will advance human health. Her experience in collaborative work with other clinical and preclinical departments is an essential ingredient of the virtuous cycle of academic medicine that exemplifies the partnership of WashU Medicine and BJC HealthCare.”
Also a professor of medicine, of pediatrics and of biomedical engineering, Woodard conducted seminal research that led to the translation of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into clinical practice, including methods to improve imaging quality by suppressing respiratory motion. Such methods are in use in pediatric cardiac and congenital heart imaging.