Personal HistoryReuben Mezrich, MD, PhD, FACR, is professor and former chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Mezrich received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He began his career as an electrical engineer at the Sarnoff Research Labs, where he worked in cryogenics, holography and ultrasound. He obtained his PhD in electrical engineering while at the Sarnoff Research Labs, developing novel read-write holographic computer memories based on magneto-optic thin films. His work on ultrasound led to the development of novel ways to screen for breast cancer and he moved to J & J Engineering, Inc. as director of research of the Special Projects Group.
The development and testing of the ultrasonic breast screening system rekindled an interest in medicine in Dr. Mezrich and, after 16 years in the engineering industry, he was accepted to the MD/PhD program at the University of Miami. He continued his training as an intern in medicine and a resident in radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), where he also completed a fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
He then joined the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, as director of magnetic resonance imaging in its Laurie Imaging Center and was appointed assistant professor at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Rutgers University. After 11 years he returned to HUP as an associate professor of radiology with the specific charge to create a digital department – which he did. When the chairman who recruited him back to HUP stepped down, Dr. Mezrich was asked to be interim chair of radiology, a position he held for three years.
He was then recruited to Harvard Medical School in Boston as an associate professor in radiology and to join its Center for Innovation in Medicine and Minimally Invasive Therapy as director of technology. Additionally, he was an attending radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business. After two years in Boston, he was recruited to Maryland in 2002.
Dr. Mezrich holds 25 patents, has published over 40 papers and given numerous talks on MRI, the application of digital and computer techniques to medicine and the implication of new imaging technologies on the future of medicine and on medical education.
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