June 21, 2019

Vikas Gulani, M.D., Ph.D., named chair of Department of Radiology

Vikas Gulani, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Radiology and the Fred Jenner Hodges Professor of Radiology, effective July 1. The board of regents approved both appointments on Thursday.

Gulani comes to U-M from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he served as the Joseph T. Wearn Professor and a professor of radiology, urology and biomedical engineering. He also was director of MRI and body MRI for University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and co-director of the Prostate Cancer Imaging Group and member of the Cancer Imaging Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from UCLA, he received a Master of Science, Ph.D. in physiology under Nobel Laureate Paul Lauterbur, Ph.D., and his M.D. from the University of Illinois. He then completed his intern year in internal medicine and residency in diagnostic radiology at Illinois and U-M, respectively, and also a postdoctoral fellowship in physics at the University of Würzburg in Germany, and fellowship in body MRI at Michigan.

Gulani began his academic career at CWRU, where he worked in body imaging, computed tomography (CT), diagnostic radiology, genitourinary procedures, MRI and ultrasound. He is a respected leader in MR research, focusing on technology development and translation in MRI, with areas of emphasis that include MR relaxometry, perfusion, diffusion, body MRI, and image acquisition and reconstruction.

He has been named a distinguished investigator by the Academy of Radiology Research and elected fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Please welcome Gulani to Michigan Medicine and thank Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., for her service as interim chair since April 2018. She provided outstanding leadership for the department’s faculty, staff and learners, and helped the Department of Radiology improve its top-10 ranking in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings.