Richard D. Dortch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

richard.dortch@vanderbilt.edu
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Education
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.S., Biomedical Engineering , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeB.S., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Office Address
Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
Research Description
Richard Dortch, Ph.D., earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and completed postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2012; he is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His research is focused on developing and validating quantitative MRI methods (e.g., magnetization transfer, diffusion, relaxometry) for the human spinal cord, optic nerve, and peripheral nerves. These methods are applied in patient populations (e.g., nerve trauma, inherited neuropathies, multiple sclerosis) to aid clinical decision-making and/or our ability to monitor disease progression.

Section: Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
Publications
Li K, Dortch RD, Kroop SF, Huston JW, Gochberg DF, Park JH, Damon BM. A rapid approach for quantitative magnetization transfer imaging in thigh muscles using the pulsed saturation method. Magn Reson Imaging [print-electronic]. 2015 Jul; 33(6): 709-17. PMID: 25839394, PMCID: PMC4755108, PII: S0730-725X(15)00090-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2015.03.003, ISSN: 1873-5894.

Dortch RD, Dethrage LM, Gore JC, Smith SA, Li J. Proximal nerve magnetization transfer MRI relates to disability in Charcot-Marie-Tooth diseases. Neurology [print-electronic]. 2014 Oct 10/21/2014; 83(17): 1545-53. PMID: 25253751, PMCID: PMC4222857, PII: WNL.0000000000000919, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000919, ISSN: 1526-632X.