Reed A. Omary, M.D.

Faculty Appointments
Chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Professor of Biomedical EngineeringCarol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Chair in Radiology and Radiological Sciences
M.S., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VirginiaM.D., Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IllinoisB.S., Medicine, Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago, Illinois
Office Address
1161 -- 21st Avenue South
Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232
Clinical Description
Reed A. Omary, M.D., M.S., is the Carol D. and Henry P. Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee.

With more than 20 years of experience as a practicing interventional radiologist, scientist and educator, Omary has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has presented more than 100 invited lectures at top institutions and international meetings. He has received more than $7 million in grant funding, which includes two R01 grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research related to image-guided therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma.

From 2011 to 2017, Omary was a full member, and the only interventional radiologist, on the NIH Medical Imaging Study Section. Since 2017, he has chaired the NIH Special Emphasis Panels on Bioengineering Research Partnerships in imaging. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, and is Treasurer of the Association of University Radiologists. In January 2019, he will join the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Radiology as an Associate Editor.

Omary is deeply committed to the training and mentorship of medical students, residents and fellows. He has trained 110 clinical interventional radiology fellows, and his research trainees have received more than 60 awards.

Prior to joining VUMC in 2012, Omary was a Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Research at Northwestern University Medical School. During that time he also served as Chief of Interventional Radiology Services at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago.

In addition to his radiology leadership at VUMC, Omary co-leads the Medical Center’s strategic planning efforts, and is the founder and director of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Medical Innovators Development Program. He is also an avid public speaker who promotes innovation in health care within multiple national radiology organizations and for the general public via his podcast, “Innovation Activists: Designing Health Care’s Future.”

Omary earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University’s six-year Honors Program in Medical Education. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Virginia before returning to Northwestern for his fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology.

Mainiero MB, Omary RA, Norbash AM. Moving a National Medical Meeting in Response to California's Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Discrimination Travel Ban. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Apr 4/30/2019; PMID: 31053449, PII: S1546-1440(19)30062-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.01.024, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Sundaram KM, Pevzner SJ, Magarik M, Couture P, Omary RA, Donnelly EF. Preliminary Evaluation of Gamification in Residency Training. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Apr 4/30/2019; PMID: 31053448, PII: S1546-1440(19)30201-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.02.040, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Deitte LA, Omary RA. The Power of Design Thinking in Medical Education. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Mar 3/11/2019; PMID: 30867087, PII: S1076-6332(19)30078-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2019.02.012, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Canon CL, Enzmann DR, Grist TM, Meltzer CC, Norbash A, Omary RA, Rawson JV, Recht MP. Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments Statement of Support for Paid Parental Leave [letter]. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Mar; 16(3): 271-2. PMID: 30832826, PII: S1546-1440(18)31594-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.12.029, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Spottswood SE, Spalluto LB, Washington ER, Donnelly EF, Birch AA, Bradshaw ML, Omary RA. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Diversity Program for Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Feb 2/7/2019; PMID: 30745038, PII: S1546-1440(18)31556-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.12.007, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Deitte LA, McGinty GB, Canon CL, Omary RA, Johnson PT, Slanetz PJ. Shifting From Mentorship to Sponsorship-A Game Changer!. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Dec 12/12/2018; PMID: 30552002, PII: S1546-1440(18)31293-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.10.004, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Watchmaker JM, Lipnik AJ, Fritsche MR, Baker JC, Mouli SK, Geevarghese S, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Are prophylactic antibiotics necessary prior to transarterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with native biliary anatomy?. J Surg Oncol [print-electronic]. 2018 May; 117(6): 1312-7. PMID: 29513895, DOI: 10.1002/jso.24993, ISSN: 1096-9098.

Omary RA. Social Media and Education in Radiology: Let's Start with Why. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Mar 3/16/2018; PMID: 29555565, PII: S1076-6332(18)30073-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.02.005, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Cogswell PM, Deitte LA, Donnelly EF, Morgan VL, Omary RA. Attitudes of Radiology Program Directors Toward MD-PhD Trainees, Resident Research Productivity, and Dedicated Research Time. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Mar 3/9/2018; PMID: 29530487, PII: S1076-6332(18)30067-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.029, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Fritsche MR, Watchmaker JM, Lipnik AJ, Baker JC, Geevarghese S, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Outpatient Transarterial Chemoembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Review of a Same-Day Discharge Strategy. J Vasc Interv Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Feb 2/23/2018; PMID: 29478795, PII: S1051-0443(17)31038-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvir.2017.11.018, ISSN: 1535-7732.

Stokes LS, Spalluto LB, Omary RA. Jump-Starting a Radiology Patient Advisory Group: Key Learning Points and Accomplishments Over the First Year. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jun 6/16/2016; PMID: 27318575, PII: S1546-1440(16)30234-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.04.022, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Koran ME, Lipnik AJ, Baker JC, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Procedural Impact of a Dedicated Interventional Oncology Service Line in a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jun 6/11/2016; PMID: 27297700, PII: S1546-1440(16)30307-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.04.033, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Li W, Zhang Z, Gordon AC, Chen J, Nicolai J, Lewandowski RJ, Omary RA, Larson AC. SPIO-labeled Yttrium Microspheres for MR Imaging Quantification of Transcatheter Intrahepatic Delivery in a Rodent Model. Radiology [print-electronic]. 2016 Feb; 278(2): 405-12. PMID: 26313619, PMCID: PMC4734158, DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2015150315, ISSN: 1527-1315.

Hartley BI, Nichols MB, Donnelly EF, Harris CM, Omary RA. Pursuing Innovation With the Tech Transfer Center. J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jun; 12(6): 604-6. PMID: 25865753, PII: S1546-1440(15)00025-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.01.010, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Kim DH, Chen J, Omary RA, Larson AC. MRI visible drug eluting magnetic microspheres for transcatheter intra-arterial delivery to liver tumors. Theranostics. 2015; 5(5): 477-88. PMID: 25767615, PMCID: PMC4350010, PII: thnov05p0477, DOI: 10.7150/thno.10823, ISSN: 1838-7640.