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2004 Gold Medalist - Dr. Diego B. Nuñez, Jr.


Diego B. Nuñez, MD, MPH, chairs the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and is clinical professor of Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Nuñez has served as a member of the ASER Education Committee, Site Selection Committee and chair of and the Program, Bylaws and Nominating Committees. He has been a director-at-large, first vice president  and finally ASER president.

Dr. Nuñez is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology and has certificates of added qualification in Vascular/Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology. He received his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela in 1972 and a master's of public health, majoring in health policy and management from Harvard University in 2001. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a residency in radiology at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale Affiliated Hospitals. He served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1977.

After completion of his training, Dr. Nuñez became assistant professor of Radiology at his Alma Mater in Caracas, Venezuela until 1982. He then moved to Miami and rose through the academic ranks at the University of Miami School of Medicine from assistant professor of radiology, clinical associate professor of radiology, associate professor of radiology and professor of radiology and surgery in 1996. Dr. Nuñez was an attending radiologist at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the VA Medical Center in the section of Interventional Radiology and also served as section coordinator of Abdominal Interventional Radiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Nuñez served as chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Centro Medico Caracas, while maintaining a voluntary faculty appointment at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he also served as visiting fellow in Neuroradiology and MRI in 1989. In 1992, he became the section chief of the Emergency and Trauma Radiology section of the Department of Radiology at the University of Miami Medical Center and the first director of Radiology of the Ryder Trauma Center and the Emergency Department at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In this position, he initiated an emergency/trauma radiology fellowship, which soon gained reputation as one the prime programs in the nation for comprehensive training in imaging of the acutely ill patient. Dr. Nuñez also held positions as chief of the University of Miami Radiology Services at Cedars Medical Center (1995/1998), as well as coordinator of Neuro-angiography Services at Jackson Memorial Medical Center (1994/1995).

In 1999, Dr. Nuñez moved to Boston as visiting Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and staff radiologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital. In the year 2000 he was appointed Director of Emergency Radiology, and thereafter conducted the Harvard courses in Emergency Radiology and was appointed Director of post-graduate education in Radiology at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

In September 2001, Dr. Nuñez became the Chairman of Radiology at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and Professor of Radiology at Yale Medical School.

Dr. Nuñez's research interests are in trauma imaging, particularly as it applies to effective utilization of imaging resources and has published seminal contributions in CT imaging of suspected spine trauma and vascular injuries. Dr. Nuñez has numerous publications in the assessment of penetrating trauma and the applications of ultrasound in suspected abdominal trauma. In addition, radiology management and radiology education are areas of particular interest of Dr. Nuñez. His bibliography includes over 100 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Nuñez is associate editor of Emergency Radiology and has served on the editorial board since 1998. He is also an active reviewer for Radiology, the American Journal of Roentgenology, Radiographics, the American Journal of Neuroradiology and the Journal of Trauma. He has also been in the editorial advisory board of Diagnostic Imaging (1995-98) and the International Editorial Board of Revista Mexicana de Radiologia and Revista Espanola de Radiologia since 1996.

In addition to being an active member of ASER, Dr. Nuñez has been a member of the American College of Radiology and served on its Committee of Standards and Accreditation, RSNA (Scientific Program Committee member and Refresher Course faculty), American Roentgen Ray Society (coordinator of Instructional Courses/Emergency Radiology track), American Board of Radiology (Writer Task Force), American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, New England Roentgen Ray Society (Vice-President 2002/2003) and Inter-American College of Radiology (President 1996/1998).

Dr. Nuñez is also an honorary member of many international radiological societies and recently received the gold medal of the Inter-American College of Radiology for his outstanding contributions to international radiology education. Dr. Nuñez has delivered over 300 lectures and scientific presentations and has numerous visiting professorships that include, among others, the University of Naples in Italy, the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, McGill University, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University, Yale/New Haven Hospital, University of Connecticut, Boston University Medical Center and the Barrow Neurological Institute. He is an RSNA international visiting professor and has lectured for the national radiological societies and medical schools in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Spain and Italy.  


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