Dr. Eric Rohren named chair of radiology
Dr. Eric Rohren, Chair of Department of Radiology

Dr. Eric Rohren, a national leader in radiology and nuclear medicine, has been named chair of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. His appointment is effective Oct. 1.

Rohren currently serves as a professor in the Departments of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is chief of the Section of Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

“Dr. Rohren is nationally recognized for his leadership in nuclear medicine, a funded researcher and skilled educator,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “He is an ideal leader for the radiology department, with his clear understanding of the College’s strategic mission in education, research and patient care.”

Rohren has held leadership positions in several national groups, including the American College of Radiology, the Radiologic Society of North America, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. His research interests include cancer imaging, novel radiotracers in oncology and neurology and targeted radioisotope therapies. He has worked extensively on PET/CT reporting and has developed guidelines for report structure and content through his work with the PET Utilization Task Force.

“Baylor College of Medicine embodies the triad of academic medicine: outstanding patient care, innovative and clinically-driven research and a strong commitment to education for the next generation of physicians and scientists,” Rohren said. “Imaging touches all aspects of medicine, and emerging techniques in molecular imaging and therapeutics will open up new vistas in patient care. I am excited to be joining the College and look forward to helping fulfill its objectives through the integration of transformative imaging technologies.”

Rohren received his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and earned his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and his doctorate from Mayo Graduate School in Immunology. He completed residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship training in nuclear medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

Rohren has been on the MD Anderson faculty since 2007, and prior to that held appointments as a faculty physician at the Mayo Clinic and as medical director of several molecular imaging centers in Florida.