BRONX, N.Y., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed radiologist and researcher Judy Yee, M.D., FACR, has been named professor and university chair of the department of radiology at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Yee assumed her new position on September 15, 2017, marking a return to the Bronx, where she first discovered her passion for science at The Bronx High School of Science, and earned her medical degree from Einstein.
"Dr. Yee is a pioneer in 3D technology, and a dedicated scientist and educator, who has revolutionized screening best practices," said Philip O. Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D, chief operating officer, Montefiore Health System. "We are privileged to have her join our Montefiore-Einstein family and lead our team as we continue to demonstrate how new forms of imaging can improve patient outcomes and maximize clinical effectiveness."
Dr. Yee joins Montefiore and Einstein from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was professor and vice chair of the department of radiology and biomedical imaging. She also served as director of UCSF's 3D Imaging Laboratory, which she developed and equipped with multiple advanced technology systems used for clinical care, research and education. She was also the chief of radiology at the San Francisco VA Health Care System.
Dr. Yee is an accomplished researcher and expert in abdominal radiology. She is acclaimed for developing a novel technique called virtual colonoscopy, which is used around the world as a life-saving tool for detecting colorectal cancer. She published the primary textbook for virtual colonoscopies and has authored more than 150 publications on innovative techniques for liver, pancreatic and gastrointestinal tract imaging. She is the past president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.
"Dr. Yee is a true physician-scientist, who famously changed clinical practice due to her inventive and rigorous research in colorectal cancer," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein. "Our research community and student body will benefit enormously from her remarkable example, as well as her demonstrated commitment to education and mentoring."
Dr. Yee serves on the Editorial Boards of RadioGraphics, Abdominal Radiology and Journal of Computed Tomography. She is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee, and chair of its Gastrointestinal Course Program. She is also past chair of the Radiologic Society of North America's Information Committee. Dr. Yee is the recipient of many awards, including the Igor Laufer Visiting Professor Award from the Society of Abdominal Radiology, the Best Speaker Award from the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Howard Steinbach Outstanding Fellow Award, the Haile Debas Excellence in Teaching Award, and the UCSF Outstanding Radiology Faculty Mentoring Award.
After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University, Dr. Yee received her medical degree from Einstein. She completed an internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital and then returned to Einstein to complete radiology residency at Jacobi. Dr. Yee subsequently completed her fellowship in abdominal imaging at UCSF, before joining the UCSF faculty in 1993.
She will succeed Edward Stephen Amis, M.D., who is widely admired for his distinguished leadership of the department over the past 25 years.
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York's premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 11 hospitals, including the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube
About Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Einstein is home to 717 M.D. students, 166 Ph.D. students, 103 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and 278 postdoctoral research fellows. The College of Medicine has more than 1,900 full-time faculty members located on the main campus and at its clinical affiliates. In 2016, Einstein received more than $160 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes the funding of major research centers at Einstein in aging, intellectual development disorders, diabetes, cancer, clinical and translational research, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Its partnership with Montefiore, the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein, advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. Einstein runs one of the largest residency and fellowship training programs in the medical and dental professions in the United States through Montefiore and an affiliation network involving hospitals and medical centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and on Long Island. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and view us on YouTube.
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