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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 10, 2023) — Rajeev Suri, MD, MBA, has been named chairman of the Department of Radiology in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Suri, who previously served as interim chair of the Department of Radiology, was selected after an extensive national search. Robert Hromas, MD, FACP, professor and dean of the Long School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, announced the appointment on Jan. 6.
Suri completed his medical school training at Christian Medical College in Punjab, India, followed by radiology residency training at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. He then completed his diagnostic radiology residency training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; his radiology research fellowship training at Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and an interventional radiology fellowship at UCLA. Suri also obtained his MBA in health care leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020.
Suri has long been active in clinical research, having participated in multiple funded clinical and translational studies in interventional oncology and peripheral vascular disease. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters and has presented more than 200 educational or scientific seminars at various national and international conferences. He has received more than 50 national and international awards, including being elected Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR), Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology (FSIR), and Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (FCIRSE).
Excellence as a teacher and mentor
He is dedicated to radiology training, with service in the Long School of Medicine as past radiology residency director, interventional radiology fellowship program director and vice chair of education. He is an invited oral board examiner of the American Board of Radiology and has served on the board of directors of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. He has been awarded The University of Texas System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Presidential Teaching Excellence Award, the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and the American Board of Radiology Volunteer Service Award. He was inducted into The University of Texas System Ken Shine Academy for Health Science Education and was a finalist in the Parker J. Palmer ‘Courage to Teach’ Award for Program Director Excellence of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Service in multiple roles
He has been dedicated to serving the health science center’s clinical partner, University Hospital, as president of medical-dental staff (chief of staff) and as medical director for radiology services. He was elected chairman of the medical faculty assembly committee at the health science center. Suri was also elected president of the Bexar County Medical Society for last year and continues as a member of the society’s executive committee and board of directors. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Texas Radiological Society.
Suri is married to Vibha Bhasin, MD, a cytopathologist who trained at UT Health San Antonio and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and is currently practicing in San Antonio. They have one son, Abhinav, who is a second-year medical student at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
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