Kaye Lecture in Musculoskeletal Imaging

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The Jeremy J. Kaye Lecture in Musculoskeletal Imaging was established in 2018 in honor of Jeremy J. Kaye, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Radiology and Radiological Sciences with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The lecture honors Dr. Kaye’s contributions as Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, as well as his commitment to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the field of musculoskeletal imaging.

A native of northern Wisconsin, Dr. Kaye received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and his Medical Doctorate from Cornell University Medical College in New York. After a brief internship in medicine with Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Kaye completed his diagnostic radiology residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He entered the United States Army Reserve in 1969 and rose to the rank of Major before receiving the Army Commendation Medal for Exceptionally Meritorious Service in 1971. Afterwards, Dr. Kaye returned to Cornell and the Hospital for Special Surgery as Assistant Professor of Radiology, a position he held for five years. He was first recruited to Vanderbilt in 1976 as Associate Professor and was appointed Director of Diagnostic Radiology and Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology before achieving the academic title of Professor in 1980. In 1988, Dr. Kaye was recruited back to Cornell as Professor to serve as Director and Chief Radiologist for the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery. In 1997, he became Chairman for the Department of Radiology and Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. Dr. Kaye returned to Vanderbilt in 2000 as Vice-Chairman for the Department of Radiology and Associate Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. He served as Interim Chairman for one year until his appointment as Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair of Radiology and Radiological Sciences in 2007. As chairman, Dr. Kaye led the department to become not only one of VUMC’s largest departments, but also one of the nation’s largest with more than 150 faculty, fellows and residents. He stepped down from his position as chairman in 2012, and retired as Professor Emeritus in October 2014. 

Throughout his 43-year career, Dr. Kaye authored more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as six textbooks. He was invited speaker at more than 500 lectures, conducted dozens of instructional courses, and was visiting professor at more than 70 medical centers, both nationally and internationally. He was a member of 20 professional organizations in which he held various committee and officer positions, including examiner for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and President of the International Skeletal Society (ISS). He served as Editor of Skeletal Radiologyfor 11 years, and of Radiologyfor five years. As a result of his numerous contributions, Dr. Kaye was the recipient of more than 30 awards of distinction, including the ISS Founders’ Gold Medal, and ABR’s Distinguished Service and Lifetime Service awards. 

He passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, and was survived by his wife, Bernadette, their children Patrick, Michael and Katie, and grandchildren.