Smith Named Associate Director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

The following article originally appeared in the Oct. 4, 2018, edition of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter.


Seth Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of the Center for Human Imaging in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS), has been appointed the institute’s first associate director.

“Seth has served VUIIS for several years as an effective leader of the Center for Human Imaging,” and will continue as associate center director, said VUIIS Director John Gore, PhD, the Hertha Ramsey Cress Professor of Medicine and University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the School of Medicine.

In his new role, Smith “will be charged with expanding VUIIS translational imaging efforts, fostering corporate relationships and enabling optimal management of core resources,” Gore said.

Smith is associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and he is a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiological Research. Among other research projects, he and his colleagues are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study spinal cord function in health and disease.

Smith is a member of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Basic Science Research Advisory Committee. He also is a member of the 2017 class of the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellows, a group of highly accomplished and recently tenured faculty members who receive two years of support for their research and scholarship.

The VUIIS was established in 2002 as a university-wide initiative to bring together engineers and scientists whose interests span the spectrum of imaging research — from the underlying physics of imaging techniques to the application of imaging tools to study the brain’s inner workings.

Gore, the founding director, also holds faculty appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Physics and Astronomy, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Seth Smith, Ph.D.