Courtney M. Tomblinson, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Program Director
Neuroradiology Fellowship
Women in Radiology
Delivery Address
Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South, CCC-1118

Courtney Tomblinson, MD, is an honors graduate of Western Kentucky University and earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Mayo Clinic, during which she served as Chief Resident and received the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow award (2017). In 2018, Dr. Tomblinson was awarded the ACR Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship. In 2022-2023, she served as a JACR Bruce J. Hillman Fellow in Scholarly Publishing.

After completing a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), she joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2019 and currently serves as Director, Women in Radiology. She was previously Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency for 3 years. Other past leadership roles include serving as Chair of the American Society of Neuroradiology's Young Professional Society and on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Women in Radiology.

Dr. Tomblinson's clinical interests include head and neck cancer imaging, temporal bone imaging, and cranial nerve imaging. Her other professional interests and scholarly work focuses on utilization of technology in medical education where she is considered a leader in the field. Both through her Twitter account (@cmtomblinson) and in her roles as Contributing Editor to Social Media and Digital Innovation for Radiographics, on the JACR Editorial Board, and as Chair of the ASHNR Website and Social Media Committee, she develops and implements new educational content in the digital sphere. As AJNR Podcast Editor, Dr. Tomblinson disseminated knowledge about cutting edge Neuroradiology research and clinical applications through author interviews from recently published journal articles.

Section: Neuroradiology


Bunch PM, Tomblinson CM, Aiken AH, Kennedy TA. Digital Didactics: Introducing the New ASNR Neuroradiology Fellowship Curriculum [editorial]AJNR Am J Neuroradiol [print-electronic]. 2021 May 5/13/2021; PMID: 33985950, PII: ajnr.A7150, DOI: 10.3174/ajnr.A7150, ISSN: 1936-959X.

Patel MD, Benefield T, Hunt KN, Tomblinson CM, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Ong S, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. USMLE Step 3 Scores Have Value in Predicting ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-institutional StudyAcad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2021 May; 28(5): 726-32. PMID: 32773330, PII: S1076-6332(20)30412-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2020.06.032, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Tomblinson CM, Fletcher GP, Hu LS, Mi L, Howard BE, Nagel TH, Hinni ML, Hoxworth JM. Determination of posterolateral oropharyngeal wall thickness and the potential implications for transoral surgical margins in tonsil cancerHead Neck [print-electronic]. 2021 Mar 3/29/2021; PMID: 33780072, DOI: 10.1002/hed.26693, ISSN: 1097-0347.

Patel MD, Hunt KN, Benefield T, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Tomblinson CM, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. The Relationship Between ACR Diagnostic Radiology In-Training Examination Scores and ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-Institutional StudyJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Dec; 17(12): 1663-9. PMID: 32479797, PII: S1546-1440(20)30513-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.04.032, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Vilanilam GK, Wadhwa V, Tomblinson CM, McCarty JL, Samant RS. Trends in Neuroradiology Fellowship Match in the United States: Analysis of the 13-Year National Resident Matching Program DataCurr Probl Diagn Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Sep 9/24/2020; PMID: 33041160, PII: S0363-0188(20)30181-X, DOI: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2020.09.002, ISSN: 1535-6302.

Patel MD, Tomblinson CM, Benefield T, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Milburn JM, Ong S, Robbins JB, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Jordan SG. The Relationship Between US Medical Licensing Examination Step Scores and ABR Core Examination Outcome and Performance: A Multi-institutional StudyJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Aug; 17(8): 1037-45. PMID: 32220580, PII: S1546-1440(20)30238-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.02.017, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Tomblinson CM, Wadhwa V, Latimer E, Gauss CH, McCarty JL. Publicly Available Metrics Underestimate AJNR Twitter Impact and Follower EngagementAJNR Am J Neuroradiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Nov 11/14/2019; PMID: 31727751, PII: ajnr.A6299, DOI: 10.3174/ajnr.A6299, ISSN: 1936-959X.

Heyes R, Tomblinson CM, Lott DG. Multiple and Recurrent Oncocytic Cysts of the LarynxEar Nose Throat J [print-electronic]. 2019 Apr 4/15/2019; 145561319840208. PMID: 30987461, DOI: 10.1177/0145561319840208, ISSN: 1942-7522.

Tomblinson CM, Fletcher GP, Lidner TK, Wood CP, Weindling SM, Hoxworth JM. Parapharyngeal Space Venous Malformation: An Imaging Mimic of Pleomorphic AdenomaAJNR Am J Neuroradiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Jan; 40(1): 150-3. PMID: 30409847, PII: ajnr.A5859, DOI: 10.3174/ajnr.A5859, ISSN: 1936-959X.

Heyes R, Tomblinson CM, Lott DG. A fistulating oropharyngeal lesionEar Nose Throat J. 2018 Dec; 97(12): E15-E17. PMID: 30540896, ISSN: 1942-7522.

Tomblinson CM, Deep NL, Fletcher GP, Nelson KD, Patel AC, Weindling SM, Lane JI, Hoxworth JM. Normal Variant Occipital PneumatizationOtol. Neurotol. 2018 Oct; 39(9): e872-e875. PMID: 30080763, DOI: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001947, ISSN: 1537-4505.

Koontz NA, Kamer AP, Dodson SC, Capps AE, Tomblinson CM, Brown BP, Frank MS, Heitkamp DE. Social Media Utilization at an Academic Radiology PracticeAcad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Jan; 25(1): 111-7. PMID: 29056400, PII: S1076-6332(17)30371-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2017.08.012, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Tomblinson CM, Nagel TH, Hu LS, Zarka MA, Hoxworth JM. Median Lingual Lymph Nodes: Prevalence on Imaging and Potential Implications for Oral Cavity Cancer StagingJ Comput Assist Tomogr. 2016 Dec; 41(4): 528-34. PMID: 28099223, DOI: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000568, ISSN: 1532-3145.

Tomblinson CM, Deep NL, Weindling SM, Lane JI, Scheibler LS, Barrs DM, Hoxworth JM. Craniocervical Pneumatization: Estimation of Prevalence and Imaging of Treatment ResponseOtol Neurotol. 2016 Jul; 37(6): 708-12. PMID: 27050653, DOI: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001024, ISSN: 1537-4505.

Tomblinson CM, Cheng MR, Lal D, Hoxworth JM. The Impact of Middle Turbinate Concha Bullosa on the Severity of Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy in Patients with a Deviated Nasal SeptumAJNR Am J Neuroradiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jul; 37(7): 1324-30. PMID: 26939632, PMCID: PMC7960348, PII: ajnr.A4705, DOI: 10.3174/ajnr.A4705, ISSN: 1936-959X.

Jeng JY, Tomblinson CM, Ocal IT, Vikram HR, Lott DG. Laryngeal cryptococcosis: Literature review and guidelines for laser ablation of fungal lesionsLaryngoscope [print-electronic]. 2016 Jul; 126(7): 1625-9. PMID: 26536499, DOI: 10.1002/lary.25749, ISSN: 1531-4995.