Krystyna Barnard
April 13, 2020

The Department of Radiology is excited to announce that Erin Cooke, MD, will join faculty as an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the Body Imaging section, effective Sept. 1, 2020. 

Dr. Cooke will come to Vanderbilt from Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC), where she has served as a staff radiologist specializing in Body Imaging, Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging since 2014.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Cooke to the Body Imaging section here at Vanderbilt,” said Christopher Jones, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology and Body Imaging Section Chief. “Dr. Cooke brings a wide breadth of clinical expertise, particularly in MRI. She also has a strong track record as an educator, currently serving as residency Co-program Director at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Undoubtedly, the addition of Dr. Cooke will help us further our mission of excellence in education as well as clinical service."

Dr. Cooke earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She subsequently  completed her residency at VMMC, and a fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. 

She currently holds various leadership positions at VMMC, and in leading radiology organizations, including the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition to serving as VMMC’s Diagnostic Radiology Residency Co-program Director, Dr. Cooke is VMMC’s Neuroradiology Section Teaching Coordinator and the Neurosciences Imaging Conference Course Co-director. She is a member of the ABR’s Angoff Committee, an ACR RadExam Question Writer and Editor.  

“We are delighted that Dr. Cooke will be joining us as faculty,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology. “She is an accomplished radiologist, educator and artist who can share her many talents to benefit our department and Medical Center.”

“The Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation that I am tremendously excited to contribute to,” added Dr. Cooke. “As a painter, as well as a diagnostic radiologist, I hope to bring perspective on integrating the arts with the science of radiology.”

Among Dr. Cooke’s extracurricular interests are painting and marathon running. Her art has been exhibited at galleries across the United States, and has resulted in a first place award at the American Roentgen Ray Society Art Forum.