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.

As the Assistant Director for the Vanderbilt Educator Development Program, Dr. Tomblinson supports and advances the medical education community across the institution through faculty development initiatives such as the EDP Scholars Program, EDP Workshops, and Educator Consult Service. 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 national 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 past Chair of the ASHNR Website and Social Media Committee, she develops and implements new educational content in the digital space. As previous 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


Katz S, Insogna I, Tomblinson C, Dave P, Matalon SA. Supporting Physicians through Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology. Radiographics. 2024 Feb;44(2):e230187. PMID: 38206832. 

Penn L, Golden ED, Tomblinson CM, Sugi M, Nickerson JP, Peterson RB, Tigges S, Kennedy TA. Training the New Radiologists: Approaches for Educations. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2024 Feb; S0887-2171(24)00004-0. PMID: 38373671. 

Schmults CD, Blitzblau R, Aasi SZ, Alam M, Amini A, Bibee K, Bolotin D, Bordeaux J, Chen PL, Contreras CM, DiMaio D, Donigan JM, Farma JM, Ghosh K, Harms K, Ho AL, Lukens JN, Manber S, Mark L, Medina T, Nehal KS, Nghiem P, Olino K, Park S, Patel T, Puzanov I, Rich J, Sekulic A, Shaha AR, Srivastava D, Thomas V, Tomblinson C, Venkat P, Xu YG, Yu S, Yusuf M, McCullough B, Espinosa S. NCCN Guidelines® Insights: Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Version 1.2024. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2024 Jan;22(1D):e240002. PMID: 38244274. 

Schmults CD, Blitzblau R, Aasi SZ, Alam M, Amini A, Bibee K, Bordeaux J, Chen PL, Contreras CM, DiMaio D, Donigan JM, Farma JM, Ghosh K, Harms K, Ho AL, Lukens JN, Mark L, Medina T, Nehal KS, Nghiem P, Olino K, Park S, Patel T, Puzanov I, Rich J, Sekulic A, Shaha AR, Srivastava D, Thomas V, Tomblinson C, Venkat P, Xu YG, Yu S, Yusuf M, McCullough B, Espinosa S. Basal Cell Skin Cancer, Version 2.2024, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2023 Nov;21(11):1181-1203. PMID: 37935106. 

Mathurin CE, Tomblinson CM. Katherine P. Andriole - A trailblazer in medical informatics and radiology. Clin Imaging. 2024 Mar;107:110069. Epub 2024 Jan 4. PMID: 38237327. 

Tomblinson CM, Patel AK. With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility. J Am Coll Radiol. 2023. Aug 25:S1546-1440(23)00629-4. PMID: 37634792. 

Traylor KS, Bastawrous S, Riedesel EL, Ballard DH, Hochhegger B, Ukeh I, Jaswal S, Agarwal M, Clarke JE, Lakhani DA, Balthazar P, Tomblinson CM, Bunch PM. A New (Digital) Era in Medical Journalism: Leveraging Social Media and Other Online Tools to Increase Reach and Engagement. Radiographics. 2023. 43(11):e230103. PMID: 37883299. 

Ross B, Tomblinson C. Beyond the AJR: Routine MRI May Provide Utility in Identifying Secondary Causes in Adult Patients With Suspected Bell Palsy at Initial Presentation. Am J Roentgenol AJR. 2023. Jun 28. PMID: 37377361. 

Tomblinson CM, Stowell J, Zavaletta V, Freeman N, Yong-Hing CJ, Carroll EF, Willis M, Flores EJ, Spalluto LB. Beyond the Binary: Moving the Radiology Workforce Toward Gender Inclusion. Am J Roentgen AJR. 2023;Oct;221(4):425-432. PMID: 36919881. 

Frederick-Dyer K, Andreotti R, Cooke E, Dove C, Fleischer A, Heyneman L, Patel-Lippmann K, Planz V, Sacks G, Snyder E, Spalluto L, Tomblinson C, Phillips C. Patient-Centered Care: Radiologists Advocate to Protect the Patient-Physician Relationship. J Am Coll Radiol. 2023;20(9):936-939. PMID: 37121499. 

Bunch PM, Tomblinson CM. Transition to Practice: Finding Your Niche. Radiographics. 2023 Apr;43(4):e220195. PMID: 36893054. 

Young PY, Kagetsu NJ, Tomblinson CM, Snyder EJ, Church AL, Mercado CL, Guzman Perez-Carrillo GJ, Jha P, Guerrero-Calderon JD, Jaswal S, Khosa F, Deitte L. The Intersection of Diversity and Well-being. Acad Radiology. 2023; Aug 25:S1546-1440(23)00629-4. PMID: 36813669. 

Karandikar A, Solberg A, Fung A, Lee AY, Farooq A, Taylor AC, Oliveira A, Narayan A, Senter A, Majid A, Tong A, McGrath AL, Malik A, Brown AL, Roberts A, Fleischer A, Vettiyil B, Zigmund B, Park B, Curran B, Henry C, Jaimes C, Connolly C, Robson C, Meltzer CC, Phillips CH, Dove C, Glastonbury C, Pomeranz C, Kirsch CFE, Burgan CM, Scher C, Tomblinson C,…. Radiologists staunchly support patient safety and autonomy, in opposition to the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Clin Imaging. 2023 Jan;93:117-121. PMID: 36064645.  

Koontz NA, Tomblinson CM, Shatzkes DR, Glastonbury CM, Phillips CD, Dean K, Strauss S, Agarwal M, Robson CD, Wiggins RH. A Gamified Social Media-Based Head and Neck Radiology Education Initiative of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology: Viewership and Engagement Trends at 3 Years. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2022; 43(12):1784-1791. PMID: 36456082.  

Andreotti RF, Arleo EK, Arora SS, Broder JC, Brook O, Cooke EA, Davis MA, Dodelzon K, Englander MJ, Fischbein NJ, Fleischer A, Frederick-Dyer K, Gerson RF, Gruen D, Hecht EM, Katzen JT, Kemp J, Kotsenas AL, Ladd LM, Malik A, McGinty G, Meltzer CC, Oliveira A, Phillips C, Porter KK, Rhyner P, Robson C, Shatzkes D, Spalluto LB, Sun M, Tomblinson C,…. Radiologists staunchly support patient safety and autonomy, in opposition to the SCOTUS draft. Clin Imaging. 2022 Sep;89:95-96. PMID: 35772335. 

Tomblinson CM, Snyder E, Huggett M, Bagga A, Spottswood SE, Omary RA, Dewey CM, Spalluto LB. Five Years Later: Impact of a Focused Women in Radiology Program. J Am Coll Radiol. Feb 2022. PMID: 35152965. 

Bunch PM, Tomblinson CM. RadioGraphics Social Media and Digital Innovation: One-Year Recap and a Look Ahead. Radiographics. 2022; 42(3):E86-87. PMID: 35363554 

Bunch PM, Tomblinson CM, Aiken AH, Kennedy TA. Digital Didactics: Introducing the New ASNR Neuroradiology Fellowship Curriculum. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2021 Aug; 42(8):1360-1361. PMID: 33985950. 

Carnahan MB, Segaran NL, Vilanilam GK, Tomblinson CM. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Radiographics Visual Abstracts for Quick Learning. Radiographics. 2021 Sep-Oct; 41(5):E145-146. 

Krishnapura SG, Tomblinson CM, Topf MC. Rate of Submandibular Gland Atrophy Secondary to Chronic Sialolithiasis. Ear Nose Throat J. 2021; 102(9):563-565. PMID: 34056944 

Tomblinson CM, Jaswal S, Bunch PM. Social Media and Digital Innovation: An Expanding Frontier for Journal Engagement. Radiographics. 2021 Jul-Aug; 41(4):E103-E104. PMID: 34197252 

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 Cancer. Head Neck. 2021 Jul; 43(7):2185-2192. PMID: 33780072 

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 match program data. Curr Prob Diagn Radiol 2021; 50(6):831-834. PMID: 33041160 

Patel MD, Tomblinson CM, Benefield T, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM et al. The relationship between US medical licensing examination step scores and ABR core examination outcome and performance: a multi-institutional study. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020; 17(8):1037-1045. PMID: 32220580 

Patel MD, Benefield T, Hunt KN, Tomblinson CM, Ali K, et al. USMLE step 3 scores have value in predicting ABR core examination outcome and performance: a multi-institutional study. Acad Radiol. 2020; 28(5):726-732. PMID: 32773330 

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 Study. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020;17(12):1663-1669. PMID: 32479797 

Tomblinson CM, Wadhwa V, Latimer E, Gauss CH, McCarty JL. Publicly available metrics underestimate AJNR Twitter impact and follower engagment. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2019; 40(12):1994-1997. PMID: 31727751 

Heyes R, Tomblinson CM, Lott DG. Multiple and recurrent oncocytic cysts of the larynx. Ear Nose Throat. 2020;99(5):NP43-NP55. PMID: 30987461 

Tomblinson CM, Fletcher GP, Lidner TK, Wood CP, Weindling SM, Hoxworth JM. Parapharyngeal Space Venous Malformation: An Imaging Mimic of Pleomorphic Adenoma. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2019; 40(1):150-153. PMID: 30409847 

Heyes R, Tomblinson CM, Lott DG. A fistulating oropharyngeal lesion. Ear Nose Throat 2018; 97(12):E15-E17. PMID: 30540896 

Tomblinson CM, Deep NL, Fletcher GP, Nelson KD, Patel AC, Weindling SM, Lane JI, Hoxworth JM. Normal variant occipital pneumatization. Otol Neurotol 2018; 39(9):872-875. PMID: 30080763 

Koontz, NA, Kamer AP, Dodson SC, Capps AE, Tomblinson CM, Brown BP, Frank MS, Keitkamp DE. Social media utilization at an academic radiology practice. Acad Radiol 2018; 25(1):111-117. PMID: 29056400 

Tomblinson CM, Nagel TH, Hu LS, Zarka M, Hoxworth JM. Median lingual lymph nodes: Prevalence on imaging and implications for transoral surgery. J Comput Assist Tomogr 2017; 41(4):528-534. PMID: 28099223 

Tomblinson CM, Cheng MR, Lal D, Hoxworth JM. The impact of middle turbinate concha bullosa on the severity of inferior turbinate hypertrophy inpatients with a deviated nasal septum. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2016; 37:1324-1330. PMID: 26939632 

Tomblinson CM, Deep NL, Weindling SM, Lane JI, Scheibler LS, Barrs DM, Hoxworth JM. Craniocervical pneumatization: estimation of prevalence and imaging of treatment response. Otol Neurotol 2016; 37:708-712. PMID: 27050653 

Jeng JY, Tomblinson CM, Ocal IT, Kibram HR, Lott DG. Laryngeal cryptococcosis: Literature review and guidelines for laser ablation of fungal lesions. Laryngoscope 2016; 126:1625-1629. PMID: 26536499 

King RA, Wright A, Miles C, Pendleton CS, Ebelhar A, Lane S, Parthasarathy PT. Newly discovered antiterminator RNAs in bacteriophage. J Bacteriol 2011; 193:5784-5792. PMID: 21840976