Reed A. Omary, M.D., M.S.

Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Delivery Address
Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South, CCC-1118

With more than 20 years of experience as a practicing interventional radiologist, scientist and educator, Reed Omary, MD, MS, has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has presented more than 100 invited lectures at top institutions and international meetings. He has received more than $7 million in grant funding, which includes two R01 grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research related to image-guided therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma.

From 2011 to 2017, Omary was a full member, and the only interventional radiologist, on the NIH Medical Imaging Study Section. He has chaired NIH Special Emphasis Panels on Bioengineering Research Partnerships in imaging. He currently serves as President of the Association of University Radiologists and as President-elect of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. In January 2019, he joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Radiology as an Associate Editor.

Omary is deeply committed to the training and mentorship of medical students, residents and fellows. He has trained 110 clinical interventional radiology fellows and his research trainees have received more than 60 awards.

In addition to his radiology leadership at VUMC, Omary is Chair of the Board for the Vanderbilt Medical Group and co-leads the Medical Center’s strategic planning. He founded and directed Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Medical Innovators Development Program until 2022. He is an avid public speaker who promotes innovation and sustainability in health care within multiple national radiology organizations. He also shares his vision with the world through his podcast, “Innovation Activists: Designing Health Care’s Future.” He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, a highly selective executive leadership program that brings together a diverse group of leaders from industries across Metro Nashville to share insights and learn effective leadership techniques.

Prior to joining VUMC in 2012, Omary was a Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Research at Northwestern University Medical School. During that time he also served as Chief of Interventional Radiology Services at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago.

Omary earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University’s six-year Honors Program in Medical Education. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Virginia before returning to Northwestern for his fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology.


Planz VB, Spalluto LB, Savoie B, Bradshaw M, Motuzas CL, Block JJ, Omary RATogether/Apart During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Inclusion in the Time of Social DistancingJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Jul; 17(7): 915-7. PMID: 32450133, PMCID: PMC7236662, PII: S1546-1440(20)30532-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.05.009, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Spalluto LB, Planz VB, Stokes LS, Pierce R, Aronoff DM, McPheeters ML, Omary RATransparency and Trust During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PandemicJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Jul; 17(7): 909-12. PMID: 32387089, PMCID: PMC7252182, PII: S1546-1440(20)30490-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.04.026, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Slanetz PJ, Omary RA, Mainiero MB, Deitte LA. Educating the Next Generation of Leaders in RadiologyJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2020 Jan 1/28/2020; PMID: 32004481, PII: S1546-1440(20)30005-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.12.028, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Mainiero MB, Omary RA, Norbash AM. Moving a National Medical Meeting in Response to California's Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Discrimination Travel BanJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Apr 4/30/2019; PMID: 31053449, PII: S1546-1440(19)30062-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.01.024, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Sundaram KM, Pevzner SJ, Magarik M, Couture P, Omary RA, Donnelly EF. Preliminary Evaluation of Gamification in Residency TrainingJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Apr 4/30/2019; PMID: 31053448, PII: S1546-1440(19)30201-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.02.040, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Deitte LA, Omary RAThe Power of Design Thinking in Medical EducationAcad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Mar 3/11/2019; PMID: 30867087, PII: S1076-6332(19)30078-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2019.02.012, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Canon CL, Enzmann DR, Grist TM, Meltzer CC, Norbash A, Omary RA, Rawson JV, Recht MP. Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments Statement of Support for Paid Parental Leave [letter]J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Mar; 16(3): 271-2. PMID: 30832826, PII: S1546-1440(18)31594-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.12.029, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Spottswood SE, Spalluto LB, Washington ER, Donnelly EF, Birch AA, Bradshaw ML, Omary RADesign, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Diversity Program for RadiologyJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2019 Feb 2/7/2019; PMID: 30745038, PII: S1546-1440(18)31556-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.12.007, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Deitte LA, McGinty GB, Canon CL, Omary RA, Johnson PT, Slanetz PJ. Shifting From Mentorship to Sponsorship-A Game Changer!J Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Dec 12/12/2018; PMID: 30552002, PII: S1546-1440(18)31293-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.10.004, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Walker M, Morgan VL, King MR, Trent Rosenbloom S, Schuele CM, Miller BM, Churchwell AL, Omary RACultivating Physician-Engineers as Clinical Innovation Influencers: The Medical Innovators Development Program (MIDP) [editorial]Cell Mol Bioeng. 2018 Jun; 11(3): 157-61. PMID: 31719882, PMCID: PMC6816738, PII: 528, DOI: 10.1007/s12195-018-0528-9, ISSN: 1865-5025.

Watchmaker JM, Lipnik AJ, Fritsche MR, Baker JC, Mouli SK, Geevarghese S, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Are prophylactic antibiotics necessary prior to transarterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with native biliary anatomy?J Surg Oncol [print-electronic]. 2018 May; 117(6): 1312-7. PMID: 29513895, DOI: 10.1002/jso.24993, ISSN: 1096-9098.

Omary RASocial Media and Education in Radiology: Let's Start with WhyAcad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Mar 3/16/2018; PMID: 29555565, PII: S1076-6332(18)30073-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.02.005, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Cogswell PM, Deitte LA, Donnelly EF, Morgan VL, Omary RAAttitudes of Radiology Program Directors Toward MD-PhD Trainees, Resident Research Productivity, and Dedicated Research TimeAcad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Mar 3/9/2018; PMID: 29530487, PII: S1076-6332(18)30067-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.029, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Fritsche MR, Watchmaker JM, Lipnik AJ, Baker JC, Geevarghese S, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Outpatient Transarterial Chemoembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Review of a Same-Day Discharge StrategyJ Vasc Interv Radiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Feb 2/23/2018; PMID: 29478795, PII: S1051-0443(17)31038-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvir.2017.11.018, ISSN: 1535-7732.

Stokes LS, Spalluto LB, Omary RAJump-Starting a Radiology Patient Advisory Group: Key Learning Points and Accomplishments Over the First YearJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jun 6/16/2016; PMID: 27318575, PII: S1546-1440(16)30234-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.04.022, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Koran ME, Lipnik AJ, Baker JC, Banovac F, Omary RA, Brown DB. Procedural Impact of a Dedicated Interventional Oncology Service Line in a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer CenterJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jun 6/11/2016; PMID: 27297700, PII: S1546-1440(16)30307-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.04.033, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Li W, Zhang Z, Gordon AC, Chen J, Nicolai J, Lewandowski RJ, Omary RA, Larson AC. SPIO-labeled Yttrium Microspheres for MR Imaging Quantification of Transcatheter Intrahepatic Delivery in a Rodent ModelRadiology [print-electronic]. 2016 Feb; 278(2): 405-12. PMID: 26313619, PMCID: PMC4734158, DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2015150315, ISSN: 1527-1315.

Hartley BI, Nichols MB, Donnelly EF, Harris CM, Omary RAPursuing Innovation With the Tech Transfer CenterJ Am Coll Radiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jun; 12(6): 604-6. PMID: 25865753, PII: S1546-1440(15)00025-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.01.010, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Kim DH, Chen J, Omary RA, Larson AC. MRI visible drug eluting magnetic microspheres for transcatheter intra-arterial delivery to liver tumorsTheranostics. 2015; 5(5): 477-88. PMID: 25767615, PMCID: PMC4350010, PII: thnov05p0477, DOI: 10.7150/thno.10823, ISSN: 1838-7640.