Kaye Lecture | Jan. 13, 2020

Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Presents the 2nd Annual

Kaye Lecture in Musculoskeletal Imaging

"Of Skeletons, Scholars and Sleuths: Four Decades of Musculoskeletal Imaging at the University of California, San Diego"


Donald Resnick, M.D.

Donald Resnick, MD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Radiology
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California



January 13, 2020 | Noon - 1 p.m.

MCN CCC-1111

Watch the Presentation Here


This grand rounds lecture is designed for faculty, residents, staff and medical students.

Learning objectives of this presentation include:

  • To describe the importance of imaging-pathologic correlation in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders
  • To detail some of the characteristic abnormalities of the spine and sacroiliac joints that can be investigated with such correlation
  • To indicate the importance of having role models, proper mentorship and a "support group" in any successful academic career


Donald L. Resnick, MD, is a Professor Emeritus of Radiology and former Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, in 1941, he graduated at Cornell University, Medical College, New York City, in 1966. He completed his residency in radiology at the New York Hospital, Cornell University in 1972. He then became Assistant Professor of Radiology in Residence at UCSD, and in 1979 he was appointed Professor of Radiology.

In the following 35 years, Professor Resnick graduated nearly 200 clinical bone fellows from the United States and Canada, and about 500 research fellows, many from Europe, Asia and South America, especially Brazil. Many of these fellows have assumed an academic position since then. He was also chief of the osteoradiology section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Diego from 1977 to 1990.

Professor Resnick has given more than 1,200 presentations and has made outstanding scientific contributions as an author of 861 articles, 25 books and chapters, and 59 invited articles and chapters. His work has been recognized by several publication awards and book grants.

He has delivered many national and international named lectures, undertaken over 150 visiting professorships and won numerous honors and awards, including the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society and Gold Medal of the American College of Radiology. He has also twice given the Annual Oration at the meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and twice appeared on the Sunday Night Film Panel of that society. Dr. Resnick has also given one or more refresher courses annually at the RSNA for more than 35 years. 

Professor Resnick has held numerous professional positions such as President of the International Skeletal Society and Chairman of several committees within the International Skeletal Society (ISS) for over 20 years. He was also a past recipient of the Founders Medal of the International Skeletal Society (ISS). He was a member of the RSNA Public Information Advisory Committee and American Roentgen Ray Society Program Committee. He has received sponsored post-doctoral fellowships on osteoradiology, and has been a member of editorial boards of several scientific journals, such as Skeletal Radiology, AJR, Arthritis Rheumatism and Seminars in Musculoskeletal Imaging.

He has been awarded honorary membership by various prestigious societies, including the French Canadian Society of Radiology, the Swedish Society of Medical Radiology and the Austrian Radiological Society.  His list of over 40 awards and honors includes the Diagnostic Imaging Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in Radiology, Medical Imaging Industry’s Top 10 Radiologists, twice-awarded AuntMinnie.com, Most Effective Radiology Educator, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich. Dr. Resnick is a renowned lecturer, having a profound impact on residents, fellows, and the radiology community throughout the world.