New MGH Radiology Chief Makes Innovation Top Priority

Continuing Mass General's history of innovation in radiology is the goal of James Brink, MD, who recently became Mass General’s chief of Radiology.
James Brink, MD
James Brink, MD

Through innovation, radiology is playing an increasingly critical role in diagnosis and treatment. The birthplace of the specialty of X-ray, Mass General has led the way in developing and applying modern imaging technologies including CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography).

Advancing such innovation is the overarching goal of James Brink, MD, who recently became Mass General’s chief of Radiology. Prior to returning to Mass General where he completed his residency and fellowship, Dr. Brink served as chair of the Yale Department of Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Brink succeeds James Thrall, MD, who guided the department to tremendous growth.

With more than 100 radiologists spanning 11 clinical subspecialties, the department handles 700,000-plus exams annually. “It’s an honor to return to Mass General to work in a department that is arguably the best in the country, if not the world,” Dr. Brink says. He notes that his department receives three times more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other radiology department in the country.

The radiology department’s emphasis on quality and safety dovetails with Dr. Brink’s expertise in medical radiation exposure. He intends to strengthen this commitment with a program to advance X-ray science that includes dose reduction. Another priority is to create a translational research center that accelerates the transfer of research discoveries to clinical practice.