Gary Gold, MD, professor of radiology, was appointed chair of the department of radiology. His appointment began on April 16.
Gould, who has been a physician, researcher, and educator at Stanford University for 22 years, served as interim chair of the department beginning in July 2020, when the former chair, Sanjeev Sam Gambhir, Die. Gold has devoted his career to understanding osteoarthritis through MRI, using technology that examines the bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles around joints. As president, he embraces his predecessor’s vision: to create technology to diagnose diseases as quickly as possible.
“Dr. Gold is one of the best radiologists in the country – demonstrating his ability to innovate and advance in the field of radiology throughout his tenure at Stanford Medicine,” She said Lloyd’s MinorMD, Dean Stanford University School of Medicine. “Under the guidance of its expert leadership, the Department of Radiology will continue to lead one of the most critical parts of Stanford Medicine’s precision health vision: early-stage disease detection.”
For years, early detection has been the focus of the radiology department at Stanford University, although it is not usually part of a radiologist’s reference.
“Our radiology research footprint has expanded significantly in the past decade,” Gould said. “We are beginning work in areas that the department of conventional radiology does not pursue as primary goals, including early detection of cancer using a liquid biopsy, a technique that uses a sample of blood or fluid to detect disease, and molecular imaging to characterize physiological processes in a body.”
The idea is to keep people healthy, preventing the need to go to the hospital in the first place — and when disease strikes, the condition needs to be treated before it gets too old.
He said that one of Gould’s primary goals for the department is to build on the multidisciplinary environment of Stanford Medicine to maximize the impact radiologists can make in emerging specialties.
“For example, we could combine wearable technology with imaging to assess the development of arthritis in middle-aged adults, or combine analysis of tissue samples with new molecular imaging to detect lung diseases,” he said. “There are lots of ways we can leverage the different expertise in our department to make connections and translate our discoveries from basic science to the clinic.”
Besides his appointment as president, Gould is director of the Center for Precision Health Diagnostics and Integrated Diagnostics at Stanford, and co-director of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. Gould also heads the Division of Clinical Imaging and Translation Studies at the National Institutes of Health, and is deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Journal. His research has been published in more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, and his innovations have received 10 patents.
Gould emphasized the importance of expanding the Department of Radiology’s advanced imaging capabilities to include communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. “One of my goals, clinically, is to improve access to care that is grounded in Stanford imaging technology. Our technology, our expertise, and our interpretation are in great demand, so it is important that we find ways to increase our capacity while making sure that we provide care in a cost-effective manner.”
Gold also plans to foster a culture of respect and inclusion within the department. “This means that we value and value the contributions of everyone, from the chair to undergraduates to the many hospital staff, administrators, and healthcare professionals,” he said.