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New Radiology Chair Announced

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Talissa A. Altes, MD, as chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She will hold the Gwilym S. and Maria Antonia Lodwick Distinguished Professorship in Radiology when she assumes her new position at MU on January 1, 2016.

Dr. Altes comes to MU from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she serves as the Pediatric Radiology Division Director and Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging. Dr. Altes previously served as the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

An accomplished physician-scientist, Dr. Altes’ research and mentoring activities have been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as foundations and industry. Dr. Altes has been a key contributor in utilizing hyperpolarized gas MRI in assessing lung function and pioneered the application of this technology in newborns and young children. Her early observations and her leadership have resulted in identifying a number of applications of hyperpolarized gas MRI in the management of children’s lung diseases. The author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Dr. Altes has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

After receiving a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering, Dr. Altes earned her MD at the University of Washington. Dr. Altes trained as a resident in radiology at the University of Virginia and completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  During her residency, Dr. Altes also earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Altes will succeed Amolak Singh, MD, who has served as interim chair of radiology since December of 2012. Please join me in thanking Dr. Singh for his service and welcoming Dr. Altes as the new leader of our radiology department.



Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine, MD

Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean

University of Missouri School of Medicine



MU Radiology:  Providing Advanced Subspecialty Services, Building the Future of Medicine

The University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Radiology is here to serve patients, provide diagnostic support for clinical specialties, train new radiologists, and support research.

Subspecialty-trained radiologists are present in every division of radiology. Our radiologists lead an ACGME –accredited diagnostic radiology residency program  which trains expert radiologists.  The primary clinical institution and training site is University of Missouri Health Care, which includes Ellis Fischel Cancer Center,Missouri Orthopaedic InstituteSouth Providence Medical Park, and Women’s & Children’s Hospital but residents also rotate through Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. In addition department provides clinical services at the new university of Missouri imaging center equipped with state of the art radiology facilities.

The department is fortunate to have excellent technical capabilities. MRI scanners include a new 3T and (4) 1.5T scanners.  Breast imaging includes tomosynthesis, breast density measurements, whole-breast ultrasound and breast MRI. The CT, Nuclear Medicine (including PET/CT, SPECT/CT), ultrasound and angiography equipment are state of the art. Biopsies and therapeutic interventions are performed utilizing all imaging modalities.

The department has an outstanding basic and translational research program utilizing, nano and molecular medicine. The department is internationally known for fundamental basic radio-pharmaceutical research and past discoveries of Tc-99m HMPAO (Ceretec) for brain imaging and Sm-153 EDTMP (Quadramet) for therapy of metastatic bone cancer.  

Fellowships are offered in mammography, musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, and pediatric radiology. The department also has an ACGME accredited nuclear medicine residency program for providing advanced training for radiology residents and qualified applicants for training in nuclear medicine. The training includes on-site training in all aspects of nuclear medicine including cardiac nuclear medicine (nuclear cardiology), PET/CT, SPECT/CT and extensive experience in radionuclide therapies of thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer, NHL, prostate cancer and metastatic bone cancer.


Contact                                             Radiology Consultation

Chair’s Office                                              Consult MU Radiologists
Amolak Singh, MD
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Radiology
University of Missouri School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive, DC069.10, M292
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone:  (573) 884-8299
Fax:  (573) 884-3052

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