Jennifer Harvey, M.D., F.A.C.R., of the University of Virginia, has been selected to serve as chair of Imaging Sciences, pending approval of the Provost. She succeeds David L. Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., the longest seated chair in the history of the department, who will devote his full efforts to his new role as associate vice president and chief medical technology development officer.
“Dr. Harvey understands what makes a great academic imaging science department, and shared an ambitious vision for taking our clinical, research and educational programs to the next level. She also presents a thoughtful analysis of how to achieve that vision,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of URMC and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Her enthusiasm and interpersonal skills will make it easy for her to work with our Imaging Sciences faculty and staff, Chairs, and leadership teams.”
Harvey is an international expert in women’s imaging and early detection of breast cancers. She has been on faculty at the University of Virginia for 26 years, leading its Division of Breast Imaging and serving as vice-chair for Education and Faculty Development. She joins the Medical Center on Jan. 1.
“Dr. Harvey has a clear and comprehensive vision for clinical, research, education and faculty development programs,” said Michael F. Rotondo, M.D., F.A.C.S., CEO of the Medical Faculty Group. “Her leadership skills and style are exactly what the department, Medical Center and health system needs now.”
She describes herself as a consensus builder when faced with challenges and said “URMC is a place where people are working well together and collaboration is happening throughout the center and the system. This is really exciting as someone who thrives in that environment.”
UR Medicine Imaging is the largest diagnostic imaging provider in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. The team partners with clinicians and researchers throughout the institution and across the region, to advance care and discovery.
In the past 20 years, the number of clinical sites grew from three to 23, and annual patient volume tripled, resulting in construction of the Outpatient Imaging Center on East River Road, and the clinical renovation project underway on the ground floor of Strong Memorial Hospital, which will be complete by 2020.
Imaging faculty doubled in size, its residency program expanded from 24 to 36 participants, and the department changed its name from Radiology to Imaging Sciences to more accurately reflect its strength in clinical care, research, and education missions.
“Dr. Harvey’s ability to build nationally recognized programs that serve local and regional patients is impressive and brings a tremendous opportunity for us. She also oversees faculty affairs in in her department, strongly promoting advancement opportunities for her colleagues,” said Jeffrey Lyness, M.D., senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, who led the national search for Waldman’s successor.
Harvey is excited to join URMC as the first woman to lead Imaging Sciences.“University of Rochester has a great research reputation and that initially piqued my interest, but when I visited and met people, I was so impressed by the amount of collaboration going on. I could tell very quickly that people were working well together and collaborating at all levels of the institution.”
She plans to work with faculty and staff to build teams and systems to improve efficiencies, expand collaborative research and residency training programs, and education and advancement opportunities.
“I want to build upon current faculty development programs and grow excitement for more research within the department,” said Harvey, who is a self-professed “research geek at heart.”
She studies mammographic breast density and its influence on breast cancer risk. Her focus is on methods of measuring breast density, changes in density and integration of breast density into breast cancer risk models. She is founding editor of Journal of Breast Imaging.
Growing up in Arizona, Harvey completed undergraduate work in zoology and chemistry at Northern Arizona University. She earned her MD and completed residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Arizona.
The mother of four grown sons enjoys her two Corgis, yoga, cooking and traveling. “My father worked for the airlines, so as a kid, we traveled a lot. That stuck with me and I love going to new places and especially trying new foods.”