About Us


Dr. Thomas Grist, formal portrait
Thomas Grist, MD
Department Chair

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Radiology. It is our privilege to be part of one of the great public universities, and in turn, our department has made substantial contributions to the world-renowned reputation of the University of Wisconsin. Reflecting on our long history, I am extraordinarily proud of the contributions that University of Wisconsin faculty have made to the field of radiology. Highlights include the publication of the seminal diagnostic radiology educational text by Drs. Paul and Juhl in the ’70s, the development of digital subtraction angiography in the ’80s, magnetic resonance angiography in the ’90s, and promising cancer diagnostics and therapeutics in the millennium. We are proud to have catalyzed imaging research by starting the first independent Department of Medical Physics led by the “father” of Medical Physics, Dr. John Cameron.

Our mission is to advance human health through innovation in imaging and image-guided therapies. I believe our department has had an enormous impact on patient care, research, and education in the field of diagnostic and interventional radiology. As chair of our department, I am extraordinarily enthusiastic about the future of the University of Wisconsin Department of Radiology. Please join us in our effort to achieve our mission by joining our research effort, learning from our educational initiatives, or participating in our outstanding patient care.


  • More than 120 faculty members, over 20 fellows, and 37 residents
  • A clinical program built on a stable financial base and an endowment developed to help fund our research programs
  • A warm, open, and friendly work environment with strong faculty governance
  • Opportunity for inclusive mentoring, including our Women Physicians in Radiology Committee
  • Faculty with a desire to work with residents and fellows to continually improve the learning experience and to further develop their teaching skills
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR)’s Imaging Sciences Center is a cutting-edge translational and interdisciplinary research facility that brings together radiologists and medical physicists with multimodality state-of-the-art imaging technology in one location.


  • Strong Medical Physics collaboration and a close development relationship with major equipment vendors
  • State-of-the-art technology in CT, MR, PET/CT, PET/MR, angiography, ultrasound, PACS, and a major investment in artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging
  • Extensive research infrastructure, including grant writing support, media specialists, research nurses, research technologists, and data managers
  • WIMR Imaging Sciences Center includes 60,000 square feet for 3 MRI, 1 PET/MRI, 2 PET/CT, cyclotron, 2 CT, and 2 angiography systems, as well as a full complement of small animal imaging technology.


  • One of the nation’s top 10 research universities as measured by annual research expenditures
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is one of world’s leading patent and licensing organizations and has partnered with UW Department of Radiology inventors.


  • UW Hospital and Clinics named #1 Hospital in Wisconsin for 11 years in a row.
  • UW Health is a multi-hospital academic health system providing both primary care and state-of-the-art quaternary care to millions of patients annually.