The new academic year brought about some big changes in the leadership team for UW Radiology. We would like to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our leaders, as well as look forward to our goals for this next year and beyond. This September, Senior Associate Chair for Clinical Operations, Dr. Fred T. Lee Jr. stepped down from his leadership role, and Dr. Michael Tuite began his appointment as vice chair for clinical affairs.
Fred T. Lee Jr., M.D.
Dr. Lee served as the senior associate chair for clinical affairs for five years. Dr. Lee decided to step down to refocus his energy and enthusiasm on his interests in translational research, direct patient care, and entrepreneurship. He returned to his clinical duties in the Abdominal Imaging Section, continue research in image-guided cancer therapy, and is spending more time mentoring our junior faculty members and trainees.
“Dr. Lee deserves our deep gratitude for his tireless effort and sacrifice during his term as senior associate chair for clinical affairs,” said Dr. Tom Grist, chair of Radiology. “Our Department is much stronger, thanks to his leadership in many areas, but especially his commitment to clinical excellence in his role as chief of our clinical mission.”
Dr. Lee came to the department in 1991, and just four years later established the Tumor Ablation Laboratory which has resulted in over 100 scientific publications, six book chapters, 26 major awards, 10 patents, and substantial federal and industrial grant support.
Michael Tuite, M.D.
Dr. Tuite has accepted appointment to the newly-created position of vice chair for clinical affairs. He served as the Musculoskeletal Imaging Section chief for nine years, and the section thrived under his leadership.
“Dr. Tuite brings his outstanding clinical reputation, leadership skills, and practical experience to this important leadership position,” said Dr. Grist.
Dr. Tuite came to UW Radiology in 1992 as a musculoskeletal fellow, and joined as faculty in 1993. He has held many appointments, including medical director of Outpatient Radiology and General Imaging, and continuing medical education course director for the Practical Imaging and Intervention Conference. He is also an editorial board member of Skeletal Radiology and the American Journal of Radiology.