Faculty Spotlight: Michael Veronesi

Posted on June 2023

Michael Veronesi, MD, PhD has joined the UW Department of Radiology as a Visiting Associate Professor (CHS) in the Neuroradiology section. Dr. Veronesi earned both his MD and his PhD in Medical Neuroscience from Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. He has previously served as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the IU School of Medicine since 2017. 

Q: Where are you from?   

A: I am from the Chicago metropolitan area and have lived in Illinois or Indiana for most of my life. I had relatives that lived in northwestern Wisconsin, so I also have many fond childhood memories of our vacations to Wisconsin. 

Q: Why did you choose radiology?   

A: I have been interested in the central nervous system since college, so it was easy to specialize in a Neuro-focused medical field. My journey into Neuroradiology was somewhat fortuitous since I started out in Neurosurgery. I encountered difficulties with getting trained because of my hearing deficiency. Neuroradiology made the most sense for me to be able to continue to help patients with neurological diseases. 

Q: What are your career interests and goals?   

A: Each day, my goal is to help fulfill the tripartite academic mission of service, education, and research in medicine. Within that broad mission, my goals are most aligned with pursuing advances in research and innovation. 

Q: What are your research interests?   

A: My research focuses on helping to translate innovative technologies to the clinic for patients with brain tumors, whether that be diagnostic or theragnostic applications. Additionally, I concentrate on PET/MR imaging as well as other technologies that need to move from the investigative realm into clinical practice. 

Q: Why did you choose to work at UW?   

A: The strengths of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Radiology fit well with my career focus and interests, given its impressive history of facilitating innovation as well as extensive resources and infrastructure. The strong focus on the academic mission was a big draw for me.    

Q: What are your hobbies?   

A: Spending time with my wife and children, traveling to new places, anything outside in nature including gardening.