Following a nationwide search, James A. Brink, M.D., a Harvard-trained radiologist, has been named chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the School of Medicine and chief of diagnostic imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Brink, former vice chair of the department and chief of abdominal imaging, came to Yale in 1997 from the Mallinckrodt Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as interim chair since 2003.

Brink will lead a department of more than 70 full-time faculty. The department provides diagnostic imaging services for the Yale Medical Group and Yale-New Haven Hospital, conducts research in a variety of disciplines related to clinical radiology and imaging science and offers highly rated postgraduate training programs. In collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the radiology faculty also makes important contributions to Yale’s undergraduate and graduate programs in imaging science.

Brink is a fellow of the Society for Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance and of the American College of Radiology; he serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Radiology Research and also on the executive council of the American Roentgen Ray Society. A respected educator, Brink has pioneered technologies for maximizing resolution in CT scanning while minimizing radiation dosage and risk to patients. He has published more than 110 original research articles, reviews and book chapters.