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    Richard Dortch, PhD

    Associate Professor, Neuroimaging Research

    Richard Dortch, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Neuroimaging Research at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Dortch’s expertise includes radiological sciences and biomedical engineering. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

    Dr. Dortch earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    Dr. Dortch’s research interests include developing, optimizing, and validating quantitative MRI methods for the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. He aims to apply these methods in patient populations to guide surgery, improve diagnostics, expand our understanding of disease progression, and serve as biomarkers of therapeutic response.

    Education & Training
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, 2009-2012
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University, Biomedical Engineering, 2009
    • MS, Vanderbilt University, Biomedical Engineering, 2005
    • BS, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Electrical Engineering, 2002
    Professional Memberships
    • American Academy of Neurology
    • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
    Honors and Awards
    • Manuscript featured on the cover of Neurology, 2014
    • Data Blitz Presentation for “Integrated Neurosciences,” American Academy of Neurology, 2014
    • Certificate for Reviewing Excellence, Elsevier Publishing Company, 2014
    • Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for Abstract Submissions, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2013
    • Summa Cum Laude Merit Award for Top 3% of Abstract Submissions, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2012
    • Student Stipend Award Recipient, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2008, 2010, 2011
    • Scholarship Recipient, The Charles Foundation, 2000-2002
    Selected Publications
    1. Lin E, Li H, Zhongliang Z, Louie EA, Lankford CL, Dortch RD, Does MD, Gochber DF. Chemical exchange rotation transfer (CERT) on human brain at 3 Tesla. Magn Reson Med. 2018;80(6):2609-2617.
    2. Bagnato F, Hametner S, Franco G, Subutay B, Pawate S, Sriram S, Lassmann H, Gore JC, Smith SA, Dortch RD. Selective Inversion Recovery Quantitative Magnetization Transfer Brain MRI at 7T: Clinical and Postmortem Validation in Multiple Sclerosis. J Neuroimaging. 2018;28(4):380-388.
    3. Dortch RD, Bangato F, Gochberg DF, Gore JC, Smith SA. Optimization of selective inversion recovery magnetization transfer imaging for macromolecular content mapping in the human brain. Magn Reson Med. 2018;80(5):1824-1835.
    4. Bamba R, Riley DC, Kelm ND, Cardwell N, Pollins AC, Afshari A, Nguyen L, Dortch RD, Thayer WP. A novel conduit-based coaptation device for primary nerve repair. Int J Neurosci. 2018;128(6):563-569.
    5. Riley DC, Boyer RB, Deister CA, Pollins AC, Cardwell NL, Kelm ND, Does MD, Dortch RD, Bamba R, Shack RD, Thayer WP. Immediate Enhancement of Nerve Function Using a Novel Axonal Fusion Device After Neurotmesis. Ann Plast Surg. 2017;79(6):590-599.
    6. Hu B, Wang M, Castoro, R, Simmons M, Dortch RD, Yawn R, Li J. A novel missense mutation in AIFM1 results in axonal polyneuropathy and misassembly of OXPHOS complexes. Eur J Neurol. 2017;24(12):1499-1506.
    7. Smith AK, By S, Lyttle BD, Dortch RD, Box BA, McKeithan LJ, Thukral S, Bagnato F, Pawate S, Smith SA. Evaluating single-point quantitative magnetization transfer in the cervical spinal cord: Application to multiple sclerosis. Neuroimage Clin. 2017;16:58-65.
    8. Smith AK, Dortch RD, Dethrage LM, Lyttle BD; Kang K, Welch EB, Smith SA. Incorporating dixon multi-echo fat water separation for novel quantitative magnetization transfer of the human optic nerve in vivo. Magn Reson Med. 2017;77(2):707-716.
    9. Arlinghaus LR, Dortch RD, Whisenant JG, Kang H, Abramson RG, Yankeelov TE. Quantitative Magnetization Transfer Imaging of the Breast at 3.0 T: Reproducibility in Healthy Volunteers. Tomography. 2016;2(4):260-266.
    10. Whisenant JG, Dortch RD, Grissom W, Kang H, Arlinghaus LR, Yankeelov TE. Bloch-Siegert B1-Mapping Improves Accuracy and Precision of Longitudinal Relaxation Measurements in the Breast at 3 T. Tomography. 2016;2(4):250-259.

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