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  • Dixon M. Moody, MD

  • Dixon M. Moody, MD, is a neuroradiologist whose extensive research has significantly and fundamentally impacted our understanding of a wide variety of human diseases affecting the entire range of human life—from infants to the elderly.

    He has described the classic signs for the radiologic diagnosis of venous and cerebral thrombosis. He has developed a powerful new technique of microvascular radiography that merges traditional histopathology with radiologic methods. He has also turned conventional notions upside down with regard to several important diseases, including brainstem hemorrhage, germinal matrix hemorrhage and Alzheimer disease. He recently discovered an anomaly of the brain microvasculature, called string vessels, in patients with Alzheimer dementia.

    Dr. Moody’s detective work in discovering and characterizing the source of microemboli during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery has resulted in a radical change in cardiovascular anesthesia techniques worldwide.

    He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and completed his internship and residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Moody is currently a professor and chief of neuroradiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Research at his laboratory at Wake Forest has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984 and he has served as the principal investigator on seven separate NIH grants.