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  • About RSNA
  • Donald L Resnick MD

  • Donald L. Resnick, MD, Professor of Radiology and Chief of Osteoradiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has devoted more than 30 years to musculoskeletal radiology education. Dr Resnick received his medical degree and radiology residency training at Cornell University in New York before joining the faculty at UCSD in 1972.

    Shortly after his arrival at UCSD, he began what could easily be considered his greatest educational endeavor when he began serving as the scientific advisor and mentor for podiatric radiology and osteoradiology fellows – as of today, more than 150 clinical fellows and 400 international research fellows, from over 20 countries throughout the world, have received one-on-one training through his fellowship programs. An astounding 70% of these fellows pursued academic careers after their training periods. More than 1000 visitors have come to his base of operations, affectionately known as “Bone Pit”.

    For the radiology community, Dr Resnick has made available 900 scientific/educational articles (more than 100 published in Radiology), 72 book chapters, and 16 books on musculoskeletal radiology.

    Dr Resnick is a member of 9 radiology societies, and is a past president of the International Skeletal Society. In addition, he is an Honorary Fellow of 6 radiology societies in Europe and Asia. He serves on a host of departmental, hospital/medical school, and national committees. He has served on editorial boards and as a manuscript reviewer for several high-impact journals – he continues to review RadioGraphics, among others, today. His list of over 40 awards and honors includes the American Roentgen Ray Gold Medal, Diagnostic Imaging Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in Radiology, Medical Imaging Industry’s Top 10 Radiologists, twice-awarded AuntMinnie.com Most Effective Radiology Educator, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich.

    Dr Resnick is a renowned lecturer, having a profound impact on residents, fellows, and the radiology community in general, throughout the world – he has given nearly 40 named lectures throughout the world.

    Helping to meet the educational goals of RSNA, Dr Resnick has presented one or more educational Refresher Courses at the RNSA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting for 25 consecutive years, presented the Annual Oration twice, and participated as a member of the Film Interpretation Panel twice.

    In the words of William G Bradley Jr, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Radiology at UCSD, “Don Resnick is the epitome of the academic radiologist.”

    Dr Resnick tells an interesting story about the start of his career in radiology, “I began looking at radiographs in high school as my father, Dr Benjamin Resnick, was a radiologist who clearly influenced my career choice!! I [still] use his teaching methods."