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About Us

The University of Iowa Department of Radiology offers excellence in patient care, education and research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and expert providers, our department provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients both within the State of Iowa and surrounding areas.


Our primary mission is to provide exemplary compassionate care through developing and delivering the most appropriate medical imaging tests and treatments, advancing the frontiers of medical science by integrating our clinical and scientific expertise with research, and passing on our own knowledge through excellence in teaching.

Brief History

The first x-ray machine installed at The University of Iowa coincided with the opening of the “new” University Hospital in Iowa City in 1898, three years after Roentgen’s discovery.


Bundy Allen, MD

In 1915, Dr. Bundy Allen, a young physician one year out of internship, became the first radiologist at The University of Iowa, and went on to become a leader in the new specialty. He was the first editor of the journal Radiology, the premier journal for the specialty, which was published in Iowa City for the first several years.

First x-ray machine installed at UIHC

In 1930, H. Dabney Kerr (1930-55), MD, became the first chairman of the newly independent Department of Radiology.  He developed the department into a modern (for the times) facility, recruited a number of outstanding faculty, and formalized the residency program.  Since then the department has had only 6 other chairs:

Eugene F. Van Epps, MD (1955-66)
James H. Christie, MD (1968-78)
Edmund A. (Tony) Franken, Jr., MD (1979-94)
Michael W. Vannier, MD (1996-2000)
Laurie L. Fajardo, MD (2002-11)
Colin P. Derdeyn, MD (2016-present)

Today, the Department of Radiology is a recognized leader in education, research, state-of-the-art technology and patient care.  Our faculty physicians are routinely featured in the U.S. News and World Report’slisting of Top Doctors.  Radiology faculty and alumni have held numerous leadership positions in medicine and radiology, including the American Medical Association, American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America.

The clinical service at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and at the associated Veteran’s Administration hospital is among the best in the nation, as measured by the quality and quantity of clinical faculty and physical facilities of the institution.

Research is an important part of Radiology at Iowa. Current external funding for research at Iowa is in the 50 percentile of academic radiology departments.

The educational mission has always been paramount for Iowa Radiology. A residency or fellowship in the Department encompasses vast clinical experience, constant interaction with full-time subspecialists in all areas of radiology, involvement in a highly specialized clinical program, educational challenge, emphasis on research, and access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.