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Robert R. Edelman , MD

William B. Graham Chairman, Diagnostic Radiology
Senior Clinician Educator, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago
Department of Radiology

Contact Information

 847.570.2942 Fax


  • Undergraduate: BS, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Yale University
  • Medical School: Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Medicine, New York University Medical Center
  • Residency: Radiology, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship: Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research and Academic Interests

Dr. Edelman is recognized for pioneering contributions in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health. His achievements include recruiting and leading an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group that pioneered the use of MR angiography for imaging of the coronary arteries, applied perfusion and diffusion MRI to the early diagnosis and characterization of stroke, and showed the feasibility of anatomic and functional MRI of the lungs. They developed and/or implemented many techniques for MRI imaging and angiography that are now in widespread clinical use. Dr. Edelman is past-president and receipient of the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

His current research is focused on non-contrast methods for MR angiography and improved techniques for cardiac imaging. Dr. Edelman’s research group is also working to implement more accurate imaging methods for early diagnosis of cancer, particularly breast neoplasms; to apply quantitative MR techniques for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and for characterization of traumatic brain injury; to optimize functional imaging techniques to help guide the management of chronic kidney disease; and to use quantitative measures for the early diagnosis of degenerative joint disorders. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles and published the 3rd edition of his well-known textbook, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging, in 2006. Most recently he was selected for Best Doctors in America and for Marquis Who's Who in America.

Honors and Awards

  •  (1980) Alpha Omega Alpha
  • (1986) Presented first place award winning paper on multiphasic MRI at the June 1986 Symposium Neuroradiologicum
  • (1988-1993) Editor's Recognition Award for Distinction in Reviewing {November}--Radiology
  • (1994) Gold Medal, Society of Magnetic Resonance
  • (1994) Fellow, Society of Magnetic Resonance
  • (1998) Vice President, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • (2000) President, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • (2004) Presenter of Inagural Mansfield Lecture, ISMRM (Kyoto, Japan)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities

  • (1981-1984) Clincal Fellow in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • (1984-1985) Clincal Assistant in Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • (1985-1986) Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • (1985-1986) Technical Director, MRI, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • (1986-1987) Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Grossmont District Hospital
  • (1987-1988) Assistant Clincal Professor of Radiology, UCSD Medical Center
  • (1988-1989) Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • (1988-2000) Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • (1989-1994) Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • (1994-2000) Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Scholarly Work

Publications in Peer-Review Journals:

  1. Edelman RR, Sheehan JJ, Dunkle E, Schindler N, Carr J, Koktzoglou I.  Quiescent-Interval Single-Shot Unenhanced Magnetic Resonance Angiography of Peripheral Vascular Disease: Technical Considerations and Clinical Feasibility.  Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2010; 63:951–958.
  2. Li W, Salanitri J, Tutton S, Dunkle EE, Schneider JR, Caprini JA, Pierchala LN, Jacobs PM, Edelman RR.  Lower extremity deep venous thrombosis: evaluation with ferumoxytol- enhanced MR imaging and dual-contrast mechanism--preliminary experience.  Radiology 2007 (Mar) 242(3):873-81. ACR Article describing research
  3. Edelman RR, Storey P, Dunkle E, Li W, Carrillo A, Vu A, Carroll TJ.  Gadolinium-enhanced off-resonance contrast angiography.  Magn Reson Med 2007 (Mar) 57(3):475-84.
  4. Edelman RR.  MR imaging of the pancreas: 1.5T versus 3T.  Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 2007 (Aug) 15(3):349-53, vi.
  5. Azhari H,  Edelman RR,  Townsend D.  Multimodal imaging and hybrid scanners.  Int J Biomed Imaging; 2007:45353. 
  6. Catalano OA, Dushyant VS, Sanjeeva PK, Cushing MS, hahn PF, Brown JJ, Edelman RR.  MR Imaging of the Gallbladder: A Pictorial Essay.  RadioGraphics 2008 (Jan-Feb); 28(1):135-55; quiz 324.
  7. Wu Y,  Storey P,  Carrillo A,  Saglamer C,  Cohen BA, Epstein LG,  Edelman RR, Ragin AB.  Whole brain and localized magnetization transfer measurements are associated with cognitive impairment in patients infected with human  immunodeficiency virus.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2008 (Jan); 29(1):140-5.
  8. O’Neill SM, Rubinstein WS, Sener SF, Weissman SM, Newlin AC, West DK, Ecanow DB, Rademaker AW, Edelman RR.  Phychological Impact of Recall in High-Risk Breast MRI Screening.  Breast Cancer Res Treat 2008 (July) 26 [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Koktzoglou I, Edelman RR.  Fast Projective Carotid MR Angiography Using Arterial Spin-Labeled Balanced SSFP. J Magn Reson Imaging 2008 (Sept); 28(3): 778-82.
  10. Edelman RR, Koktzoglou I.  Unenhanced, Flow-Independent MR Venography by Using Signal Targeting Alternative Radiofrequency and Flow-Independent Relaxation Enhancement. Radiology:  Jan 2009; 250(1):236-45.
  11. Koktzoglou I, Edelman RR.  STAR and STARFIRE for Flow-Dependent and Flow-Independent Noncontrast Carotid Angiography.  Magn Reson Med, Jan 2009; 61(1):117-24.
  12. Edelman RR, Dunkle E, Koktzoglou I, Griffin A, Russell EJ,  Ankenbrandt WJ, Ragin A, Carrillo A.  Rapid whole-brain magnetic resonance imaging with isotropic resolution at 3 Tesla. Invest Radiol  Jan 2009; 44(1):54-59.


  1. Edelman RR, Hesselink J, eds.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging.  Philadelphia:  Saunders Publishing Co., 1990 (1192 pp).
  2. Anderson CM, Edelman RR, Turski PA, eds.  Clinical magnetic resonance angiography.  New York:  Raven Press, Ltd., 1993 (498 pp).
  3. Edelman RR, Hesselink J, Zlatkin, M, eds.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging2nd Edition  Philadelphia:  Saunders Publishing Co., 1996 (2196 pp).
  4. Oudkerk M, Edelman RR, eds.  High-power gradient MR-imaging.  Advances in MRI II.  Oxford:  Blackwell Science, 1997 (495pp).
  5. Edelman RR, Hesselink J, Zlatkin, M, Crues J, eds.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging3rd Edition  New York:  Elsevier, 2006 (3671pp) and on-line electronic edition.

Peer Reviews, Chapters and Editorials: (selected)

  1. Ashkar L, Maheshwari S, Pressacco J, Nakai A, Edelman RR, Reinhold C.  MR Cholangiopancreatography. In: Edelman RR, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin, MB, editors.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2005, pp 2483-2541.
  2. Carroll TJ, Sakatie KE, Wielopolski PA, Edelman RR.  Advanced Imaging Techiques, Including Fast Imaging. In: Edelman RR, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin, MB, editors.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2005, pp 187-230.
  3. Earls JP, Edelman RR.  Magnetic Resonance Angiography: Body Application.  In: Edelman RR, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin, MB, editors.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2005, pp 760-828.
  4. Edelman RR, Dunkle EE, Li W, Kissinger KV, Thangaraj K.  Practical Considerations and Image Optimization.  In: Edelman RR, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin, MB, editors.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2005, pp 58-104.
  5. Saloner D, Chien D, Weber OM, Anderson CM, Lee RE, Edelman RR.  Magnetic Resonance Angiography: Basic Principles.  In: Edelman RR, Hesselink JR, Zlatkin, MB, editors.  Clinical magnetic resonance imaging. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2005, pp 695-720.
  6. Mordini FE, Edelman RR.  Clinical Considerations on the Use of Contrast Agents for CT and MRI.  In: Di Carli D, Kwong R editors.  Novel Techniques for Imaging the Heart. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, pp 17 -30.
  7. Debiao Li, Edelman RR.  Non-Invasive Coronary Imaging Developments in MR Coronary Angiography.  In:  Oudkerk M, Reisner M editors.  Coronary Radiology.  2nd Edition, Germany:  Springer, 2009, pp 135-145.


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