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DURHAM, N.C. – Erik Paulson, M.D., will return to the Duke University School of Medicine as chairman of the Department of Radiology, after serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Paulson was educated and trained at Duke, and spent 20 years as a faculty member with increasing responsibilities and leadership roles. Before joining MD Anderson in 2012, he was named Duke’s division chief of abdominal imaging in 2001 and vice chairman of the Department of Radiology in 2009.

“Dr. Paulson’s knowledge of Duke and of the national and international radiology landscape, his commitment to excellence, and his collaborative spirit make him an exceptional leader for the Department of Radiology,” said Nancy C. Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “I am thrilled that Erik is returning to Duke to take on this important role.”

A highly regarded expert in cross-sectional imaging of the abdomen, Paulson has built an academic career around clinically driven research. His academic interests include cross-sectional imaging of the liver, assessments of computed tomography (CT) technology, and new image-guided interventions. Recent work focuses on advanced CT methods and reducing the radiation patients receive during CT scans.

An author on more than 176 publications, Paulson’s work reflects his collaborative approach to clinical care and research. His contributions to peer-reviewed publications, his clinical practice, and his leadership in professional societies have earned respect within and beyond radiology circles.

“I am committed to listening, learning, and navigating progress within Duke radiology,” Paulson said. “My goals are to maintain areas of excellence, introduce new initiatives to meet evolving demands, address the impacts of a changing healthcare environment, and nurture collaboration that is essential for clinical and research excellence in a major medical center.”