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Huff Brings Expertise to Vanderbilt Breast Center

August 17, 2007

  John Huff, M.D.
  John Huff, M.D.

John Huff, M.D., has joined VUMC as chief, Section of Breast Imaging, and imaging director for the Vanderbilt Breast Center. Huff made the move to Vanderbilt after spending nearly 15 years as director of Breast Imaging for Baptist Hospital in Nashville, where he helped establish a medical advisory group, including several specialties involved in detecting and treating breast cancer and related diseases. Several patients already have decided to maintain their clinical relationship with the well-respected breast imaging specialist, and now will receive their imaging services at VUMC.

“I believe it’s important to integrate clinical and imaging services in breast care”, said Huff. “By integrating the roles of each member of the breast care team, the Vanderbilt Breast Center has placed itself in a position to offer the highest level of care to the many women who rely on its services”.

“We are delighted that we have been able to recruit Dr. John Huff to join our faculty in the department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences and to be section chief of Breast Imaging,” said Jeremy J. Kaye, M.D., Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass professor and chairman, department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. “Dr. Huff is a recognized expert in breast imaging, and has special expertise in magnetic resonance imaging of the breast, an important tool in today’s evaluation of breast disease.”

Huff is a Vanderbilt University Medical School graduate (’77), who then served an internship in Pediatrics, a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, all at Vanderbilt.

Ingrid Meszoely, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery and clinical director, Vanderbilt Breast Center, maintained Huff’s presence already has made a difference for staff and patients. “His expertise will strongly enhance our current program dedicated to the early detection and management of breast cancer and other breast diseases. With his guidance, the breast imaging program at Vanderbilt will reach a new level of excellence in providing quality care to its patients. In his short time at the Vanderbilt campus he has already contributed significantly to establishing practice protocols and to the design of the new Breast Center at 100 Oaks.”

Huff will oversee the upcoming move of the Breast Imaging Section to the 100 Oaks campus. “My goals include completion of VU’s conversion to digital mammography, implementation of Computer Assisted Detection (CAD) for mammography and expansion of VU’s breast MRI service.”