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Clarence Leon Partain

Clarence Leon Partain, American radiologist, nuclear medicine physician, educator, health facility administrator. Diplomate American Board Nuclear Medicine, American Board Radiology; registered professional engineer, Missouri. Atomic Energy Commission Special fellow, 1964-1966; grantee National Institute Neurosci., Communicative Diseases and Stroke, 1977-1978.


  • Partain, Clarence Leon was born on July 12, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Son of Archie Leon and Vergie (Young) Partain.

  • Education

    • BSNE, University Tennessee, 1963. MSNE, Purdue University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, 1967.

      Doctor of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, 1975.


    • Assistant professor nuclear engineering University Missouri-Columbia, 1968-1971, associate professor, 1971-1975. Resident North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, 1975-1979. Associate professor radiology University North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1978-1979.

      Associate professor Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1980-1985, professor radiology and biomedical engineering, since 1985, vice chairman radiology, 1989-1992, director nuclear medicine, 1981-1985, director magnetic resonance imaging, 1983-1992, chairman radiology, radiologist in chief, 1992-2000, director Center for Imaging Research, since 2000. Consultant National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, since 1980. Carol D. and Henry P. Pendegrass professor radiology and radiological science Vanderbilt University, since 1997.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate American Board Nuclear Medicine, American Board Radiology. Registered professional engineer, Missouri.


    • Author: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Nuclear magnetic resonance) Imaging, 1983, Nuclear magnetic resonance Imaging: Clinical Utility and Correlation, 1984, Thyroid and Parathyroid Imaging, 1986, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, second edition, 1988, Correlative Image: Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance, Computer Tomography, Ultrasound, 1988. Editorial board Academy Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal Nuclear Medicine. Editor-in-chief Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


    The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.


    Having created, God did not withdraw the divine presence or activity, but remained fully knowledgeable of and engaged with the world. This engagement includes revealing God and God's ways.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs that depend on each other, so members of a Christian society should be close and caring enough to feel each other's pain and delight.


    Scientific advisory council Whitaker Foundation. Fellow American College Nuclear Physicians, American College Radiology, Society Magnetic Resonance Imaging (board directors), International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Residency Review Committee Nuclear Medicine. Member American Medical Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Radiological Society North America (chair research development committee, trustees, R&E Foundation), Association University Radiologists (executive committee), Radiology Research Alliance (president), Society Nuclear Medicine (trustee, Benedict Casson lecturer 1981), American Roentgen Ray Society (executive council), Society Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (trustee), International Society Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (governance council, board directors), Society Chairman Academy Radiology Departments (board directors), American Board Radiology (examiner in nuclear medicine, Distinguished Service award), Sigma Phi Epsilon.


    • Married Judith Stafford, January, 1964. Children: David Blane, Teri Ellyn, Amy Leigh.
    • father: Archie Leon Partain
    • mother: Vergie (Young) Partain
    • spouse: Judith Stafford
    • children: David Blane Partain
    • Teri Ellyn Partain
    • Amy Leigh Partain
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