Richard G. Abramson, M.D.

Associate Professor

richard.abramson@vanderbilt.edu
Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Education
M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MassachusettsA.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Clinical Description
Richard G. Abramson, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Before completing his postgraduate training, Dr. Abramson served in various health policy and management roles, including as a Medicare policy analyst at the White House Budget Office and as an associate with The Lewin Group, McKinsey & Co., and Avalere Health. Dr. Abramson then returned to academic medicine, completing an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at Johns Hopkins. After a brief stint with Nighthawk Radiology Services, during which time he performed remote emergency and trauma radiology coverage for groups around the U.S., Dr. Abramson joined the radiology faculty at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a member of the Body Imaging section and as core faculty at the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS).

Dr. Abramson was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and was recently named Vice-Chair for Innovation. In this latter role, Dr. Abramson is charged with promoting entrepreneurship and commercialization efforts within the Department and for facilitating strategic relationships with other departments and outside stakeholders. He directs RadX, a novel healthcare startup incubator that launched in 2017 within the Department.

Dr. Abramson’s research interests span both translational cancer imaging and health care policy and management. As an oncologist radiologist and cancer imaging researcher, he works closely with basic science imaging collaborators at the VUIIS to develop and validate advanced imaging techniques for tumor detection, characterization, and treatment response assessment. He is currently Principal Investigator on a multi-site NIH U01 grant investigating multiparametric MRI for the early prediction of breast cancer response to neoadjuvant therapy. He serves as medical director of the Radiology Clinical Trials Support Core and the Vanderbilt Cancer Imaging Support Laboratory, which provides tumor measurement support for clinical trials at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He has served as an independent reader and adjudicator for several multisite cancer clinical trials.

Dr. Abramson is a former Association of University Radiologists (AUR) GERRAF scholar and is an alumnus of the AUR Radiology Management Program. He sits on several hospital and professional society committees and was previously awarded Teacher of the Year from the Vanderbilt radiology residency program.

Section: Body Imaging
Clinical Research Keywords
Section: Body Imaging
Publications
Xu Z, Gertz AL, Burke RP, Bansal N, Kang H, Landman BA, Abramson RG. Improving Spleen Volume Estimation Via Computer-assisted Segmentation on Clinically Acquired CT Scans. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Aug 8/9/2016; PMID: 27519156, PII: S1076-6332(16)30094-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2016.05.015, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Xu Z, Lee CP, Heinrich MP, Modat M, Rueckert D, Ourselin S, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Evaluation of Six Registration Methods for the Human Abdomen on Clinically Acquired CT. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng [print-electronic]. 2016 Aug; 63(8): 1563-72. PMID: 27254856, PMCID: PMC4972188, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2016.2574816, ISSN: 1558-2531.

Lakomkin N, Kang H, Landman B, Hutson MS, Abramson RG. The Attenuation Distribution Across the Long Axis (ADLA): Preliminary Findings for Assessing Response to Cancer Treatment. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2016 Jun; 23(6): 718-23. PMID: 27052524, PII: S1076-6332(16)00106-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2016.02.007, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Chan E, Arlinghaus LR, Cardin DB, Goff L, Berlin JD, Parikh A, Abramson RG, Yankeelov TE, Hiebert S, Merchant N, Bhaskara S, Chakravarthy AB. Phase I trial of vorinostat added to chemoradiation with capecitabine in pancreatic cancer. Radiother Oncol [print-electronic]. 2016 May; 119(2): 312-8. PMID: 27106554, PMCID: PMC4961249, PII: S0167-8140(16)31047-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2016.04.013, ISSN: 1879-0887.

Huang W, Chen Y, Fedorov A, Li X, Jajamovich GH, Malyarenko DI, Aryal MP, LaViolette PS, Oborski MJ, O'Sullivan F, Abramson RG, Jafari-Khouzani K, Afzal A, Tudorica A, Moloney B, Gupta SN, Besa C, Kalpathy-Cramer J, Mountz JM, Laymon CM, Muzi M, Schmainda K, Cao Y, Chenevert TL, Taouli B, Yankeelov TE, Fennessy F, Li X. The Impact of Arterial Input Function Determination Variations on Prostate Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Pharmacokinetic Modeling: A Multicenter Data Analysis Challenge. Tomography. 2016 Mar; 2(1): 56-66. PMID: 27200418, PMCID: PMC4869732, DOI: 10.18383/j.tom.2015.00184, ISSN: 2379-1381.

Xu Z, Baucom RB, Abramson RG, Poulose BK, Landman BA. Whole Abdominal Wall Segmentation using Augmented Active Shape Models (AASM) with Multi-Atlas Label Fusion and Level Set. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng [print-electronic]. 2016 Feb 2/27/2016; 9784: PMID: 27127333, PMCID: PMC4845968, DOI: 10.1117/12.2216841, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Xu Z, Panjwani SA, Lee CP, Burke RP, Baucom RB, Poulose BK, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Evaluation of Body-Wise and Organ-Wise Registrations For Abdominal Organs. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng [print-electronic]. 2016 Feb 2/27/2016; 9784: PMID: 27127329, PMCID: PMC4845963, DOI: 10.1117/12.2217082, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Abramson RG, Arlinghaus LR, Dula AN, Quarles CC, Stokes AM, Weis JA, Whisenant JG, Chekmenev EY, Zhukov I, Williams JM, Yankeelov TE. MR Imaging Biomarkers in Oncology Clinical Trials. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2016 Feb; 24(1): 11-29. PMID: 26613873, PMCID: PMC4667554, PII: S1064-9689(15)00100-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.mric.2015.08.002, ISSN: 1557-9786.

Xu Z, Burke RP, Lee CP, Baucom RB, Poulose BK, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Efficient multi-atlas abdominal segmentation on clinically acquired CT with SIMPLE context learning. Med Image Anal [print-electronic]. 2015 Aug; 24(1): 18-27. PMID: 26046403, PMCID: PMC4532551, PII: S1361-8415(15)00076-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.media.2015.05.009, ISSN: 1361-8423.

Williams JM, Rani SD, Li X, Arlinghaus LR, Lee TC, MacDonald LR, Partridge SC, Kang H, Whisenant JG, Abramson RG, Linden HM, Kinahan PE, Yankeelov TE. Comparison of prone versus supine 18F-FDG-PET of locally advanced breast cancer: Phantom and preliminary clinical studies. Med Phys. 2015 Jul; 42(7): 3801-13. PMID: 26133582, PMCID: PMC4464063, DOI: 10.1118/1.4921363, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Abramson RG, Lambert KF, Jones-Jackson LB, Arlinghaus LR, Williams J, Abramson VG, Chakravarthy AB, Yankeelov TE. Prone Versus Supine Breast FDG-PET/CT for Assessing Locoregional Disease Distribution in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jul; 22(7): 853-9. PMID: 25865435, PMCID: PMC4464958, PII: S1076-6332(15)00109-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2015.02.012, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Johnson DB, Peng C, Abramson RG, Ye F, Zhao S, Wolchok JD, Sosman JA, Carvajal RD, Ariyan CE. Clinical Activity of Ipilimumab in Acral Melanoma: A Retrospective Review. Oncologist [print-electronic]. 2015 Jun; 20(6): 648-52. PMID: 25964307, PMCID: PMC4571784, PII: theoncologist.2014-0468, DOI: 10.1634/theoncologist.2014-0468, ISSN: 1549-490X.

Abramson RG, McGhee CR, Lakomkin N, Arteaga CL. Pitfalls in RECIST Data Extraction for Clinical Trials: Beyond the Basics. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jun; 22(6): 779-86. PMID: 25794800, PMCID: PMC4429002, PII: S1076-6332(15)00051-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2015.01.015, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Li X, Abramson RG, Arlinghaus LR, Kang H, Chakravarthy AB, Abramson VG, Farley J, Mayer IA, Kelley MC, Meszoely IM, Means-Powell J, Grau AM, Sanders M, Yankeelov TE. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging for predicting pathological response after the first cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer. Invest Radiol. 2015 Apr; 50(4): 195-204. PMID: 25360603, PMCID: PMC4471951, DOI: 10.1097/RLI.0000000000000100, ISSN: 1536-0210.

Xu Z, Burke RP, Lee CP, Baucom RB, Poulose BK, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Efficient Abdominal Segmentation on Clinically Acquired CT with SIMPLE Context Learning. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2015 Mar 3/20/2015; 9413: PMID: 25914506, PMCID: PMC4405802, DOI: 10.1117/12.2081012, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Lee CP, Xu Z, Burke RP, Baucom RB, Poulose BK, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Evaluation of Five Image Registration Tools for Abdominal CT: Pitfalls and Opportunities with Soft Anatomy. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2015 Mar 3/20/2015; 9413: PMID: 25914502, PMCID: PMC4405654, DOI: 10.1117/12.2081045, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Burke RP, Xu Z, Lee CP, Baucom RB, Poulose BK, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Multi-Atlas Segmentation for Abdominal Organs with Gaussian Mixture Models. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2015 Mar 3/17/2015; 9417: PMID: 25914508, PMCID: PMC4405670, DOI: 10.1117/12.2081061, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Kost SD, Dewaraja YK, Abramson RG, Stabin MG. VIDA: a voxel-based dosimetry method for targeted radionuclide therapy using Geant4. Cancer Biother. Radiopharm [print-electronic]. 2015 Feb; 30(1): 16-26. PMID: 25594357, PMCID: PMC4322792, DOI: 10.1089/cbr.2014.1713, ISSN: 1557-8852.

Xu Z, Asman AJ, Baucom RB, Abramson RG, Poulose BK, Landman BA. Quantitative CT Imaging of Ventral Hernias: Preliminary Validation of an Anatomical Labeling Protocol. PLoS ONE. 2015; 10(10): e0141671. PMID: 26509450, PMCID: PMC4624799, PII: PONE-D-15-19163, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141671, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Abramson RG, Burton KR, Yu JP, Scalzetti EM, Yankeelov TE, Rosenkrantz AB, Mendiratta-Lala M, Bartholmai BJ, Ganeshan D, Lenchik L, Subramaniam RM. Methods and challenges in quantitative imaging biomarker development. Acad Radiol. 2015 Jan; 22(1): 25-32. PMID: 25481515, PMCID: PMC4258641, PII: S1076-6332(14)00334-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2014.09.001, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Rosenkrantz AB, Mendiratta-Lala M, Bartholmai BJ, Ganeshan D, Abramson RG, Burton KR, Yu JP, Scalzetti EM, Yankeelov TE, Subramaniam RM, Lenchik L. Clinical utility of quantitative imaging. Acad Radiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jan; 22(1): 33-49. PMID: 25442800, PMCID: PMC4259826, PII: S1076-6332(14)00335-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2014.08.011, ISSN: 1878-4046.

Yankeelov TE, Abramson RG, Quarles CC. Quantitative multimodality imaging in cancer research and therapy. Nat Rev Clin Oncol [print-electronic]. 2014 Nov; 11(11): 670-80. PMID: 25113842, PMCID: PMC4909117, PII: nrclinonc.2014.134, DOI: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2014.134, ISSN: 1759-4782.

Liu PS, Abramson RG. Hepatobiliary imaging [editorial]. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2014 Aug; 22(3): xv-xvi. PMID: 25086942, PII: S1064-9689(14)00047-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.mric.2014.05.003, ISSN: 1557-9786.

Atuegwu NC, Li X, Arlinghaus LR, Abramson RG, Williams JM, Chakravarthy AB, Abramson VG, Yankeelov TE. Longitudinal, intermodality registration of quantitative breast PET and MRI data acquired before and during neoadjuvant chemotherapy: preliminary results. Med Phys. 2014 May; 41(5): 52302. PMID: 24784395, PMCID: PMC4000383, DOI: 10.1118/1.4870966, ISSN: 0094-2405.

Li X, Arlinghaus LR, Ayers GD, Chakravarthy AB, Abramson RG, Abramson VG, Atuegwu N, Farley J, Mayer IA, Kelley MC, Meszoely IM, Means-Powell J, Grau AM, Sanders M, Bhave SR, Yankeelov TE. DCE-MRI analysis methods for predicting the response of breast cancer to neoadjuvant chemotherapy: pilot study findings. Magn Reson Med [print-electronic]. 2014 Apr; 71(4): 1592-602. PMID: 23661583, PMCID: PMC3742614, DOI: 10.1002/mrm.24782, ISSN: 1522-2594.

Xu Z, Li B, Panda S, Asman AJ, Merkle KL, Shanahan PL, Abramson RG, Landman BA. Shape-Constrained Multi-Atlas Segmentation of Spleen in CT. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2014 Mar 3/21/2014; 9034: 903446. PMID: 24817808, PMCID: PMC4013111, DOI: 10.1117/12.2043079, ISSN: 0277-786X.

Li X, Kang H, Arlinghaus LR, Abramson RG, Chakravarthy AB, Abramson VG, Farley J, Sanders M, Yankeelov TE. Analyzing Spatial Heterogeneity in DCE- and DW-MRI Parametric Maps to Optimize Prediction of Pathologic Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer. Transl Oncol. 2014 Feb; 7(1): 14-22. PMID: 24772203, PMCID: PMC3998687, ISSN: 1936-5233.

Xu Z, Asman AJ, Shanahan PL, Abramson RG, Landman BA. SIMPLE is a good idea (and better with context learning). Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2014; 17(Pt 1): 364-71. PMID: 25333139.

Abramson RG, Li X, Hoyt TL, Su PF, Arlinghaus LR, Wilson KJ, Abramson VG, Chakravarthy AB, Yankeelov TE. Early assessment of breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy by semi-quantitative analysis of high-temporal resolution DCE-MRI: preliminary results. Magn Reson Imaging [print-electronic]. 2013 Nov; 31(9): 1457-64. PMID: 23954320, PMCID: PMC3807825, PII: S0730-725X(13)00233-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2013.07.002, ISSN: 1873-5894.

Abramson RG, Abramson VG, Chan E, Horn L, Keedy VL, Pao W, Sosman JA. Complications of targeted drug therapies for solid malignancies: manifestations and mechanisms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Mar; 200(3): 475-83. PMID: 23436834, PMCID: PMC3652983, PII: 200/3/475, DOI: 10.2214/AJR.12.9049, ISSN: 1546-3141.

Smith DS, Li X, Abramson RG, Quarles CC, Yankeelov TE, Welch EB. Potential of compressed sensing in quantitative MR imaging of cancer. Cancer Imaging. 2013; 13(4): 633-44. PMID: 24434808, PMCID: PMC3893904, DOI: 10.1102/1470-7330.2013.0041, ISSN: 1470-7330.

Abramson RG, Berger PE, Brant-Zawadzki MN. Accountable care organizations and radiology: threat or opportunity?. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Dec; 9(12): 900-6. PMID: 23206648, PII: S1546-1440(12)00542-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2012.09.013, ISSN: 1558-349X.

Yankeelov TE, Peterson TE, Abramson RG, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Arlinghaus LR, Li X, Atuegwu NC, Catana C, Manning HC, Fayad ZA, Gore JC. Simultaneous PET-MRI in oncology: a solution looking for a problem?. Magn Reson Imaging [print-electronic]. 2012 Nov; 30(9): 1342-56. PMID: 22795930, PMCID: PMC3466373, PII: S0730-725X(12)00199-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2012.06.001, ISSN: 1873-5894.

Abramson RG, Su PF, Shyr Y. Quantitative metrics in clinical radiology reporting: a snapshot perspective from a single mixed academic-community practice. Magn Reson Imaging [print-electronic]. 2012 Nov; 30(9): 1357-66. PMID: 22795791, PMCID: PMC3466403, PII: S0730-725X(12)00202-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2012.04.018, ISSN: 1873-5894.

Abramson RG, Arlinghaus LR, Weis JA, Li X, Dula AN, Chekmenev EY, Smith SA, Miga MI, Abramson VG, Yankeelov TE. Current and emerging quantitative magnetic resonance imaging methods for assessing and predicting the response of breast cancer to neoadjuvant therapy. Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press). 2012 Oct; 2012(4): 139-54. PMID: 23154619, PMCID: PMC3496377, DOI: 10.2147/BCTT.S35882, ISSN: 1179-1314.

Abramson RG. Variability in radiology practice in the United States: a former teleradiologist's perspective. Radiology. 2012 May; 263(2): 318-22. PMID: 22517951, PII: 263/2/318, DOI: 10.1148/radiol.12112066, ISSN: 1527-1315.

Li X, Abramson RG, Arlinghaus LR, Chakravarthy AB, Abramson V, Mayer I, Farley J, Delbeke D, Yankeelov TE. An algorithm for longitudinal registration of PET/CT images acquired during neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer: preliminary results. EJNMMI Res. 2012; 2(1): 62. PMID: 23157877, PMCID: PMC3520720, PII: 2191-219X-2-62, DOI: 10.1186/2191-219X-2-62, ISSN: 2191-219X.

Fleischer AC, Lyshchik A, Hirari M, Moore RD, Abramson RG, Fishman DA. Early detection of ovarian cancer with conventional and contrast-enhanced transvaginal sonography: recent advances and potential improvements. J Oncol [print-electronic]. 2012; 2012: 302858. PMID: 22619674, PMCID: PMC3351123, DOI: 10.1155/2012/302858, ISSN: 1687-8469.

Abramson RG, Mavi A, Cermik T, Basu S, Wehrli NE, Houseni M, Mishra S, Udupa J, Lakhani P, Maidment AD, Torigian DA, Alavi A. Age-related structural and functional changes in the breast: multimodality correlation with digital mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography. Semin Nucl Med. 2007 May; 37(3): 146-53. PMID: 17418148, PII: S0001-2998(07)00019-0, DOI: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2007.01.003, ISSN: 0001-2998.

Abramson RG, Harrington CA, Missmar R, Li SP, Mendelson DN. Generic drug cost containment in Medicaid: lessons from five state MAC programs. Health Care Financ Rev. 2004; 25(3): 25-34. PMID: 15229994, PMCID: PMC4194860, ISSN: 0195-8631.

Abramson RG, Rosen MP, Perry LJ, Brophy DP, Raeburn SL, Stuart KE. Cost-effectiveness of hepatic arterial chemoembolization for colorectal liver metastases refractory to systemic chemotherapy. Radiology. 2000 Aug; 216(2): 485-91. PMID: 10924575, DOI: 10.1148/radiology.216.2.r00au26485, ISSN: 0033-8419.

Mendelson DN, Abramson RG, Rubin RJ. State involvement in medical technology assessment. Health Aff (Millwood). 1995; 14(2): 83-98. PMID: 7657264, ISSN: 0278-2715.