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Russell Ritenour Ph.D.

E. Russell Ritenour Ph.D.

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Radiology and Radiological Science
Academic Focus
  • Medical Imaging, Radiation Safety
  • Medical Science Education and Testing
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E. Russell (Russ) Ritenour received his PhD in physics from the University of Virginia in 1980. He was selected for an NIH PostDoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado and stayed on the faculty there as Director of the Graduate Program in Medical Physics until 1989 when he  moved to the University of Minnesota where he was Professor and Chief of Physics in the Department of Radiology and Director of Graduate Studies in Biophysical Sciences and Medical Physics in the Graduate School for twenty-five years. He has served the American Board of Radiology in various capacities since 1986 including membership and then chair of the physics committee for the radiology resident’s exam. In 1999 he did a sabbatical with the ABR to help develop the computerized exam that is in use today for radiology residents. He has served as a consultant to the Army for resident physics training and is a founding member of the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and a fellow and past president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. He also served as imaging editor of the journal Radiographics and as Board Member and Treasurer of the Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation and as Board Member of the International Organization of Medical Physics. He is currently Editor of Medical Physics and Informatics for the American Journal of Roentgenology. In the fall of 2014 he moved to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Professor, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, and Chief of the Division of Medical  Physics. He has over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and is author or co-author of nine books , four electronic educational series, and eleven book chapters. His research interests include radiation safety, efficacy of diagnostic imaging, and the use of high speed networks for medical education and clinical communication.