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David B. Hackney, MD

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Chief of Neuroradiology
Director of Faculty Development, Department of Radiology
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Medical Education:


Neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, San Diego

Medical School

Cornell University Medical College


Dr. Hackney is certified in Diagnostic Radiology and in Neuroradiology. He joined the faculty in Neuroradiology at the University of Pennsylvania, rising to Professor of Radiology in 1996. In 2001, he became Acting Section Chief of Neuroradiology and chaired of the Department of Radiology Committee on Appointments and Promotions. While at Penn, he served in numerous capacities in faculty governance, including Chair of the Faculty Senate.

He joined BIDMC in 2003, as Professor of Radiology, Director of Faculty Development for the Radiology Department and Chief of Neuroradiology at BIDMC, as well as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. He has served HMS co-chairing the Faculty Development Working Group for the Medical Education Reform process, and chairing the Faculty Diversity Committee.

Dr. Hackney has published over 100 original manuscripts, as well as editorials, reviews and chapters, and hundreds of abstracts. He has served on numerous NIH federal advisory boards including the Trauma Task Force, the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section (DMG), the Training Grant and Career Development Committee (NST) for the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as well as special emphasis panels for the NCI. He has also served as a Consultant at the federal Food and Drug Administration, Radiological Devices Panel and the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, and for the Veteran's Administration State of the Art Conference on Traumatic Brain injury. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He has been named one of "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, and "Best Doctors" by Boston Magazine.

Dr. Hackney¹s research interests include MR imaging of spinal cord injury and image processing approaches to brain tumor volume measurement and characterization.


Recent Publications:

  • Stankiewicz JM, Neema M, Alsop DC, Healy BC, Arora A, Buckle GJ, Chitnis T, Guttmann CR, Hackney D, Bakshi R. Spinal cord lesions and clinical status in multiple sclerosis: A 1.5 T and 3 T MRI study. J Neurol Sci 2009; PubMed
  • Walker LM, Katzir T, Liu T, Ly J, Corriveau K, Barzillai M, Chu F, O'Connor MG, Hackney DB, Chang BS. Gray matter volumes and cognitive ability in the epileptogenic brain malformation of periventricular nodular heterotopia. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Jun 19. PubMed Abstract
  • Neema M, Goldberg-Zimring D, Guss ZD, Healy BC, Guttmann CR, Houtchens MK, Weiner HL, Horsfield MA, Hackney DB, Alsop DC, Bakshi R. 3 T MRI relaxometry detects T2 prolongation in the cerebral normal-appearing white matter in multiple sclerosis. Neuroimage. 2009 Jul 1;46(3):633-41. PubMed Abstract
  • Hackney DB. Forget the diffusion--do we need T2-weighted MR images to detect early central nervous system injury? Radiology. 2009 Feb;250(2):303-4. PubMed Abstract
  • Mehdiratta M, Kumar S, Hackney D, Schlaug G, Selim M. Association between serum ferritin level and perihematoma edema volume in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. Stroke 2008; 39(4):1165-70 PubMed Abstract
  • Chang BS, Katzir T, Liu T, Corriveau K, Barzillai M, Apse KA, Bodell A, Hackney D, Alsop D, Wong S, Walsh CA. A structural basis for reading fluency: white matter defects in a genetic brain malformation. Neurology 2007; 69(23):2146-54 PubMed Abstract
  • Daffner RH, Hackney DB. ACR Appropriateness Criteria on suspected spine trauma. J Am Coll Radiol. 2007 Nov;4(11):762-75. PubMed Abstract
  • Hackney DB. Does MR imaging improve precision in stroke thrombolysis trials? Radiology. 2007 Aug;244(2):323-4. PubMed Abstract
  • Kharbanda HS, Alsop DC, Anderson AW, Filardo G, Hackney DB. Effects of cord motion on diffusion imaging of the spinal cord. Magn Reson Med. 2006 Aug;56(2):334-9. PubMed Abstract
  • Hackney DB. Maintenance of certification: a rocky start to an important initiative. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2006 Jan;27(1):2-3. PubMed Abstract
  • Vinogradov E, Degenhardt A, Smith D, Marquis R, Vartanian TK, Kinkel P, Maier SE, Hackney DB, Lenkinski RE. High-resolution anatomic, diffusion tensor, and magnetization transfer magnetic resonance imaging of the optic chiasm at 3T. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2005 Aug;22(2):302-6. PubMed Abstract
  • Chang BS, Ly J, Appignani B, Bodell A, Apse KA, Ravenscroft RS, Sheen VL, Doherty MJ, Hackney DB, O'Connor M, Galaburda AM, Walsh CA. Reading impairment in the neuronal migration disorder of periventricular nodular heterotopia. Neurology. 2005 Mar 8;64(5):799-803. PubMed Abstract
  • Schwartz ED, Cooper ET, Chin CL, Wehrli S, Tessler A, Hackney DB. Ex vivo evaluation of ADC values within spinal cord white matter tracts. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2005 Feb;26(2):390-7. PubMed AbstractS
  • Schwartz ED, Chin CL, Shumsky JS, Jawad AF, Brown BK, Wehrli S, Tessler A, Murray M, Hackney DB. Apparent diffusion coefficients in spinal cord transplants and surrounding white matter correlate with degree of axonal dieback after injury in rats. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2005 Jan;26(1):7-18. PubMed Abstract
  • Schwartz ED, Cooper ET, Fan Y, Jawad AF, Chin CL, Nissanov J, Hackney DB. MRI diffusion coefficients in spinal cord correlate with axon morphometry. Neuroreport. 2005 Jan 19;16(1):73-6. PubMed Abstract