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Val Runge

  • Distinguished Magnetic Resonance Expert
  • Visting Professor
  • University Hospital Zurich


    In the early 1980s, Dr. Val Runge was the first researcher to present the concept of using metal chelates as contrast media in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and subsequently the first to demonstrate their diagnostic potential. This opened a major new field in medicine, with today more than 30 million doses given each year for diagnostic MR scans. For more than three decades, he has continued to make significant contributions to the MR field as a professor, researcher, speaker, author, and editor of a major scientific journal. Dr. Val Runge has earned wide recognition as one of the world’s leading experts in MR. Throughout his career, Dr. Runge has delivered more than 600 presentations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. He has edited 16 medical textbooks, which have been translated into several languages. His two most recent textbooks are Neuroradiology: The Essentials with MR and CT, published in 2015, and 2014’s The Physics of Clinical MR Taught through Images (3rd edition). In recent years, Dr. Val Runge has earned additional honorary academic appointments in Europe, the US and China, the latter as a visiting professor at Tonji Medical College in Wuhan, central China. Today, Dr. Val Runge is editor-in-chief of the journal Investigative Radiology and a visiting professor at the University Hospital of Zurich. He also maintains a website at, which contains insights from international experts on MR strategies.

    Professional experience

    Visting Professor

    University Hospital Zurich

    August 2013 - Present

    Professor of Radiology

    The University of Texas Medical Branch

    September 2012 - August 2013(a year)

    John Sealy Distinguished Chairman, Department of Radiology

    The University of Texas Medical Branch

    July 2010 - September 2012(2 years)

    Education history


    Stanford University Medical School

    September 1978 - June 1982(4 years)


    Stanford University

    September 1974 - June 1978(4 years)