Sharon E. Byrd, MD, is chairperson of the Department of Diagnostic Services at Rush University Medical Center. She is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and associate director of the Section of Neuroradiology.
Byrd received a medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School in 1971 and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. Byrd completed advanced fellowship training in pediatric neuroradiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, in 1977 and adult neuroradiology at UCLA in 1978. She was chief of the Section of Neuroradiology and Head and Neck Radiology at Los Angeles County Hospital for eight years. She was head of the Division of Neuroimaging at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago for 14 years. In 2002, she joined Rush in the Section of Neuroradiology.
Byrd’s primary specialty is neuroradiology, with expertise in both pediatric and adult neuroradiology. Her interests and research include advanced techniques in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spine in the fetus, newborns, children and adults; functional MRI (localization of brain function on MRI) in adults and children; and MR spectroscopy for metabolic analysis of brain pathology. She has expertise in the imaging evaluation of complex abnormalities of the brain and spine in children.
Byrd is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and a member of numerous medical societies. She has received awards for teaching, given many scientific presentations nationally and internationally and authored numerous scientific articles in peer review journals.