David Turner, MD, is emeritus Robert R. McCormick Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Rush. He formerly was the director of MRI and was the first person in the city of Chicago to do MRI of the breast. Turner was chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine from 2003 to 2009.
Turner received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, where he was also a resident in radiology and a USPHS academic trainee in radiology and nuclear medicine. Prior to his residency, he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was trained at the U.S. Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla., and served as a naval flight surgeon in Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
Turner's current clinical interests include body MRI and CT, general nuclear medicine, cardiac MRI and CT, and nuclear cardiology.
He has authored or co-authored 89 peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters in the areas of nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, MRI and medical decision making, as well as 73 abstracts. He has served on a special study section of the National Institutes of Health.
Turner has received two “Teacher of the Year” awards from radiology residents at Rush. In addition to clinical teaching conferences, his teaching activities include MRI physics classes for body imaging fellows.