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Member Spotlight – Courtney Tomblinson, MD

Courtney Tomblinson, MD

Name & Credentials (MD, DO, MBBS, etc.): Courtney Tomblinson, MD

Professional Title(s): Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology 

Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Institution or Practice: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)

Where did you complete the following?:

Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)

Medical School: University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

Radiology Residency: Mayo Clinic Arizona (Phoenix, AZ)

Fellowship(s): Neuroradiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)

# Years in Practice: 1 # Years as ASHNR member: 6

Primary research, clinical, or educational interest(s): Head and neck cancer, medical education

What do you look forward to most about the ASHNR Annual Meeting? 

Exceptional educational content from enthusiastic speakers, catching up with friends and mentors around the world (some of whom I’ve met solely through being involved in the society).

Do you have a particular ASHNR member or mentor that you admire (and why)?

There are so many exemplary role models in ASHNR. Two (who both happened to be Aussies) that have impacted me tremendously: 

Christine Glastonbury – one of the first talks I ever heard was hers in 2014 at the Seattle meeting. She is poised and has excellent presentation delivery, engaging her audience and teaching effectively. She is a “Jill of all trades” and a true role model for young neuroradiologists like me.

Jenny Hoang – a master educator and genuinely kind person. I’ve learned a lot from her – both directly and indirectly – about how to carry myself, ways to invest in others, and where to discover my strengths. I came to appreciate the tradition of Australia Day through her hospitality and think about it every 1/26!

What is your favorite (anatomic) part of the head & neck? Facial nerve! Are there even other nerves??

What was your childhood dream job? To study linguistics and be a translator at the United Nations. While I didn’t go quite that far with it, I majored in Spanish in college, lived in Argentina, and still enjoy learning other languages in my free time.

What is one thing people might be surprised to know about you? For my birthday one year, I drove a professional stock car around a NASCAR track and loved every minute of it. “If you’re not first, you’re last!” – Ricky Bobby