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John R. Thornbury

Dr. Thornbury's clinical imaging and clinical research interests have been focused on genitourinary radiology since 1963. He was one of ten uroradiologists who formally started this imaging subspecialty in the 1960's and brought it to nationally recognized status in the 1970's. During this time, he pioneered with Dr. Tony Lalli at the University of Michigan the concept of tailored urography in the US. He and Dr. Lalli also pioneered needle aspiration exploration of renal mass lesions.Later, they also pioneered percutaneous needle aspiration biopsy methods in the chest.

Dr. Thornbury had faculty appointments at seven of the leading research radiology departments in the country.They are, in chronologic order, University of Colorado Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals, University of Washington Hospital, the University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, University of Rochester, and, finally, the University of Wisconsin.

Jack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Bexley High School (Columbus, Ohio), Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), and Ohio State College of Medicine.His internship was at Hurley Hospital, Flint, Michigan; his residency was in radiology at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Thornbury retired in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin.