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Memoir

Stephen S. Gebarski
Regents' Proceedings

Stephen S. Gebarski, M.D., professor of radiology in the Medical School, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 2020.

Dr. Gebarski received his M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He completed his internal medicine internship (1978-79), radiology residency (1979-82), and neuroradiology fellowship (1981-83) at the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an instructor in 1982, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1983, associate professor in 1987, and professor in 1996.

Dr. Gebarski was a preeminent scholar in the field of neuroradiology. His heavily cited and grant-supported research focused on correlation of imaging alterations with clinical and pathologic findings, especially in neuro-oncology and inflammatory central neurologic diseases. Dr. Gebarski’s 1985 study of MRI in multiple sclerosis was one of the earliest systematic investigations of imaging findings in this disease. These imaging findings are now considered part of the routine medical evaluation of multiple sclerosis. His innovative investigations of pituitary volumetrics in Cushing’s disease has stimulated extensive studies by worldwide investigators using pituitary volumetrics in numerous other diseases affecting the pituitary gland. His original findings of vascularity along cranial nerves finally addressed puzzling imaging alterations along the transcranial paths of cranial nerves. Dr. Gebarski taught many well received didactic and clinical courses for residents and fellows, as well as numerous sessions in national and international radiology meetings. Dr. Gebarski served as chair of the U-M Medical School Institutional Review Board, division director of Neuroradiology, chair of the American Society of Neuroradiology’s Scientific Exhibits Committee, and associate editor of the journal Radiology. He was a dedicated mentor to generations of medical students, neuroradiology fellows, and radiology junior staff as well as residents and fellows in radiology, neurosurgery, neurology, ophthalmology, and otorhinolaryngology.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Stephen S. Gebarski, professor emeritus of radiology.