Dr. Alan Brody received his graduate degree at Kenyon College, Ohio (1975) and went to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He attended residency at University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, California. In 1987 he finished his pediatric fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His career led him from Kaiser Permanente Hospital, CA, to Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY, to Saint Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, AZ, and back to Cincinnati Children’s, where he finally retired this past summer.
During his retirement party, Dr. Brian Coley, radiologist-in-chief, offered some informative and moving statements about Dr. Brody’s career:
“It is important to know that Dr. Brody first trained in pediatrics and was a practicing pediatrician for some time. If you have worked with him over the years, it explains what he brings to things: a concern that we’re not just looking at black-and-white images, but there are real patients who are behind these images, and his clinical experience really helps drive that. He takes time to talk with parents and patients to explain their studies, to alleviate their concerns, and that’s a skill.
Alan is truly an international expert in pediatric lung disease, and his work defined the care and rating for cystic fibrosis. He was instrumental in all those trials involved in therapeutics that now have led to effective therapies for cystic fibrosis.
He has done a lot of things over the years. It is easy to forget that he was on the original PACS (picture archiving and communication system) selection committee. He has been on the resident selection committee for decades. He has been our representative to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for clinical research for decades and has been our Thoracic section chief for over 20 years. Like many of our faculty and other employees who do so much outside of the department, I think in some ways he is better known and even more respected by people outside of our department.
Alan is truly an international expert in pediatric lung disease, and his work defined the care and rating for cystic fibrosis. He was instrumental in all those trials involved in therapeutics and now have led to effective therapies for cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Brody is not one of our flashier people. He’s not going to draw a lot of attention to himself. That’s one of his great charms, so I just think it’s worth bearing in mind that he’s an incredibly impressive individual. He’s been recognized internationally, but for us, he’s still just one of the faculty. I can say he gets the most “Above and Beyond” awards from the technologists who appreciate the fact that he respects their opinion. He makes an effort to actually know their names and recognize them as real people and real contributors, essential contributors, to what we as the physicians get to do because of the images they obtain.”
When asked what he will be doing during retirement, Dr. Brody mentioned spending time with family, working on his restoration hobby of vintage cars, cycling, etc. He has been granted the title of emeritus professor in the department of radiology. We wish Dr. Brody all the best in his retirement.