Radiologists

MSK Radiologists

Shane A. Wear, MD

Dr. Wear was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where received a B.A. in Biology and Psychology in 1997. After teaching for one year at The International School of St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Shane attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 2002. While there, he served as Class President for four years, and President of the Student Body his final year. After completing a year of Transitional Medicine at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham, he returned to University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for his residency in Diagnostic Radiology, where he served as Chief Resident in 2006. Dr. Wear completed our fellowship in 2008 and joined Vulcan Imaging Associates upon completion of his training. Dr. Wear also serves as a Clinical Instructor at UAB. Dr. Wear gives annual lectures to CRNA students at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing (Samford University) and to medical students and residents at UAB. Dr. Wear has served as a volunteer radiologist at Tenwek Hospital outside Bomet, Kenya, and has spent time in Haiti providing ultrasound training to physicians there. He serves on the board of Hope Imaging, a non-profit organization that provides onsite ultrasound training globally.

D. Dean Thornton, MD

Dr. Thornton is originally from Virginia where he received a B.S. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1995. He went on to residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While at UAB, Dr. Thornton served as Chief Resident in 1998. His fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Radiology was undertaken at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Following fellowship, he returned to UAB as an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Musculoskeletal and Emergency Radiology sections. In 2003, he left UAB to join Dr. Schwartz in private practice at the former HealthSouth hospital in Birmingham. Dr. Thornton still serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at UAB. He has also co-authored several textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2005, Dr. Thornton and Dr. Schwartz joined VIA where they currently practice Musculoskeletal Radiology. Dr. Thornton volunteers at a local crisis pregnancy center helping to train nurses in ultrasound. He also provides intermittent volunteer teleradiology service for Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.

Trevor A. Lundstrom, MD

Dr. Lundstrom grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received both Biology B.S. and Master of Clinical Gerontology Degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He then returned to Nebraska where he received his M.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1999. He completed his Transitional Internship Year at Baptist Health Systems in 2000. He went on to complete his Diagnostic Radiology residency as well as a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following his fellowship, he joined Vulcan Imaging Associates in 2005. Dr. Lundstrom also serves as a Clinical Instructor at UAB.

Jonathan W. Walter, MD

Dr. Walter hails from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for both undergrad and medical school. He moved to Alabama to complete radiology residency at UAB, later completing his MSK fellowship in the inaugural combined UAB/St. Vincent’s fellowship program. Dr. Walter served as an assistant professor at UAB and led the MSK fellowship as well as directed radiology medical student education. During his tenure, he lectured extensively in the medical school and beyond, contributed to several publications, wrote a textbook chapter, and was honored with multiple consecutive teaching awards. Dr. Walter’s career path eventually led him to Vulcan Imaging Associates where he was fortunate to combine his love of teaching with his keen interest and abilities with business development, operations, and management.

Barrett Cary, MD

Dr. Cary grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. He received his B.S. in Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College in 2003 and earned his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Dr. Cary completed his combined MSK fellowship at UAB and Alabama Orthopedic Imaging in 2013. Following his combined UAB/VIA fellowship, he joined Vulcan Imaging Associates in 2012.

Jacob R. Batson, MD

Dr. Batson was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. He attended the University of Alabama where he received a B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, in 2007. He then attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and graduated in 2011. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. After completion of residency, Dr. Batson completed a one-year MSK fellowship with Vulcan Imaging Associates and, subsequently, a second fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Following his fellowship, he joined Vulcan Imaging Associates as a junior associate in 2018.

Jeffrey D. Stevens, MD

Jeffrey D Stevens MD

Dr. Stevens is from College Station, TX, where he attended Texas A&M College of Medicine and received his M.D. in 2013. He went on to complete residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, TX in 2018 while serving as Co-Chief Resident 2017-2018. His fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Radiology was completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. Dr. Stevens began his career with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Temple TX but returned to Birmingham, AL in November 2020 to join Vulcan Imaging Associates.

Clint R. Waggoner, MD

Dr. Waggoner hails from Fayetteville, GA. He completed his BS in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. While attending the University of Alabama Dr. Waggoner played football for the Crimson Tide 1995 – 1998; in 1998 was a starting defensive end.    Dr. Waggoner received his M.D. in 2003 and went on to complete residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in 2008.  His completed fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Radiology at the Alabama Orthopedic Fellowship Birmingham, Alabama in 2009.  In January 2021, Dr. Waggoner joined VIA where he currently practices Musculoskeletal Radiology.

Neuro Radiologists

Arthur D. Sandy, MD, FACR

Dr. Sandy earned his BA in biology in his home town at the University of California, San Diego where he graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Sandy is an alumnus of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas where he earned his MD degree in 1982. Having completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan he subsequently returned to San Diego and joined the staff at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center where he completed a two year neuroradiology fellowship. In 1993, after spending three years as a general radiologist in a hospital based practice in San Diego, he and his family moved to Birmingham to join Radiology Associates of Birmingham, now doing business as Vulcan Imaging Associates.

 

Dr. Sandy has been active in organized Radiology having served as a counselor for the ACR and as the President of the Alabama Academy of Radiology. Dr. Sandy is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and a recipient of the ACR Silver Medal Award for service to the AAR and ACR and for work performed promoting patient safety and helping to define the role of the Radiology Assistant in Alabama. Dr. Sandy is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and numerous other professional organizations. He holds board certification in Diagnostic Radiology with added qualifications in Neuroradiology.

M. Brant Ruff, MD

Dr. Ruff was born and raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.S. in Chemistry, manga cum laude. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1995. After finishing his surgical internship at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, he completed his radiology residency at Tulane Medical Center in 2000. He continued his training with a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, MO where he also served jointly as clinical instructor for one year. After completion, he began private practice in Birmingham and joined Vulcan Imaging Associates in 2005.

Harry Rosenthal, MD

Dr. Rosenthal was born in Alexandria, LA and graduated from the Louisiana Tech University with a Major in Biomedical Engineering. He completed medical school at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, LA in 1996. He completed his radiology residency at Tulane University Medical Center in 2000, serving as Chief Resident 1998-2000. He continued his training with a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York in 2001. After completion, he began private practice in Birmingham and joined Vulcan Imaging Associates in July 2001.

Balasundaram Chandra Sekar, MD

Dr. B. Chandra-Sekar was born in India where he completed pre-medical and medical school and was the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship before relocating to the US and becoming a naturalized US Citizen.   He completed his radiology residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York followed by a two year Neuroradiology fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Following training he joined the UAB School of Medicine Department of Radiology Faculty from 1981-1986.  In July 1986 he joined Radiology Associates of Birmingham, now doing business as Vulcan Imaging Associates.

 

Dr. Chandra-Sekar is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Radiological Society of North American and the American College of Radiology. He holds board certification in Diagnostic Radiology with added qualification in Neuroradiology.

Allen Oser, MD

Dr. Oser was raised on Long Island, NY. He attended Brown University in Providence, RI where he received an ScB. in Biology in 1982. He attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. where he received his M.D. in 1988. After completing a transitional year internship at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, he went on to a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University Medical School from 1989-1993, where he served as co-chief resident. Dr. Oser went on to his neuroradiology fellowship at MIR from 1993-1995. He joined the staff at UAB in 1995, then came to Vulcan Imaging Associates in 1997.

Chad Cox, MD

Dr. Cox was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He attended Auburn University, Auburn AL where he received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences graduated Summa cum Laude in 2007. He attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL where he received his M.D. in 2014. After completing a year of Transitional Medicine at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, MI, he attended University of South Florida, Tampa, FL for his residency in Diagnostic Radiology. In residency, he received awards for receiving the highest board scores and a teaching award for his contribution to both medical school and residency education. Dr. Cox completed a Neuroradiology Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ in 2020. Returning home, he joined Vulcan Imaging Associates in July 2020.