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Burton Drayer

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  • Diagnostic Radiology

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


  • MD, Chicago Medical School

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

  • Residency, Neurology
    Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

  • Residency, Diagnostic Radiology
    University of Pittsburgh

  • Fellowship, Neuroradiology
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


    Dr. Drayer is executive vice-president for Risk at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and the Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology (1995-present) at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He also served as President of The Mount Sinai Hospital from November 2003 to September 2008.

    Dr. Drayer received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1971, he received his medical degree from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and went on to complete an internship and neurology residency at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Dr. Drayer served his radiology residency followed by a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Dr. Drayer's academic appointments began in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center. From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Drayer was at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he became professor of radiology and assistant professor of medicine (neurology). In 1986, he was appointed chair of the Division of Neuroimaging Research-Education at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where he remained until 1995. Dr. Drayer then moved to The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    Since 1979, Dr. Drayer has been a manuscript reviewer for nine medical journals, including Radiology, and was editor of Neuroimaging Clinics of North America from 1991 to 2005. He has authored or coauthored nearly 200 journal articles, 41 book chapters and two books and is a sought-after lecturer both nationally and internationally, giving over 200 invited lectures and speeches. Dr. Drayer’s major research interest involve CT Scanning and MRI techniques for the diagnosis of cerebral infarctions, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, vascular malefactions and brain neoplasm. 

    Dr. Drayer's many awards and honors include the Cornelius G. Dyke Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology.

    Dr. Drayer was a fellow of both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Academy of Neurology, and a past-president of the New York Roentgen Society. He is past-President of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and founding member. Dr. Drayer was the first Chairman of its research foundation (NERF).

     Dr. Drayer serves on the Board of Trustees of the R&E Foundation at the RadiologicalSociety of North America (RSNA). Dr. Drayer was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors in December 2003 and has acted as liaison for the annual meeting and technology and served as board chairman in 2009.   He was President-elect of the RSNA in 2010 and is RSNA President in 2011.



  • 2011 - 2012
    Honorary Fellow
    The Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland)

  • 2011 - 2012
    Board of Chancellors
    American College of Radiology

  • 2011 - 2012
    Radiological Society of North America

  • 2011 - 2012
    Honorary Member
    European Society of Radiology

  • 2011 -
    Gold Medal Award
    American Society of Neuroradiology

  • 2009 -
    Best Doctors
    New York Magazine

  • 2008 -
    Distinguished Service Award
    American Board of Radiology

  • 1995 -
    Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor of Radiology

  • 1993 -
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Chicago Medical School

  • 1977 -
    Cornelius G. Dyke Award
    American Society of Neuroradiology

  • 1977 -
    First Prize President's Award
    Pittsburgh Roentgen Ray Society


•    CT Scanning
•    MRI (anatomic and functional)
•    Cerebral Infarction
•    Neurodenerative Disease and Normal Aging
•    Vascular Malformation of the Brain
•    Parkinson's Disease
•    Alzheimer's Disease
•    Multiple Sclerosis
•    Brain Neoplasms
•    Brain Iron on MRI
•    Regional Cerebral Blood Flow (Xenon CT)
•    Intrathecal Contrast-Mechanism of Adverse reactions
•    CSF Circulation
•    Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
•    PET Scanning-Radiation Necrosis vs. Glioma
•    Blood Brain Barrier Integrity
•    Imaging Non-human Primate Models

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Drayer during 2015 and/or 2016. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • Hologic, Inc.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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