Adrian A. Sanchez, MD, PhD

Diagnostic Radiology Resident

Graduation Year:
Additional Tracks:
research track

My hometown: Nashville, TN

My teachable medical school moment: As a medical student, I rounded with Dr. Richard Light of Light’s Criteria, and it was my job to push his wheelchair and transport him to/from his office. He shared his advice for me as an aspiring physician-scientist and taught me by example how to combine humor, humility and a love for teaching.

I chose MIR because: Before medical school, I was a medical physicist with a strong interest in image science research. MIR, and particularly the research track, is a uniquely well-suited environment for co-developing strong clinical and research skills, as evidenced by the extraordinary accomplishments of its alumni.

My personal interests (hobbies, sports, hidden talents, etc.): I love spending time with my wife and five kids – especially taking the kids fishing at Creve Coeur Lake, weekend outings to the St. Louis Zoo (free!) and going for walks in the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’m also a little league soccer assistant coach, which is a blast!

My favorite go-to meal: spaghetti and meat sauce

I’m excited about living in St. Louis because: This is a fantastic city for families. You can spread out, own a home, have a yard and the schools are fantastic. Not to mention the museums, parks and host of weekend activities.

Something most people don’t know about me: My other car is a 13-passenger shuttle bus.

Anything else you should know about me: Any med students thinking of applying to radiology are always welcome to reach out with questions!

Link to Publications

Education History

Medical Degree

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


University of Chicago


University of Tennessee - Knoxville


American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
AAPM Task Group No. 305: Development of Standards for Vendor-Neutral Reject Analysis in Radiography Member
AAPM Task Group No. 252: Methodology for the Development of Pediatric Techniques for Computed Radiography and Digital Radiography
Working Group on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Science Council, AAPM
Radiological Society of North America
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
International Society for Optics and Photonics
American College of Radiology


2023 Young Investigator Award, Society for Pediatric Radiology
2021 Roentgen Award
2020 AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
2019 Winner, Vanderbilt Innovation Center Pitch Competition
2017 VUSM Medical Innovator Development Program
2017 Vanderbilt Medical School Endowed Scholarship
2017 Vanderbilt Medical School Miller Scholarship
2015 Finalist, Physics in Medicine and Biology Roberts Prize
2015 Paul C. Hodges Research Award, University of Chicago
2015 University of Chicago Award for Best Dissertation in Medical Physics
2015 IEEE NSS-MIC-RTSD Trainee Grant
2015 Student Travel Award
2014 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2014 Lawrence H. Lanzl Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Chicago Graduate Program
2014 IEEE NSS-MIC-RTSD Trainee Grant
2014 Finalist, Robert F. Wagner Best Student Paper Conference
2014 Travel Award, University of Chicago
2013 IEEE NSS-MIC-RTSD Trainee Grant
2011 Paul C. Hodges Research Award, University of Chicago