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January 20, 2021Press Release

Head and Neck Imaging Expert Appointed Chief of Radiology at Mass Eye and Ear

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Mary Beth Cunnane, MD, a clinician, educator and researcher who specializes in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and ophthalmology imaging.

Mary Beth Cunnane, MDBoston, Mass. — Mary Beth Cunnane, MD, a neuroradiologist who specializes in head and neck imaging, has been named Chief of Radiology at Mass Eye and Ear, a member of Mass General Brigham.

Dr. Cunnane is being promoted from interim chief of the Department of Radiology, a role she’s held since July, 1, 2019 when her mentor Hugh Curtin, MD, a world-leading expert on head and neck and temporal bone imaging, stepped down. Her role as Chief starts effective immediately.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Cunnane continue to lead our radiology efforts, which have flourished under her interim leadership to reinforce our standing as a top destination throughout New England for highly-specialized imaging of otolaryngology and ophthalmology-related conditions,” said John Fernandez, President of Mass Eye and Ear. “Dr. Cunnane’s deep expertise in the field and work leading programs at Mass Eye and Ear that utilize cutting-edge diagnostic and interventional techniques will benefit our patient care and carry this great program through the future.”   

About Dr. Cunnane

Dr. Cunnane specializes in the imaging of patients with diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and head and neck. She supervises radiology residents and neuroradiology fellows and conducts clinical research on radiologic findings for thyroid cancer and orbital disorders. She helped start the ultrasound service at Mass Eye and Ear and more recently, a radiofrequency ablation clinic with the Thyroid Division. She is also a neuroradiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.  

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Cunnane completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined Mass Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Radiology in 2004.

Dr. Cunnane has authored nearly 70 publications and has lectured throughout North America on radiology topics related to ophthalmology and otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. She is a member of the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA), American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, American Medical Association and the New England Roentgen Ray Society.

Dr. Cunnane has been named a Top Doctor in neuroradiology by Boston Magazine.

“I am thrilled to assume the chief of Radiology role at Mass Eye and Ear, where we collaborate closely with world-class clinicians and researchers driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck,” said Dr. Cunanne. “There is no better environment for patient care and working with and training leaders in radiology for these conditions, and it is an honor to lead this group.”

About Mass Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, founded in 1824, is an international center for treatment and research and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. A member of Mass General Brigham, Mass Eye and Ear specializes in ophthalmology (eye care) and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (ear, nose and throat care). Mass Eye and Ear clinicians provide care ranging from the routine to the very complex. Also home to the world's largest community of hearing and vision researchers, Mass Eye and Ear scientists are driven by a mission to discover the basic biology underlying conditions affecting the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck and to develop new treatments and cures. In the 2020–2021 “Best Hospitals Survey,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Mass Eye and Ear #4 in the nation for eye care and #6 for ear, nose and throat care. For more information about life-changing care and research at Mass Eye and Ear, visit our blog, Focus, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.