In Remembrance and Honor of our Former Colleagues

Parting ways with a fellow member as well as a gentleman, John Fennessy, MD

Parting ways with a fellow member as well as a gentleman, John Fennessy, MD


A message from Dr. Fennessy’s Department Chair:

I am saddened to inform you that John Fennessy, MD, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Radiology, passed away this morning, due to complications after heart surgery in November.

In brief, Dr. Fennessy attended medical school at University College, Dublin and trained in radiology at the University of Chicago.  Academically, he was known as an innovator, using catheter-based trans-bronchial biopsy techniques prior to the availability of fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and continued his work after that tool became available.  He also published extensively on the radiologic manifestations of Ulcerative Colitis, with elegant pathologic correlation.  His academic publications were not confined to radiology journals, such as Radiology and The American Journal of Roentgenology, but also received widespread recognition through publications in The Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA.

As Chair, he not only advanced the science of diagnostic and interventional imaging  techniques, but also designed the original radiology department in Mitchell Hospital, and presided over expansion of the Department and its training programs.

Dr. Fennessy was a founding member of the Society of Thoracic Radiology in 1982, and provided service to multiple societies during his career.  He was an Alpha Omega Alpha inductee, and a fellow of the American College of Radiology.




David M. Paushter, M.D., FACR
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology
The Unversity of Chicago

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  1. I am one of a few (what I call) mid year members (1984-now, with and without CT), not original, but who remember John, respected him and his accomplishments, and now understands his contributions to the current trajectory of chest imaging and Radiology. I would like to leave a few comments from someone I knew (we shared a cocktail or two) him.

    We never worked together, but he was one of the “FS elders” that I learned from, the “chest film gods” I knew as a resident, and continued to learn from as a FS rookie and a young faculty member. He was one of the guys who understood the plain film, which is what we dealt with in the 70s and 80s.

    I take pride in being able to do it, and I take pride in his contributions to the FS, along with other of those members from those days.

    Rick Webb (member since 1984)

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