The VCU Department of Radiology offers comprehensive non-invasive cardiovascular imaging using the latest technology. Our radiologists are medical doctors with expertise in heart scans (calcium scoring), cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA).

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Cardiovascular Imaging Professorship Gift

The Charles L. Baird, Jr. M.D. Professorship in Cardiovascular Imaging

In 2009, the Charles L. Baird, Jr. M.D. Professorship in Innovative Cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth University was re-tasked as the Charles L. Baird, Jr. M.D. Professorship in Cardiovascular Imaging. The original endowment fund was established with a gift of $250,000 from Charles and Jane Baird in 2000. 

A 1957 graduate of the School of Medicine at MCV, Dr. Baird initiated both the Coronary Care System at MCV and the mobile coronary care system in the community in the 1960s. He was the founder, Director and cardiologist at Virginia Heart Institute (now the VCU Baird Vascular Institute) from 1972 – 2008. Dr. Baird was the nation’s first cardiologist to perform outpatient cardiac catheterization in an outpatient setting; he took it from a three-day inpatient procedure to a three-hour outpatient procedure. His mission was to diagnose high-risk patients early in the course of their disease. In recognition of the toll that cardiovascular disease is taking on the citizens of the Commonwealth, Dr. Baird and his wife, Jane, originally established this Professorship. It was Dr. Baird's hope, and it remains the wishes of Mrs. Jane Baird Hyde and the Baird family, that this endowment fund be used to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty - physicians, scientists, and educators at the MCV Campus in order to focus on non-invasive and low cost methods of early detection of heart disease. It is the Donor's intent that this Professorship be awarded to a deserving faculty member doing innovative work in the field of Cardiovascular Imaging in the VCU Department of Radiology.

As such, this endowment has been granted to support John D. Grizzard, M.D. - Director of Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging at VCU Medical Center. Specializing in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiac MRI, Coronary CT Angiography and Neuroradiology, Dr. Grizzard is on the forefront of innovative Cardiovascular Imaging research and patient care.

In his role as director of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, Dr. Grizzard teaches Cardiology fellows and Radiology residents both cardiovascular MR imaging as well as coronary CT angiography techniques. He participates in collaborative research, both on a national level (the REVEAL Trial, the PROMISE trial) and regionally with the Duke Cardiovascular MR Center. He has spoken at national (American College of Cardiology, Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance) and regional (Sentara –Norfolk General and DCMRC CMR Practicum) meetings on a variety of cardiovascular imaging topics, and is the first author of a book titled Cardiovascular MR Imaging—A Teaching File ApproachLearn More about the Value of Giving.


As part of an academic medical institution, the Cardiovascular Imaging Director and faculty members serve as educators and leading authors of medical publications.

John D. Grizzard, M.D.

John D. Grizzard, M.D.

Associate Professor

John D. Grizzard, M.D.

John D. Grizzard, M.D.

Associate Professor


Associate Professor
Co-Section Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging
Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging

Phone: (804) 828-8569

Fax: (804) 628-1132

Email: john.grizzard@vcuhealth.org

Main Hospital, Room 3-438

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