Ruben Kier, MD

Ruben Kier, MD

Ruben Kier, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in musculoskeletal and body imaging, having authored 50 scientific articles and book chapters. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Kier completed a residency in radiology at Duke, and a fellowship in MRI, ultrasound and CT scanning at Yale University. He was on the faculty at Yale for 5 years before joining Advanced Radiology. Dr. Kier now serves as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and is Associate Professor and Chairman of Radiology at Quinnipiac University School of Medicine.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Undergraduate: Harvard University, Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Medical School: Duke University
Residency: Duke University, Internship in Surgery, Residency in Radiology
Fellowship: Yale University, Magnetic Resonance/Ultrasound/Computed Tomography Yes

Board Certification

American Board of Radiology


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1. Kier R, Herfkens RJ, Blinder RA, Leight GS, Utz JA, Silverman PM. Magnetic resonance imaging with surface coils for parathyroid tumors: Preliminary investigation. American Journal of Roentgenology 1986, 147:497-500.
2. Kier R, Wain S, Apple J, Martinez S. Osteoarthritis of the sternoclavicular joint: Radiographic features and pathologic correlation. Investigative Radiology 1986, 21:227-233.
3. Kier R, Blinder RA, Herfkens RJ, Leight GS, Spritzer CS, Carroll BA. MRI with surface coils for primary hyperparathyroidism. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography 1987, 1:863-868.
4. Kier R, McCarthy S, Rosenfield AT, Rosenfield NS, Rapoport S, Weiss RM. Nonpalpable testes in young boys: Evaluation with MR imaging. Radiology 1988, 169:429-433.
5. Kier R, McCarthy S. MR characterization of adrenal masses: Field strength and pulse sequence considerations. Radiology 1989, 171:671-674. Selected for the 1991 Yearbook of Diagnostic Radiology.
6. Kier R, Chambers S. Surgical transposition of the ovaries: Imaging findings in 14 patients. American Journal of Roentgenology 1989, 153:1003-1006.
7. Kier R, McCarthy S. Lipohemarthrosis of the knee: MR imaging. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography 1990, 14:395-396.
8. Kier R, McCarthy S, Scoutt L, Viscarello R, Schwartz PE. MR imaging of pelvic masses in pregnancy. Radiology 1990, 176:709-713.
9. Kier R, Taylor KJW, Feycock A, Ramos IM. Renal mass lesions: Characterization with Doppler ultrasound. Radiology 1990, 176:703-707.
10. Kier R, McCarthy S, Dietz MJ, Rudicel S. MR appearance of painful conditions of the ankle. Radiographics 1991, 11:401-414.
11. Kier R, Dietz MJ, McCarthy S, Rudicel S. MR imaging of the normal ligaments and tendons of the ankle. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography 1991, 15:477-482.
12. Berkowitz J, Kier R, Rudicel S. Plantar fasciitis: MR imaging. Radiology 1991, 179:665-667. Selected for the 1993 Yearbook of Diagnostic Radiology
13. McCauley TR, Kier R, Lynch KJ, Jokl P. Chondromalacia patellae: Depiction with T2-weighted and proton density-weighted MR imaging. American Journal of Roentgenology 1992, 158:101-105.
14. Kier R, Smith R, McCarthy S. Value of lipid and water suppression MR images to distinguish between blood and lipid within ovarian masses. American Journal of Roentgenology 1992, 158:321-325. Selected for the 1993 Yearbook of Diagnostic Radiology
15. Kier R. Nonovarian gynecologic cysts: MR imaging findings. American Journal of Roentgenology 1992, 158:1265-1269.
16. Panageas E, Kier R, McCauley TR, McCarthy S. Submucosal uterine leiomyomas: Diagnosis of prolapse into the cervix and vagina based on MR imaging. American Journal of Roentgenology 1992, 159:555-558.
17. Kier R. Gynecologic cysts arising outside of the ovary. Postgraduate Radiology 1993, 13:28-39.
18. Kier R. MR imaging of foot and ankle tumors. Magnetic Resonance Imaging 1993, 11:149-162.
19. Kier R, Wain S, Troiano R, Lytton B. Fast spin-echo MR images of the pelvis obtained with a phased array coil: value in localizing and staging prostatic carcinoma. American Journal of Roentgenology 1993, 161:601-606.
20. Kier R. Magnetic resonance imaging of plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain. MRI Clinics of North America 1994, 2:97-107.
21. Kier R. MR imaging of the uterus. MRI Clinics of North America 1994, 2:189-210.
22. Lenchik L, Kier R. Popliteal cysts on MR imaging: value as an ancillary sign of meniscal tears. American Journal of Roentgenology 1996,166:1232.

23. Kier R, Mason B. Water-suppressed MR imaging of focal fatty infiltration of the liver, Radiology 1997, 203:575-576.

24. Mason BJ, Kier R, Bindleglass DF. Occult fractures of the greater tuberosity of the humerus: radiographic and MR imaging findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1999 Feb;172(2):469-73.

25. Kier R, Abrahamian H, Caminear D, Eterno R, Feldman A, Abrahamsen T, Davis D, Rice A. MR arthrography of the second and third metatarsophalangeal joints for the detection of tears of the plantar plate and point capsule. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 April;194:1079-1081.

Affiliations and Memberships

Chairman, Department of Radiology, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Associate Professor and Chairman of Radiology, Quinnipiac University School of Medicine
Former Associate Editor of the Journal Radiology