Chad A. Holder, MD


As a faculty member in the Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University, both before and during his role as Director of Neurology MRI, Dr. Holder developed, implemented, and maintained Neuroimaging MR protocols across Emory Healthcare.

Titles and Roles

Medical Director
Emory-Georgia Tech Biomedical Technology Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Brain and Spine Tumors


Dr. Holder began practicing at Emory Healthcare in 1997 and is board certified in both diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology. His clinical interests are adult and pediatric brain tumors, stroke, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

Dr. Holder holds memberships in the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Committee for Evidence-Based Medicine of the American Society of Neuroradiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Radiological Society of North America, the Southeastern Neuroradiological Society, the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, and the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology.  Dr. Holder is currently Vice President, President-Elect, and Program Chair of the Southeastern Neuroradiological Society (SENRS). 


Dr. Holder earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his internship at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and his fellowship in neuroradiology at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine.


Dr. Holder's main area of focus in research is brain tumor imaging using various magnetic resonance imaging techniques. For over 10 years, he has represented Emory University in multiple consortium clinical trials as a site neuroradiologist and co-investigator (American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT), Adult Brain Tumor Consortium (ABTC), and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)). He is currently a co-investigator in the NIH/NCI-funded Emory In Silico Research Center of Excellence, as well as a U01 project using MR spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) to monitor cancer therapy response in glioblastoma patients. More recently, he is a Principal Investigator of an NCI Quick Trial R21 grant on combining 5-ALA fluorescence and high resolution MRSI to maximize resection beyond contrast-enhancing tumor, which received a score of 7th percentile, and which was recently funded.


Dr. Holder has been published in a variety of academic journals including Radiology, Journal of Neurosurgery, American Journal of Neuroradiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, and Translational Oncology, among others.

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Dr. Holder received the Best Paper Award from the Southeastern Neuroradiological Society in 1999, the Clifford B. Scott Key Award in 1986, and the Picker-Association of University Radiologists Faculty Development Program Award in 1999. Dr. Holder has also received the Editor's Certificate of Recognition from RadioGraphics from 1999 to 2004 and the Southeastern Neuroradiological Society Best Paper Award in 2013 for "Pseudoprogression in Glioblastoma: Clinical Features & Imaging Assessment."

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