Our Team

The radiologists of Denver Health have received outstanding training, and many hold advanced certifications. These individuals are all board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, participate in extensive continuing education endeavors and have active teaching roles through their academic affiliations through the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The goal of our radiologists at Denver Health is to provide imaging services reflecting the highest standards of clinical excellence delivered in a compassionate, respectful environment.

Ronald R. Townsend, M.D. (Director of Radiology)

Dr. Townsend is Denver Health’s Radiology director of service, overseeing all aspects of the Radiology Department. He is interested in efforts to optimize quality and safety in healthcare in general, with a focus on medical imaging. Dr. Townsend is actively involved in various hospital governance activities as reflected through his participation in Denver Health’s Trauma Council, Medical Staff Executive Committee and Executive Committee for Patient Safety and Quality.

He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in biology and chemistry from the University of California at Irvine and received a Master’s of Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Townsend earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Townsend is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

Prior to his career at Denver Health, Dr. Townsend directed the ultrasound/body imaging services at the University of Colorado Hospital; he was the director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program from 1991 to 2003. Dr. Townsend’s areas of expertise include cross-sectional imaging (ultrasound, CT, MRI) of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. His particular areas of focus include genitourinary imaging and trauma imaging. He continues to be very active in teaching medical imaging to future radiologists as well as other health care providers.

David L. Symonds, M.D. (Associate Director of Radiology)

Dr. Symonds has been a member of Denver Health’s attending faculty for the Department of Radiology since 1989 and now serves as associate director for this department. Dr. Symonds received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and his medical degree from Cornell University in New York. He completed his fellowship in neuroradiology and magnetic resonance imaging at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.

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