Blaine L. Hart, MD, is a practicing radiologist who specializes in Neuroradiology. Dr. Hart graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from Utah State University, Logan, UT in 1977. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine in 1981 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. After serving as a physician in the United States Navy, he completed his residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Hart joined the Department of Radiology in 1990 as an Assistant Professor and is currently a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Hart served in the military as Commander, Medical Corps, and USNR, Undersea Medical Officer and was Honorable Discharged in 1992. His special interests include the inherited form of cerebral cavernous malformations. From 2004-2009 he was listed as in the “The Best Doctors in America.”

Personal Statement

My research interests center on investigating familial cavernous malformations; imaging of trauma; and imaging and spectroscopy of CNS manifestations of lupus. Familial cavernous malformations of the brain are a widespread and serious problem in the Southwest Hispanic population, and neuroimaging plays a central role in identifying and researching the condition. I participate with a team of investigators at UNM, have published in major journals and presented at national meetings on the subject, and was a co-investigator on an NIH study begun in 2009 and renewed in 2014 and 2019. For the latter, I will be the primary radiologist for a study involving 500 patients who will receive MRI scans, some of them longitudinal. I am principal investigator for a UNM-funded study on application of a novel MRI technique to this problem. This is an exciting opportunity, with active collaborations both within our institution and with investigators at multiple other institutions. I have collaborated with investigators at UNM in an NIH-funded study utilizing MR spectroscopy for evaluation of CNS manifestations of lupus and, more recently, in outcomes of pediatric head injury. I am very interested in the use of MRI and CT in evaluating cervical spine trauma. I have worked with individuals from several departments in this field, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, and emergency medicine. I have focused on the use of MRI, especially newer techniques, for evaluation of brain injury, including child abuse.

In teaching, I have broad interest in and responsibility for teaching neuroradiology to Diagnostic Radiology residents. I have directed the annual block of formal lectures in neuroradiology for the radiology residents at UNM for several years. Outside the Department of Radiology, I frequently teach neuroradiology to the Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuropathology services, and make regular contributions to Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, and both adult and pediatric oncology teaching. These efforts involve both didactic teaching and frequent clinical case conference-based teaching. Special areas of expertise for me include pediatric imaging, trauma, and head and neck imaging. In the last few years I have increasingly applied electronic tools in teaching, including not only computer-based presentations for lectures and conferences, but a CD-ROM tutorial on temporal and skull base anatomy and imaging, and intranet and Internet-based teaching. I actively promote these techniques within the department. I enjoy teaching residents and students throughout the daily work activities of neuroradiology; this interaction remains the core and most enjoyable part of medical teaching.

My clinical work includes all of the aspects of general neuroradiology. Because of my special interests in pediatric neuroimaging and trauma imaging, I cultivate service in these areas. My previous experience in pediatric trauma has led to a frequent role as a consultant in cases of suspected child abuse, serving clinicians within the institution as well as referrals from outside sources such as the state’s child protective services and sometimes district attorney’s offices. I consider this a community service. My interest in pediatric neuroimaging also leads to frequent consultations on imaging congenital or genetic disorders. I have advanced a consistent, rational interdisciplinary approach to imaging spine trauma in the very busy trauma service and Emergency Department at UNM, including development of guidelines. I continue to work with radiologists, neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and emergency physicians to refine this process and teach all participants in trauma care about appropriate use of plain films, CT, and MRI for this purpose.

Areas of Specialty

Specialization #1 Diagnostic Radiology
Specialization #2 Neuroradiology


University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Radiology Chief Resident, 1989
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Medicine Naval Regional Medical Center
Portsmouth, Virginia
Medical School:
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee
(Magna Cum Laude) Utah State University
Logan, Utah


Certification #1 Certificate of Added Qualifications, Neuroradiology American Board of Radiology

Certification #2 Diplomate, American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology

Achievements & Awards

Listed in: The Best Doctors in America ,2004-2009

Cum Laude Award
“Global Hypoxic Ischemic Damage of the Brain: Imaging Spectrum and Underlying Factors”
ASNR - 45th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2007

Cum Laude Award
“Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Lupus: Radiologic Findings and Pathologic Correlates”
ASNR - 40th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2002

Listed in: The Best Doctors in America, 1999

Listed in: The Best Doctors in America: Central Region 1996-1997


  • English

Courses Taught

Member of Ph.D. Dissertation Committee for Paul Beattie (Physical Therapy), and technical advisor for his project (successfully achieved degree)

Member of Master’s Committee for Paul Lesnik (Department of Psychology), and technical advisor for his project (successfully achieved degree)

Neuroradiology teaching for radiology residents

Phase I medical student neuroanatomy lab teaching

University of New Mexico Update for Radiographers

Advances in Internal Medicine

Trauma Update

Research and Scholarship

Hart BL, Benzel EC, Ford CC. Fundamentals of Neuroimaging. W.B. Saunders, 1997.

Wilson FA, Antonson DL, Hart BL, Warr TA, Cherrington AD, Liljenquist JE. The effect of somatostatin on the intestinal transport of glucose in vivo and in vitro in the rat. Endocrinology. 1980 May;106(5):1562-7.

Weathersby PK, Hays JR, Survanshi SS, Homer LD, Hart BL, Flynn ET. Statistically based decompression tables. II. Equal risk air diving decompression schedules. Naval Medical Research Institute Technical Report. 85-17. Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, MD; 1985.

Weathersby PK, Survanshi SS, Homer LD, Hart BL, Nishi RY, Flynn ET. Statistically based decompression tables. I. Analysis of standard air dives: 1950-1970. Naval Medical Rearch Institute Technical Report. 85-16. Naval Medical Rearch Institute, Bethesda, MD; 1985.

Hart BL, Brantly PN, Lubbers PR, Zell BK, Flynn ET. Compression pain in a diver with intraosseous pneumatocysts. Undersea Biomed Res. 1986 Dec;13(4):465-8.