The new physician Director of MRI for Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) started as a board-certified, fellowship-trained neuroradiologist many years ago, but his love for where he works and what he does hasn’t changed. “Everyone works well with each other. I love the team environment, it’s been perfect,” Dr. Vishal Bindal said of his colleagues.
Dr. Bindal has traveled to many places before finding himself in Fredericksburg, Virginia. First raised in the United Kingdom, Dr. Bindal moved to northern Virginia with his parents when he was just seven years old. After attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, he went on to Duke University, where he earned his undergraduate in Chemistry, his doctorate in Medicine, and his masters of business administration. In 2003, he interned at Lankenau Hospital in Pennsylvania, and then moved to UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for his residency in radiology.
It was during his medical school rotation that he discovered his passion for radiology. “I fell in love with it,” said Dr. Bindal. “And I felt that I was pretty good at it. I like seeing subtle patterns. I also love how radiology gives you the ability to do a lot of different things: you get to see nearly every disease process and make a real difference in patient care.”
In 2008 he returned to Duke University for a fellowship in neuroradiology. Upon graduating in 2009, he accepted the position with RAF as a neuroradiologist, and he knew he had found where he wanted to be.
“I was very impressed with the practice and the people. It’s a great group of people where everyone is fellowship trained and highly skilled. It seemed like a very good culture, and it turned out to be true.”
This is high praise from someone who’s seen quite a bit of the world outside of Fredericksburg: as of now, he’s visited six out of the seven continents (he hasn’t visited Antarctica – yet) and has traveled to over 25 different countries. He just got back from a summer trip to Iceland.
After all his international traveling, however, Dr. Bindal still looks forward to working with his patients and being a part of RAF. “[RAF is] patient and clinician focused, and their focus is on doing good work and adding value to the patients. I was very impressed with that.”
His passion for what he does is clearly part of the reason for his new appointment as physician Director of MRI. Dr. Bindal is very excited for the new position and how it will enable him to help more patients and clinicians. “I like the way we can help out other clinicians, aid in diagnosis, and help find the right care for the patient,” said Dr. Bindal. “I think we really make a difference.”