Radiologist Spotlight: Christopher M. Meyer, MD

In Meyer, Physician Spotlight by Addison Clark

 

Dr. Meyer with his family

Dr. Meyer with his family

A native of Richmond, VA, Dr. Christopher M. Meyer, a board-certified diagnostic radiologist at Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF), hadn’t planned on being a doctor. At Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, he majored in business. “It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I realized that I wanted to go into medicine. Unfortunately, I filled my undergraduate science requirements with geology. While rocks are interesting, they don’t help you get into medical school. So to fill my science requirements to apply to medical schools, I went to Miami-Dade Community College during the day and waited tables at night to pay the bills.” Three years after graduating from college, Dr. Meyer was accepted into Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine). “The first two years after college I lived in Miami while the last year before being accepted into medical school, I lived in Beaver Creek, Colorado. That time allowed me to grow as a person and realize what I wanted to do with my life.” Once in medical school, Dr. Meyer was on his way to a fulfilling medical career but initially uncertain about his preferred medical specialty. “While I was in my third year in medical school, I still hadn’t decided on a specialty. I was considering either primary care or gastroenterology. Radiology was never even a consideration, until a two week rotation at the end of my third year. The very first day on the elective, I knew this is what I wanted to do. It just clicked with me.” After receiving his medical degree from MCV in 1998, Dr. Meyer completed his internship and radiology residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, with a fellowship in body imaging. He joined RAF in 2004, bringing to the group expertise in body imaging, virtual colonoscopy and radiation safety. “RAF has a unique, patient-centric ideology,” he said. “And exceptional physicians. It’s a great place to work.” Today, Dr. Meyer serves in two key roles with RAF. He is chairman of the department of radiology at Mary Washington Hospital, a position that he has held for more than six years, and also is physician coordinator of the Image Gently Campaign. An initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, Image Gently is designed to increase awareness of opportunities to lower radiation dose when imaging children. “We now have a structured and automated formula for proportioning the radiation dose for our young patients,” Dr. Meyer said. “These protocols are similar to those used at leading children’s hospitals.” He is also a member of RAF’s virtual colonoscopy team. The procedure provides patients and referring clinicians with a minimally invasive screening tool for detecting early colorectal cancer and polyps. Dr. Meyer is married to Dr. Leslie Meyer, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Rappahannock Women’s Health Center, P.C. The two met at MCV and graduated in the same class. They married in 2000 and have three children: Jessica, 11; Joseph, 9; and Allison, 6. In his recreational time, Dr. Meyer enjoys fishing and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay, along with growing vegetables in his home garden.