M. Paul Capp, MD

Professor Emeritus, Medical Imaging

M. Paul Capp, MD, is a Founding Member of the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine - Tucson. His leadership and expertise in the field of radiology began a legacy of medical imaging research and inter-departmental collaboration across the University.

Originally from Yonkers, New York, Dr. Capp enrolled at Roanoke College in Salem, VA with scholarships in both baseball and basketball. After graduating from Roanoke with a BS in Physics in 1952, he was offered a professional baseball contract with the Welsh West Virginia Miners of the Boston Braves organization. In lieu of reporting to spring training, Dr. Capp decided to study nuclear physics at Duke University from 1952-54. After that, he enrolled in medical school, receiving his MD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1958. He completed his radiology residency at Duke in 1962 where he was hired as a faculty member, quickly rising to the rank of vice chair of radiology.

In 1970, the University of Arizona recruited Dr. Capp to help start the Medial School. Dr. Capp founded the Department of Radiology (now, Department of Medical Imaging) serving as professor and inaugural Chair. Dr. Capp continued to lead and expand the department for twenty-three years. He earned a Professor Emeritus title in 1993.

During his tenure at the College of Medicine-Tucson, Dr. Capp succeeded in establishing a close working relationship with the Wyant College of Optical Sciences and the UArizona Physics Department, with joint interests in imaging for diagnostic medicine. These early collaborations led to the establishment of six joint interdepartmental appointments and a broad-based imaging research facility.

After stepping down as Chair in 1993, Dr. Capp was recruited to serve as the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology, a position he held until 2002. Incidentally, the ABR agreed to relocate the organization’s headquarters to Tucson, Arizona to avail themselves of Dr. Capp’s leadership.

As a result of his valuable contributions, Dr. Capp received numerous honors, accolades and awards. He was elected to the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in London. He has received three gold medals from the Association of University Radiologists, American Roentgen Ray Society, and the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Capp served on eleven committees at the American College of Radiology, including four Chair positions, a first vice-president role and he served as president-elect and president of the American Roentgen Ray Society from 1989 – 1991. Dr. Capp was bestowed a life membership in 1993.

Additionally throughout his career, Dr. Capp has served as President, Executive Committee member or Advisory Committee Chair for the following associations: the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of University Radiologists, the Eastern Radiological Society, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the North American Society of Cardiac Radiologists, the Pacific Coast Pediatric Radiology Association, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Society for Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments.

Dr. Capp has had diverse editorial responsibilities and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals. Dr. Capp has been awarded industry grants totaling $9 M as a PI or Co-PI from industry, private, state and federal agencies. He has also written over 150 publications and book chapters and submitted over two hundred abstracts.

Research Interests: 

Pediatric radiology; digital imaging

  • MD: University of North Carolina, 1954-1958
  • Duke University, 1958-1959
  • Duke University, Diagnostic Radiology, 1959-1962

Select Publications


M. Capp, P., H. Roehrig, and E. Krupinski, "History of digital radiology at the University of Arizona", Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 9186, 2014.


M Capp, P., and R. R. Hattery, "American Board of Radiology", Academic Radiology, vol. 10, issue 1, 01/2003.


Capp, MP., "Imaging Biological Function", Imaging Biological Function, Washington, DC, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press, 1993.


Seeger, J. F., P. R. Weinstein, R. F. Carmody, T. W. Ovitt, H. D. Fisher, and M. P. Capp, "Digital video subtraction angiography of the cervical and cerebral vasculature.", J Neurosurg, vol. 56, issue 2, pp. 173-9, 1982 Feb.


Hillman, B. J., T. W. Ovitt, S. Nudelman, H. D. Fisher, M. M. Frost, M. P. Capp, H. Roehrig, and G. Seeley, "Digital video subtraction angiography of renal vascular abnormalities.", Radiology, vol. 139, issue 2, pp. 277-80, 1981 May. PMID: 7012919
Capp, M. P., "Radiological imaging--2000 A.D.", Radiology, vol. 138, issue 3, pp. 541-50, 1981 Mar.


Jarmakani, J. M., T. P. Graham, R. V. Canent, and M. P. Capp, "The effect of corrective surgery on left heart volume and mass in children with ventricular septal defect.", Am J Cardiol, vol. 27, issue 3, pp. 254-8, 1971 Mar.


Gehweiler, J. A., M. P. Capp, and E. W. Chick, "Observations on the roentgen patterns in blastomycosis of bone. A review of cases from the Blastomycosis Cooperative Study of the Veterans Administration and Duke University Medical Center.", Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther Nucl Med, vol. 108, issue 3, pp. 497-510, 1970 Mar.
Graham, T. P., B. W. Lewis, M. M. Jarmakani, R. V. Canent, and M. P. Capp, "Left heart volume and mass quantification in children with left ventricular pressure overload.", Circulation, vol. 41, issue 2, pp. 203-12, 1970 Feb.


Jarmakani, M. M., T. P. Graham, R. V. Canent, M. S. Spach, and M. P. Capp, "Effect of site of shunt on left heart-volume characteristics in children with ventricular septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus.", Circulation, vol. 40, issue 3, pp. 411-8, 1969 Sep.


Levin, A. R., M. S. Spach, J. P. Boineau, R. V. Canent, M. P. Capp, and P. H. Jewett, "Atrial pressure-flow dynamics in atrial septal defects (secundum type).", Circulation, vol. 37, issue 4, pp. 476-88, 1968 Apr.
Graham, T. P., M. M. Jarmakani, R. V. Canent, M. P. Capp, and M. S. Spach, "Characterization of left heart volumes and mass in normal childrenand in infants with intrinsic myocardial disease.", Circulation, vol. 38, issue 5, pp. 826-37, 1968 Nov.


Levin, A. R., M. S. Spach, R. V. Canent, J. P. Boineau, M. P. Capp, V. Jain, and R. C. Barr, "Intracardiac pressure-flow dynamics in isolated ventricular septal defects.", Circulation, vol. 35, issue 3, pp. 430-41, 1967 Mar.