Physician Highlight:
Fred McLean, M.D.

Fred McLean grew up in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC. His father was a physicist and his mother a chemist, so a pursuit in a scientific area seemed like a natural path to pursue. But he enjoyed building relationships with people and wanted a career that would allow him to combine science with human interactions. Sitting at a bus stop one day, he asked himself, “What do I really want to do?” he thought, “I want to become a doctor.“

After medical school and radiology residency training in South Carolina, Dr. McLean completed his fellowship in neuroradiology from Wake Forest University school of medicine in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he moved his wife and two small children to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. McLean was grateful to find an opportunity to practice in Oak Ridge, just a short drive from his wife’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.

In 1997, Dr. McLean’s practice merged with Vista Radiology and his role expanded. At Roane Medical Center, Dr. McLean performs interventional procedures as well as a broad range of imaging services including: vascular access procedures, spine injections, image guided biopsies, bone densitometry, joint injections, breast imaging, CT scans, and MRI studies. Dr. McLean enjoys the diversity of his work at Roane Medical Center. “It’s a nice balance. Radiology offers a lot of technology advancements that are challenging and interesting. I also enjoy the variety of patient interactions in my day,“ explained Dr. McLean.

In his spare time, Dr. McLean admits, “I enjoy golf a little more than I should.” He and his wife have a son and daughter. They love traveling and caring for their garden. When he has time, he likes to escape with his favorite books.