Dwaine Rieves is a medical imaging scientist with expertise in the clinical development of diagnostic imaging drug and biological products. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Following training in Intensive Care Medicine at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, he completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently worked over 30 years in public health, including nearly twenty years as a medical officer in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He retired from the FDA in 2013 after serving as the Director of the Division of Medical Imaging and Hematology Products. He currently advises academic, governmental and pharmaceutical organizations on pharmaceutical imaging product development. He also works as a volunteer physician at Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington. In addition to his advisory work in the imaging sciences, he creates a variety of non-fiction, poetry and fiction works that explore the dimensions of human imaging.

Dwaine Rieves was born and raised in Monroe County, Mississippi. After graduating from Smithville High School, he worked as a Frisco Railroad brakeman and a maintenance man at the local garment plan before enrolling at the University of Mississippi.