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Chitra Viswanathan, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Unit Number: 1473
Houston, TX 77030

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD, Medicine
1995 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, BS, Chemical Engineering

Board Certifications

6/2005 American Board of Radiology

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 9/2006-8/2012
Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2006-8/2012

Institutional Committee Activities

Representative, Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty Senate, 9/2010-8/2013

Honors and Awards

2013 Education Exhibit Award, Certificate of Merit - Pitfalls in the interpretation of PET/CT Findings in the Chest, The 3rd World Congress of Thoracic Imaging
2012 Education Exhibit Award, Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America
2012 Magna Cum Laude, Radiological Society of North America
2011 I Am MD Anderson - Service Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2010 Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America
2005 Naresh Prasad Award for Academic Excellence in Physics, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology
2003 Honorary Medical Physicist, Baylor College of Medicine
2003 Introduction to Research, American Roentgen Ray Society

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology, Atlanta, GA
Member, 2007-present
American Medical Association, Carol Stream, IL
Member, 2007-present
American Medical Women's Association, Philadelphia, PA
Member, 2009-present
American Roentgen Ray Society, Leesburg, VA
Member, 2008-present
Association of Women Radiologists, Houston, TX
Member, 2007-present
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2006-present
Houston Radiological Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2007-present
Radiological Society of North America, Oak Brook, IL
Member, 2008-present
Texas Medical Association, Austin, TX
Member, 2007-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ganeshan DM, Salem U, Viswanathan C, Balachandran A, Garg N, Silverman P, Bhosale P. Complications of oncologic therapy in the abdomen and pelvis: a review. Abdom Imaging 38(1):1-21, 2/2013. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22644726.
2. Sivaganesan A, Krishnamurthy R, Sahni D, Viswanathan C. Neuroimaging of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Complications in Children. Pediatr Radiol 42(9):1029-46, 9/2012. e-Pub 6/2012. PMID: 22740019.
3. Garrett CR, George B, Viswanathan C, Bhadkamkar NA, Wen S, Baladandayuthapani V, You YN, Kopetz ES, Overman MJ, Kee BK, Eng C. Survival Benefit Associated With Surgical Oophorectomy in Patients With Colorectal Cancer Metastatic to the Ovary. Clin Colorectal Cancer 11(3):191-4, 9/2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22280844.
4. Godoy MC, Viswanathan C, Marchiori E, Truong MT, Benveniste MF, Rossi S, Marom EM. The reversed halo sign: update and differential diagnosis. Br J Radiol 85(1017):1226-35, 9/2012. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22553298.
5. Patnana M, Sevrukov AB, Elsayes KM, Viswanathan C, Lubner M, Menias CO. Inflammatory pseudotumor: the great mimicker. AJR Am J Roentgenol 198(3):W217-27, 3/2012. PMID: 22358018.
6. Viswanathan C, Bhosale P, Ganeshan DM, Truong MT, Silverman P, Balachandran A. Imaging of complications of oncological therapy in the gastrointestinal system. Cancer Imaging 12(1):163-172, 2012. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22571819.
7. Tan CH, Bhosale PR, Das P, Crane CH, Viswanathan C, Raval B, Eng C, Iyer RB. Multidetector computed tomography follow-up of hypoattenuating small liver lesions in patients with rectal cancer. Am J Clin Oncol 34(4):411-416, 8/2011. e-Pub 8/2010. PMID: 20686401.
8. Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Erasmus JJ. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography in lung cancer staging, prognosis, and assessment of therapeutic response. J Thorac Imaging 26(2):132-146, 5/2011. PMID: 21508735.
9. Tan CH, Kontoyiannis DP, Viswanathan C, Iyer RB. Tuberculosis: a benign impostor. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(3):555-561, 3/2010. PMID: 20173128.
10. Cronin CG, Swords R, Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Rohren E, Giles FJ, O'Dwyer M, Bruzzi JF. Clinical utility of PET/CT in lymphoma. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(1):W91-W103, Jan, 1/2010. PMID: 20028897.
11. Bhosale PR, Patnana M, Viswanathan C, Szklaruk J. The inguinal canal: anatomy and imaging features of common and uncommon masses. Radiographics 28(3):819-835; quiz 913, 5/2008. PMID: 18480486.

Invited Articles

1. Viswanathan C, Kirschner K, Truong M, Balachandran A, Devine C, Bhosale P. Multimodality imaging of vulvar cancer: staging, therapeutic response, and complications. AJR Am J Roentgenol 200(6):1387-400, 6/2013. PMID: 23701080.
2. Godoy MC, Bruzzi JF, Viswanathan C, Truong MT, Guimarães MD, Hofstetter WL, Erasmus JJ, Marom EM. Multimodality imaging evaluation of esophageal cancer: staging, therapy assessment, and complications. Abdom Imaging. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23677485.
3. Viswanathan C. When a Doctor Becomes a Patient. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 24(1):27-30, 1/2013.
4. Bhosale PR, Patnana M, Viswanathan C, Szklaruk J. The inguinal canal: anatomy and imaging features of common and uncommon masses. Radiographics 28(3):819-835, May-Jun, 5/2008. PMID: 18480486.
5. Viswanathan C, Truong MT, Sagebiel TL, Bhosale PR, Patnana M, Vikram R. Complications of Oncologic Therapy in the Abdomen and Pelvis. Submitted.

Book Chapters

1. Viswanathan C, Iyer RB. Complications in the Oncologic Patient: Abdomen and Pelvis. In: Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Ed(s) Paul M. Silverman. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 693-705, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4377-2232-1.
2. Sagebiel T, Viswanathan C. Primary Adrenal Malignancy. In: Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Ed(s) Paul M. Silverman. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 359-376, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4377-2232-1.
3. Viswanathan C, Truong MT. CT scans: brain, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. In: Cardiothoracic Surgery Review. Ed(s) Kenneth L. Franco, MD and Vinod H. Thourani, MD. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, 2011. ISBN: 9781609132354.
4. Marcal LP, Viswanathan C, Szklaruk J. Computed tomography. In: Biliary Tract and Gallbladder Cancer: Diagnosis & Therapy. Ed(s) CR Thomas, CD Fuller. Demos Medical Publishing: New York, 141-168, 2008. ISBN: 1933864427.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Viswanathan C. Case review teaching database on thymic malignancies. International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group (ITMIG). In Press.

Last updated: 8/30/2013