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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

Bio Statement

Dr. Chitra Viswanathan earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1995 and went on to earn her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 2000. Dr. Viswanathan completed her Fellowship in Body Imaging at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2006 and subsequently was offered and accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Division of Diagnostic Imaging. 


Dr. Viswanathan's main clinical interest is thoracic imaging working across imaging modalities.  She is active in numerous professional organizations and contributes significantly to the education, training, and mentoring of medical students, residents, and fellows that rotate through the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. 


In her career as an academic radiologist, Dr. Viswanathan has collaboratively authored one invited article, one case report, four peer-reviewed articles and one published book chapter.  Additionally, she has  co-authored a book chapter on oncologic imaging which was published in 2011. 


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


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 9/2006-present
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 Certificate of Merit, Education Exhibit - Changes in Pelvic Anatomy Following Pelvic Exenteration, Imaging Findings Pelvic Exenteration for Pelvic Malignancies: A Systematic Review, Radiological Society of North America
2013 Certificate of Merit, Education Exhibit Award - Pitfalls in the interpretation of PET/CT Findings in the Chest, The 3rd World Congress of Thoracic Imaging
2012 Certificate of Merit, Education Exhibit Award - Anatomy of Pericardial Recesses on CT: Implications for Oncologic Imaging, 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. Viswanathan C, Truong MT, Sagebiel TL, Bronstein Y, Vikram R, Patnana M, Silverman PM, Bhosale PR. Abdominal and pelvic complications of nonoperative oncologic therapy. Radiographics 34(4):941-61, Jul-Aug, 7/2014. PMID: 25019433.
2. Tanasanvimon S, Garg N, Viswanathan C, Truong M, Kaur H, Kee BK, Sahin IH, Javle MM, Garrett CR. High prevalence of recurrent thrombosis in subsets of cancer patients with isolated gonadal vein thrombosis: A single center retrospective study. Thromb Res 133(2):154-7, 2/2014. e-Pub 10/2013. PMID: 24331209.
3. Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Carter BW, Mawlawi O, Marom EM. PET/CT in the Thorax: Pitfalls. Radiol Clin North Am 52(1):17-25, 1/2014. e-Pub 9/2013. PMID: 24267708.
4. Haygood TM, Qing Liu MA, Galvan EM, Bassett R, Devine C, Lano E, Viswanathan C, Marom EM. Memory for previously viewed radiographs and the effect of prior knowledge of memory task. Acad Radiol 20(12):1598-603, 12/2013. PMID: 24200488.
5. Viswanathan C, Bhosale PR, Shah SN, Vikram R. Positron emission tomography-computed tomography imaging for malignancies in women. Radiol Clin North Am 51(6):1111-25, 11/2013. PMID: 24210447.
6. 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 38(5):974-93, 10/2013. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23677485.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Bhosale P, Balachandran A, Vikram R, Viswanathan C, Macapinlac H, Rohren E, Prativadi R. What Is the Clinical Significance of FDG Unexpected Uptake in the Prostate in Patients Undergoing PET/CT for Other Malignancies? Int J Mol Imaging 2013:476786, 2013. e-Pub 12/2013. PMCID: PMC3888763.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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. PMCID: PMC3487053.
13. 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.
14. 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. PMCID: PMC3362867.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Tan CH, Kontoyiannis DP, Viswanathan C, Iyer RB. Tuberculosis: a benign impostor. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(3):555-561, 3/2010. PMID: 20173128.
18. 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, 1/2010. PMID: 20028897.
19. 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, May-Jun, 5/2008. PMID: 18480486.

Invited Articles

1. Viswanathan C. When a doctor becomes a patient. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 24(1):27-30, 1/2013.
2. 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. Ballester-Ortiz G, Marcal LP, Viswanathan C, Szlaruk J. Computer tomography. In: Biliary Tract and Gallbladder Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2nd. Ed(s) Herman JM, Pawlik TM, Thomas Jr CR. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 167-200, 2014. ISBN: 978-3-642-40557-0.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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: 7/30/2014