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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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 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. She completed her Fellowship in Body Imaging at MD 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 and/or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles, two invited articles, one case report, five published book chapters and several abstracts.  Additionally, she has  co-authored a book chapter on oncologic imaging which was published in 2011. 

In September of 2012, she was promoted to Associate Professor.

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, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2006-8/2012

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, Body Imaging Small Bowel Research Group, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2011-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Credentials Committee of the Medical Staff, 9/2012-present
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. Benveniste AP, Godoy MC, Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Benveniste MF. Case of the season: Management of the subsolid pulmonary nodule. Semin Roentgenol. In Press.
2. Viswanathan C, Truong M, Sagebiel T, Garg N, Bhosale P. Imaging of Chemotherapy-related latrogenic abdominal and pelvic conditions. Radiol Clin North Am. In Press.
3. Truong MT, Ko JP, Rossi SE, Rossi I, Viswanathan C, Bruzzi JF, Marom EM, Erasmus JJ. Update in the evaluation of the solitary pulmonary nodule. Radiographics 34(6):1658-79, 10/2014. PMID: 25310422.
4. Viswanathan C, Truong M, Sagebiel T, Garg N, Bhosale P. Imaging of chemotherapy-related iatrogenic abdominal and pelvic conditions. Radiol Clin North Am 52(5):1029-40, 9/2014. PMID: 25173656.
5. 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.
6. Shroff GS, Boonsirikamchai P, Viswanathan C, Godoy MC, Marom EM, Truong MT. Differentiating pericardial recesses from mediastinal adenopathy: Potential pitfalls in oncological imaging. Clin Radiol 69(3):307-14, 3/2014. e-Pub 11/2013. PMID: 24290055.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Godoy MB, Carter BW, Marom EM. Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: Role of CT, MRI, and PET/CT in Staging Evaluation and Treatment Considerations. Semin Roentgenol 48(4):323-34, 10/2013. PMID: 24034264.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Tan CH, Kontoyiannis DP, Viswanathan C, Iyer RB. Tuberculosis: a benign impostor. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(3):555-561, 3/2010. PMID: 20173128.
24. 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.
25. 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.

Abstracts

1. Bhosale P, Viswanathan C . Complications of oncologic imaging in the abdomen. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society of Abdominal Radiology, 2/2013.
2. Viswanathan C, Truong M, Balachandran A, Bhosale P. Multimodality imaging of vulvar cancer: staging, therapeutic response, and complications. AJR Am J Roentgenol 198(5 Suppl), 5/2012.
3. Viswanathan C, Vikram R, Devine CE, Balachandran A, Bronstein Y, Bhosale PR. F18-FDG PET CT in gynecologic malignancies: evidence, pearls, and pitfalls. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-OBE2623), 12/2011.
4. Viswanathan C, Truong MTM, Godoy MCN, Munden RF, Erasmus JJ, Marom EM. Complications of oncologic therapy in the chest. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-CHE4629), 11/2011.
5. Godoy MCB, Viswanathan C, Truong MTM, Marchiori E, Benveniste MK, Marom EM, Rossi SE. The reversed halo sign: update and differential diagnosis. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-CHE4611), 11/2011.
6. Godoy MC, Viswanathan C, Bruzzi JF, Betancourt-Cuellar S, Truong M, James W, Hofstetter W, Marom E. Multimodality imaging evaluation of esophageal cancer: staging, therapy assessment, and complications. AJR Am J Roentgenol 196(5 Suppl):A149-A176, May, 5/2011.
7. Viswanathan C, Truong MT, Sagebiel TL, Bhosale PR, Patnana M. Complications of oncologic therapy in the abdomen and pelvis. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-GIE2492), 11/2010.
8. Truong MT, Viswanathan C, Godoy MC, Benveniste MK, Gladish GW, and Marom EM. Imaging, staging evaluation, and treatment considerations for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-CHE2128), 11/2010.
9. Haygood T, Galvan E, Lano E, Ernst R, Viswanathan C, Rohren E, Devine C, Marom E. How well do radiologists remember test images?. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(5 Suppl):A137-A154 (#E111), May, 5/2010.
10. Bedi D, Patnana M, Gonzalez-de Luna MA, Viswanathan C, Bhosale P, Ernst R, Bronstein Y, Balachandran A, LePetross C, Devine C, Marcal LP, Parulekar S, Vikram R, Lem KW. Ovarian cancer screening: corpus luteum and other actors—how to sort them out. AJR Am J Roentgenol 190(4 Suppl):A128-A141 (#E246), 4/2008.
11. Bhosale P, Patnana M, Viswanathan C, Szklaruk J. The inguinal canal: anatomy and imaging features of common and uncommon masses. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#LL-MS3171), 11/2006.
12. Mukhi S, Viswanathan C, Charnsangavej C, Raval B. Multidetector CT depiction of radiological anatomy and diseases involving the transverse mesocolon. AJR Am J Roentgenol 186(4 Suppl):A104-A118 (#E151), 4/2006.
13. Viswanathan C. Neuroimaging of ventricular shunt complications in children. Proceedings of the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, 11/2000.

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: 5/11/2015