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H. Carisa Le-Petross, M.D., FRCPC

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

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, FRCPC, Diagnostic Radiology
1995 Memorial University Faculty of Medicine, St. Johns, NF, Canada, MD, Medicine
1990 Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, BPHARM, Pharmacy

Postgraduate Training

2002-2003 Women's Imaging Fellowship, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
1996-2000 Radiology Residency, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Board Certifications

2001 American Board of Radiology

Honors and Awards

2010 ARRS: Certificate of Merit, American Roentgen Ray Society
2009 ARRS: Certificate of Merit, American Roentgen Ray Society

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology
Member, 2000-present
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
Member, 2008-present
American Roentgen Ray Society
Member, 2003-present
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member, 2006-present
Radiological Society of North America
Member, 2000-present
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Member, 2000-present
RSNA Education Exhibits Awards Committee, Chicago, IL
Review all posters submitted for potential awards during annua meeting., 11/2012-present
Society of Breast Imaging
Member, 2003-present
Texas Faculty Association
Member, 2008-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Litton JK, Ready K, Chen H, Gutierrez-Barrera A, Etzel CJ, Meric-Bernstam F, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Le-Petross H, Lu K, Hortobagyi GN, Arun BK. Earlier age of onset of BRCA mutation-related cancers in subsequent generations. Cancer 118(2):321-5., 1/15/2012. e-Pub 9/12/2011. PMID: 21913181.
2. Le-Petross HT, Whitman GJ, Atchley DP, Yuan Y, Gutierrez-Barrera A, Hortobagyi GN, Litton JK, Arun BK. Effectiveness of alternating mammography and magnetic resonance imaging for screening women with deleterious BRCA mutations at high risk of breast cancer. Cancer 117(17):3900-7, 9/1/2011. e-Pub 3/1/2011. PMID: 21365619.
3. Cohen L, Chen Z, Arun B, Shao Z, Dryden M, Xu L, Le-Petross C, Dogan B, McKenna BJ, Markman M, Babiera G. External qigong therapy for women with breast cancer prior to surgery. Integr Cancer Ther 9(4):348-53, 12/2010. PMID: 21106615.
4. Robertson FM, Bondy M, Yang W, Yamauchi H, Wiggins S, Kamrudin S, Krishnamurthy S, Le-Petross H, Bidaut L, Player AN, Barsky SH, Woodward WA, Buchholz T, Lucci A, Ueno NT, Ueno N, Cristofanilli M. Inflammatory breast cancer: the disease, the biology, the treatment. CA Cancer J Clin 60(6):351-75, Nov-Dec, 11/2010. e-Pub 10/19/2010. PMID: 20959401.
5. Dominici LS, Negron Gonzalez VM, Buzdar AU, Lucci A, Mittendorf EA, Le-Petross HT, Babiera GV, Meric-Bernstam F, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM. Cytologically proven axillary lymph node metastases are eradicated in patients receiving preoperative chemotherapy with concurrent trastuzumab for HER2-positive breast cancer. Cancer 116(12):2884-9, 6/15/2010. e-Pub 6/2010. PMID: 20564395.
6. Le-Petross HC, Hylton N. Role of Breast MR imaging in Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 18(2):249-58, viii-ix, 5/2010. PMID: 20494310.
7. Le-Petross H, Kundra V, Szklaruk J, Wei W, Hortobagyi GN, Ma J. Fast three-dimensional dual echo dixon technique improves fat suppression in breast MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging 31(4):889-94, 4/2010. PMID: 20373433.
8. Silberfein EJ, Hunt KK, Broglio K, Shen J, Sahin A, Le-Petross H, Oh J, Litton J, Hwang RF, Mittendorf EA. Clinicopathologic factors associated with involved margins after breast-conserving surgery for invasive lobular carcinoma. Clin Breast Cancer 10(1):52-8, 2/2010. PMID: 20133259.
9. Carkaci S, Macapinlac HA, Cristofanilli M, Mawlawi O, Rohren E, Gonzalez Angulo AM, Dawood S, Resetkova E, Le-Petross HT, Yang WT. Retrospective study of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer: preliminary data. J Nucl Med 50(2):231-8, 2/2009. e-Pub 1/21/2009. PMID: 19164229.
10. Bedi DG, Krishnamurthy R, Krishnamurthy S, Edeiken BS, Le-Petross H, Fornage BD, Bassett RL, Hunt KK. Cortical morphologic features of axillary lymph nodes as a predictor of metastasis in breast cancer: in vitro sonographic study. AJR Am J Roentgenol 191(3):646-52, 9/2008. PMID: 18716089.
11. Yang WT, Le-Petross HT, Macapinlac H, Carkaci S, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Dawood S, Resetkova E, Hortobagyi GN, Cristofanilli M. Inflammatory breast cancer - PET/CT, MRI, mammography, and sonography findings. Breast Cancer Res Treat 109(3):417-426, 6/2008. e-Pub 7/26/2007. PMID: 17653852.
12. Yang WT, Lane DL, Le-Petross HT, Abruzzo LV, Macapinlac HA. Breast lymphoma: imaging findings of 32 tumors in 27 patients. Radiology 245(3):692-702, 12/2007. e-Pub 10/2/2007. PMID: 17911538.
13. Ma J, Son JB, Zhou Y, Le-Petross H, Choi H. Fast spin echo triple echo Dixon (fTED) technique for efficient T2-weighted water and fat imaging. Magn Reson Med 58(1):103-109, 7/2007. PMID: 17659631.
14. Le-Petross HT. Breast MRI as a screening tool: the appropriate role. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 4(5):523-526, 5/2006. PMID: 16687098.
15. Kwan AL, Boone JM, Le-Petross HT, Lindfors KK, Seibert JA. Contrast-enhanced dual-energy digital subtraction mammography: optimization of the beam energy. Proc Soc Photo Opt Instrum Eng 5745, 2005.
16. Reddy NM, Gerscovich EO, Jain KA, Le-Petross HT, Brock JM. Vasectomy-related changes on sonographic examination of the scrotum. J Clin Ultrasound 32(8):394-398, 10/2004. PMID: 15372447.
17. Le-Petross HT, Patel MD, Roberts CC, Liu PT, Karstaedt PJ. Magnetic resonance imaging estimation of breast cancer size after large core needle biopsy. Journal of Women's Imaging 16:160-165, 2004.
18. Harnett J, Le H. Cardiovascular effects of erythropoietin. Dial Transplant 22(9), 1993.
19. Harnett J, Le H. Importance of blood pressure control in dialysis patients receiving erythropoietin. J Am Soc Nephrol 3(3):426, 1992.
20. Le H. Students attitudes towards health care system. Prospective Study, 1992.
21. Belitsky B, Ellsmere L, Le H, Sketris I. Relationship of cyclosporine clearance to demographic and outcome variables in kidney transplant. Patients, 1990.

Invited Articles

1. Le-Petross H, Uppendahl L, Stafford R. Sonographic Appearance of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Seminars in Roentgenology 46(4):275-279, 10/2011.
2. Le-Petross H, Lane D. Challenges and Potential Pitfalls in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of More Elusive Breast Carcinomas. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 32(4):342-350, 8/2011. PMID: 21782124.
3. Le-Petross HT, Shetty MK. Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Breast Ultrasonography as an Adjunct to Mammographic Screening in High-Risk Patients. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 32(4):266-272, 8/2011. PMID: 21782116.
4. Le-Petross HT and Stafford RJ. The Need for MRI Before Breast-Conserving Surgery. Current Breast Cancer Reports 1:98-103, 2009. PMID: LLC ISSN 1943-4588.
5. Le-Petross CH, Bidaut L, Yang WT. Evolving role of imaging modalities in inflammatory breast cancer. Semin Oncol 35(1):51-63, 2/2008. PMID: 18308146.
6. Le-Petross HT. Breast MRI screening. Oncolog 52(12):8, 12/2007.


1. Boughey JC, Suman VJ, Mittendorf EA, Ahrendt GM, Wilke LG, Taback B,. The role of sentinel lymph node surgery in patients presenting with node positive breast cancer who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy: Z1071. Cancer research 72(24):7s, 12/2012.
2. J Moni, H Le-Petross, J Boughey, K Hunt, T FitzGerald. Quality assurance review center: Role in multi-institutional breast cancer trials. Breast Cancer Symposium 2011(suppl 27) (#205), J Clin Oncol. e-Pub 2011.
3. Le-Petross H, Kundra V, Szklaruk J, Wei W, Andreopoulou E, Jingfei M. Fat Suppression for Breast MRI Improves by Fast 3D Dual Echo Dixon Technique. ARRS 109th Annual Meeting (#1483), 5/2009.
4. Ai H, Taylor B, Elliott A, Le-Petross H, Hazle J, Stafford R. Initial Evaluation of a Fast Chemical Shift Thermometry Technique in Breast. ISMRM 17th Scientific Meeting, 4/2009.
5. Le-Petross HT, Atchley DP, Whitman GJ, Hortobagyi GN, Arun BK. Effectiveness of screening women at high risk for breast cancer with alternating mammography and MRI. 31st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2008.
6. Le-Petross HT, Cristofanilli M, Qing Y, Jackson EF, Gong Y, Reed B, Hortobagyi GN, Yang WT. Inflammatory breast cancer: defining breast magnetic resonance imaging features. 31st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2008.
7. Reed BJ, McAlee KR, Yuan Q, Jackson EF, Whitman GJ, Le-Petross HT. Utilizing BREASE (Breast Spectroscopy Exam) to monitor neoadjuvant chemotherapy response at 3T preliminary results. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 16th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition, 5/2008.
8. Le-Petross HT, Charnsangavej C, Cristofanilli M, Yuan Q PHD, Yang WT. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC): magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics at 1.5 and 3.0T. Radiological Society of North America 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 11/2007.
9. Yang WT, Le-Petross HT, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Macapinlac H, Carkaci S, Dawood S, Resetkova E, Hortobagyi GN, Cristofanilli M. Functional (PET/CT) compared to conventional (mammography [M], sonography [US], MRI) imaging: Defining novel assessment modalities for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 25(18S):600, 6/2007.
10. Le-Petross HT, Carkaci S, Stafford R, Elliott A, Jackson E. 1.5 and 3.0 T magnetic resonance imaging artifacts from breast biopsy clip. Am J Roentgenol Supplement 188:A87-99 (#1725), 5/2007.

Book Chapters

1. H Le-Petross, J Stafford, I Bedrosian, P Garvey, W Woodward, S Moulder-Thompson. Breast Cancer. In: Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Ed(s) P Silverman. Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 479-508, 2012.
2. H. Le-Petross and T. Stephens. Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis. In: Physics of Mammogrpahic Imaging, 1st. Ed(s) Mia K. Markey. Taylor and Francis: Boca Raton, FL, 2012.
3. Le-Petross HT, Stafford RJ, Morris EA. Breast MRI. In: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, 3rd edition. PMPH-USA: Shellton, CT, 2012.
4. Le-Petross H. Ultrasound Examination of the Breast and Fine-Needle Aspiration. In: Kuerer's Breast Surgical Oncology, 1st. McGraw-Hill COmpanies Inc: New York, 2010.
5. Singletary SE, Middleton LA, Le-Petross HT. Chapter 85: The unknown primary presenting with axillary lymphadenopathy. In: The Breast. 2, 4th. Ed(s) Bland and Copeland. Saunders - Elvsevier, 1373, 2009.
6. Lindfors K, Le-Petross H. Breast Imaging. In: Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology, Third. Ed(s) W E Brant and C A Helms. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA, 565-600, 2007. ISBN: 781761352.
7. Lindfors K, Le-Petross HT. Chapter 20: Breast imaging. In: Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology. 1, 3rd. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 565-600, 2006.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. RP Candelaria and H Le-Petross. November Case of the Month. Society of Breast Imaging: SBI website. e-Pub 11/2010.

Last updated: 5/12/2014