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Sonia L. Betancourt Cuellar, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1999 Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia, Radiology, Radiology
1992 Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia, MD, Medical

Postgraduate Training

7/2008-6/2009 Clinical Fellowship, Thoracic Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
9/2003-12/2003 Visiting Fellowship, Thoracic Radiology, Hospital San Pau, Barcelona, Spain
1995-1999 Residency, Radiology, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Hospital San Jose, Bogota, Colombia
1992-1993 General Practitioner, Medical Social Service, Hospital Regional Puerto Inirida, Puerto Inirida, Colombia
1991-1992 Rotario Internship, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra senora del Rosario, School of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia
1986-1991 Medicine, Universidad Colegio mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, School of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia

Board Certifications

5/2012 American Board of Radiology

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Instructor, Universidad de la sabana School of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia, 2001-2008
Attending Radiologist, Hospital de la Samaritana, Bogota, Colombia, 2000-2008

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Program Chair of Thoracic Peer Review Continuing Medical Education Program, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 4/2014-present
Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 4/2014-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Committee Member, Education Committee- Thoracic Fellowship, 2013-present
Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB 2), 2012-present

Honors and Awards

2013 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2011 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, American Roentgen Ray Society 87th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2011 Educational Exhibit Award, Certificate of Merit, "Complications and imaging interpretation pitfalls following chest radiation therapy", Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2007 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2006 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2006 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2003 Bronze Medal for Academic Exhibit, XXVIII Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia
2003 Certificate of Merit for Academic Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
2002 Bronze Medal for Academic Exhibit, XXI Inter-American College of Radiology Meeting. XXVII Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia

Professional Memberships

American Roentgen Ray Society
Member, 2010-present
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Member, 2012-present
Radiological Society of North America
Member, 2010-present
Society of Thoracic Radiology
Member, 2011-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Katagbathina VS, Restrepo CS, Betancourt SL, Riascos R. Imaging of oncologic emergencies: what every radiologist should know. Radiographics 33(6):1533-1553, 10/2013.
2. Restrepo S, Vargas D, Acasionez D, Martinez S, Betancourt SL. Pericardial tumors. RadioGraphics 33(6):1613-1630, 10/2013.
3. Benveniste MF, Welsh J, Godoy MC, Betancourt SL, Mawlawi OR, Munden RF. New era of radiotherapy: An update in radiation-induced lung disease. Clin Radiol. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23473474.
4. Restrepo CS, Betancourt SL, Martinez-Jimnenz S, Gutierrez FR. Tumors of the pulmonary artery and veins. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 33(6):580-590, 12/2012. PMID: 23168066.
5. Restrepo CS, Betancourt SL, Martinez-Jimenez S, Gutierrez FR. Aortic tumors. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 33(3):265-72, 6/2012. PMID: 22624970.
6. Shah AM, Morice RC, Ost D, Eapen GA, Betancourt SL, Jimenez CA. High-riding pericardial recess mimicking metastatic mediastinal lymph node. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(1):e1, 1/2012. PMID: 22210796.
7. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Betancourt SL, Colomer AL, Jimenez CA. Coexistence of two anatomical bronchial variances. BMJ Case Rep 2012, 2012. e-Pub 6/2012. PMID: 22729326.
8. Betancourt SL, Palacio D, Jimenez CA, Martinez S, Marom EM. Thoracic manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol 197(3):W452-6, 9/2011. PMID: 21862772.
9. Betancourt SL, Martinez-Jimenez S, Rossi SE, Truong MT, Carrillo J, Erasmus JJ. Lipoid pneumonia: Spectrum of clinical and radiologic manifestations. AJR Am J Roentgenol 194(1):103-109, 1/2010. PMID: 20028911.
10. Betancourt SL, Cruz M, Martinez S, Ortega N. Adrenal gland: Normal and pathologic US findings in the prenatal and neonatal periods. Colombian Journal of Radiology 15(3):1586-1599, 2005.
11. Betancourt SL, Carrillo J, Martinez S. Pathology of pericardium. Colombian Journal of Radiology 14(1):1570-1575, 2005.
12. Betancourt SL, Cruz M, Martinez S, Ortega N. Prenatal diagnosis of fetal abdominal cystic lesions. Columbian Journal of Radiology 15(3):1586-1590, 2005.
13. Martinez S, Restrepo CS, Carillo JA, Betancourt SL, Franquet T, Varon CL, Ojeda P, Jimenez A. Thoracic manifestations of tropical parasitic infections. A pictorial review. RadioGraphics(25):135-155, 2005.
14. Betancourt SL. A case review of duodenal lipoma. Colombian Journal of Radiology 9(11):1101-1103, 2000.
15. Betancourt SL, Adams A. Hemangioma of the thoracic cage. Colombian Journal of Radiology 6(13):991-994, 1999.
16. Gonzalez N, Betancourt SL. Infected cyst of urachus. Colombian Journal of Radiology 9(3):778-781, 1998.
17. Betancourt SL, Carter BW, Macapinlac HA, Ajani J, Komaki R, Welsh J, Lee JH, Swisher SG, Erasmus JJ, Hofstetter WL. Clinical staging of patients with early esophageal adenocarcinoma: Does FDG-PET/CT have a role? Radiographics. Submitted.
18. Francis AM, Sepesi B, Correa AM, Blum MA, Erasmus JJ, Lee JH, Maru DM, Mehran RJ, Rice DC, Roth JA, Vaporciyan AA, Walsh GL, Welsh JW, Swisher SG, Hofstetter WL, Betancourt SL, Ajani JA, Palacio DM, Bhutani M, Komaki R, Lin SH, Chuang HH. The influence of histopathologic tumor viability on long-term survival and recurrence rates following neoadjuvant therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Annals of Surgery. Submitted.
19. Martinez-Jimenez S, Shoup B, Pettavel P, Betancourt SL, Rosado de Cristhensen M. Thoracic metastases from gynecological neoplasms: How do they differ from other metastases? Radiographics. Submitted.

Abstracts

1. Restrepo S, Betancourt SL, Martinez S, Gutierrez RF. Tumors of great vessels. Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI. In Press.
2. Restrepo S, Betancourt SL, Martinez S, Gutierrez RF. Tumors of the aorta. Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI. In Press.
3. Betancourt SL, Carter BW, Macapinlac HA, Ajani J, Komaki R, Welsh J, Lee JH, Swisher SG, Erasmus JJ, Hofstetter WL. Clinical staging of patients with early esophageal adenocarcinoma: Does FDG-PET/CT have a role?. American Roentgen Ray Society Meeting, 5/2014.
4. Baxi Ah, Restrepo CS, McCarthy MJ, Mumbower AL, Katre RS, Betancourt SL. An Overview of Uncommon Primary Pulmonary Tumors: An Imaging Spectrum Beyond Lung Cancer with Histopathological Correlation. Radiological Society of North America, 4/2014.
5. Carter BW, Benveniste MF, Betancourt SL, DeGroot PM, Sorensen J, Lichtenberger JP. Breaking Down the Wall: Malignant Neoplasms of the Chest Wall and Distinguishing Imaging Features. Radiological Society of North America, 4/2014.
6. Betancourt SL, Palacio DM, Benveniste MF, Carter BW, Erasmus JJ. Lung Cancer: Limitations and Imaging Pitfalls in Multimodality Staging. Radiological Society of North America, 4/2014.
7. Baxi AJ, Restrepo CS, McCarthy MJ, Mumbower AL, Carrillo J, Betancourt SL. Multiple Pulmonary Nodules: Looking Beyond Metastasis. Radiological Society of North America, 4/2014.
8. Betancourt SL, Weissferdt A, Palacio DM, Carter BW, Marom EM. Tracheal Lumps and Bumps: The Good, the Bad and the Unusual. Radiological Society of North America, 4/2014.
9. Baxi AJ, Restrepo C, Betancourt SL, Vargas D, Mumbower A, Katre R. An overview of uncommon primary pulmonary tumors: An imaging spectrum beyond lung cancer with histopathological correlation. Society of Thoracic Radiology annual meeting, 3/2014.
10. Baxi AJ, Restrepo C, Betancourt SL, Vargas D, Ocaziones D. Katre R. Multiple pulmonary nodules: Looking beyond metastasis. Society of Thoracic Radiology annual meeting, 3/2014.
11. Francis AM, Correa AM, Betancourt SL, Kim JY, Sepesi B, Ajani JA, Komaki R, Erasmus JJ, Maru DM, Mehran RJ, Rice DC, Roth JA, Vaporciyan AA, Walsh GL, Hofstetter WL, Swisher SG. Esophageal tumor thickness on computed tomography as a predictor of residual tumor in esophageal adenocarcinoma following preoperative chemoradiation. 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, 2/2014.
12. Betancourt SL, Palacio DM, Carter BW, Martinez S, Benveniste MK, Truong MT. CT and PET/CT assessment of complications after chemo and radiation therapy in esophageal carcinoma. Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
13. Palacio DM, Hofstetter WL, Correa AM, Betancourt SL, Marom EM. Diagnosing leak after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer by CT-esophageal protocol (CTEP) and standard esophagram (SE): Is the old school still the best school. Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
14. Betancourt SL, Hofstetter WL, Correa AM, Mawlawi OR, Palacio DM, Marom EM. Prognostic value of metabolic tumor volume in patients with esophageal carcinoma. Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
15. Carter BW, Betancourt SL, Godoy MC, Mawlawi OS, Marom EM, Truong MT. The role of PET/CT in assessing response to therapy in lung cancer. Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
16. Martinez SJ, Christenson MLR, Walker CM, Kunin JR, Betancourt SL, Pettavel PP. Thoracic metastases from gynecological neoplasms: How they differ from other metastases, specific patterns of spread, and pitfalls in imaging interpretation. Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
17. Betancourt SL, Palacio D, Truong MT, Carter BW, Erasmus JJ. RECIST 1.1 Response evaluation criteria in thoracic solid tumors. American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting, 4/2013.
18. de Groot PM, Godoy MCB, Betancourt-Cuellar, SL, Truong MT, Ko JP, Munden RF. The post-operative chest: Pulmonary resections. American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting, 4/2013.
19. Katagbathina VS, Restrepo CS, Betancourt-Cuellar SL, Riascos R. Imaging of oncologic emergencies: What every radiologist should know. Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 11/2012.
20. Betancourt SL, Palacio D, Benveniste M, Godoy M, Marom EM. Complications and imaging interpretation of pitfalls following chest radiation therapy. Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 11/2011.
21. Restrepo C, Ocaionez D, Murillo H, Betancourt SL, Martinez S. Primary pericardial neoplasm. Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 11/2011.
22. Betancourt SL, Martinez S, McAdams P. Pulmonary manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. Radiological Society of North America 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2007.
23. Betancourt SL, Martinez S, McAdams P. The many faces of lipoid pneumonia. Radiological Society of North America 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2006.
24. Martinez S, Restrepo CS, Vargas D, Diethelm I, Carrillo JA, Betancourt SL. Anatomy and diseases of extrapleural space: Imaging features and differential diagnosis. American Journal of Roentgenology 184(4):79, 2005.
25. Betancourt SL. Ductus aneurysm, a case presentation. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia, 2005.
26. Riascos R, Martinez S, Borrero L, Villalon L, Betancourt SL. Radiological features of mitochondrial mutations with brain involvement: pictorial review. Radiological Society of North America 90th Scientific Assembly Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2004.
27. Martinez S, Gimenez A, Fraquet T, Riascos R, Betancourt SL, Baquero R. Intrathoracic complications of connective tissue disorders: CT and MR findings. Society of Thoracic Radiology, Thoracic Imaging Meeting, Miami, FL, 2003.
28. Betancourt SL, Carrillo JA, Martinez S, Restrepo CS, Franquet T, Risscos R. New trends in esinophilic lung disease: Clinical. Radiological Society of North America 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2003.
29. Carrillo JA, Martinez S, Borrero L, Villalon L, Betancourt SL. Non infectious pathology of the lung in acquired immune deficiency syndrome: Radiological and pathological correlation. Radiological Society of North America 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2003.
30. Martinez S, Restrepo CS, Carrillo JA, Betancourt SL, Franquet T, Varon C. Thoracic manifestations of tropical parasitic infections: A pictorical review. Radiological Society of North America 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2003.
31. Betancourt SL. Lesions of thoracic cage. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia, 2001.
32. Betancourt SL, Fontalbo J. Foreign bodies in the airways. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cali, Colombia, 1998.
33. Betancourt SL. Parostal osteosarcoma. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cali, Colombia, 1998.

Book Chapters

1. Betancourt SL. Community Acquired Pneumonia. In: Chest Imaging. Oxford University. In Press.
2. Betancourt SL. Endemic Mycosis. In: Chest Imaging. Oxford University. In Press.
3. Restrepo S, Tavacoli S, Betancourt SL. Functional imaging in cardiac tumors. In: Functional Imaging in Oncology. Springer. In Press.
4. Betancourt SL. Multifocal pneumonia and cavitary disease. In: Chest Imaging. Oxford University. In Press.
5. Betancourt SL. Opportunistic Fungal infection. In: Chest Imaging. Oxford Unviersity. In Press.
6. Betancourt SL. Pulmonary TB. In: Chest Imaging. Oxford University. In Press.
7. Betancourt SL, Marom EM, Erasmus JJ. Imaging Lung Cancer. In: Lung Cancer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: New Jersey, 2014.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Betancourt SL, Arango G, Bernal A. Poster: Pulmonary solitaire nodule. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia, 2001.
2. Betancourt SL, Carrillo J, Ojeda P. Poster: Tracheal lesions. Colombian Radiology Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia, 2001.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Can MRI Replace CT in the Evaluation of Thymoma?
Funding Source: DICRC
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: Marom EM
Duration: 2/22/2011 - present

Last updated: 4/9/2014