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Vinodh A. Kumar, 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, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Vinodh A. Kumar completed a two year fellowship in Neuroradiology at New York University Medical Center and then joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, in 2014. He has a total of 16 peer reviewed research articles, 30+ research abstracts, and has been a collaborator on 10+ research protocols. The emphasis of his research is on improving pre-operative and intra-operative brain tumor mapping. The significance of this research is to decrease the risk of eloquent brain injury during brain tumor resection. He has been invited to lecture at several hospitals locally and at nationally meetings. For example, he spoke at a Neurosurgery Workshop: Deformable Anatomic Template (DAT) guided neurosurgery of gliomas in speech and motor areas at the World Congress on Brain, Spinal Cord Mapping & Image Guided Therapy in San Francisco. The didactic and computer interactive course was designed to teach neurosurgeons to use a novel software program to aid in neurosurgical planning. Dr. V. A. Kumar has been engaged in teaching radiology residents and Neuroradiology fellows. He actively participates in the Head and Neck Surgery and Neurosurgery Tumor Boards at MD Anderson. He is also serves as a journal reviewer in the areas of Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, and Head & Neck Radiology.

Research Interests

  • Pre-operative and intra-operative brain tumor imaging
  • Head and neck tumor imaging

Clinical Interests

  • Brain tumor imaging
  • Head and neck tumor imaging
  • Head and neck US guided interventional radiology
  • Spinal tumor imaging

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street
Unit 1482
Houston, TX 77030

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2001 Loyola University Chicago: Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, MD, Medicine
1996 Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, BA, Cum Laude, Biology and Psychology

Postgraduate Training

7/2006-6/2008 Clinical Fellowship, Neuroradiology, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
7/2002-6/2006 Clinical Residency, Radiology, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX
7/2001-6/2002 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Board Certifications

2009 American Board of Radiology with subspecialty in Neuroradiology
2006 American Board of Radiology

Honors and Awards

2013 Magna Cum Laude Award - On the Shoulder of Giants: "Elemental Brain Volumes" derived from modifications of prior parcellation strategies help to explain glial tumor spread, The American Society of Neuroradiology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Shah KB, Hayman LA, Chavali LS, Hamilton JD, Wangaryattawanich P, Kumar VA, Kumar AJ. Glial Tumors in Brodmann Area 6: Spread Pattern and Relationships to Motor Areas. Radiographics. In Press.
2. Davoudi, Setareh; Kumar, Vinodh; Jiang, Ying; Kupferman, Michael; Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios. Invasive Mold Sinusitis in Patients with Hematologic Malignancies, a 10-year single center study. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. In Press. In Press.
3. Shahar T, Rozovski U, Marko NF, Tummala S, Ziu M, Weinberg JS, Rao G, Kumar VA, Sawaya R, Prabhu SS. Preoperative Imaging to Predict Intraoperative Changes in Tumor-to-Corticospinal Tract Distance: An Analysis of 45 Cases Using High-field Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Neurosurgery 75(1):23-30, 7/2014. PMID: 24618800.
4. Vabulas M, Kumar VA, Hamilton JD, Martinez JJ, Rao G, Sawaya R, Prabhu SS. Real-Time Atlas-Based Stereotactic Neuronavigation. Neurosurgery 74(1):128-34; discussion 134, 1/2014. e-Pub 10/2013. PMID: 24089050.
5. Kumar VA, Hamilton J, Hayman LA, Kumar AJ, Rao G, Weinberg JS, Sawaya R, Prabhu SS. Deformable anatomic templates (DAT) improve analysis of gliomas with minimal mass effect in eloquent areas. Neurosurgery 73(3):534-42, 9/2013. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23728447.
6. Kumar VA, Shah KB, Ginsberg LE. Perineural tumor spread to the oculomotor (CN III) nerve. J Comput Assist Tomogr 37(4):525-7, Jul-Aug, 7/2013. PMID: 23863527.
7. Munoz J, Kumar VA, Hamilton J, Pasche LJ, Langford LA, Taggart MW, Kamiya-Matsuoka C, Tummala S, Moulder S, Kurzrock R. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: more than meets the eye. J Clin Oncol. e-Pub 6/2013. PMID: 23733774.
8. Shivaprasad S, Shroff G, Kumar V. Vein of labbe thrombosis by CT and MRI. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 83(12):1168-1169, 12/2012. e-Pub 7/2012. PMID: 22842712.
9. Sweeney SA, Kumar VA, Tayar J, Weber DM, Safdar A, Alonso C, Hymes S. Case 181: Synovitis acne pustulosis hyperostosis osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome. Radiology 263(2):613-617, 5/2012. PMID: 22517965.
10. Hayman LA, Kumar VA, Hamilton J, Prabhu SS, Thiebaut de Schotten M, Al-Zubidi N, Pagani J, Vabulas M, Groneman M, Kumar AJ. Deformable anatomic templates embed knowledge into patient's brain images: part 1. Construction and display. J Comput Assist Tomogr 36(3):354-359, May-Jun, 5/2012. PMID: 22592623.
11. Hamilton JD, Kumar VA, Hayman LA, Prabhu SS, Hou P, Jackson EF, Groneman M, Pagani J, Vabulas M, Kumar AJ. Deformable anatomic templates embed knowledge into brain images: part 2. Validation using functional magnetic resonance imaging of the motor hand. J Comput Assist Tomogr 36(2):280-284, Mar-Apr, 3/2012. PMID: 22446375.
12. Sweeny S, Kumar VA, Tayar J, Weber D, Safdar A, Alonso C, Hymes S. Diagnosis Please: Case 181. Radiology 262:361-363, 1/2012.
13. Kumar VA, Hofstede TM, Ginsberg LE. CT imaging features of obturator prostheses in patients following palatectomy or maxillectomy. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 32(10):1926-1929, Nov-Dec, 11/2011. e-Pub 7/2011. PMID: 21799037.
14. Kumar VA, Knopp EA, Zagzag D. Magnetic resonance dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of posterior fossa hemangioblastomas and pilocytic astrocytomas: initial results. J Comput Assist Tomogr 34(6):825-829, Nov-Dec, 11/2010. PMID: 21084895.
15. Kumar AJ, Leeds NE, Kumar VA, Fuller GN, Lang FF, Milas Z, Weinberg JS, Ater JL, Sawaya R. Magnetic resonance imaging features of pilocytic astrocytoma of the brain mimicking high-grade gliomas. J Comput Assist Tomogr 34(4):601-611, 7/2010. PMID: 20657231.
16. Kumar VA, Lewin JS, Ginsberg LE. CT assessment of vocal cord medialization. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 27(8):1643-1646, 9/2006. PMID: 16971603.

Last updated: 7/30/2015