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Published on May 20, 2012

Professor, Radiology
Specialties: Thoracic Radiology, Cardiovascular Radiology, Radiology

Ella A. Kazerooni, MD, Professor of Radiology, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, Director of Cardiothoracic Radiology and Chair of the Radiology Service Excellence Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kazerooni received her medical degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she also completed her diagnostic radiology residency, and subsequently a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kazerooni joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1992.

Dr. Kazerooni's research work focuses on advanced CT and MR applications, technology assessment and outcomes research, including interstitial lung disease, emphysema, lung transplantation, pulmonary vascular disease, cardiovascular CT and MR. With a Masters degree in Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis, her research focuses on the development and evaluation of advanced imaging technologies as applied to diseases of the cardiothoracic organs. This includes evaluating the technologies at several levels, from safety to validity and reliability, reader agreement and impact on medical decision making.

Dr. Kazerooni has received numerous awards and honors. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology, and an elected member of both the Fleischner Society and the Society of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance. She received the Madame Curie Award from the American Association of Women Radiologists, the Early Distinguished Career award from the University of Michigan Medical School's Alumni Society, and the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists.

She has served many roles in organized radiology, including as president of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Society of Thoracic Radiology, the Association of University Radiologist and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research in Radiology, and member of the American College of Radiology's Board of Chancellors and Executive Committee. Dr. Kazerooni is currently a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology.

Her expertise is sought after by professional organizations developing multispecialty guidelines, including the recently published the 2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/S­VM Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guideline on Lung Cancer Screening.

Dr. Kazerooni enjoys collaborating with and helping junior faculty, fellows and residents develop their academic careers, is active in several career development programs, and has received both the Teacher of the Year Award and the Mentor of the Year Award from the radiology residents at the University of Michigan. She is a frequently invited guest speaker at academic institutions and national/international meetings.

As founding Chair of Radiology's Service Excellence Committee, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a Department wide Service Excellence program, which involves staff and faculty in all clinical and non-clinical areas, including research, billing and IT. Radiology's patient satisfaction surveys scores increased across all modalities and service locations, with the Department receiving the highest scores across the entire U-M Health System.

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