Thoracic Radiology

General Information

P.O. Box 208042
New Haven, CT 06520-8042
Admin Assistant, Susan Finkle

The thoracic imaging section includes a group of dedicated thoracic radiologists who specialize in all aspects of lung disorders, including: interstitial lung disease, pulmonary infections, primary and secondary thoracic malignancies, mediastinal masses, pleural disease, occupational disorders, emphysema, as well as diseases affecting the large and small airways (such as asthma, bronchiectasis, tracheomalacia). The section provides a full range of diagnostic examinations for Yale New-Haven Hospital and its satellite centers, including inpatient and outpatient chest radiography, computed tomography (CT) of the thorax, high-resolution chest CT, and low dose screening chest CT.

The thoracic radiologists at Yale are both nationally and internationally recognized experts in thoracic imaging. We have an active consultation service and work closely with the clinical services of Yale New-Haven Hospital including pulmonary and critical care medicine, thoracic and general oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, cardiology, general medicine and infectious disease. The section takes part in daily clinical-radiologic teaching rounds as well as weekly multidisciplinary conferences.


The thoracic imaging section is an academic division that is dedicated to teaching thoracic imaging to Yale medical students, residents, and clinicians. The department of radiology also hosts visiting students and physicians from other institutions locally, nationally and internationally. The thoracic imaging fellowship may be 12 months or combined with 6 months of another fellowship. Training in thoracic MRI, cardiac imaging, and interventional procedures is also available.


The section takes part in cutting-edge research and clinical trails, including those pertaining to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), COPD, and lung cancer. Members of the section are productive academically with publications in the radiologic literature and have co-authored book chapters as well. Our esteemed faculty also lecture at major national scientific meetings and serve on committees at these meeting as well. Research interests in the section include: interstitial lung disease, small and large airway disease, congenital abnormalities of the thorax, quality assessment, intensive care imaging, and pulmonary nodule management, to name a few.

Our radiologists are active members and contributors in the Society of Thoracic Radiology, International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group, American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society and Radiologic Society of North America.

Recent Publications

Calkins H, Hindricks G, Cappato R, Kim YH, Saad EB, Aguinaga L, Akar JG, Badhwar V, Brugada J, Camm J, Chen PS, Chen SA, Chung MK, Nielsen JC, Curtis AB, Davies DW, Day JD, d'Avila A, Natasja de Groot NMS, Di Biase L, Duytschaever M, Edgerton JR, Ellenbogen KA, Ellinor PT, Ernst S, Fenelon G, Gerstenfeld EP, Haines DE, Haissaguerre M, Helm RH, Hylek E, Jackman WM, Jalife J, Kalman JM, Kautzner J, Kottkamp H, Kuck KH, Kumagai K, Lee R, Lewalter T, Lindsay BD, Macle L, Mansour M, Marchlinski FE, Michaud GF, Nakagawa H, Natale A, Nattel S, Okumura K, Packer D, Pokushalov E, Reynolds MR, Sanders P, Scanavacca M, Schilling R, Tondo C, Tsao HM, Verma A, Wilber DJ, Yamane T: TEMPORARY REMOVAL: 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2017 May 12; 2017 May 12. PMID: 28506916

Hur DJ, Dicks DL, Huber S, Mojibian HR, Meadows JL, Seropian SE, Baldassarre LA: Serial Native T1 Mapping to Monitor Cardiac Response to Treatment in Light-Chain Amyloidosis. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Oct. PMID: 27682238

Chang A, Pfeifer K, Chen P, Kalra V, Shin MS: Thoracic Presentations of Small Round Blue Cell Tumors. J Clin Imaging Sci. 2016; 2016 Jun 23. PMID: 27403403

Pfeifer K, Mian A, Adebowale A, Alomari A, Kalra V, Krejci E, Shin MS: Radiographic and Pathologic Manifestations of Uncommon and Rare Pulmonary Lesions. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2016 May; 2015 Dec 11. PMID: 26690551

Ramaswamy A, Homer R, Killam J, Pisani MA, Murphy TE, Araujo K, Puchalski J: Comparison of Transbronchial and Cryobiopsies in Evaluation of Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2016 Jan. PMID: 26705007

Lawrence DA, Branson B, Oliva I, Rubinowitz A: The wonderful world of the windpipe: a review of central airway anatomy and pathology. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2015 Feb. PMID: 25623009

Goldstein AJ, Oliva I, Honarpisheh H, Rubinowitz A: A tour of the thymus: a review of thymic lesions with radiologic and pathologic correlation. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2015 Feb; 2014 Apr 13. PMID: 24736228

Expert Panel on Vascular Imaging., Kalva SP, Dill KE, Bandyk DF, Francois CJ, Gerhard-Herman MD, Hanley M, Mohler ER 3rd, Moriarty JM, Oliva IB, Schenker MP, Weiss C, Rybicki FJ, American College of Radiology.: ACR Appropriateness Criteria® nontraumatic aortic disease. J Thorac Imaging. 2014 Sep. PMID: 25100141

Oliva IB, Davarpanah AH, Rybicki FJ, Desjardins B, Flamm SD, Francois CJ, Gerhard-Herman MD, Kalva SP, Mansour MA, Mohler ER 3rd, Schenker MP, Weiss C, Dill KE: Erratum to: ACR appropriateness criteria(®) imaging of mesenteric ischemia. Abdom Imaging. 2014 Aug. PMID: 24934476

Agbo C, Hempel D, Studer M, Gulati K, Oliva I, Goldflam K, Ledbetter S, Platz E: Management of pneumothoraces detected on chest computed tomography: can anatomical location identify patients who can be managed expectantly? J Emerg Med. 2014 May; 2014 Feb 6. PMID: 24508116

Oliva IB, Davarpanah AH, Rybicki FJ, Desjardins B, Flamm SD, Francois CJ, Gerhard-Herman MD, Kalva SP, Ashraf Mansour M, Mohler ER 3rd, Schenker MP, Weiss C, Dill KE: ACR Appropriateness Criteria ® imaging of mesenteric ischemia. Abdom Imaging. 2013 Aug. PMID: 23296712

Kuzmik GA, Detterbeck FC, Decker RH, Boffa DJ, Wang Z, Oliva IB, Kim AW: Pulmonary resections following prior definitive chemoradiation therapy are associated with acceptable survival. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013 Jul; 2013 Apr 4. PMID: 23557918

Amirbekian S, Ibrahim SM, Shin MS: Incidental hyperdensities within the reticuloendothelial system. Clin Imaging. 2013 May-Jun; 2013 Jan 10. PMID: 23313189

Puchalski JT, Argento AC, Murphy TE, Araujo KL, Oliva IB, Rubinowitz AN, Pisani MA: Etiologies of bilateral pleural effusions. Respir Med. 2013 Feb; 2012 Dec 7. PMID: 23219348

Maxfield MW, Schuster KM, McGillicuddy EA, Young CJ, Ghita M, Bokhari SA, Oliva IB, Brink JA, Davis KA: Impact of adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction on radiation dose in evaluation of trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Dec. PMID: 23147183

Lawrence DA, Oliva IB, Israel GM: Detection of hepatic steatosis on contrast-enhanced CT images: diagnostic accuracy of identification of areas of presumed focal fatty sparing. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Jul. PMID: 22733892

Miller CR: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease: a misnomer? Pediatr Radiol. 2012 Jun; 2012 Feb 5. PMID: 22311592

Antin-Ozerkis D, Rubinowitz A, Evans J, Homer RJ, Matthay RA: Interstitial lung disease in the connective tissue diseases. Clin Chest Med. 2012 Mar. PMID: 22365251

Taylor RA, Oliva I, Van Tonder R, Elefteriades J, Dziura J, Moore CL: Point-of-care focused cardiac ultrasound for the assessment of thoracic aortic dimensions, dilation, and aneurysmal disease. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Feb; 2012 Jan 30. PMID: 22288871

Trow TK, Argento AC, Rubinowitz AN, Decker R: A 71-year-old woman with myelofibrosis, hypoxemia, and pulmonary hypertension. Chest. 2010 Dec. PMID: 21138888

Collins M, Curtis A, Artis K, Staib L, Bokhari J: Comparison of two methods for ranking applicants for residency. J Am Coll Radiol. 2010 Dec. PMID: 21129688

Antin-Ozerkis D, Evans J, Rubinowitz A, Homer RJ, Matthay RA: Pulmonary manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Chest Med. 2010 Sep. PMID: 20692539

Mathai SK, Gulati M, Peng X, Russell TR, Shaw AC, Rubinowitz AN, Murray LA, Siner JM, Antin-Ozerkis DE, Montgomery RR, Reilkoff RA, Bucala RJ, Herzog EL: Circulating monocytes from systemic sclerosis patients with interstitial lung disease show an enhanced profibrotic phenotype. Lab Invest. 2010 Jun; 2010 Apr 19. PMID: 20404807

Selim B, Lane CR, Rubinowitz AN, Siner JM: Spontaneous hemothorax and recurrent hemoptysis in a 26-year-old man with skin lesions. Chest. 2010 Feb. PMID: 20133296

Detterbeck F, Puchalski J, Rubinowitz A, Cheng D: Classification of the thoroughness of mediastinal staging of lung cancer. Chest. 2010 Feb. PMID: 20133290

Smitaman E, Rubinowitz AN: Images in clinical medicine. Extramedullary hematopoiesis associated with beta-thalassemia. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jan 21. PMID: 20089975

Siegel MD, Rubinowitz AN: Routine daily vs on-demand chest radiographs in intensive care. Lancet. 2009 Nov 14; 2009 Nov 4. PMID: 19896185

Mathai SK, Rubinowitz AN, Homer RJ, Detterbeck F, Herzog EL: Of lungs, lipids, and lollipops. Chest. 2009 Nov. PMID: 19892683

Cho WK, Rubinowitz AN, Siegel MD: Endobronchial blood clots causing unilateral atelectasis with near asphyxiation. Clin Respir J. 2009 Apr. PMID: 20298387

Israel GM, Herlihy S, Rubinowitz AN, Cornfeld D, Brink J: Does a combination of dose modulation with fast gantry rotation time limit CT image quality? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Jul. PMID: 18562737

Rubinowitz AN, Moon M, Homer R: A 34-year-old man presenting with gradual onset of shortness of breath and interstitial lung disease. Chest. 2008 Apr. PMID: 18398129

Mehanna MJ, Israel GM, Katigbak M, Rubinowitz AN: Cardiac herniation after right pneumonectomy: case report and review of the literature. J Thorac Imaging. 2007 Aug. PMID: 17721344

Rubinowitz AN, Siegel MD, Tocino I: Thoracic imaging in the ICU. Crit Care Clin. 2007 Jul. PMID: 17900484

Jonisch AI, Rubinowitz AN, Mutalik PG, Israel GM: Can high-attenuation renal cysts be differentiated from renal cell carcinoma at unenhanced CT? Radiology. 2007 May. PMID: 17456870

Kuo PH, Shin MS: Images in clinical medicine. Pulmonary and peritoneal ossification. N Engl J Med. 2007 Apr 26. PMID: 17460223