Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Radiology and Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at UT Southwestern. He also holds the Jack Reynolds, M.D., Chair in Radiology, and is Co-Leader of the Kidney Cancer Program at the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

My passion about Radiology relies on the joy of continuously acquiring new knowledge in different areas of medicine, physics, and technology while maintaining a real appreciation about the privilege and responsibility of being part of a team of physicians who help that person behind the picture feel better.

Originally from Spain, Dr. Pedrosa earned his medical degree at the University Complutense in Madrid and completed his radiology residency training at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid. He then received advanced training in trauma and emergency radiology through a fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, and in Body MRI through a fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Before joining the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2011, Dr. Pedrosa served as an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Body MRI.

Research and clinical practice

As a body imager and clinical researcher, Dr. Pedrosa focuses on developing new MRI techniques to support translational research efforts in different diseases of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. His primary areas of interest include kidney and prostate cancer; liver, pancreatic and biliary disease; and imaging of the gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Pedrosa’s NIH-funded translational research program in kidney cancer focuses on implementing novel MRI techniques for identification of vascular MRI measures that correlate to aggressiveness and molecular measures of angiogenesis, and the measures of tumor perfusion as an indicator of initial and acquired resistance to antiangiogenic therapies in metastatic disease.

Investigating novel imaging techniques

Dr. Pedrosa has served as principal investigator and co-investigator in a number of clinical trials assessing novel imaging approaches. The overarching goal of his research is to translate novel imaging techniques into the clinical setting for more accurate diagnosis and robust evaluation of disease severity of different pathologies in the torso to improve patient outcomes. This is emphasized through the development and implementation of multiparametric MRI protocols that rely on robust and reproducible quantitative imaging strategies. These efforts provide the basis for data-driven optimization of clinical imaging protocols, including endorectal coil 3T prostate MRI, renal mass characterization, and diffuse liver disease.

Dr. Pedrosa is an active member of numerous national and international societies, including the Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SCBT/MR), International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (ISMRM), Radiological Society if North America (RSNA), American College of Radiology, Sociedad Española de Radiología Medica, European Society of Radiology, American Urological Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He currently serves as a scientific advisor for a recipient of the RSNA research scholar grant and has served in multiple society committees, including as a member of the ISMRM’s Annual Meeting Program Committee, Young Investigator Committee, and Educational Committee; and as chair of the SCBT/MR’s Scientific Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network’s (ACRIN) Experimental Imaging Science Committee and the Renal Cancer Task Force of the Genitourinary Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute.

Educating, editing and lecturing

In addition to authoring more than 130 peer-reviewed works and 35 additions and chapters to other texts, Dr. Pedrosa serves as a reviewer for multiple medical and scientific journals, including Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, Cancer, Radiographics, Journal of Urology, and Clinical Cancer Research. He has served as a visiting professor at universities and medical centers within the U.S. and abroad, and has also been invited to speak at more than 90 national and international conferences.

As a dedicated radiology educator and mentor, Dr. Pedrosa received the Teacher of the Year Award at Beth Israel Medical Center (2005) and the Golden Apple Award at UT Southwestern (2014). He has also served as senior mentor of many trainees who have received awards, including the Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award for the best manuscript on radiology education from the Association of University Radiologists (2006), the RSNA Trainee Research Prize (2012, 2015), and the Lauterbur Award for the best MRI abstract (2012, 2015) and Resoundant Innovation Award (2015) from the SCBT/MR.

Personal note

Dr. Pedrosa is passionate about cooking for his family and friends and watching movies, including classic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age.


MD Anderson Cancer Center (1993), Research
Medical School
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1994)
Hospital Universitario San Carlos (1995), Family Medicine
Hospital Universitario San Carlos (2000), Diagnostic Radiology
Jackson Memorial Hospital (2001), Trauma/emergency Radiology
Body MRI Fellowship Prog. -Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (2002), Body Imaging

Clinical Interest

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Angiomyolipoma of Kidney
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Gastrointestinal Radiology
  • Hepatoma
  • Liver Metastasis
  • MR Angiography
  • MRI
  • MRI Genitourinary
  • MRI Pelvis
  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Uroradiology

Pancreatic Cancer Prevention

Research Interest

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Novel MRI techniques for physiologic assessment of abdominal/pelvic disease
  • Pancreas and Biliary Disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Tumor Necrosis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging Correlates With Aggressive Histology and Disease Progression in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Beddy P, Genega EM, Ngo L, Hindman N, Wei J, Bullock A, Bhatt RS, Atkins MB, Pedrosa I Clin Genitourin Cancer 2013 Oct
Improved short tau inversion recovery (iSTIR) for increased tumor conspicuity in the abdomen.
Madhuranthakam AJ, Lee KS, Yassin A, Brittain JH, Pedrosa I, Rofsky NM, Alsop DC MAGMA 2013 Sep
Diagnosis of relevant prostate cancer using supplementary cores from magnetic resonance imaging-prompted areas following multiple failed biopsies.
Costa DN, Bloch BN, Yao DF, Sanda MG, Ngo L, Genega EM, Pedrosa I, Dewolf WC, Rofsky NM Magn Reson Imaging 2013 Apr
Prognostic implications of the magnetic resonance imaging appearance in papillary renal cell carcinoma.
Rosenkrantz AB, Sekhar A, Genega EM, Melamed J, Babb JS, Patel AD, Lo A, Najarian RM, Ahmed M, Pedrosa I Eur Radiol 2013 Feb 23 2 579-87
In vitro MR imaging of renal stones with an ultra-short echo time magnetic resonance imaging sequence.
Yassin A, Pedrosa I, Kearney M, Genega E, Rofsky NM, Lenkinski RE Acad Radiol 2012 Dec 19 12 1566-72
Arterial spin-labeling MR imaging of renal masses: correlation with histopathologic findings.
Lanzman RS, Robson PM, Sun MR, Patel AD, Mentore K, Wagner AA, Genega EM, Rofsky NM, Alsop DC, Pedrosa I Radiology 2012 Dec 265 3 799-808
Angiomyolipoma with minimal fat: can it be differentiated from clear cell renal cell carcinoma by using standard MR techniques?
Hindman N, Ngo L, Genega EM, Melamed J, Wei J, Braza JM, Rofsky NM, Pedrosa I Radiology 2012 Nov 265 2 468-77
Prediction of prostate cancer extracapsular extension with high spatial resolution dynamic contrast-enhanced 3-T MRI.
Bloch BN, Genega EM, Costa DN, Pedrosa I, Smith MP, Kressel HY, Ngo L, Sanda MG, Dewolf WC, Rofsky NM Eur Radiol 2012 Oct 22 10 2201-10
Pneumonitis associated with mTOR inhibitors therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: incidence, radiographic findings and correlation with clinical outcome.
Dabydeen DA, Jagannathan JP, Ramaiya N, Krajewski K, Schutz FA, Cho DC, Pedrosa I, Choueiri TK Eur. J. Cancer 2012 Jul 48 10 1519-24
Clinical implications of mucinous nonneoplastic cysts of the pancreas.
Nadig SN, Pedrosa I, Goldsmith JD, Callery MP, Vollmer CM Pancreas 2012 Apr 41 3 441-6

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Merit (Senior Mentor)
    Radiological Society of North America (2016)
  • Certificate of Merit (Senior Mentor)
    Radiological Society of North America (2015)
  • Lauterbur Award for Best Scientific Abstract (Senior Mentor)
    Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2015)
  • Resident Trainee Research Prize (Senior Mentor)
    Radiological Society of North America (2015)
  • Resoundant Innovation Award (Senior Mentor)
    Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2015)
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Special Distinction
    Radiology (2014)
  • Gold Apple Award
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014)
  • Fellow
    Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2011)
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Distinction in Reviewing
    Radiology (2009)
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Special Distinction
    Radiology (2008)
  • Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award
    Association of University Radiologists (2006)
  • Norman Joffe, MD Award
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year Award
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • Dallas County Medical Society/Texas Medical Association
  • European Society of Radiology
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • New England Roentgen Ray Society
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Sociedad Española de Radiología Medica (SERAM)
  • Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SCBT/MR)
  • Texas Radiological Society