Suhny Abbara, M.D., is Professor of Radiology and Chief of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Division at UT Southwestern, and Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging at Parkland Health & Hospital System. His clinical interests include cardiovascular imaging and lung cancer screening.

I am passionate about cardiothoracic imaging because of the positive impact it has on our patients' lives. It pinpoints medical conditions and enables the delivery of personalized, precision medicine.

Originally from Germany, Dr. Abbara received his medical degree from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. He then completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and in surgery at the University of Hawaii Surgical Residency Program in Honolulu. He then received advanced training in cardiac imaging through a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Before joining the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2013, Dr. Abbara was Director of Clinical Cardiac Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of Education for the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Computed Tomography (CT) Program and an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Research and clinical practice

Dr. Abbara focuses his research on cardiac CT and its uses in surgical procedures, identification of imaging biomarkers to predict post-procedure outcomes, and spectral detector CT. In the clinical setting, he specializes in thoracic imaging, cardiac MRI and cardiac CTA as well as coronary calcium scoring, an imaging test that helps determine whether an asymptomatic patient is at low, intermediate, or high risk for heart attack.

Dr. Abbara is an active member of numerous national and international societies, including the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, for which he serves on the executive committee and is the president elect (president 7/2018-2019), and the American College of Radiology, for which he chairs the Appropriateness Criteria expert panels on Cardiac Imaging. Dr. Abbara is past president of the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is also an active member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Thoracic Imaging, Dallas County Medical Society, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, Texas Radiological Society, Texas Medical Association and the Radiological Society of North America.

Educating, editing and lecturing

Dr. Abbara has authored or co-authored more than 275 peer-reviewed publications, six textbooks and numerous book chapters. He currently serves as Editor of Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, a specialy publication of the Radiological Society of North America. He is the former Associate Editor of the Journal for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, and currently serves on the Editorial Board member for the Journal of Thoracic Imaging and other journals. Dr. Abbara has been invited to present lectures at an array of medical and educational institutions throughout North America, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Emory University in Atlanta, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the University of Ottawa in Canada, Georgetown University, Ignacio Chavez National Heart Institute in Mexico City, the University of Toronto in Canada, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of Colorado in Denver.


Medical School
Heinrich-Heine University (1995)
Heinrich-Heine University (1997), Vascular Surgery
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2000), Radiology
University of Hawaii Integrated Surgical Residency Program (2001), Surgery
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2002), Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital (2003), Cardiac Imaging

Research Interest

  • Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Identification of Imaging Biomarkers to predict post surgical and post minimally invasive procedure outcomes and to predict anesthesia outcomes
  • Lung Cancer Screening and Early Detection
  • Single Energy, Dual Layer Spectral Computed Tomography (CT) and Dual Energy CT


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Cardiac Imaging: The Requisites / Edition 3

Stephen W. Miller, MD, Suhny Abbara, MD, Lawrence Boxt, MD (Ed.) (2009). Elsevier Health Sciences

Diagnostic Imaging: Cardiovascular, 1st edition

Suhny Abbara MD and Thomas G. Walker MD (Ed.) (2008). Salt Lake City, UT, AMIRSYS, Elsevier Saunders

PocketRadiologist - Cardiac

Brady, Grist, Westra, Wicky, Abbara (2003). Salt Lake City, UT, AMIRSYS

Honors & Awards

  • Honored Educator Award
    Radiological Society of North America (2017)
  • FACR
    American College of Radiology (2016)
  • Golden Apple Award
    UTSW Department of Radiology (2016)
  • Certificate of Merit
    Radiological Society of North America (2015)
  • Honored Educator Award
    Radiological Society of North America (2014)
  • Volunteer Service Award
    American Board of Radiology (2014)
  • Certificate of Merit
    Radiological Society of North America (2013)
  • Editor's Recognition Award
    RadioGraphics (2013)
  • Fellow
    Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (2011)
  • Certificate of Merit
    Radiological Society of North America (2010)
  • Cum Laude Awards (2)
    Radiological Society of North America (2009)
  • Editors' Recognition Award for Distinction in Reviewing
    Journal of Thoracic Imaging (2009)
  • Top 10 Cited Papers
    European Journal of Radiology (2008)
  • Cum Laude Award
    Radiological Society of North America (2007)
  • Cum Laude Award
    Society of Thoracic Radiology (2007)
  • Editors' Recognition Award for Outstanding Service as a Reviewer
    European Journal of Radiology (2006)
  • Outstanding Academic Research Award
    Siemens (2006)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Radiological Society of North America (2005)
  • Executive Council Award
    American Roentgen Ray Society (2003)
  • Partners in Excellence Award
    Massachusetts General Hospital (2003)
  • Chief Resident, Department of Radiology
    Georgetown University (2001)
  • Homer L. Twigg Outstanding Resident Award
    Georgetown University (2000)
  • Nycomed Amersham Fellowship Award
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine/Nycomed Amersham (1999)
  • Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award
    Radiological Society of North America (1999)
  • Cum Laude Certificate for Dissertation
    University of Düsseldorf, Germany (1996)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • New England Roentgen Ray Society
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society for Thoracic Imaging
  • Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Radiological Society