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David Fetzer, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Abdominal Imaging Division. He serves as the Medical Director of Ultrasound at both UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

I have the pleasure of working with very high-quality technologists at UT Southwestern. Their dedication to patient care makes my job that much easier.

Dr. Fetzer holds a bachelor's degree in imaging science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UT Health Science Center at Houston, and then completed radiology residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he remained to receive advanced training through a fellowship program in abdominal imaging.

His complimentary background in imaging science and interest in translational research constitute the basis for his work in multimodality testing and quantitative imaging, particularly in metabolic, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, thyroid, and lymph node imaging.

Before joining the faculty in 2014, Dr. Fetzer taught radiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has published a number of scholarly articles and case reports, and he serves as a reviewer for publications that include Abdominal ImagingPLOS ONE, and BioMed Research International.

Dr. Fetzer is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR).

His professional recognitions include being named a 2015 Distinguished Reviewer for Abdominal Imaging by the SAR, and earning the 2013 Roentgen Fellow Research Award and 2012 Roentgen Resident Research Award – both from the RSNA Research and Education Foundation. In 2019, UT Southwestern Medical Center presented him with a Rising Star Award, part of the university's Leaders in Clinical Excellence awards, for "exceptional early-career clinical faculty whose actions and activities consistently exemplify enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and leadership."


Medical School
UT Health Science Center at Houston (2008)
UT Health Science Center McGovern Medical School (2009), Transitional Year
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2013), Diagnostic Radiology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2014), F

Research Interest

  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound, particularly in chronic liver disease
  • Non-rigid image registration in dynamic post-contrast imaging
  • Quantitative imaging in chronic liver disease
  • Spectral CT, applications in hepatic, renal, and pancreatic diseases
  • Ultrasound elastography in thyroid, lymph node, and liver imaging


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Measurement of skeletal muscle area: Comparison of CT and MR imaging.
Sinelnikov A, Qu C, Fetzer DT, Pelletier JS, Dunn MA, Tsung A, Furlan A Eur J Radiol 2016 Oct 85 10 1716-21
Hepatic sarcoidosis in patients presenting with liver dysfunction: imaging appearance, pathological correlation and disease evolution.
Fetzer DT, Rees MA, Dasyam AK, Tublin ME Eur Radiol 2016 Jan
Infiltrative Hepatocellular Carcinoma: What Radiologists Need to Know.
Reynolds AR, Furlan A, Fetzer DT, Sasatomi E, Borhani AA, Heller MT, Tublin ME Radiographics 2015 Mar-Apr 35 2 371-386
Liver transplantation arrests and reverses muscle wasting.
Bergerson JT, Lee JG, Furlan A, Sourianarayanane A, Fetzer DT, Tevar AD, Landsittel DP, DiMartini AF, Dunn MA Clin Transplant 2014 Dec
Assessing response to treatment in non--small-cell lung cancer: role of tumor volume evaluated by computed tomography.
Knollmann FD, Kumthekar R, Fetzer D, Socinski MA Clin Lung Cancer 2014 Mar 15 2 103-9
Short-term mortality in acute pulmonary embolism: clot burden and signs of right heart dysfunction at CT pulmonary angiography.
Furlan A, Aghayev A, Chang CC, Patil A, Jeon KN, Park B, Fetzer DT, Saul M, Roberts MS, Bae KT Radiology 2012 Oct 265 1 283-93
Imaging of neurologic conditions during pregnancy and the perinatal period.
Delfyett WT, Fetzer DT Neurol Clin 2012 Aug 30 3 791-822
Computed tomographic cholangiography in living liver transplant donors: factors determining the degree of contrast enhancement.
Fetzer DT, Furlan A, Wang JH, Kantartzis S, Sholosh B, Bae KT J Comput Assist Tomogr 2011 Nov-Dec 35 6 716-22
Does colon cancer ever metastasize to bone first? a temporal analysis of colorectal cancer progression.
Roth ES, Fetzer DT, Barron BJ, Joseph UA, Gayed IW, Wan DQ BMC Cancer 2009 9 274
The HIPAA privacy rule and protected health information: implications in research involving DICOM image databases.
Fetzer DT, West OC Acad Radiol 2008 Mar 15 3 390-5

Honors & Awards

  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Rising Star Award
    UT Southwestern (2019)
  • Resident Conference of the Month
    UT Southwestern Medical School Radiology Residency (2016)
  • Top Score Poster
    International Liver Cancer Association Annual Meeting (2016)
  • Distinguished Reviewer for Abdominal Imaging
    Journal of Abdominal Imaging (2015)
  • Resident Conference of the Month
    UT Southwestern Medical School Radiology Residency (2015)
  • SCBT-MR Innovation Award
    Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (2015)
  • Roentgen Fellow Research Award
    RSNA Research and Education Foundation (2013)
  • Roentgen Resident Research Award
    RSNA Research and Education Foundation (2012)
  • Best Case in Gastrointestinal Imaging
    American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (2011)
  • Cum Laude Education Exhibit Award
    RSNA 97th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2011)
  • Memorial Award for Research in Radiology
    Association for University Radiologists 54th Annual Meeting (2006)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of Abdominal Radiology
  • Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
  • Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound
  • Texas Medical Association