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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."

Education

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

Publications

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Mathematical modeling improves computed tomography diagnosis of traumatic aortic injury.
Fetzer DT, Green C, West OC Acad Radiol 2006 Oct 13 10 1244-53

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