Cory Pfeifer, M.D., M.P.H.FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Pediatric Radiology Division.

Dr. Pfeifer holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, as well as an additional bachelor's degree in justice studies. He also obtained a master's degree in microbiology, cell, and molecular biology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and completed his radiology residency training at the University of Kansas in Wichita, Kansas. He then received advanced training through fellowship programs in pediatric radiology at UT Southwestern and in pediatric neuroradiology at Phoenix Children's Hospital in affiliation with the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology and pediatric radiology, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Pfeifer serves on the Radiation Safety Advisory Committee, and is a faculty member for the Clinician Educator Research Track.

At Children's Health, he chairs the MRI Safety Committee, and directs the MRI Safety Program. He is board certified as an MR Medical Director by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety.

Dr. Pfeifer is an active member of several national and international professional organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Radiology, for which he serves as a member of the Child Abuse Imaging Committee as well as the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee. He has acted as a reviewer for national policies related to child abuse imaging for both the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Pfeifer's research interests include pediatric neuroradiology, forensic radiology, health care policy, and medical education. He has co-authored more than 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical journals since 2016 and acts as a reviewer for five of these journals. 

He is a co-author of more than 100 scholarly projects presented at regional and national meetings since 2016. In 2018, he was an invited speaker for national annual meetings of the Association of University Radiologists, the Society for Pediatric Radiology. For the Radiology Research Alliance, he serves as chair of the 2019 task force on the evolving status of radiology fellowship programs.


Medical School
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (2010)
University of Kansas School of Medicine (2011), Internal Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine (2015), Diagnostic Radiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016), Pediatric Radiology
Phoenix Children's Hospital (2017), Pediatric Neuroradiology

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement
    Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (2019)
  • Golden Apple Award (Children's Health)
    UT Southwestern (2019)
  • Outstanding Clinical Education Poster
    American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Radiology (2019)
  • Memorial Award
    Association of University Radiologists (2017)
  • Resident Teacher of the Year
    University of Kansas-Wesley Family Medicine (2015)
  • Roentgen Research Award
    Radiological Society of North America (2015)
  • Best Poster Honorable Mention
    Southwestern Association for Clinical Microbiology (2013)
  • Podalirian Award
    University of Oklahoma (2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Association of University Radiologists
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Radiology Research Alliance
  • Society for Pediatric Radiology