Cecelia Brewington, M.D.

Cecelia Brewington, M.D.

Vice Chair, Community & Clinical Outreach; Interim Vice Chair, Clinical Operations

  • Radiology - General
  • Cardiac Disease Screening
  • Urinary Incontinence Screening


Cecelia C. Brewington, M.D., FACR, is a Professor in the Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Brewington leads the Diagnostic Radiology program, which serves patients both at UT Southwestern in Dallas and in the community.

Certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology, she also serves as Medical Director of UT Southwestern’s CT Lung Cancer Screening Program.

In addition to her clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Brewington holds a number of administrative roles, including serving as Chair of the Medical Center’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Utilization High-Cost Imaging Committee.

Dr. Brewington’s research interests include 3-D ultrasound evaluation of urinary incontinence treatments and computed tomography (CT) lung perfusion.

She has published a number of scholarly articles and delivered many national and international presentations related to her specialty.

Dr. Brewington’s honors include the Radiological Society of North America’s 2011 Certificate of Merit and the Society of Thoracic Radiology’s 2015 Jack Westcott Award.

She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1996.

Dr. Brewington earned her medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She completed both a diagnostic radiology residency and a diagnostic body imaging fellowship at UT Southwestern.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Roentgen Ray Society, and Texas Radiological Society, among other professional organizations. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 2018.

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Meet Dr. Brewington

Diagnostic Radiologist in Dallas

As someone who strives to lead a purposeful and meaningful life, helping others as a physician has been a realization of a life goal for Cecelia Brewington, M.D. She knew early in her medical training that she’d found an excellent way to continue to expand on that goal through radiology.

“Because diagnostic radiology deals with early detection and treatment, it marries my desire to help patients get better with my interest in the ever-changing and improving medical radiologic technology,” says Dr. Brewington, who leads UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Diagnostic Radiology team.

Using an array of advanced imaging technologies, Dr. Brewington and her team evaluate and diagnose conditions ranging from urinary incontinence to broken bones and cancer; screen patients for conditions that include cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer; perform presurgical assessments; and evaluate postsurgical complications.

Dr. Brewington also serves as Co-Medical Director for UT Southwestern’s CT Lung Cancer Screening Program, aimed at identifying precancerous lesions in people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer.

In addition, she is an administrator, overseeing her team’s activities both in the community and at the hospital.

“From quality assurance to program development, my goal is to make sure our program is always geared toward efficiently providing patients with the highest-quality care,” she says.

Dr. Brewington believes that compassion is another critical part of her profession.

“People are most vulnerable when they’re sick or afraid, and as physicians, I think we have a responsibility to be empathetic and responsive,” she says. “That’s when we can really use our skills to help someone else.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Univ of Nebraska
  • Internship - Parkland Health & Hospital System (1991-1992), Diagnostic Radiology
  • Residency - Parkland Health & Hospital System (1992-1995), Diagnostic Radiology
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1995-1996), Body Imaging
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Radiology - Colon Cancer Committee
  • High Value Practice Academic Alliance
  • National Radiology Data Registry CTC Registry Committee
  • Society for Abdominal Radiology
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICAVL) at UT Southwestern Ultrasound
  • American College of Radiology, Profession organization of Radiology
  • Texas Radiological Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • American Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • Certificate of Merit 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting 2011, Radiological Society of North America
  • Jack Westcott Award 2015, Society of Thoracic Radiology
  • UTSW Black History Month Recognition 2016, Office of Faculty Diversity and Development
  • THORACIC PAPER AWARD WINNER "CT Perfusion as a Biomarker for Lung Cancers Containing Genetic Mutations" 2018, MD Anderson Cancer Clinic
Books & Publications
  • CT lung perfusion
  • 3-D ultrasound evaluation of urinary incontinence treatments

Clinical Focus

  • Cardiac Disease Screening
  • Urinary Incontinence Screening
  • Screening for Lung Cancer
  • Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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Q&A by Dr. Brewington

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