Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., Ph.D.

Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., Ph.D.

Interim Vice Chair, Radiology Research

  • Jack Reynolds, M.D., Chair in Radiology
  • Radiology - MR
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer


Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Radiology and Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Jack Reynolds, M.D., Chair in Radiology and is co-leader of the Kidney Cancer Program at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Originally from Spain, Dr. Pedrosa earned his medical degree at the University Complutense in Madrid and completed his radiology residency at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid. He received advanced training in trauma and emergency radiology through a fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, and in Body MRI through a fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2011, Dr. Pedrosa served as an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and was Director of Body MRI.

Research and clinical practice

As a body imager and clinical researcher, Dr. Pedrosa focuses on developing new MRI techniques to support translational research efforts in different diseases of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. His primary areas of interest include kidney and prostate cancer; liver, pancreatic, and biliary disease; and imaging of the gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Pedrosa’s National Institutes of Health-funded translational research program in kidney cancer focuses on implementing novel MRI techniques that can provide information about the aggressiveness of renal tumors without having to perform a biopsy.

Investigating novel imaging techniques

Dr. Pedrosa has served as principal investigator and co-investigator in a number of clinical trials assessing novel imaging approaches. The overarching goal of his research is to translate novel imaging techniques into the clinical setting for more accurate diagnosis and robust evaluation of disease severity of different pathologies in the torso to improve patient outcomes. This is emphasized through the development and implementation of multiparametric MRI protocols that rely on robust and reproducible quantitative imaging strategies. These efforts provide the basis for data-driven optimization of clinical imaging protocols.

Educating, editing, and lecturing

In addition to authoring more than 130 peer-reviewed works and 35 additions and chapters to other texts, Dr. Pedrosa serves as a reviewer for several medical and scientific journals, including Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, Cancer, Radiographics, Journal of Urology, and Clinical Cancer Research. He has served as a visiting professor at universities and medical centers within the U.S. and abroad, and has been an invited speaker at more than 90 national and international conferences.

As a dedicated radiology educator and mentor, Dr. Pedrosa has received multiple teaching awards, including UT Southwestern’s Golden Apple Award.

He is an active member of numerous national and international societies, including the Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SCBT/MR), International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (ISMRM), Radiological Society if North America (RSNA), American College of Radiology, Sociedad Española de Radiología Médica, European Society of Radiology, American Urological Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He also serves on the American College of Radiology Imaging Network’s (ACRIN) Experimental Imaging Science Committee and the Renal Cancer Task Force of the National Cancer Institute’s Genitourinary Steering Committee.

Personal note

Dr. Pedrosa is passionate about cooking for his family and friends and watching movies, including classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - MD Anderson Cancer Center (1993-1993), Research
  • Residency - Hospital Universitario San Carlos (1995-1995), Family Medicine
  • Residency - Hospital Universitario San Carlos (1996-2000), Diagnostic Radiology
  • Fellowship - Jackson Memorial Hospital (2000-2001), Trauma/emergency Radiology
  • Fellowship - Body MRI Fellowship Prog. -Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (2001-2002), Body Imaging
  • Graduate School - Universidad de Oviedo (2013-2017)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Universiddad de Oviedo (2013-2017)
  • Medical School - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (1988-1994)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Radiology
  • Dallas County Medical Society/Texas Medical Association
  • European Society of Radiology
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • New England Roentgen Ray Society
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Sociedad Española de Radiología Medica (SERAM)
  • Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SCBT/MR)
  • Texas Radiological Society
Honors & Awards
  • Certificate of Merit (Senior Mentor) 2015, Radiological Society of North America
  • Lauterbur Award for Best Scientific Abstract (Senior Mentor) 2015, Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Resident Trainee Research Prize (Senior Mentor) 2015, Radiological Society of North America
  • Resoundant Innovation Award (Senior Mentor) 2015, Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Gold Apple Award 2014, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Fellow 2011, Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Distinction in Reviewing 2009, Radiology
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Special Distinction 2008, Radiology
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2005, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award (Senior Mentor) 2006, Association of University Radiologists
  • Norman Joffe, MD Award 2006, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Cum Laude Award (PhD Thesis) 2017, University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Books & Publications
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Novel MRI techniques for physiologic assessment of abdominal/pelvic disease
  • Pancreas and Biliary Disease

Clinical Focus

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer Prevention
  • Diagnostic Radiology

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