Ella Kazerooni

Ella A. Kazerooni, MD, MS

Terry B. Silver Collegiate Professorship in Radiology
Professor, Internal Medicine – Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Diagnostic and Clinical Information Oversight Team, University of Michigan Medical Group
Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology
Michigan Medicine
Frankel Cardiovascular Center
1500 E. Medical Center Dr, RM 5482
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5868

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Ella A. Kazerooni, MD is a Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine, and serves as the Associate Chief Clinical Officer for the Diagnostic and Clinical Information Oversight Team within the University of Michigan Medical Group (UMMG). She received her medical degree and completed her diagnostic radiology residency at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1992.

She has served many roles in organized radiology, including president of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Society of Thoracic Radiology, the Association of University Radiologist and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research in Radiology, a member of the American College of Radiology's Board of Chancellors and Executive Committee and Trustee of the American Board of Radiology. She is the inaugural chair of the American Cancer Society’s Lung Cancer Screening Roundtable, dedicated to creating lung cancer survivors through early detection and screening, improvements and access to modern diagnostics and treatments. 

She is a frequently invited guest speaker at academic institutions and national/international meetings with expertise in lung cancer screening, and both interstitial and obstructive lung diseases is sought after by professional organizations developing multispecialty guidelines in radiology, pulmonary medicine and cardiovascular diseases with organizations such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the National Quality Foundation. She currently is the Executive Sponsor of lung cancer screening activities of the ACR, where she also chairs the lung cancer screening registry and the Lung-RADS committee, and serves as the vice-chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guideline on Lung Cancer Screening.

Dr. Kazerooni enjoys collaborating with her colleagues in multidisciplinary teams and helping junior faculty, fellows and residents develop their academic careers, is active in several career development programs, and has received both the Teacher of the Year Award and the Mentor of the Year Award from the radiology residents at the University of Michigan. As founding Chair of Radiology's Service Excellence Committee, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a Department wide Service Excellence program, which involves staff and faculty in all clinical and non-clinical areas, including research, billing and IT. Radiology's patient satisfaction surveys scores increased across all modalities and service locations, with the Department receiving the highest scores across the entire U-M Health System. In her current role as the Associate Chief Clinical Officer for the Diagnostic and Clinical Information Oversight Team with UMMG, she is defining the field of “diagnostic medicine,” both for clinical operations and access and availability to integrated diagnostic content for medical decision making.

Dr. Kazerooni has received numerous awards and honors. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology, and the Society of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance. She has received the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of University Radiologists and Society of Thoracic Radiology, Madame Curie Award from the American Association of Women Radiologists, Leadership Inspiration Award from the Society of Thoracic Radiology, Early Distinguished Career award from the University of Michigan Medical School's Alumni Society, Achievement Award from the Radiology Alliance of Health Services Research, and Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award from Linkage.


University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center Member
University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Member
Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation Member

Areas of Interest

Dr. Kazerooni's clinical and research interests focuses on advanced CT and MR applications; technology assessment and outcomes research; patient care operations, quality and safety. With a Masters Degree in Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis, her research focuses on the development and evaluation of advanced imaging technologies as applied to cardiothoracic diseases and screening, including lung cancer screening, interstitial lung disease, emphysema, lung transplantation, pulmonary vascular disease, and cardiovascular CT and MR. This includes evaluating the technologies at several levels, from safety to validity and reliability, reader agreement and impact on medical decision making. As Chair of the Committee on Lung Cancer Screening for the American College of Radiology, she has worked to bring the science of lung cancer screening to safe and effective clinical practice, spearheading the development of LungRADS structured reporting and management, the ACR-STR practice parameter for performing and interpreting lung cancer screening CT and the ACR designated lung cancer screening program as part of CT accreditation, and leads the ACR's efforts in advocacy for coverage and reimbursement to bring this life saving test to patients, and the American Cancer Society’s national roundtable, with the aim of creating lung cancer survivors.


Medical School or Training

  • University of Michigan Medical School, 1988


  • University of Michigan Health System, Diagnostic Radiology, MI, 1992


  • Thoracic Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical Sch, 1992

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow 
  • American Roengten Ray Society
  • Society of Thoracic Radiology
  • Society of Body Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, Fellow
  • American College of Radiology, Fellow
  • Michigan Radiological Society
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Association of University Radiologists
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Board Certification

  • Diagnostic Radiology