Perry J Pickhardt MD


  • Chief, Gastrointestinal Imaging
  • Medical Director of Oncological Imaging, UW Carbone Cancer Center
  • Aunt Minnie's Most Influential Radiology Researcher for 2016
Abdominal Imaging and Intervention

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Dr. Perry J. Pickhardt graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, his hometown school,
in 1991 with a bachelor of science in physics (class rank 1/3,274). Beginning in 1991, Dr. Pickhardt
attended the University of Michigan Medical School on the HPSP Scholarship Program and graduated with
his doctor of medicine in 1995 (Hewlett-Packard Award as a top graduate). From 1995-1999, he was a
resident in diagnostic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University
in St. Louis. During his training in St. Louis, Dr. Pickhardt co-edited a textbook on body CT and
published a number of scientific papers. For the next four years after residency training, Dr. Pickhardt
served in the U.S. Navy, spending one year as the Department Head of Radiology, U.S. Naval Hospital
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and three years as the head of GI-GU Imaging at the National Naval Medical
Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD (twice named Teacher of the Year). He also served as an assistant
professor of radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.
Among other projects at NNMC, Dr. Pickhardt organized a large multi-center screening trial
evaluating CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) and served as the primary investigator. Dr.
Pickhardt joined the Abdominal Imaging and Intervention Section at the University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health in 2003 as an associate professor (CHS) of radiology and was
promoted to professor (CHS) in 2009. He continues to serve as the Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging.
CT colonography and colorectal cancer screening continue to be among Dr. Pickhardt's clinical
and research interests, along with machine learning/artificial intelligence, oncologic imaging,
and opportunistic CT screening. His work in abdominal imaging has resulted in over 400 scientific
publications and book chapters, as well as multiple textbooks. Among other honors, he has received
the best paper award at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology on four
occasions and was named “Most Influential Radiology Researcher” by in 2016. He has
also served as a PI on multiple NIH R01 grants. In 2017, he also assumed the title of Medical
Director of Oncologic Imaging for the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


  • Residency: Mallinckrodt Institute, Washington University — 1999
  • Medical School: University of Michigan — 1995
  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin–Madison — 1991