47577-Chong, Suzanne

Suzanne Chong, MD, MS

Professor of Clinical Radiology & Imaging Sciences

EF 100
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Chong has over 20 years of clinical experience in diagnostic radiology, with subspecializations in emergency and abdominal radiology.  After finishing her undergraduate and medical degrees in Philadelphia and residency in Pittsburgh, she completed a fellowship in abdominal cross-sectional imaging at the University of Michigan, joined the faculty at UM, and completed a master’s degree in clinical research and statistical design. She served as division director of the UM emergency radiology division for a decade before joining the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at IU School of Medicine in 2019. She has been awarded several research grants, and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, five book chapters, multiple invited reviews, and more than 80 educational exhibits presented to national meetings. She has won numerous awards for teaching and educational presentations and has given over 90 national and international lectures.

Dr. Chong serves as the emergency radiology division representative to the IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences' Quality and Safety Committee. She is a deputy editor for the Academic Radiology journal and a manuscript reviewer for several radiology journals.  She serves on the executive committee for the American Society of Emergency Radiology and chairs the emergency radiology committee in the American College of Radiology.  She was inducted as a Fellow for the American Society for Emergency Radiology in 2018. Dr. Chong’s research interests focus on the intersections of emergency radiology, practice management, quality improvement, and diagnostic accuracy.

Key Publications

Chong, ST, Thrall JH Fessell D. Addressing Burnout: A Model Based Approach. J Am Coll Radiol 2021; 18 (5): 669-674.

Lee JT, Slade E, Uyeda J, Steenburg S, Chong S, Tsai R, Raptis D, Linnau KF, Chinapuvvula NR, Dattwyler MP, Duga A, Baghdanian A, Flink C, Baghdanian A, LeBedis CA. American Society of Emergency Radiology Multicenter Blunt Splenic Trauma Study: CT and Clinical Findings. Radiology 2021; 299 (1): 122-130.

Davenport MS, Khalatbari, S, Keshavarzi N, Connolly M, Kocher KE, Chong ST, Srinivasan A. Differences in outcome associated with individual radiologists for emergency department patients with headache imaged with computed tomography: a retrospective cohort study of 25,596 patients. Am J Roentgenol 2020; 214 (5); 1122-1130.

Chong ST, Robinson JD, Davis MA, Bruno MA, Roberge EA, Reddy S, Pyatt RS, Friedberg EB. Emergency Radiology: Current Challenges and Preparing for Continued Growth. J Am Coll Radiol 2019; 16: 1447-1455.

Lee MJ, Wright A, Cline M, Mazza M, Alves T, Chong ST. Pelvic Fractures and Associated Genitourinary and Vascular Injuries: A Multisystem Review of Pelvic Trauma. Am J Roentgen 2019; 213: 1297-1306. 

Friedberg E, Chong ST, Pyatt R, Ferrara S, Strong B, Nicola G, Bozman R, Duszak R. Unifying the Silos of Subspecialized Radiology: The Essential Role of the General Radiologist. J Am Coll Radiol 2018; 15: 1158-1163.

Gaetke- Udager K, Knoepp US, Maturen KE, Leschied JR, Chong ST, Klein KA, Kazerooni E. A Women in Radiology Group Fosters Career Development for Faculty and Trainees. Am J Roentgenol 2018; 211 (W1-W5).

Davenport MS, Khalatbari S, Ellis JH, Cohan RH, Chong ST, Kocher KE. Novel Quality Indicators for Radiologists Interpreting Abdominopelvic CT Images: Risk-adjusted Outcomes Among Emergency Department Patients with Right Lower Quadrant Pain. Am J Roentgenol 2018; 201 (6): 1292-1300.

Dillman J, Gadepalli S, Sroufe N, Davenport M, Smith E, Chong ST, Mazza M, Strouse P.  Equivocal Pediatric Appendicitis: Unenhanced MR Imaging Protocol for Nonsedated Children- a Clinical Effectiveness Study. Radiology 2016; 279(1): 216-25.

Chong ST, Cherry-Bukowiec J, Willatt J, Kielar AZ. Renal Trauma: Imaging Evaluation and Implications for Clinical Management. Abdom Radiol 2016 Aug; 41(8): 1565-79.

Chong ST, Ellis JH, Cohan RC, Knoepp U, Langley T, Lau D, Khalatbari S. Abdominopelvic Hemorrhage: Correlation of CT Positivity and Clinical Parameters with the Subsequent Decision to Perform Blood Transfusion. Abdom Radiol 2015; 40(8): 3348-53.

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Education
    2009 MS University of Michigan
    2006 FEL Abdominal Imaging, CT, MRI, US, University of Michigan Hospital
    2005 RES Diagnostic Imaging, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
    2000 MD Temple University
    1994 BA Bryn Mawr College
  • Professional Organizations
    American Association for Women in Radiology
    American College of Radiology (ACR)
    American Roentgen Ray Society
    American Society of Emergency Radiology
    Association of University Radiologists
    Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Radiology - Radiology
  • Clinical Interests
    Trauma imaging 
    Nontraumatic abdominal emergencies 
    Genitourinary emergencies
    Women’s imaging
  • Awards
    Org: RSNA
    Desc: Magna Cum Laude, Educational Exhibit for “Recognizing Unusual and Atypical Patterns of Acute Stroke in the ED”
    Scope: National
    Date: 2018-01-01
    Org: ACR
    Desc: Gold Merit Award, Quality and Safety for "Out of the Trenches and into the Fire: Value-added Imaging in the Multisystem Trauma”
    Scope: National
    Date: 2016-01-01
    Org: American Society of Emergency Radiology
    Desc: Summa Cum Laude, Educational Exhibit for “Recognizing, Leveraging, and Avoiding MRI Artifacts in Neuroimaging in the ED”
    Scope: National
    Date: 2015-01-01
    Org: RSNA
    Desc: Magna Cum Laude, Educational Exhibit for "Facial Smash: Review of Maxillofacial Trauma"
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-01-01

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