Radiology Personnel

Karen Ordovas, M.D.

Section Chief

Cardiothoracic Imaging


Karen Ordovas, MD, MAS is a Professor of Radiology, Section Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging at the University of Washington. She specializes in advanced Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging, in particular cardiovascular MR and CT. She received her medical degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and completed her residency in Radiology at the Instituto de Cardiologia do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She has completed research and clinical fellowships in Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and earned a Masters Degree in clinical research from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. She is a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular MRI (SCMR), American Heart Association, and North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (NASCI).

In addition to serving at the SCMR Executive Board , Dr. Ordovas is deeply engaged in the main radiology and cardiology societies on her field. She is currently the immediate past-president of NASCI, Chair of the American College of Radiology Cardiology Research Committee, and Chair of the RSNA cardiac scientific program subcommittee.

Dr. Ordovas’ research interests include establishing evidence-based applications for coronary CMR and CCT in several clinical settings, with emphasis on non-ischemic cardiomyopathies, women cardiovascular diseases, and adults with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Ordovas has 90 peer-reviewed articles and 26 book chapters. Her articles have appeared in the Radiology journal, the American Journal of Cardiology, the JACC Cardiovascular Journal, and Stroke: A Journal of Cerebral Circulation.

Recent Publications

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Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) guidance for re-activation of cardiovascular magnetic resonance practice after peak phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
Allen B.D., Wong T.C., Bucciarelli-Ducci C., Bryant J., Chen T., Dall'Armellina E., Finn J.P., Fontana M., Francone M., Han Y., Hays A.G., Jacob R., Lawton C., Manning W.J., Ordovas K., Parwani P., Plein S., Powell A.J., Raman S.V., Salerno M., Carr J.C.
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2020 Aug

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tissue Characterization in Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathies
Rodriguez-Ortiz J., Abuzaid A., Brian A.E., Ordovas K.
Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2020 Aug

Statement from the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging on imaging strategies to reduce the scarcity of healthcare resources during the COVID-19 outbreak
Kicska G., Litmanovich D.E., Ordovas K.G., Young P.M., Dennie C., Truong Q.A., Abbara S., Kirsch J.
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2020 Aug:1387-1393

Computed tomography guided sizing for transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement
Curran L., Agrawal H., Kallianos K., Kheiwa A., Lin S., Ordovas K., Mahadevan V.S.
IJC Heart and Vasculature. 2020 Aug

Adult Presentation of Congenital Heart Disease
Blissett S., Lin S., Mahadevan V., Ordovas K.
Seminars in Roentgenology. 2020 Jul:251-263

Dedicated Diagnostic Radiology/Radiation Oncology Rounds: Added Value Beyond Traditional Tumor Boards
Kallianos K.G., Muhoozi B.N., Gottschalk A., Yom S.S., Chan J.W., Henry T.S., Elicker B.M., Ordovas K.G., Naeger D.M.
Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. 2020 Jul:248-253

Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) guidance for the practice of cardiovascular magnetic resonance during the COVID-19 pandemic
Han Y., Chen T., Bryant J., Bucciarelli-Ducci C., Dyke C., Elliott M.D., Ferrari V.A., Friedrich M.G., Lawton C., Manning W.J., Ordovas K., Plein S., Powell A.J., Raman S.V., Carr J.
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2020 Apr

How to Measure the Aorta Using MRI: A Practical Guide
van Hout M.J., Scholte A.J., Juffermans J.F., Westenberg J.J., Zhong L., Zhou X., Schalla S.M., Hope M.D., Bremerich J., Kramer C.M., Dewey M., Ordovas K.G., Bluemke D.A., Lamb H.J.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2020 Jan

Collaborative Opportunities for Radiology Quality Improvement Projects
Raghavan K., Hicks R.M., Kohli M.D., Kolli K.P., Itri J.N., Seidenwurm D.J., Ordovas K.G.
Academic Radiology. 2020 Jan

Artificial Intelligence Pipeline for Risk Prediction in Cardiovascular Imaging
Ordovas K.G., Seo Y.
Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2020 Jan