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Karen Ordovas, M.D.


Dr. Karen G. Ordovas is a radiologist who specializes in cardiac and pulmonary imaging, in particular cardiovascular computerized tomorgraphy (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Ordovas earned a medical degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She completed residencies in radiology in Brazil and completed a radiology fellowship at UCSF. Ordovas earned a master's degree in clinical research from the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is an assistant professor in residency in radiology at UCSF.

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  • Cardiothoracic Imaging

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Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul 1998
UCSF 2012


Instituto de Cardiologio do Rio Grande do Sul, Radiology 2000
Hospital Mae de Deus, Radiology 2001


UCSF Medical Center 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kathiria NN, Devcic Z, Chen JS, Naeger DM, Hope MD, Higgins CB, Ordovas KG. Assessment of Left Ventricular Enlargement at Multidetector Computed Tomography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2015 Aug 20.
  2. Curl PK, Kahn JG, Ordovas KG, Elicker BM, Naeger DM. Understanding Cost-Effectiveness Analyses: An Explanation Using Three Different Analyses of Lung Cancer Screening. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Aug; 205(2):344-7.
  3. Lange DC, Glidden D, Secemsky EA, Ordovas K, Deeks SG, Martin JN, Bolger AF, Hsue PY. Mitral Annular and Coronary Artery Calcification Are Associated with Mortality in HIV-Infected Individuals. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0130592.
  4. Hope MD, Hope TA, Zhu C, Faraji F, Haraldsson H, Ordovas KG, Saloner D. Vascular Imaging With Ferumoxytol as a Contrast Agent. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Jun 23; W1-W8.
  5. Kallianos K, Moraes GL, Ordovas KG. Prognostic role of MR imaging in nonischemic myocardial disease. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):89-94.
  6. Kathiria NN, Higgins CB, Ordovas KG. Advances in MR imaging assessment of adults with congenital heart disease. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):35-40.
  7. Lorca MC, Haraldsson H, Ordovas KG. Ventricular mechanics: techniques and applications. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):7-13.
  8. Sohrabi S, Hope M, Saloner D, Keedy A, Naeger D, Lorca MC, Ordovas KG. Left Atrial Transverse Diameter on Computed Tomography Angiography Can Accurately Diagnose Left Atrial Enlargement in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation. J Thorac Imaging. 2015 Jan 27.
  9. Naeger DM, Higgins C, De Marco T, Muzzarelli S, Ordovas KG. Low-intensity late gadolinium enhancement predominates in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Clin Imaging. 2015 May-Jun; 39(3):432-6.
  10. Ordovas KG. Updates in cardiac MRI. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):xvii.
  11. Lee LC, Genet M, Acevedo-Bolton G, Ordovas K, Guccione JM, Kuhl E. A computational model that predicts reverse growth in response to mechanical unloading. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2015 Apr; 14(2):217-29.
  12. Genet M, Lee LC, Nguyen R, Haraldsson H, Acevedo-Bolton G, Zhang Z, Ge L, Ordovas K, Kozerke S, Guccione JM. Distribution of normal human left ventricular myofiber stress at end diastole and end systole: a target for in silico design of heart failure treatments. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Jul 15; 117(2):142-52.
  13. Chien AJ, Munster PN, Melisko ME, Rugo HS, Park JW, Goga A, Auerback G, Khanafshar E, Ordovas K, Koch KM, Moasser MM. Phase I dose-escalation study of 5-day intermittent oral lapatinib therapy in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-overexpressing breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2014 May 10; 32(14):1472-9.
  14. Boiselle PM, Bremerich J, de Roos A, Greenberg SB, Ordovas K. Expert opinion: computed tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging for young adults with congenital heart disease. J Thorac Imaging. 2013 Nov; 28(6):331.
  15. Naeger DM, Wilcox C, Phelps A, Ordovas KG, Webb EM. Residents teaching medical students: how do they compare with attending educators? J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jan; 11(1):63-7.
  16. Kohi MP, Ordovas KG, Naeger DM, Meadows AK, Foster E, Higgins CB. CMR assessment of right ventricular function in patients with combined pulmonary stenosis and insufficiency after correction of tetralogy of Fallot. Acta Radiol. 2013 Dec; 54(10):1132-7.
  17. Ordovas KG, Muzzarelli S, Hope MD, Naeger DM, Karl T, Reddy GP, Marchiori E, Higgins CB. Cardiovascular MR imaging after surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot: approach based on understanding of surgical procedures. Radiographics. 2013 Jul-Aug; 33(4):1037-52.
  18. Naeger DM, Kohi MP, Webb EM, Phelps A, Ordovas KG, Newman TB. Correctly using sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values in clinical practice: how to avoid three common pitfalls. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jun; 200(6):W566-70.
  19. Naeger DM, Phelps A, Kohi M, Elicker B, Ordovas K, Webb EM. Reading room electives: say goodbye to the "radi-holiday". J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Jun; 10(6):442-8.
  20. Moraes GL, Higgins CB, Ordovas KG. Delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging in nonischemic myocardial disease. J Thorac Imaging. 2013 Mar; 28(2):84-92; quiz 93-5.

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