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Rama S. Ayyala, MD

  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology



I specialize in pediatric radiology with a focus on fetal and neonatal imaging and pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) imaging. My inspiration to become a physician came from my two older sisters, who are accomplished, female academic physicians. I was exposed to pediatric radiology early in my residency and drawn to the breadth of knowledge needed for this specialty. I also enjoy building relationships with other clinical teams to provide excellent patient care that can significantly impact each child and family.

My clinical research areas are fetal, neonatal imaging and pediatric GI imaging. I’m also interested in initiatives to promote physician wellness and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine. My interest in physician wellness came about from work I’ve done looking at physician burnout in radiology. I strive to create systemic initiatives that mitigate burnout and promote physician wellness, which helps physicians provide the best patient care.

Imaging has evolved, providing more information than ever for prenatal and postnatal care. These advancements have driven me to learn more about how imaging plays a role in directing patient care for optimal outcomes.


Harms in Encouraging Social Media Use for Individual Academic Advancement. Ayyala, RS. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2022.

Prenatal ultrasound-and MRI-based imaging predictors of respiratory symptoms at birth for congenital lung malformations. Gerall, C; Chumdermpadestuk, R; Jacobs, S; Weijia, F; Maddocks, A; Ayyala, R; Miller, R; Simpson, L; Rothenberg, S; Duron, V. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2022.

Leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion for promoting wellness in the radiology workplace. Ayyala, RS; Artunduaga, M; Morin, CE; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:1724-1729.

Promoting gender equity and inclusion through allyship. Ayyala, RS; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:1202-1206.

Imaging for Vesicoureteral Reflux: Counterpoint-Cost, Diagnostic Performance, and Preferences Need to Be Further Assessed Before Replacing VCUG With CEVUS. Ayyala, R; Trout, AT. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2022.

Gender trends in authorship of Pediatric Radiology publications and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayyala, RS; Trout, AT. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:868-873.

How did we get here? Thoughts on health care system drivers of pediatric radiology burnout. Taylor, GA; Ayyala, RS; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:1019-1023.

Transparency and Variability in Pricing for Pediatric Outpatient Imaging in US Children's Hospitals. Hayatghaibi, SE; Alves, VV; Ayyala, RS; Dillman, JR; Trout, AT. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and physicians with a disability: a compounding stressor. Ayyala, RS. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:420-422.

Comparison of MRI appendix biometrics in children with and without acute appendicitis. Tung, EL; Baird, GL; Ayyala, RS; Sams, C; Herliczek, TW; Swenson, DW. European Radiology. 2022; 32:1024-1033.