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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.

MD: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2008.

Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2013.

Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2014.

Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, 2013; Pediatric Radiology, 2015.


Fetal imaging; neonatal imaging; pediatric GI imaging

Services and Specialties

Radiology, Cincinnati Fetal Center


Fetal and neonatal imaging; pediatric GI imaging; physician wellness

Research Areas



Being a leader is more than just a title. Meyers, ML; Ayyala, RS. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2023; 53:2756-2758.

Trends in Anesthesia/Sedation for Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Encounters in Pediatric Emergency Departments, 2012-2022. Hayatghaibi, SE; Kandil, AI; Zhang, B; Alves, VV; Ayyala, RS; Dillman, JR; Trout, AT. JAMA Pediatrics. 2023; 177:1105-1107.

Practice Patterns in Use of MRI for Appendicitis in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospitals: Results of a National Survey. Ayyala, RS. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 221:115-116.

Impact of coronavirus disease 2019 on pediatric intestinal intussusception in the United States. Ayyala, RS; Hayatghaibi, S; Dillman, JR; Reeves, SD; Kotagal, M; Trout, AT. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2023; 53:827-831.

Harms in Encouraging Social Media Use for Individual Academic Advancement. Ayyala, RS. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 220:606-607.

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. 2023; 58:420-426.

Gender disparity in academic advancement: exploring differences among adult and pediatric radiologists. Schilling, SM; Trout, AT; Ayyala, RS. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2023; 53:487-492.

Burnout Is the Symptom, Moral Injury Is the Cause: The Need for Systems-Level Changes in Radiology. Ayyala, RS; Baird, G. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 220:297-298.

P223: STAG2 is a novel genetic cause of atelencephaly. Lander, J; Ayyala, R; Thomas, C; Hopkin, R. 2023; 1:100251.

Imaging for Vesicoureteral Reflux: Counterpoint-Cost, Diagnostic Performance, and Preferences Need to Be Further Assessed Before Replacing VCUG With ceVUS. Ayyala, RS; Trout, AT. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 220:26-27.