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Brian D. Coley, MD

  • Radiologist-in-Chief, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Professor, UC Department of Radiology
  • UC Department of Pediatrics
I work hard to provide the best and most personalized care during my time with patients. I respect their needs and desires, and I calm their fear and anxiety whenever possible. Above all, I want to provide answers and hope for patients and their families.



I’m a pediatric radiologist and radiologist-in-chief at Cincinnati Children’s. I work hard to provide the best and most personalized care during my time with patients. I respect their needs and desires, and I calm their fear and anxiety whenever possible. Above all, I want to provide answers and hope for patients and their families.

As a first-year radiology resident, I worked with an inspiring young attending who had just finished her fellowship at Cincinnati Children's. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and she was a tremendous teacher. As I worked more with children, I realized I wanted to be involved in their imaging care and work with other pediatric providers more than I wanted to be involved with adult medicine. This led me to my career in ultrasound and general pediatric imaging.

Imaging tests are often brief, and the patient may not even see the radiologist. This can make imaging services seem less personal than other medical interactions. However, our radiology physicians are here for our patients, and we are each dedicated to our patients’ care.

I am a fellow of the following organizations: American College of Radiology, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the American Association of Pediatrics. I am the past president of the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. I’m also the editor-in-chief for Caffey's Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging, the longest continually published textbook of pediatric radiology.

In my research, my team and I are seeking to improve the accuracy of pediatric imaging diagnoses. We are also looking into improving departmental culture and education.

During my free time, I enjoy getting outside, hiking and bird watching. I also like reading, wine tasting, eating out and listening to music.

BS: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1983.

MD: University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1987.

Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA.

Fellowship: Imaging Research, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA; Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, 1994; Pediatric Radiology, 1996.


Ultrasound; pediatric imaging

Services and Specialties


Research Areas




Ultrasound imaging of renin-mediated hypertension. Dillman, JR; Smith, EA; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2017; 47:1116-1124.


Quality measures and pediatric radiology: suggestions for the transition to value-based payment. III, HR E; Coley, BD; Simoneaux, SF; Podberesky, DJ; Hernanz-Schulman, M; Robertson, RL; Donnelly, LF. Pediatric Radiology. 2017; 47:776-782.


Lung Ultrasonography: A Viable Alternative to Chest Radiography in Children with Suspected Pneumonia?. Ambroggio, L; Sucharew, H; Rattan, MS; O'Hara, SM; Babcock, DS; Clohessy, C; Steinhoff, MC; Macaluso, M; Shah, SS; Coley, BD. Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 176:93-98.e7.


Saving the starfish: World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) development, work to date, and membership feedback on international outreach. Dehaye, A; Silva, CT; Darge, K; Prabhu, SP; Andronikou, S; Laya, BF; Coley, BD; Boechat, MI. Pediatric Radiology. 2016; 46:452-461.


Computed Tomography and Shifts to Alternate Imaging Modalities in Hospitalized Children. Parker, MW; Shah, SS; Hall, M; Fieldston, ES; Coley, BD; Morse, RB. Pediatrics. 2015; 136:e573-e581.


The simple sacral dimple: diagnostic yield of ultrasound in neonates. Kucera, JN; Coley, I; O'Hara, S; Kosnik, EJ; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2015; 45:211-216.


Vascular delivery of rAAVrh74.MCK.GALGT2 to the gastrocnemius muscle of the rhesus macaque stimulates the expression of dystrophin and laminin α2 surrogates. Chicoine, LG; Rodino-Klapac, LR; Shao, G; Xu, R; Bremer, WG; Camboni, M; Golden, B; Montgomery, CL; Shontz, K; Heller, KN; et al. Molecular Therapy. 2014; 22:713-724.


Effect of nutritional rehabilitation on gastric motility and somatization in adolescents with anorexia. Perez, ME; Coley, B; Crandall, W; Di Lorenzo, C; Bravender, T. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013; 163:867-72.e1.


Caffey's Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging. Coley, BD.

Accurate dilated renal pelvis measurement: reply to Mihmanli. Nguyen, HT; Phelps, A; Coley, B; Darge, K; Rhee, A; Chow, JS. Pediatric Radiology. 2023.

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