A photo of Jonathan R. Dillman.

Associate Chief of Research, Department of Radiology

Medical Director, Imaging Research Center, Division of Radiology


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I’ve always enjoyed working with children and find it immensely rewarding to have a lifelong impact on patients. Radiology is my clinical specialty with a particular interest in imaging the pediatric abdomen, inflammatory bowel diseases (including Crohn's disease) and chronic liver diseases. I frequently work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, including gastroenterologists, hepatologists and cardiologists.

My research areas include novel quantitative imaging methods for diagnosis and staging severity of Crohn's disease and chronic liver diseases (such as fatty liver disease and autoimmune liver disease). My work aims to measure tissue and organ injury noninvasively and turn anatomic images into quantitative biomarkers.

I am honored to have received the Best Paper award from the Pediatric Radiology journal (2020), Best Gastrointestinal (GI) Scientific Presentation, Society of Abdominal Radiology (2020) and Department of Radiology Outstanding Clinician (2020). I have also received multiple grants, including funding from the Cincinnati Children's Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I am board certified in Radiology (2008), with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Radiology (2011) by the American Board of Radiology.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric radiology; imaging of the pediatric gastrointestinal tract (including bowel, liver, and pancreas); imaging of the pediatric genitourinary tract

Research Interests

Ultrasound and MRI evaluation of Crohn's disease; ultrasound and MRI detection and measurement of liver fibrosis

Clinical Divisions

Radiology, Autoimmune Liver Disease, Fontan Management, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research Divisions

Radiology, Fibrosis, Imaging

My Education

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2003.

Residency: Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008.

Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009; Abdominal Imaging Radiology Fellowship Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010.

Certification: American Board of Radiology, 2008; Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Radiology, 2011.

MSc: Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015.

My Publications

Selected Publication

DeepLiverNet: a deep transfer learning model for classifying liver stiffness using clinical and T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging data in children and young adults. Li, H; He, L; Dudley, JA; Maloney, TC; Somasundaram, E; Brady, SL; Parikh, NA; Dillman, JR. Pediatric Radiology. 2021; 51:392-402.

Use of Intravenous Gadolinium-based Contrast Media in Patients with Kidney Disease: Consensus Statements from the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation. Weinreb, JC; Rodby, RA; Yee, J; Wang, CL; Fine, D; McDonald, RJ; Perazella, MA; Dillman, JR; Davenport, MS. Radiology. 2021; 298:28-35.

Improving Image Quality and Reducing Radiation Dose for Pediatric CT by Using Deep Learning Reconstruction. Brady, SL; Trout, AT; Somasundaram, E; Anton, CG; Li, Y; Dillman, JR. Radiology. 2021; 298:180-188.

A multi-task, multi-stage deep transfer learning model for early prediction of neurodevelopment in very preterm infants. He, L; Li, H; Wang, J; Chen, M; Gozdas, E; Dillman, JR; Parikh, NA. Scientific Reports. 2020; 10.

Value Assessment of Evolving Pediatric Appendicitis Imaging Strategies Between 2004 and 2018. Hayatghaibi, SE; Trout, AT; Dillman, JR. Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2020; 17:1549-1554.

Normal Liver Stiffness Measured with MR Elastography in Children. Trout, AT; Anupindi, SA; Gee, MS; Khanna, G; Xanthakos, SA; Serai, SD; Baikpour, M; Calle-Toro, JS; Ozturk, A; Zhang, B; et al. Radiology. 2020; 297:663-669.

Imaging of Fontan-associated liver disease. Dillman, JR; Trout, AT; Alsaied, T; Gupta, A; Lubert, AM. Pediatric Radiology. 2020; 50:1528-1541.

Repeatability and Agreement of Shear Wave Speed Measurements in Phantoms and Human Livers Across 6 Ultrasound 2-Dimensional Shear Wave Elastography Systems. Gilligan, LA; Trout, AT; Bennett, P; Dillman, JR. Investigative Radiology. 2020; 55:191-199.

Use of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media in Patients with Kidney Disease: Consensus Statements from the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation. Davenport, MS; Perazella, MA; Yee, J; Dillman, JR; Fine, D; McDonald, RJ; Rodby, RA; Wang, CL; Weinreb, JC. Radiology. 2020; 294:660-668.

Liver Shear Wave Speed and Other Quantitative Ultrasound Measures of Liver Parenchyma: Prospective Evaluation in Healthy Children and Adults. Trout, AT; Xanthakos, SA; Bennett, PS; Dillman, JR. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2020; 214:557-565.