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Ethan A. Smith, MD

  • Co-Director of Thoracoabdominal Imaging, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology



Dr. Smith completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Michigan Health System followed by a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After spending six years as an attending pediatric radiologist at CS Mott Children’s Hospital – University of Michigan, Dr. Smith returned to Cincinnati in 2017 as the director of the Thoraco-abdominal Section in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Department of Radiology. Dr. Smith is active in multiple national radiology organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Radiology, American College of Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America. He is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and served as a central imaging reviewer for ongoing clinical research trials through COG. Dr. Smith’s research interests include body MRI, pediatric oncologic imaging, and quality and safety in radiology.

MD: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2005.

Residency: University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.

Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, 2010; CAQ Pediatric Radiology, 2012.


Quality and safety; pediatric oncology imaging

Services and Specialties

Radiology, Kidney Tumor Clinic


Body MRI; pediatric oncology imaging

Research Areas



The Simplified MR Index of Activity Score in Pediatric Small-Bowel Crohn Disease: An Interreader Agreement and Responsiveness Study. Dillman, JR; Ata, NA; Towbin, AJ; Anton, CG; Smith, EA; Zhang, B; Imbus, R; Tkach, JA; Denson, LA. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 220:126-133.

Similarities and controversies in imaging of pediatric renal tumors: A SIOP-RTSG and COG collaboration. van der Beek, JN; Artunduaga, M; Schenk, JP; Eklund, MJ; Smith, EA; Lederman, HM; Warwick, AB; Littooij, AS; Khanna, G. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2022.

Imaging of pediatric renal tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper focused on Wilms tumor and nephrogenic rests. Artunduaga, M; Eklund, M; van der Beek, JN; Hammer, M; Littooij, AS; Sandberg, JK; Schenk, JP; Servaes, S; Singh, S; Smith, EA; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2022.

Pediatric Renal Tumors. Geller, JI; Vandenheuval, K; Smith, E; Kotagal, M; Pater, L. Pediatric Nephrology. 2022.

Acoustic radiation force imaging (ARFI) in the non-distended bladder does not predict abnormal urodynamic parameters in children. Streur, CS; Smith, EA; Dillman, JR; Kraft, KH. Journal of the Canadian Urological Association. 2022; 16:E15-E19.

Skeletal muscle mass as a marker to predict outcomes in children and young adults with cancer. McBee, MP; Woodhouse, C; Trout, AT; Geller, JI; Smith, EA; Zhang, B; Towbin, AJ. Abdominal Radiology. 2022; 47:452-459.

'Billed charges' as a measure of economic impact in follow-up radiographs: reply to Degnan. Smith, EA. Pediatric Radiology. 2021; 51.

Indocyanine green is a sensitive adjunct in the identification and surgical management of local and metastatic hepatoblastoma. Lake, CM; Bondoc, AJ; Dasgupta, R; Jenkins, TM; Towbin, AJ; Smith, EA; Alonso, MH; Geller, JI; Tiao, GM. Cancer Medicine. 2021; 10:4322-4343.

Clinical utility and economic impact of routine delayed follow-up radiographs in children with uncomplicated distal radius Salter-Harris 2 fractures. Brahee, DD; Smith, EA. Pediatric Radiology. 2021; 51:1231-1236.

Metastatic neuroblastoma masquerading as infantile hemangioma in a 4-month-old child. Karkoska, K; Ricci, K; VandenHeuvel, K; Trout, AT; Smith, EA; Kotagal, M; Weiss, B. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2021; 68.

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