Dorothy Gilbertson-Dahdal, MD

Professor, Medical Imaging - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Division Chief, Pediatric Radiology
Director, Residency Program
Associate Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Vice Chair of Education

Leadership Roles
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Medical Director, Pediatric Radiology
Division Chief, Pediatric Radiology

Dorothy Gilbertson-Dahdal, MD oversees Diamond Children's Image Gently Program, a national safety campaign to lower radiation dose when imaging children. Dr. Gilbertson-Dahdal completed her pediatric radiology fellowship training at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology with a certificate of added qualification in Pediatric Radiology.Dr. Gilbertson-Dahdal has a special interest in congenital cardiac imaging as well as urologic and gastrointestinal MRI. She has been in practice at University Medical Center in Tucson since completing her fellowship in 2006. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Pediatric Radiology at University Medical Center's Diamond Children's Hospital as well as the Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency.Professional AffiliationsSociety for Pediatric RadiologyAmerican College of RadiologyNorth American Society for Cardiac ImagingAssociation of University Radiologists

  • Albany Medical College, 2000
  • Columbia University/Mary Imogene Bassett (2000-2001): Medicine
  • Albany Medical Center (2001-2005): Diagnostic Radiology
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University (2005-2006): Pediatric Radiology
Board Certifications
  • ABR (2006) with CAQ in Pediatric Radiology (2008)

Select Publications


Desoky, S., RI. Kylat, U. Udayasankar, and D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, Managing Neonatal Intestinal Obstruction: Clinical Perspectives, , 2018.
Type of Publication: Journal


Duke, E., B. Kalb, H. Arif-Tiwari, Z. John Daye, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, S. M. Keim, and D. R. Martin, "A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Diagnostic Performance of MRI for Evaluation of Acute Appendicitis.", AJR Am J Roentgenol, vol. 206, issue 3, pp. 508-17, 2016 Mar.
Type of Publication: Journal Article


Becker, J., W. Kubal, S. Hur, R. Khan, R. Inampudi, R. Carmody, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, R. Buckner, and K. Nael, "The Utility of a Rapid 13-Minute MRI Protocol for Evaluation of the Pediatric Brain Following Intracranial Trauma", American Society of Neuroradiology: American Society of Neuroradiology, 04/2015.
Type of Publication: Conference Paper


Gilbertson-Dahdal, D., J. E. Wright, E. Krupinski, W. E. McCurdy, and M. S. Taljanovic, "Transphyseal involvement of pyogenic osteomyelitis is considerably more common than classically taught.", AJR Am J Roentgenol, vol. 203, issue 1, pp. 190-5, 2014 Jul.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Emerson, M., G. Woodhead, S. Desoky, and D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, An Introduction to PPB: A Case Report of Pleuropulmonary Blastoma, , 05/2014.
Type of Publication: Conference Paper
Emerson, M., S. Desoky, and D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, The Great Imitator: A Case Report of Congenital Syphilis, , 05/2014.
Type of Publication: Conference Paper