Dorothy Gilbertson-Dahdal, MD

Interim Governance Council Member
Vice Chair of Education
Director, Residency Program
Division Chief, Pediatric Imaging
Professor, Medical Imaging - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)

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


Larson, M., B. Skidmore, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, and S. Desoky, "Late-presenting midgut volvulus", Submitted for Publication, 2020.
Warner, J., S. Desoky, H. Arif Tiwari, F. Morello, D. Gilbertson, and U. Udayasankar, "Unenhanced MRI of the Abdomen and Pelvis in the Comprehensive Evaluation of Acute Atraumatic Abdominal Pain in Children.", AJR Am J Roentgenol, pp. 1-11, 2020 Sep 09.


Mushtaq, R., S. Desoky, F. Morello, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, S. Vedantham, B. Kalb, D. Martin, and U. Udayasankar, First-Line Diagnostic Evaluation of Children with Suspected Acute Appendicitis using MRI, 2019.
Mushtaq, R., S. M. Desoky, F. Morello, D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, G. Gopalakrishnan, A. Leetch, S. Vedantham, B. Kalb, D. R. Martin, and U. K. Udayasankar, "First-Line Diagnostic Evaluation with MRI of Children Suspected of Having Acute Appendicitis.", Radiology, vol. 291, issue 1, pp. 170-177, 2019 04.


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


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.


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.


Emerson, M., S. Desoky, and D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, The Great Imitator: A Case Report of Congenital Syphilis, 05/2014.
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.
Emerson, M., G. Woodhead, S. Desoky, and D. Gilbertson-Dahdal, An Introduction to PPB: A Case Report of Pleuropulmonary Blastoma, 05/2014.