Kavitha Yaddanapudi, MD

Chief, Cardiothoracic Radiology
Fellowship Director, Cardiothoracic Imaging
Pre-Clinical Discipline Director, Radiology

Kavitha Yaddanapudi, MD, is a Professor of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson, Department of Medical Imaging. She is the Chief of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Division. She also serves as Director of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship program and as the Medical Imaging Discipline Director.   

Dr. Yaddanapudi is a fellowship trained Cardiothoracic and Nuclear medicine radiologist who is double boarded in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. After completing four years of fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital. She also served as Co-Chief of Thoracic Imaging at Stony Brook. Her clinical and research interests are Cardiac Sarcoidosis, PET CT and PET MRI imaging of Sarcoidosis and Interstitial lung disease.

Research Interests: 

Cardiac Sarcoidosis, PET CT and PET MRI imaging of Sarcoidosis and Interstitial lung disease

Honors and Awards
  • 2022-2023 Appointed to Learning to Lead Program, College of Medicine - Tucson
  • 2018 Best Clinical Conundrum Presentation at Annual Society Thoracic Radiology
  • 2013 Cleveland Clinic Caregivers Celebrations Award
  • 1998 Pfizer Scroll of Honor for Best Student Final MBBS Year
  • 1998 Dr. C. Sita Devi Endowment Medal for Best Student of the Batch of 1998
  • 1998 Sri Ramachandrula Hanumantha Rao Scholarship for Highest Marks in Final MBBS
  • GBPant Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Cleveland Clinic, Nuclear Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland, OH, 2010 - 2011
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship, Cleveland, OH, 2011 - 2012
  • Cleveland Clinic, Thoracic Imaging Fellowship, Cleveland, OH, 2012 - 2013
  • Cleveland Clinic, Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship, Cleveland, OH, 2013 - 2014
  • Cleveland Clinic, Nuclear Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland, OH, 7/1/2014 - 9/25/2014

Select Publications


Meng, S., A. G. Whitt, B. F. Stamp, J. W. Eaton, C. Li, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Exosome-based cancer vaccine for prevention of lung cancer.", Stem Cell Investig, vol. 10, pp. 2, 2023. PMCID: PMC9892015 
Datta, B., A. Kumar Prakash, K. Yaddanapudi, K. Ahlawat, J. Prasad Tripathy, P. Goyal, A. Jaiswal, P. Singh, S. Pipavath, and G. Raghu, "Lung parenchymal abnormalities and outcomes in hospitalized patients with COVID 19 pneumonia: A positive message from a prospective hospital-based longitudinal study for futureconsiderations.", Respir Med, vol. 213, pp. 107261, 2023 Jul. PMCID: PMC10148712 


Mushtaq, R., U. Jayagurunathan, H. Arif, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Pulmonary MRI: Applications and Use Cases", Current Pulmonology Reports, 12/2020.
Nyquist, A., R. Mushtaq, F. Gill, and K. Yaddanapudi, "High Resolution Computer Tomography Evaluation of Interstitial Lung Disease for the Pulmonologist", Current Pulm Reports, vol. 9(2):1-12, 12/2020.
Mushtaq, R., U. Jayagurunathan, H. Arif-Tiwari, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Pulmonary MRI: Applications and Use Cases", Current Pulm Reports, vol. 9, 12/20320, 2020.
Bhattacharji, P., W. Moore, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Keratin 17 is an imaging biomarker in lung cancers.", J Thorac Dis, vol. 12, issue 9, pp. 5062-5066, 2020 Sep. PMCID: PMC7578507 
Filice, R. W., A. Stein, C. C. Wu, V. A. Arteaga, S. Borstelmann, R. Gaddikeri, M. Galperin-Aizenberg, R. R. Gill, M. C. Godoy, S. B. Hobbs, et al., "Crowdsourcing pneumothorax annotations using machine learning annotations on the NIH chest X-ray dataset.", J Digit Imaging, vol. 33, issue 2, pp. 490-496, 2020 04. PMCID: PMC7165201 


Lenge, VV., AO. Zurick, and K. Yaddanapudi, Cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis presenting as syncopal episode: Report of two cases, 2017.


Thompson, C. M., J. H. Yanof, J. Wiegert, J. Bullen, N. Obuchowski, K. Yaddanapudi, and S. S. Halliburton, "A pilot study of patient-specific cardiovascular MDCT dose maps and their utility in estimating patient-specific organ and effective doses in obese patients.", J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr, vol. 10, issue 3, pp. 265-8, 2016 May-Jun.
Rogers, SC., OA. O'Connor, G. Granati, and K. Yaddanapudi, "The First Case of Primary Cardiac Lymphoma, Diffuse Large B-Cell Type, Successfully Treated with EPOCH-R", Blood, vol. 128, issue 22, 2016.
Feldmann, G. Parnes, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Variability of interpretations of coronary CT in the ED: A single center experience with 5 readers and 1572 patients", Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, vol. 10, issue 2, pp. e13-e14, 04/2016.
Umairullah, L., S. Uzair, K. Saadullah, and K. Yaddanapudi, "Multisystem Radiologic Manifestations of Erdheim-Chester Disease", Case Reports in Radiology, vol. 2016, 2016.
Papadimitriou, L., P. M. Smith-Jones, C. M. S. Sarwar, C. N. Marti, K. Yaddanapudi, H. A. Skopicki, M. Gheorghiade, R. Parsey, and J. Butler, "Utility of positron emission tomography for drug development for heart failure.", Am Heart J, vol. 175, pp. 142-52, 2016 05.
Yaddanapudi, K., R. Brunken, C. D. Tan, R. E Rodriguez, and M. A. Bolen, "PET-MR Imaging in Evaluation of Cardiac and Paracardiac Masses With Histopathologic Correlation.", JACC Cardiovasc Imaging, vol. 9, issue 1, pp. 82-5, 2016 Jan.


Yaddanapudi, K., "Differential Diagnosis in Musculoskeletal MRI", Journal of Magnet Resonance Imaging, vol. 43, issue 5, 10/2015.