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Deborah A. Baumgarten, MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Dr. Baumgarten is a well regarded abdominal imaging radiologist with expertise in the thyroid and postoperative neck as well as gastrointestinal and genitourinary imaging. Dr. Baumgarten is interested in optimizing evaluation of hematuria and decision making with regard to thyroid nodules. Dr. Baumgarten is interested in outcomes research as it pertains to imaging. Quality projects are also a focus.


  • Diagnostic Radiology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Radiology


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Teacher of the Year, Department of Radiology and imaging Sciences, 2014

Distinguished Service Award, American Board of Radiology 2013 and 2015

President, Society of Abdominal Radiology 2014-15

Outstanding Clinician Award, Senior, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences 2015

Distinguished Reviewer, Abdominal Radiology 2016

Outstanding Service Award, Senior Faculty, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences 2017

Executive Council, American Roentgen Ray Society 2017-


Greenberg RS, Baumgarten DA, Clark WS, Isaacson P, McKeen K. Prognostic factors in gastrointestinal and bronchopulmonary carcinoid tumors. Cancer 1987; 60:2476-2483.

Baumgarten DA. A residentÕs perspective on the introduction to research program (or . . . how I spent one heck of a week in Chicago). Invest Radiol 1992; 27:760-761.

Joseph F, Baumgarten DA, Bernardino M. CT appearance of hepatocellular carcinoma post percutaneous ethanol ablation therapy: work in progress. Radiology 1993;186:553-556.

Baumgarten DA, Taylor AT, Wojno T. Evaluation of biomatrix hydroxyapatite ocular implants with Tc-99m MDP. J Nucl Med 1993;34:467-468.

Baumgarten DA, Taylor AT, Jr. Enthesopathy associated with seronegative spondylarthropathy: 99m Tc-MDP scintigraphic findings. AJR 1993; 160:1249-1250.

Baumgarten DA. Deciding where to make cuts in resident education: a residentÕs perspective. Acad Radiol 1995;2:1117-1118.

Baumgarten DA, Nelson RC. Outcome of examinations Òself-referredÓ as a result of spiral CT of the abdomen. Acad Radiol 1997;4:802-805.

*Tippins RB, Torres WE, Baumgartner BR, Baumgarten DA. Is screening for creatinine levels necessary prior to outpatient CT? Radiology 2000;216:481-484.

Tigges S, Pitts S, Baumgarten D, Ballard D. Use of the Ottawa knee rule: a cost minimization study. Emer Radiol 2001;8:217-223.

OÕNeill WC and Baumgarten DA. Ultrasonography in renal transplantation. Amer. J. Kidney Diseases 39:663-678, 2002.

Cai Q, Baumgarten DA, Affronti JP, Waring JP. Incidental findings of thickening of luminal gastrointestinal organs on computed tomography: an absolute indication for endoscopy. Am J Gastroenterol, 2003;98(8):173-177.

Chapman AB, Guay-Woodford LM, Grantham JJ, Torres VE, Bae KT, Baumgarten DA, Kenney PJ, King BF Jr, Glockner JF, Wetzel LH, Brummer ME, O'Neill WC, Robbin ML, Bennett WM, Klahr S, Hirschman GH, Kimmel PL, Thompson PA, Miller JP; Consortium for Radiologic Imaging Studies of Polycystic Kidney Disease cohort. Renal structure in early autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD): The Consortium for Radiologic Imaging Studies of Polycystic Kidney Disease (CRISP) cohort. Kidney Int. 2003;64(3):1035-1045.

*Al-Said J, *Brumback MA, *Moghazi S, Baumgarten DA and O'Neill WC. Reduced Kidney Function in Subjects With Simple Renal Cysts. Kidney International 2004;65:2303-2308.

*Ford, FM, Affronti J, Cohen R, Baumgarten DA, Cai Q. Zenker's diverticulum: a contraindication for wireless capsule endoscopy? J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 Mar;39(3):257.

*Swingle CA, Baumgarten DA, Schuster DM. Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis characterized on PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2005 Nov;30(11):728.

Bae KT, Zhu F, Chapman AB, Torres VE, Grantham JJ, Guay-Woodford LM, Baumgarten DA, King BF Jr, Wetzel LH, Kenney PJ, Brummer ME, Bennett WM, Klahr S, Meyers CM, Zhang X, Thompson PA, Miller JP; Consortium for Radiologic Imaging Studies of Polycystic Kidney Disease (CRISP). Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of hepatic cysts in early autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease: the Consortium for Radiologic Imaging Studies of Polycystic Kidney Disease cohort. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006 Jan;1(1):64-9. Epub 2005 Oct 26.

Grantham JJ, Torres VE, Chapman AB, Guay-Woodford LM, Bae KT, King BF Jr, Wetzel LH, Baumgarten DA, Kenney PJ, Harris PC, Klahr S, Bennett WM, Hirschman GN, Meyers CM, Zhang X, Zhu F, Miller JP; CRISP Investigators. Volume Evolution: Disease Progression in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease N Engl J Med. 2006 May 18;354(20):2122-30.

Harris PC, Bae KT, Rossetti S, Torres VE, Grantham JJ, Chapman AB, Guay-Woodford LM, King BF, Wetzel LH, Baumgarten DA, Kenney PJ, Consugar M, Klahr S, Bennett WM, Meyers CM, Zhang QJ, Thompson PA, Zhu F, Miller JP. Cyst number, but not the rate of cystic growth, is associated with the mutated gene in ADPKD. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. Nov 2006;17:3013-3019.

*Edge MD, Hoteit M, Patel AP, Wang X, Baumgarten DA, Cai Q. Clinical significance of main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography: single and double duct dilation. World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Mar 21;13(11):1701-5.

*Seidel RL, Baumgarten DA. Pay for performance: survey of diagnostic radiology faculty and trainees. J Am Coll Radiol. 2007 Jun;4(6):411-5.

*Healy K, *Lendvey T, Baumgarten DA, Galloway N, Fountain AJ, Ogan K. Occult spinal dysraphism and urolithiasis: are patients at higher risk of stone disease? J Endourol. 2007 Nov;21(11):1293-6.

*Eschenbach S, Entzien D, Baumgarten DA. Heterotopic Pregnancy Following Reversal of Tubal Ligation. Radiology Case Reports, Vol 3, No 2 (2008)

Consugar MB, Wong WC, Lundquist PA, Rossetti S, Kubly VJ, Walker DL, Rangel LJ, Aspinwall R, Niaudet WP, Ozen S, David A, Velinov M, Bergstralh EJ, Bae KT, Chapman AB, Guay-Woodford LM, Grantham JJ, Torres VE, Sampson JR, Dawson BD, Harris PC; CRISP Consortium. Characterization of large rearrangements in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and the PKD1/TSC2 contiguous gene syndrome. Kidney Int. 2008 Dec;74(11):1468-79. Epub 2008 Sep 24.

*Udayasankar UK, Li J, Baumgarten DA, Small WC, Kalra MK. Acute abdominal pain: value of noncontrast enhanced ultra-low-dose multi-detector row CT as a substitute for abdominal radiographs. Emerg Radiol. 2009 Jan;16(1):61-70.

Rizk D, Jurkovitz C, Veledar E, Bagby S, Baumgarten DA, Rahbari-Oskoui F, Steinman T, Chapman AB. Quality of life in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patients not yet on dialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2009 Mar;4 (3):560-6. Epub 2009 Mar 4.

*Gosmanova EO, Baumgarten DA, OÕNeill WC. Acute renal failure in a patient with unilateral ureteral obstruction. Am J Kidney Dis. 2009; 54(4):775-779. Epub 2009 Jul 9.

*Johnson TV, Osunkoya AO, Delman K, Baumgarten DA, Master VA. Novel Case of Metastatic Testicular Immature Teratoma Invading the Duodenum. Open Surg Oncol Journal, 2009, 1, 16-18.

*Dowden E, Osunkoya AO, Baumgarten DA. Localized cystic disease of the kidney: An unusual diagnosis that can mimic a cystic neoplasm. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010 Mar;55(3):609-13. Epub 2009 Dec 5.

Dighe M, Francis IR, Casalino DD, Arellano RS, Baumgarten DA, Curry NS, Fulgham P, Israel GM, Leyendecker JR, Papanicolaou N, Prasad S, Ramchandani P, Remer EM, Sheth S. ACR appropriateness criteria on obstructive voiding symptoms secondary to prostate disease. J Am Coll Radiol. 2010 Apr;7(4):255-9.

*Johnson S, *Rishi R, *Andone A, *Khawandi W, Al-Said J, Gletsu-Miller N, Lin E, Baumgarten DA, OÕNeill WC. Determinants and Functional Significance of Renal Mass in Adults. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011 Jan; 6:70-76.

*Hanna T, *Friedman A, Baumgarten DA. Littoral Cell Angioma of the Spleen. Radiology Case Reports Vol 6, No 3 (2011).

*Hsiao W, Moses KA, Shrewsberry AB, Malek-Jones M, Baumgarten DA, Master VA, Ogan K. Intra-tumor Doppler Flow Patterns Do Not Predict Malignancy of Renal Masses in a U.S. Population. Can J Urol. 2011 Aug;18(4):5831-5.

*Abbasi A, Johnson TV, Ying K, Baumgarten D, Millner R, Master VA. Duplicated Vena Cava With Tumor Thrombus From Renal Cancer: Use of Venogram for Safer Operative Planning. Urology. 2012 Apr;79(4):e57-8. Epub 2011 Aug 20.

*Webber GR, Baumgarten DA, Chen Z, Wang Z, Mullins ME. The Increasing Demands Placed on Radiology Residency Program Directors. 2013 Jul;10(7):523-6 Epub ahead of print 2013 Mar 28

*Sadigh G, Applegate KE, Baumgarten DA. Comparative accuracy of intravenous contrast-enhanced CT versus noncontrast CT plus intravenous contrast-enhanced CT in the detection and characterization of patients with hypervascular liver metastases: a critically appraised topic. Acad Radiol. 2014 Jan;21(1):113-25.

Moreno CC, Mittal PK, *Henson NI, Baumgarten DA, et al. Optimal Section Thickness for Detection of Polyps at MR: Resolution Phantom Study. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Aug;40(6):1451-6.

*Sadigh G, Nandwana SB, Moreno C, Cox KL, Baumgarten DA et al. Assessment of Added Value of Noncontrast to Contrast-Enhanced Abdominal Computed Tomography Scan for Characterization of Hypervascular Liver Metastases. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2016Nov - Dec;45(6):373-379 Epub ahead of print

Moreno CC, Kinger N, Mittal PK, Spivey J, Baumgarten DA, Duszak R Jr.Ultrasound Elastography With Imaging: Overcoming Emerging Technology Reimbursement Challenges. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Herts BR, Silverman SG, Hindman NM, Uzzo RG, Hartman RP, Israel GM, Baumgarten DA, Berland LL, Pandharipande PV. Management of the Incidental Renal Mass on CT: A White Paper of the ACR Incidental Findings Committee. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Baumgarten DA, Baumgartner BR. Imaging and radiologic management of upper urinary tract infections. Urol Clin North Am, 1997;24:545-569.

O'Neill WC and Baumgarten DA. Core curriculum in nephrology: Imaging. Amer. J. Kidney Diseases, 2003;42(3):601-4.

Cox KL; Baumgarten D; Mittal P. MR Findings in Cystic Ovarian Tumors. Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology. 37(6):1-5, March 15, 2014

Baumgarten DA and OÕNeill WC. Infectious disease. In OÕNeill WC (ed.): Atlas of Renal Ultrasonography, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2000 pp. 65-77.

Baumgarten DA. Vascular complications in renal allografts. In OÕNeill WC (ed.): Atlas of Renal Ultrasonography, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2000 pp. 233-241.

Baumgarten DA, Baumgartner BR. Postoperative urological appearances in the adult. In Pollack HM and McClennan BL (eds.): Clinical Urography, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2000 pp. 2928-2942.

Baumgarten DA. The Adnexa. In Semelka R (ed.): MRI of the abdomen and pelvis: a text atlas, John Wiley and Son, 2001.

Baumgarten DA. Benign Endometrial Causes of Abnormal Bleeding. In: Fielding J (ed.): Gynecological Imaging, Elsevier, 2011.

Baumgarten DA, Smith JK, Kenney PJ. Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Lin EC. (Editor-in-Chief). eMedicine: Radiology. St. Petersburg: eMedicine Corporation, 2001. Updated 1/19/2005; second update 12/2006; third update 10/2009; fourth update 11/2013.

Baumgarten DA, Ellis JH. Contrast induced nephropathy: contrast not required? AJR 2008 August;191(2): 383-6.

Baumgarten, DA. One person's view of the future of medical publications, or how I spent my summer vacation. AJR 2017 November;209:951-952.