Vamsi R. Narra, MD

Senior Vice Chair, Clinical Imaging Informatics and New Business Development

Professor of Radiology
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
Chief of Radiology, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Clinical Expertise:
Abdominal

Vamsi R. Narra, MD, is a professor of radiology and senior vice chair for imaging informatics and new business development for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Board certified in diagnostic radiology and clinical informatics, Narra serves as associate chief medical officer at BJC Healthcare and the School of Medicine, overseeing radiology at all 13 hospitals and satellite facilities.

Narra helped to establish a comprehensive multi-subspecialty radiology service at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, in addition to solidifying MRI as the preferred imaging method for evaluating the liver and revamping the multidisciplinary case conferences for review of liver and pancreas cases — a contribution that helped advance Washington University’s liver transplant program. He also successfully led the creation of a system in 2013 for storing and accessing radiology images that are submitted to MIR for second opinions. Narra led the development of 1Rad, a service line-based support model for IT and imaging informatics — a first of its kind in the healthcare system.

A fellow of the Royal College of Radiology and the American College of Radiology, Narra received his medical degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, prior to a diagnostic radiology residency at Michigan State University. An alumnus of MIR’s body MRI fellowship, he also completed Washington University’s executive MBA program.

Clinical Interest

body MRI, MR angiography, MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), MRI of the liver, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, and female pelvis, 3D imaging, 3D image post processing, advanced visualization analysis, radiology computer applications, clinical imaging informatics

Research Interests

body MRI, MR angiography, MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), MRI of the liver, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, and female pelvis, 3D imaging, 3D image post processing, advanced visualization analysis, radiology computer applications, clinical imaging informatics

Link to Publications

Education History

Fellowship

Body MRI, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Residency

Diagnostic Radiology, Michigan State University Affiliated Hospitals

Medical Degree

Osmania University

Graduate

Executive MBA, Washington University in St. Louis

Associations

Radiological Society of North America
American College of Radiology
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Royal College of Radiologists, London
Society of Imaging and Informatics in Medicine
American Medical Informatics Association
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
Beta Gamma Sigma

Awards

Fellow, Royal College of Radiologists
2004-2016 Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2015 Distinguished Clinician Award, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
2014 Fellow, American College of Radiology
2002, 2006 Teacher of the Year
1999-00, 2005-06 Outstanding Teacher Award, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology