Theron W Ovitt, MD

Professor Emeritus of Radiology, Department of Medical Imaging, College of Medicine
Additional Titles: 

Chest, Pediatric Radiology Attending

Office Address: 

UHC Room #1354

Office Phone: 
(520) 626-7409, (520) 626-9077
Office Fax Number: 
(520) 626-1945
Email Address: 
Training
Undergraduate: 
Vanderbilt University (1961)
MD: 
Marquette University (1965)
Internship: 
Santa Clara County Hospital, San Jose, California (1966): Rotating Internship
Residency: 
Marquette University Medical School (1996): Surgery
University of Minnesota (1971)
Fellowship(s): 
University of Minnesota (1973): Cardiovascular Radiology
Brief Bio: 

A two-year fellowship under Dr. Kurt Amplatz, a world-renowned pioneer and innovator in the field of cardiovascular radiology provided extensive experience in performing coronary catheterizations, pediatric cardiac catheterizations, general angiographic procedures, and interventional procedures.

Early clinical responsibilities at the University of Arizona included Chief of the angiographic section in the Department of Radiology, participation in all pediatric catheterizations, and responsibility for half of the cardiac catheterization procedures at the VA Hospital and provided further experience in the field of cardiovascular radiology.

This experience provides the background for my current primary roles in chest and pediatric radiology.

Positions and Employment
10/1966 — 10/1968 General Medical Officer, United States Naval Reserve, Camp Pendelton, CA
09/1971 —06/1973 Fellow, Cardiovascular Radiology, University of Minnesota, Variety Club Heart Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
07/1973 —06/1974 Assistant Professor, Radiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
07/1974 —06/1977 Assistant Professor, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ
07/1974 —01/1984 Consultant, Radiology, El Rio Neighborhood Health Center, Tucson, AZ
07/1974 —06/1985 Chief, Angiography Section, Radiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
07/1974 — 04/2004 Consultant, Radiology, Veterans Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
1976 —1977 Interim Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
07/1977 —06/1982 Associate Professor, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
07/1982 — Present Professor, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
07/1984 - Present Consultant, Radiology, University of Arizona Medical Center, South Campus (formerly UPH Hospital, formerly Kino Hospital), Tucson, AZ
10/1985 —01/1992 Chief, Diagnostic Division, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
01/1992 —06/1993 Vice-Chairman, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
07/1993 - 10/1993 Acting Chairman, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
11/1993 —06/2005 Chairman, Radiology, University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
08/2003 - 01/2004 Sabbatical
09/2006 - 12/2009  Chairman, Radiology, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Other Experience and Professional Memberships
12/1972 Certification - American Board of Radiology
1992-1993 President, The Arizona Radiological Society
1994-Present Chairman, Nominating Committee, The Arizona Radiological Society
2000-Present Councilor, Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments
2000-2001 President-Elect, Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments
2002-2004 President, Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments
 

Fellow, Society of International Radiology

Fellow, American College of Radiology (1985)

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (1987)

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
1. Ovitt, TW (Associate Editor), The Chest Roentgenogram. Chapter in Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Including the Fetus and Young Adult. Fifth Edition, Volumes I and II. Williams & Wilkins, 1995, pp.182-1 90.
2. Ovitt TW: Intravenous angiography utilizing digital video subtraction techniques. Am J Cardiol 49(5):1365-1367, May 1982.
3. Ovitt TW, Christenson PC, Fisher HD, et al.: Intravenous anglography using digital video subtraction: X- ray imaging system. Am J NeuroRadiology 1:387-390, September/October 1980.
4. Ovid TW, Capp MP, Christenson P, Fisher HD, Frost MM, Nudelman S, Seeley G: Development of a digital video subtraction system for intravenous angiography. SPIE 206:73-76, 1979.
5. Ovitt TW, Nudelman S: Improved instrumentation and techniques for noninvasive detection, characterization and quantification of atherosclerosis for research and diagnostic purposes. US Department of HEW, PHS, NIH Devices and Technology Branch Contractors Conference Proceedings, 1977. DHEW Pub. No. (NIH) 78-1601.
6. Allen HD, Goldberg SJ, Sahn DJ, Ovift TW, Goldberg BB: Suprastemal notch echocardiography: Assessment of its clinical utility in pediatric cardiology. Circulation 55:605-612, April 1977.
7. Witte CL, Ovitt TW, Witte MH, Clark DS: Left-sided segmental portal hypertension following mesocaval interposition shunt. Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics 145:169-174, August 1977.
8. Witte CL, Ovitt TW, VanWyck OB, et al: Ischemic therapy in thrombocytopenia from hypersplenism. Arch Surg 111: 1115-1121, 1976.
9. Korbuly D, Formanek A, Gypser G, Moore R, Ovitt TW, Tuna N, Amplatz K: Regional myocardial blood flow measurements before and after coronary bypass surgery. Circulation 52: 38-45, July 1975.
10. Ovitt TW, Moore R, Amplatz K: The evaluation of high-speed screen-film combinations in angiography. Radiology 114(2):449-455, 1975.
11. Tadavarthy SM, Knight L, Ovitt 1W, Snyder C, Amplatz K: Therapeutic trans-catheter arterial embolization. Radiology 114(2):449-455, 1975.
12. Moore R, Ovitt TW, Lokeri M, Amplatz K: The effects of papaverine and isoproterenol on the regional distribution of myocardial blood flow in dogs. Radiology 111:157, April 1974.
13. Ovitt TVV, Durst S, Moore R, Amplatz K: Guidewire thrombogenicity and its reduction. Radiology 111:43-46, April 1974.
14. Ovitt TW, Amplatz K: Semiselective renal angiography. Am J Radio! 119:767-769, December 1973.
15. Ovitt TW, Rizk G, French RS, Cramer R, Amplatz K: Electrocardiographic changes in selective coronary arteriography: The Importance of Ions. Radiology 104:705-708, September 1972.

Board or other Certifications: 

ABR (1972)

Research Support: 

Toshiba Corporation Dept. of Radiology (PI) 1995 —2005
Development of Digital Radiology
The goal of this project was to develop further develop the clinical PACS system.
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: $4,000,000 ($400,000/year)

Fuji Research Grant Dept. of Radiology (PI) 1992 — 1997
Development of Digital Radiology
The goal of this project was to develop the clinical PACS systems.
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: $500,000 ($100,000/year)

National Institutes of Health Ovitt (PI) 1985— 1986 Array Processor for Medical Image Processing
The goal of this project was to provide advanced hardware for image processing.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: $92,500

Toshiba X-Ray Company Capp (PI) 1983-1993 Digital Radiography and Clinical Evaluation
The goal of this project was to develop a clinical PACS system.
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: $2,500,000 ($250,000/year)

National Institutes of Health Ovitt (PI) 1983 — 1987 Research, Development and Evaluation of Minimally Invasive Systems for Detection and Quantification of Atherosclerotic Lesions in Coronary Arteries in Humans.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: $790,211

National Institutes of Health Ovitt (PI) 1980 — 1983 Research, Development and Evaluation of Systems for Non-Invasive Detection and Quantification of Atherosclerotic Lesions in Peripheral and Coronary Artieries.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: $625,000

National Heart and Lung Institute Ovitt (PI) 1977 — 1980 Improved Instrumentation and Techniques for Non-Invasive Detection Characterization and Quantification of Atherosclerosis for Research and Diagnostic Applications.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: $921,000

NatioriaI Heart and Lung Institute Ovitt (PI) 1975-1977 Improved Instrumentation and Techniques for Non-Invasive Detection Characterization and Quantification of Atherosclerosis for Research and Diagnostic Applications.
Role: Principle Investigator
Funding: $271,235

National Institutes of Health Buchwald (PI) 1972-1977 Program in Surgical Control of Hyperlipidemia
The goal of this project was to test the hypothesis that lowering serum cholesterol would prevent or reverse coronary atherosclerosis.
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: $5,000,000