mission of the Thoracic imaging section at the University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus is to provide the highest quality thoracic and
cardiac imaging services, which includes plain film, CT and MRI. The
division focuses on oncologic, transplant, interstitial lung disease and
trauma imaging that reflects the focus of the University of Colorado
Hospital. A full range of cardiovascular imaging is also available in
cooperation with the Cardiothoracic imaging Division.
The section consists of five, fellowship trained radiologists.
- Peter Sachs, M.D. (Section Chief)
- Daniel Vargas, M.D.
- Tami Bang, M.D.
- Nicole Restauri, M.D.
- Thomas Suby-Long, M.D.
full range of thoracic and cardiovascular imaging is available,
including all forms of chest CT, CT angiography utilizing the latest
acquisition and post-processing techniques, and MRI/MRA. The Section
leads the newly launched Lung Cancer Screening Program in concert with
the Multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer Screening Clinic. Consultative
services are provided, along with active participation in
multidisciplinary conferences (e.g. Thoracic
Tumor Board, Multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer, Interstitial Lung Disease,
Aortic Valve Disease, Congenital Heart Disease and Chronic
Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension).
section participates actively in the Thoracic Core lecture series for
all radiology residents. In addition, the section now provides frequent
case conferences (1-2/month) for all residents as well as daily focused
case and topical conferences tailored to the needs/interests of the
resident(s) rotating on service each month. There is an intensive
rotation for third and fourth-year medical students under the direction
of Dr. James Davidson. All members participate in additional 3rd and 4th
year offerings focused on providing medical students with basic
radiologic skills necessary to function as clinical trainees. A joint
fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging with National Jewish Health is also
available to two individuals per year to provide advanced training in
thoracic and cardiac imaging as well as opportunities to participate in
ongoing research projects.
Peter Sachs also serves as Vice Chair of Informatics for the University
of Colorado Radiology department and is the Radiology Physician
Informaticist for University of Colorado Health. He writes and lectures
nationally on topics related to optimization of radiology workflow in
the EMR. He is also currently collaborating with Drs. Kevin Deane and
Kristen Demourelle (Rheumatology) in a study investigating the early
pulmonary manifestations of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Thomas Suby-Long’s work is focused on quality and process improvement
and includes optimizing appropriate ordering of CT scans for pulmonary
embolism, improving communication between our team and our clinical
colleagues and improving detection of retained surgical devices.
Nicole Restauri recently received a large institutional grant to build
a world-class medical student learning lab that will provide
a comprehensive, cutting edge educational opportunity to
radiology medical students. She has also completed the President’s
Teaching Scholars program.
Daniel Vargas’ work is focused in the cardiac imaging realm and
includes recent publications on genetic syndromes with associated
cardiovascular anomalies and fatty lesions in and around the heart. He
has multiple additional manuscripts underway on topics in Cardiac CT and
Tami Bang joined the section in July, 2016 after completing her
Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship at the University of Colorado and
National Jewish Health. Her current work is focused on management of
lung nodules, lung cancer imaging and congenital cardiovascular