- Residency - Willington Hospital-Delhi University, Radiology
- Fellowship - Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute (1999-2002), Onco-radiology
- Internship - Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (2002-2003), Internal Medicine
- Residency - Drexel University College of Medicine (2003-2007), Diagnostic Radiology
- Fellowship - Temple University Dept. of Radiology (2007-2008), Musculoskeletal Radiology
- Other Post Graduate Training - University of Texas at Dallas (2019-2021)
- Medical School - Delhi University/Maulana Azad Medical College (1990-1996)
Avneesh Chhabra, M.D., M.B.A.
Chief, Musculoskeletal Radiology, UTSW | Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Parkland Health & Hospital System | Director, Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Program
- Radiology - Musculoskeletal
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Diagnostic Radiology
Avneesh Chhabra, M.D., MBA, is Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Chief of its Musculoskeletal Radiology Division. He also serves as Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Parkland Hospital. His clinical interests include magnetic resonance neurography (MRN), sports imaging, rheumatology and sarcoma imaging, and related image-guided interventions.
Originally from India, Dr. Chhabra earned his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi. He completed his residency in radiology at Delhi University’s Willington Hospital before receiving additional diagnostic residency training at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He then received advanced training in musculoskeletal radiology through a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2021, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2013, Dr. Chhabra was an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Chhabra focuses his research on refining musculoskeletal ultrasound, computed tomography and MR practices; and the novel use of 3D joint imaging in sports medicine, MR neurography, sarcoma imaging, infection, and rheumatology imaging. He is working on new forms of image-guided pain management, including minimally invasive image-guided injections.
Dr. Chhabra is actively involved in 3D MRI and 3D CT research on adult painful hip disorders, functional bone and soft tissue tumor assessment, and 3D knee MRI research with respect to meniscus and cruciate ligament injuries.
New approaches to patient care
Dr. Chhabra provides patient care at the University Hospital Radiology Clinic, where he translates his research into clinical practices by deploying novel MRN techniques to map peripheral neuropathy in patients preparing for surgery, and to direct perineural nerve injections in patients with neuropathies. His technical developments with respect to 3D MR and 3D CT imaging for multiple joints, such as knee, hip and shoulder, are also being rapidly translated into the clinical practices for the improved diagnosis of meniscus, labrum and rotator cuff injuries, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, and spondyloarthritis. He also published OT-RADS, guideline for bone tumor follow-up strategy using MRI and is engaged in other national-level guideline documents.
Dr. Chhabra serves as a committee member for numerous national and international professional organizations, including several scientific committees. He is also an active member of the International Skeletal Society, Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR), Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, American College of Radiology, and the Texas Radiological Society, which he serves as an alternate counselor.
Teaching and lecturing
Dr. Chhabra is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally at conferences and venues throughout the United States and around the world, including presenting the keynote addresses to the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, Ontario Association of Radiologists and musculoskeletal radiology societies in China, South Korea, South America, and the Arabian Gulf. He has also presented the Tummala Madhusudana Rao Endowment Oration to the Asian Musculoskeletal Society.
Dr. Chabbra has received many scholarly awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the SSR, the GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) award from the Association of University Radiologists, the William M.G. Gatewood M.D. Fellowship Award from Johns Hopkins University, and the Stephen B. Milam Research Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation.
The author of more than 270 peer-reviewed publications, two textbooks and 30 book chapters, Dr. Chhabra also serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals, and is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, European Radiology, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
His dedication to the community is demonstrated by his commitment to volunteerism, ranging from judging professional conference events to local science fairs, and organizing medical camps.
Dr. Chhabra’s longtime passion for cricket and tennis includes playing the games. He also enjoys watching basketball and football, traveling to different parts of the world, and cooking traditional Indian food.
Education & Training
Professional Associations & Affiliations
- American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
- American University Radiologists (AUR)
- Indian Radiological Society
- International Skeletal Society
- International society of magnetic resonance in medicine (ISMRM)
- National Magnetic Resonance Society
- Radiological society of North America (RSNA)
- Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Society of Skeletal Radiology
- Texas Radiological Society
Honors & Awards
- D Magazine Best Doctor 2021
- Best Article Representing ISAKOS 2021, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
- Certificate of Appreciation 2021, Indian Radiological and Imaging Association
- Honor of Appreciation - Cafe Roentgen Webinar 2020, Radiology Education Foundation of Mumbai
- Mentor Recognition Award 2020, International Skeletal Society
- Stephen B. Milan Award 2020, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation
- Cum Laude Award 2019, Radiological Society of North America
- Best Poster 2018, European Society of Skeletal Radiology
- Certificate of Merit 2017, Radiological Society of North America
- Keynote Speaker 2017, Ontario Association of Radiologists
- Keynote Speaker 2017, International Skeletal Society/Chinese Musculoskeletal Society
- Keynote Speaker 2016, Radiological Society of North America
- Diner Memorial Lecture in Radiology 2015, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- Keynote Speaker 2015, American Roentgen Ray Society
- Marquis Who's Who 2015, Platinum Edition
- Tummula Endowment Oration 2015, Asian Musculoskeletal Society
- Certificate of Merit 2014, Radiological Society of North America
- Certificate of Merit, Educational Exhibit 2012, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
- Certificate of Merit, Educational Exhibit 2012, Radiological Society of North America
- Gatewood Fellowship Award 2012, Johns Hopkins University
- First Place, Scientific Paper 2011, European Society of Radiology
- First Place, Scientific Paper 2011, Association of University Radiologists
- Trainee Research Prize 2011, Radiological Society of North America
- Young Investigator Award 2011, Society of Skeletal Radiology
- GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) 2010-2012, General Electric/Association of University Radiologists
- Second Prize, Scientific Exhibit 2006, Pennsylvania Radiological Society
- Certificate of Merit 2005, Radiological Society of North America
- First Prize, Scientific Exhibit 2005, Pennsylvania Radiological Society
- Certificate of Merit 2004, Radiological Society of North America
- First Prize, Scientific Exhibit 2004, Pennsylvania Radiological Society
- Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards for Four Consecutive Years 2004-2007, Drexel University
Books & Publications
Magnetic Resonance Neurography
Avneesh Chhabra, Gustav Andreisek (2012)
Musculoskeletal MRI Structured Evaluation: How to Practically Fill the Reporting Checklist
Avneesh Chhabra, Theodoros Soldatos (2014), Wolters
- Magnetic Resonance Neurography
MR imaging of skeletal muscle signal alterations: Systematic approach to evaluation.
Kumar Y, Wadhwa V, Phillips L, Pezeshk P, Chhabra A European journal of radiology 2016 May 85 5 922-35
Cross-sectional imaging of adult crystal and inflammatory arthropathies.
Soldatos T, Pezeshk P, Ezzati F, Karp DR, Taurog JD, Chhabra A Skeletal radiology 2016 May
Role of Diffusion Weighted Imaging in Musculoskeletal Infections: Current Perspectives.
Kumar Y, Khaleel M, Boothe E, Awdeh H, Wadhwa V, Chhabra A European radiology 2016 May
Current utilities of imaging in grading musculoskeletal soft tissue sarcomas.
Fisher SM, Joodi R, Madhuranthakam AJ, Öz OK, Sharma R, Chhabra A European journal of radiology 2016 Jul 85 7 1336-44
Incremental value of magnetic resonance neurography of Lumbosacral plexus over non-contributory lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging in radiculopathy: A prospective study.
Chhabra A, Farahani SJ, Thawait GK, Wadhwa V, Belzberg AJ, Carrino JA World journal of radiology 2016 Jan 8 1 109-16
Magnetic resonance neurography in the management of peripheral trigeminal neuropathy: experience in a tertiary care centre.
Cox B, Zuniga JR, Panchal N, Cheng J, Chhabra A European radiology 2016 Jan
ISAKOS classification of meniscal tears-illustration on 2D and 3D isotropic spin echo MR imaging.
Wadhwa V, Omar H, Coyner K, Khazzam M, Robertson W, Chhabra A European journal of radiology 2016 Jan 85 1 15-24
MR neurographic orthopantomogram: Ultrashort echo-time imaging of mandibular bone and teeth complemented with high-resolution morphological and functional MR neurography.
Manoliu A, Ho M, Nanz D, Dappa E, Boss A, Grodzki DM, Liu W, Chhabra A, Andreisek G, Kuhn FP Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI 2016 Feb
Whole-body MR neurography: Prospective feasibility study in polyneuropathy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Chhabra A, Carrino JA, Farahani SJ, Thawait GK, Sumner CJ, Wadhwa V, Chaudhary V, Lloyd TE Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI 2016 Apr
Second-Opinion Subspecialty Consultations in Musculoskeletal Radiology.
Chalian M, Del Grande F, Thakkar RS, Jalali SF, Chhabra A, Carrino JA AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2016 Apr 1-5
T2 black lesions on routine knee MRI: differential considerations.
Wadhwa V, Cho G, Moore D, Pezeshk P, Coyner K, Chhabra A European radiology 2015 Sep
Impact of high resolution 3 tesla MR neurography (MRN) on diagnostic thinking and therapeutic patient management.
Chhabra A, Belzberg AJ, Rosson GD, Thawait GK, Chalian M, Farahani SJ, Shores JT, Deune G, Hashemi S, Thawait SK, Subhawong TK, Carrino JA European radiology 2015 Sep
Patellar instability: CT and MRI measurements and their correlation with internal derangement findings.
Thakkar RS, Del Grande F, Wadhwa V, Chalian M, Andreisek G, Carrino JA, Eng J, Chhabra A Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA 2015 May
Assessment of image quality in soft tissue and bone visualization tasks for a dedicated extremity cone-beam CT system.
Demehri S, Muhit A, Zbijewski W, Stayman JW, Yorkston J, Packard N, Senn R, Yang D, Foos D, Thawait GK, Fayad LM, Chhabra A, Carrino JA, Siewerdsen JH European radiology 2015 Jan
SHINKEI-a novel 3D isotropic MR neurography technique: technical advantages over 3DIRTSE-based imaging.
Kasper JM, Wadhwa V, Scott KM, Rozen S, Xi Y, Chhabra A European radiology 2015 Feb
Atypical Infections versus Inflammatory Conditions of the Hand: The Role of Imaging in Diagnosis.
Soldatos T, Omar H, Sammer D, Chhabra A Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2015 Aug 136 2 316-27
Three-Dimensional MR Neurography of the Lumbosacral Plexus.
Chhabra A, Rozen S, Scott K Seminars in musculoskeletal radiology 2015 Apr 19 2 149-59
Non-Invasive Targeted Peripheral Nerve Ablation Using 3D MR Neurography and MRI-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU): Pilot Study in a Swine Model.
Huisman M, Staruch RM, Ladouceur-Wodzak M, van den Bosch MA, Burns DK, Chhabra A, Chopra R PloS one 2015 10 12 e0144742
Dynamic Evaluation of Pisotriquetral Instability Using 4-dimensional Computed Tomography.
Demehri S, Wadhwa V, Thawait GK, Fattahi N, Means KR, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Journal of computer assisted tomography 2014 May
Peripheral nerve injury grading simplified on MR neurography: As referenced to Seddon and Sunderland classifications.
Chhabra A, Ahlawat S, Belzberg A, Andreseik G The Indian journal of radiology & imaging 2014 Jul 24 3 217-24
Patellofemoral Friction Syndrome: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Correlation of Morphologic and T2 Cartilage Imaging.
Subhawong TK, Thakkar RS, Padua A, Flammang A, Chhabra A, Carrino JA Journal of computer assisted tomography 2014 Jan
Accuracy of MRI in diagnosing peripheral nerve disease: a systematic review of the literature.
Kwee RM, Chhabra A, Wang KC, Marker DR, Carrino JA AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2014 Dec 203 6 1303-9
High-Resolution 3T MR Neurography of the Brachial Plexus and Its Branches, with Emphasis on 3D Imaging.
Chhabra A, Thawait GK, Soldatos T, Thakkar RS, Grande FD, Chalian M, Carrino JA AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology 2013 Mar 34 3 486-97
Diffusion-weighted MR Neurography of Extremity Nerves at 3.0 T: Feasibility Study.
Zhao L, Wang G, Wu L, Yang L, Lin X, Chhabra A. 2013 June
Anatomic MR Imaging and Functional Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Peripheral Nerve Tumors and Tumorlike Conditions.
Chhabra A, Thakkar RS, Andreisek G, Chalian M, Belzberg AJ, Blakeley J, Hoke A, Thawait GK, Eng J, Carrino JA AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology 2013 Jan
Quantification of muscle fat in patients with low back pain: comparison of multi-echo MR imaging with single-voxel MR spectroscopy.
Fischer MA, Nanz D, Shimakawa A, Schirmer T, Guggenberger R, Chhabra A, Carrino JA, Andreisek G Radiology 2013 Feb 266 2 555-63
A systematic approach to magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of epiphyseal lesions.
Thawait SK, Thawait GK, Frassica FJ, Andreisek G, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Magnetic resonance imaging 2013 Apr 31 3 418-31
Magnetic resonance neurography-simple guide to performance and interpretation.
Chhabra A Seminars in roentgenology 2013 Apr 48 2 111-25
High-resolution magnetic resonance-guided posterior femoral cutaneous nerve blocks.
Fritz J, Bizzell C, Kathuria S, Flammang AJ, Williams EH, Belzberg AJ, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Skeletal radiology 2013 Apr 42 4 579-86
MR Neurography: Advances.
Chhabra A, Zhao L, Carrino JA, Trueblood E, Koceski S, Shteriev F, Lenkinski L, Sinclair CD, Andreisek G Radiology research and practice 2013 2013 809568
Kinematic "4 Dimensional" CT Imaging in the Assessment of Wrist Biomechanics Before and After Surgical Repair.
Shores JT, Demehri S, Chhabra A Eplasty 2013 13 e9
Multimodality correlations of patellar height measurement on X-ray, CT, and MRI.
Lee PP, Chalian M, Carrino JA, Eng J, Chhabra A Skeletal radiology 2012 Sep 41 10 1309-14
Assessment of median nerve with MR neurography by using diffusion-tensor imaging: normative and pathologic diffusion values.
Guggenberger R, Markovic D, Eppenberger P, Chhabra A, Schiller A, Nanz D, Prüssmann K, Andreisek G Radiology 2012 Oct 265 1 194-203
Magnetic resonance imaging of musculoskeletal infections: systematic diagnostic assessment and key points.
Soldatos T, Durand DJ, Subhawong TK, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Academic radiology 2012 Nov 19 11 1434-43
Current perspectives on the advantages of 3-T MR imaging of the wrist.
Chhabra A, Soldatos T, Thawait GK, Del Grande F, Thakkar RS, Means KR, Carrino JA Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc 2012 May-Jun 32 3 879-96
Prediction of transitional lumbosacral anatomy on magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine.
Chalian M, Soldatos T, Carrino JA, Belzberg AJ, Khanna J, Chhabra A World journal of radiology 2012 Mar 4 3 97-101
MR neurography of the median nerve at 3.0T: optimization of diffusion tensor imaging and fiber tractography.
Guggenberger R, Eppenberger P, Markovic D, Nanz D, Chhabra A, Pruessmann KP, Andreisek G European journal of radiology 2012 Jul 81 7 e775-82
Magnetic resonance neurography of common peroneal (fibular) neuropathy.
Lee PP, Chalian M, Bizzell C, Williams EH, Rosson GD, Belzberg AJ, Eng J, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Journal of computer assisted tomography 2012 Jul 36 4 455-61
High resolution magnetic resonance imaging of the patellar retinaculum: normal anatomy, common injury patterns, and pathologies.
Thawait SK, Soldatos T, Thawait GK, Cosgarea AJ, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Skeletal radiology 2012 Feb 41 2 137-48
Soft-tissue lesions: when can we exclude sarcoma?
Chhabra A, Soldatos T AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2012 Dec 199 6 1345-57
Spectrum of high-resolution MRI findings in diabetic neuropathy.
Thakkar RS, Del Grande F, Thawait GK, Andreisek G, Carrino JA, Chhabra A AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2012 Aug 199 2 407-12
A quantitative method to assess focal acetabular overcoverage resulting from pincer deformity using CT data.
Murphy RJ, Subhawong TK, Chhabra A, Carrino JA, Armand M, Hungerford M Clinical orthopaedics and related research 2011 Oct 469 10 2846-54
MR evaluation of synovial injury in shoulder trauma.
Chalian M, Soldatos T, Faridian-Aragh N, Andreisek G, McFarland EG, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Emergency radiology 2011 Oct 18 5 395-402
The application of three-dimensional diffusion-weighted PSIF technique in peripheral nerve imaging of the distal extremities.
Chhabra A, Soldatos T, Subhawong TK, Machado AJ, Thawait SK, Wang KC, Padua A, Flammang AJ, Williams EH, Carrino JA Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI 2011 Oct 34 4 962-7
The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnostic evaluation of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors.
Chhabra A, Soldatos T, Durand DJ, Carrino JA, McCarthy EF, Belzberg AJ Indian journal of cancer 2011 Jul-Sep 48 3 328-34
Cartilage magnetic resonance imaging techniques at 3 T: current status and future directions.
Thakkar RS, Subhawong T, Carrino JA, Chhabra A Topics in magnetic resonance imaging : TMRI 2011 Apr 22 2 71-81
Superolateral Hoffa's fat pad edema: association with patellofemoral maltracking and impingement.
Subhawong TK, Eng J, Carrino JA, Chhabra A AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2010 Dec 195 6 1367-73
Athletic pubalgia and the "sports hernia": MR imaging findings.
Zoga AC, Kavanagh EC, Omar IM, Morrison WB, Koulouris G, Lopez H, Chaabra A, Domesek J, Meyers WC Radiology 2008 Jun 247 3 797-807
Dysplastic hips demonstrate increased joint translation at higher body mass index.
Zhang AW, Nakonezny PA, Chhabra A, Fey N, Wells J, Skeletal radiology 2022 Oct
Prospective pre-operative 3-T MR neurography peripheral nerve mapping of upper extremity amputations implanted with FAST-LIFE electrode interfaces of robotic hands: technical report.
Mogharrabi B, Cheng J, Ratakonda R, Keefer E, Chhabra A, Skeletal radiology 2022 May
Tc-99m-tamoxifen: A novel diagnostic imaging agent for estrogen receptor-expressing breast cancer patients.
Chhabra A, Sharma U, Kumar R, Laroiya I, Bhatia A, Chadha V, Vatsa R, Upadhyay D, Kaur K, Bal A, Singh G, Mittal BR, Shukla J, Diagnostic and interventional radiology (Ankara, Turkey) 2022 May 28 3 275-284
Characterizing conventional ankle MRI findings of nerve and muscle changes in diabetic patients: a case-control study.
Lue B, Amaya J, Silva FD, Raspovic K, Xi Y, Chhabra A, Skeletal radiology 2022 Sep
Effect of a Condensed NBA Season on Injury Risk: An Analysis of the 2020 Season and Player Safety.
Morikawa LH, Tummala SV, Brinkman JC, Buckner Petty SA, Chhabra A, Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine 2022 Sep 10 9 23259671221121116
Does surgery change pelvic tilt? : an investigation in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, dysplasia, and femoroacetabular impingement.
Thummala AR, Xi Y, Middleton E, Kohli A, Chhabra A, Wells J, The bone & joint journal 2022 Sep 104-B 9 1025-1031
Glenohumeral osteoarthritis: what the surgeon needs from the radiologist.
Silva FD, Ramachandran S, Chhabra A, Skeletal radiology 2022 Oct
Mapping, clustering, and analysis of research in psychiatric genomics.
Yadav S, Chhabra A, Mahesh G, Psychiatric genetics 2022 Oct
Prospective 5-Year Analysis of the United States Radiation Oncology Job Market using the ASTRO Career Center Website.
Shumway JW, Royce T, Bates J, Chhabra AM, Patel KR, Jones G, Vapiwala N, Marwaha G, Chowdhary M, International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2022 Oct
Letter to editor in reference to OT-RADS.
Chhabra A, Skeletal radiology 2022 Oct
Does Preoperative Activity Level Affect Postoperative Outcomes Following Total Hip Arthroplasty?
Reine ST, Xi Y, Chhabra A, LaCross J, Kohli A, Wells JE, The Journal of arthroplasty 2022 Mar
- MR imaging of skeletal muscle signal alterations: Systematic approach to evaluation.
- Sports Imaging, Sarcoma imaging, MR Neurography, Rheumatology and Whole body MR imaging, Image guided injections and biopsies
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Diagnostic Radiology
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