Joanne Shepard, M.D.
Physician Investigator (Cl)
Radiology, Mass General Research Institute
Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Thoracic Imaging and Intervention, Massachusetts General Hospital
|MD Boston University School of Medicine 1977|
The MGH recently participated in the Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PIOPED II), a National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored multi-center trial in the investigation of pulmonary embolism by CT angiography (CTA) and peripheral venous thrombosis by CT venography (CTV). Dr. Shepard oversaw the implementation of this trial within the Division of Thoracic Radiology at MGH. The results of the PIOPED II investigation have recently been published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Shepard's clinical investigations have focused on imaging of thoracic surgical conditions including lung transplantation, diseases of the airways, and lung tumors. She has described imaging findings on new technologies including MR imaging and FDG PET imaging characteristics of chest tumors. She has investigated the CT evaluation of incidental pulmonary nodules detected by CT leading to the development of guidelines for the follow up of pulmonary nodules published by the Fleischner Society. Dr. Shepard is currently investigating dose reduction techniques in CT imaging of the chest.