Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Professor of Radiology
Dr. Etta Pisano served MUSC as a Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the College of Medicine from July 1, 2010 through August 2014. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Radiology. Prior to accepting her positions at MUSC, Dr. Pisano served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at UNC School of Medicine, Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and Director of the N.C. Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. She is an expert in breast cancer imaging and served as the Chief of Breast Imaging at UNC Hospitals from 1989 to 2005. Dr. Pisano received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from Duke University. After completing a rotating internship in a community-based program in Pensacola, Florida, she completed her radiology residency at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School. After her residency, Dr. Pisano spent a year as Chief of Breast Imaging and Instructor in Radiology at the same institution. Dr. Pisano's professional interests center around the development, application and testing of imaging technology for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and other breast problems.
Dr. Pisano is a Past President of the Association of University Radiologists and the American Association for Women Radiologists, and has been named by Diagnostic Imaging magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in radiology. She served as the Principal Investigator of the largest clinical trial ever run by a radiologist, the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), which enrolled 49,528 women in a study comparing digital to film mammography, the results of which were published in 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Pisano was awarded one of the first Ladies' Home Journal Health Breakthrough Awards. In 2008 she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Recently Dr. Pisano co-founded her own company, NextRay, Inc., which will commercialize a device she and the other cofounders invented, a technology which creates medical images using x-rays through diffraction enhanced imaging which provides superior image quality at a dose that is substantially lower than is currently available. This will be most important to children and young adults, and young women undergoing breast cancer screening.
Etta Pisano's Curriculum Vitae (PDF Format)** Note in order to view this document you will need to have the free Adobe Reader® installed on your computer. More on Adobe Acrobat®.