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Carrie B. Ruzal-Shapiro, MD

Board Certifications: 
Pediatric Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Radiology - Diagnostic Radiology
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Radiology - Diagnostic Radiology

Clinical Expertise

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology


Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1982 Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeon
  • Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Residency: 1988 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: 1989 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C

Honors & Awards

  • Teacher of the Year Department Radiology, CPMC 1995
  • Woman Physician of the Year – Nominee, CPMC 1998
  • The Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Physicians and Surgeons 2002
  • AMWA Distinguished Female Faculty Award - Nominee Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 2003
  • Attending of the Year Nominee – Department of Pediatrics Children’s Hospital of New York 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • The American College of Medical Physics RIT Award for excellence for the JACMP best medical imaging Article in 2005
  • Women in Medicine Leadership Program Columbia University Medical Center 2010
  • Jack O. Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching Society of Pediatric Radiology 2014

About Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro

Dr. Carrie B Ruzal-Shapiro is a passionate clinician-educator. Dr. Ruzal-Shapiro introduced radiology to the first, second, and third-year medical curriculum in 1992. She has precepted over 100 medical students in her fourth-year pediatric radiology elective. In 2002, the graduating class of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons elected her teacher of the year. Dr. Ruzal-Shapiro served as program director of the Radiology Residency as well as the Pediatric Radiology Fellowship. In 1995 she won the radiology residents' Teacher of the Year award. In 2014, she won the Haller Award for Teaching Excellence from the Society of Pediatric Radiology; this award is granted yearly to that individual who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding ability to educate trainees (medical student, resident, and fellow) and who has shown sustained substantial excellence in mentorship skills.

Dr Ruzal-Shapiro's primary focus is the clinical practice of pediatric radiology. She is an active fluoroscopist and participant in the interpretation of all imaging modalities related to pediatric radiology. Her insight and collaboration with her clinical colleagues shows how the radiologist can truly impact patient care.

Dr Ruzal-Shapiro research interests are wide, most recently she has been interested in radiation dose reduction and abdominal imaging, demonstrating how MRI can be substituted for CT in the evaluation of children with abdominal pain.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Radiology at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Radiology
  • Vice Chair of Faculty Mentoring and Development

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

Radiological Society of North America
American Association of Women Radiologists
American Medical Women's Association
Society for Pediatric Radiology
American College of Radiology
New York State Radiological Society
Association of Program Directors in Radiology
New York Roentgen Society
American Roentgen Ray Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199


  • MagnaCare


  • Traditional Medicare (NY)


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • MVP Health Care-HMO/EPO (Westchester Only)
  • MVP Health Care-PPO (Westchester Only)

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

Workers' Compensation

  • Workers' Comp-Board of NY

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.


Selected Publications

  • Ruzal-Shapiro C, Berdon WE, Cohen MD, Abramson SJ: MR Imaging of Diffuse Bone Marrow Replacement in Pediatric Patients with Cancer. Radiology 181:587-589, 1991.
  • Mullen L, Berdon WE, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Levin TL, Garvin J, Fountain K: Skeletal and bone marrow imaging changes after radiotherapy and chemotherapy for childhood soft tissue tumors. Radiology 195:413-417, 1995
  • Ruzal-Shapiro, C: Cystic Fibrosis: An overview. Radiologic Clinics of North America, Jan. 1998, 36(1): 143.
  • Vydareny KH, Waldrop SM, Jackson VP, Manaster BJ, Nazarian GK, Reich CA, Ruzal-Shapiro C: The road to success: Factors affecting the speed of promotion of academic radiologists. Academic Radiology 1999, 6(10):564-569
  • Feng L, Ruzal-Shapiro,C: Factors that Influence Radiologists' Career Choices. Acad Radiol Jan 2003, 10(1):45-51
  • Taragin BH, Feng L, Ruzal-Shapiro C: Online Radiology Appropriateness Survey: Results and Conclusions from an Academic Internal Medicine Residency. Acad Radiol July 2003, 10(7):781-785
  • Dayan, P. S. Vitale, M. Langsam, D. J. Ruzal-Shapiro, C. Novick, M. K. Kuppermann, N. Miller, S. Z. Derivation of clinical prediction rules to identify children with fractures after twisting injuries of the ankle. Academic Emergency Medicine 11(7): 736-43, 2004
  • Roskind C, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Dowd E, Dayan P Test Characteristics of the 3-View Abdominal Radiograph Series in the Diagnosis of Intussusception. Pediatric Emergency Care 23(11) 785-589,November 2007
  • Hirschl D, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Taragin BH Online Survey of Radiologic Ordering Practices by Pediatric Trainees The Journal of the American College of Radiology 7(5) 360-363, May 2010
  • Pusic MV, Andrews JS, Kessler DO, Teng DC, Pecaric MR, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Boutis K Prevalence of abnormal cases in an image bank affects the learning of radiograph interpretation, Medical Education 2012: 46: 289-29843.
  • Roskind, Cindy G.; Kamdar, Gunjan; Ruzal-Shapiro, Carrie B.; Bennett, Jonathan E.; Dayan, Peter S. Accuracy of Plain Radiographs to Exclude the Diagnosis of Intussusception, Pediatric Emergency Care. 28(9):855-858, September 2012.
  • Garcia M, Taylor G, Babcock L, Dillman JR, Iqbal V, Quijano CV, Wootton-Gorges SL, Adelgais K, Anupindi SA, Sonavane S, Joshi A, Veeramani M, Atabaki SM, Monroe DJ, Blumberg SJ, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Cook LJ, Dayan PS; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Computed Tomography With Intravenous Contrast Alone: The Role of Intra-abdominal Fat on the Ability to Visualize the Normal Appendix in Children. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Aug;20(8):795-800. doi: 10.1111/acem.12185.45.
  • Aspelund G, Fingeret A, Gross E, Kessler D, Keung C, Thirumoorthi A, Oh P, Behr G, Chen S,Lample B, Middlesworth W, Kandel J, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Ultrasonography/MRI Versus CT for Diagnosing Appendicitis, Pediatrics Vol. 133 No. 4 April 1, 2014 pp. 586 -593
  • Rosines LA, Chow DS, Lampl BS, Chen S, Gordon S, Mui LW, Aspelund G, Ruzal-Shapiro CB.Value of Gadolinium Enhanced MRI in Detection of Acute Appendicitis in Middle Age Children and Adolescents. AJR 2014 Nov;203(5):W543-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.1209347.
  • Tagliaferro T, Bateman D, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Polin RA, Early radiologic evidence of severe respiratory distress syndrome as a predictor of nasal continuous positive airway pressure failure in extremely low birth weight newborns. J Perinatol. 2015 Feb;35(2):99-103. doi: 10.1038/jp.2014.164. Epub 2014 Sep 4
  • Boutis K, Cano S, Pecaric M, Welch-Horan B, Lampl B, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Pusic M. The Case for Including Normal Cases in Radiology Teaching. Canadian Medical Education Journal. Accepted for Publication.