Christopher Sistrom

Distinguished Scientist

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Christopher Sistrom

Distinguished Scientist


Dr. Chris Sistrom is a diagnostic radiologist, associate professor of radiology, and chief information officer in the department of radiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He also has a PhD in health services research, and is a visiting scientist/senior fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Sistrom's area of focus is on medical imaging utilization, in particular studying the factors that influence decisions by primary care physicians to order imaging exams. His most recent publications include research on reducing resident approval times with email notification, analyzing the impacts of a barrier to low-yield exams on outpatient imaging, and the use of computerized physician order entry systems with integrated decision support on the growth of outpatient CT, MRI, and ultrasound procedures.

He has held editorial positions at the American Journal of Roentgenology, Radiology, Academic Radiology, the Journal of the American College of Radiology, and the Journal of Digital Imaging. He has also served on multiple committees for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), including structured reporting, radiology informatics, and the RadLex steering committee, as well as the nominating committee for the Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence. He also serves on the American College of Radiology's informatics steering committee and the appropriateness criteria infrastructure group, as well as the National Quality Forum's clinical decision support expert panel.

Dr. Sistrom also served in the U.S. Army on active duty from 1973-1977 in the Signal Corps/Army Security Agency, teaching cryptography at Fort Gordon, GA. Following his honorable discharge he served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1977-1980 in the 313th mobile hospital unit based in Eugene, OR.