Steven Seltzer

Visiting Scholar – Economic Studies

Steven Seltzer is a visiting scholar in Economic Studies at the Center for Health Policy, working with working with the Richard Merkin Initiative for Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. Dr. Seltzer has been the Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School since 1997. He is past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization.

Dr. Seltzer received his baccalaureate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He did his Radiology Residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1976 to 1980, and joined the Brigham Faculty immediately afterwards.  His clinical interests are in the field of abdominal imaging, particularly advanced applications of helical CT.  His research interests are in the arena of perception and psychophysics, focusing on improving our understanding of how radiologists detect, locate and classify abnormalities on diagnostic images.  He has published well over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts on these topics.

Dr. Seltzer has been involved in projects aimed at improving the quality, safety, productivity and cost-effectiveness of radiology services for more than two decades.  As BWH Radiology Department Chair, he helped establish the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging (Ramin Khorasani, founding Director).

Active in many radiological organizations, Dr. Seltzer is a past President of the Association of University Radiologists and was awarded the AUR’s Gold Medal in 2004.  He currently serves as Past President of the Academy for Radiology Research, the Past President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and the current President of the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Perception and Psychophysics
    • Radiology
    • Interpreting Diagnostic Images
    • Health Policy
    • Medicine
  • Current Positions

    • Chair, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Board of Directors, Brigham and Women's Physician Hospital Organization and Physician Organization
    • Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Education

    • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
    • M.A. (Hon.), Harvard University
    • B.A., University of Pennsylvania