Richard D. Bellah, MD, FAAP

Attending Radiologist
Associate Professor of Radiology

Dr. Bellah is an Attending Radiologist within the Division of Body Imaging, the Director of Ultrasound and of the KOP Pediatric Imaging Center, and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Medical Degree from Medical University of South Carolina and completed Diagnostic Radiology residencies at Oschsner Medical Institutes and Tulane Medical Center in Louisiana, a Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s in Virginia, and a Pediatric Radiology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. He additionally completed a Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bellah holds dual board certification in Diagnostic Radiology and Pediatric Radiology.

Dr. Bellah is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, Society for Pediatric Radiology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Roentgen Ray Society, Society of Uroradiology, and American College of Radiology. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, Journal of Urology, Pediatric Radiology, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Publication Highlights

  1. Gongidi P, Bellah RD (2017 Aug). Ultrasound of the Pediatric Appendix. Pediatric Radiology, 47(9): 1091-1100. Doi: 10.1007/s00247-017-3928-4. Electronically published: 2017 Aug 4. PMID: 28779198.
  2. Ntoulia A, Back SJ, Shellikeri S, Poznick L, Morgan T, Kerwood J, Edgar JC, Bellah R, Reid J, Jaramillo D, Canning D, Darge K (2018 Feb). Contrast-Enhanced Voiding Urosonography (ceVUS) with the Intravesical Administration of the Ultrasound Contrast Agent Optison™ for Vesicoureteral Reflux Detection in Children: A Prospective Clinical Trial. Pediatric Radiology, 48(2): 216-226. Doi: 10.1007/s00247-017-4026-3. Electronically published: 2017 Nov 27. PMID: 2918158
  1. Nelson CE, Chen AE, Bellah RD, Biko DM, Ho-Fung VM, Francavilla ML, Xiao R, Kaplan SL (2018 Jun 6). Ultrasound Features of Purulent Skin and Soft Tissue Infection without Abscess. Emergency Radiology, 25(5): 505-511. Doi: 10.1007/s10140-018-1612-0. PMID: 29876711.
  2. Back SJ, Christopher Edgar J, Weiss DA, Oliver ER, Bellah RD, Darge K (2018 Jun 20). Rater Reliability of Postnatal Urinary Tract Dilation Consensus Classification. Pediatric Radiology, 48(11): 1606-1611. Doi: 10.1007/s00247-018-4173-1. PMID: 29926146.
  3. Pomeranz CB, Cullen DL, Bellah RD (2018 Sep). Deep Venous Thrombosis in a Child with Inferior Vena Cava and Renal Anomalies: KILT Syndrome. Pediatric Radiology, 48(10): 1521-1525. Doi: 10.1007/s00247-018-4155-3. Electronically published: 2018 May 12. PMID: 29754159.

Research Focus: Genitourinary (GU) Imaging, Emergency Radiology

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Genitourinary (GU) Imaging, Emergency Radiology