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Alison Chetlen, DO

Alison Chetlen, DO

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Radiology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
Disease Teams:
Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Team
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Research Interests

Dr. Alison Chetlen has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts related to breast cancer screening, breast magnetic resonance imaging, management and recruitment of women at high risk for developing breast cancer, anticoagulation and breast biopsy, online social networking, simulation in radiology, virtual journal club, peer learning and peer coaching, and development of a breast health chatbot.

She is involved as a co-investigator in numerous ACRIN trials. She lectures to the community on risk assessment and screening for breast cancer and speaks locally and regionally on topics such as new breast imaging technologies.


  • Breast
  • Radiology
  • Mammography
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Radiologists
  • Neoplasms
  • Education
  • Biopsy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Medical Students
  • Psychological Burnout

Recent Publications


Expert Panel on Breast Imaging 2023, 'ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Palpable Breast Masses: 2022 Update', Journal of the American College of Radiology, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. S146-S163.


Expert Panel on Breast Imaging 2022, 'ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Imaging After Breast Surgery', Journal of the American College of Radiology, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. S341-S356.
Petscavage-Thomas, JM, Hardy, S & Chetlen, A 2022, 'Mitigation Tactics Discovered During COVID-19 with Long-Term Report Turnaround Time and Burnout Reduction Benefits', Academic Radiology, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 1786-1791.
Belfi, LM, Chetlen, A, Frigini, A, Jay, A, Methratta, ST, Robbins, J, Woods, R & Deitte, L 2023, 'Recovering Joy in the Workplace Requires P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.', Academic Radiology, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 536-540.
Agarwal, V, Mullins, ME, Mainiero, MB, Suh, RD, Chetlen, AL & Lewis, PJ 2022, 'The ADVICER Template for Faculty Reviewer Letters for Promotion and Appointment', Academic Radiology, vol. 29, no. 9, pp. 1413-1416.


Burns, J, Chetlen, A, Morgan, DE, Catanzano, TM, McLoud, TC, Slanetz, PJ & Jay, AK 2022, 'Affecting Change: Enhancing Feedback Interactions with Radiology Trainees', Academic Radiology, vol. 29, pp. S111-S117.
Shen, C, Klein, RW, Moss, JL, Dodge, DG, Chetlen, AL, Stahl, KA, Zhou, S, Leslie, DL, Ruffin, MT & Lengerich, EJ 2021, 'Association Between Dense Breast Legislation and Cancer Stage at Diagnosis', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 61, no. 6, pp. 890-899.
Tran, L, Chetlen, AL, Leslie, DL & Segel, JE 2022, 'Effect of Out-of-Pocket Costs on Subsequent Mammography Screening', Journal of the American College of Radiology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 24-34.
Sivarajah, R, Dinh, ML & Chetlen, A 2021, 'Errors in Breast Imaging: How to Reduce Errors and Promote a Safety Environment', Journal of Breast Imaging, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 221-230.
Petscavage-Thomas, J, Beatty-Chadha, J, Chetlen, A, Artrip, R, Welkie, J & Neutze, J 2021, 'Medical Student Elective to Improve Diagnosis in Health Care: Developing Solutions to Reduce Patient Harm', Academic Radiology, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 997-1001.
Belfi, LM, Jordan, SG, Chetlen, A, Deitte, LA, Frigini, LA, Methratta, ST, Robbins, J, Woods, R, Benefield, T & Jay, AK 2022, 'Self-Care and Storytelling for Radiologists: A Feasibility Study', Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 445-449.


Sivarajah, R, Welkie, J, Mack, J, Casas, RS, Paulishak, M & Chetlen, AL 2020, 'A review of breast pain: Causes, imaging recommendations, and treatment', Journal of Breast Imaging, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 101-111.
Slanetz, PJ, Bedi, H, Kesler, T & Chetlen, A 2020, 'Optimizing Journal Clubs in the Post–COVID-19 Era', Journal of the American College of Radiology, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1496-1498.
Bouhmam, H, Romanoski, N & Chetlen, A 2020, 'Reducing Barriers to Breast Imaging in Patients with Mobility Limitations', Journal of Breast Imaging, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 56-60.
Catanzano, TM, Slanetz, P, Schaefer, PW, Chetlen, AL, Naeger, DM, Mohammed, TL, Agarwal, V & Mullins, ME 2021, 'Vice Chair for Education: Twelve Roles to Provide a Framework for Success', Academic Radiology, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 1010-1017.
Sivarajah, RT, Brown, K & Chetlen, A 2020, '“I can see clearly now.” fundamentals of breast ultrasound optimization', Clinical Imaging, vol. 64, pp. 124-135.


Chetlen, AL, Petscavage-Thomas, J, Cherian, RA, Ulano, A, Nandwana, SB, Curci, NE, Swanson, RT, Artrip, R, Bathala, TK, Gettle, LM & Frigini, LA 2020, 'Collaborative Learning in Radiology: From Peer Review to Peer Learning and Peer Coaching', Academic Radiology, vol. 27, no. 9, pp. 1261-1267.
Chen, YA, Mack, JA, Karamchandani, DM, Zaleski, MP, Xu, L, Dodge, DG & Chetlen, AL 2019, 'Excision recommended in high-risk patients: Revisiting the diagnosis of papilloma on core biopsy in the context of patient risk', Breast Journal, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 232-236.
Chetlen, A, Artrip, R, Drury, B, Arbaiza, A & Moore, M 2019, 'Novel Use of Chatbot Technology to Educate Patients Before Breast Biopsy', Journal of the American College of Radiology, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 1305-1308.