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Seyed Ali Nabavizadeh, MD

Seyed Ali Nabavizadeh, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nabavizadeh is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Diagnostic Radiology, 2016
  • Neuroradiology, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Arterial Dissection
  • Biopsy
  • Cryoablation
  • CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
  • CT Scan Guided Biopsy
  • CTA (Computed Tomography Angiography)
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Test
  • Embolization
  • Microwave Ablation (MWA)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography)
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Nuclear Imaging
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Stent Placement
  • Steroid Injection
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Ray
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Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Radiology HUP

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 1st Floor, Dulles Building 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program
  • Vibra Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Shiraz University
Residency: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, National American Society of Neuroradiology, National European Society of Radiology, International Radiological Society of North America, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nabavizadeh is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

I have experience in different MR perfusion techniques to measure blood flow in pediatric and adult brain tumors. In addition, I have successfully used advanced MRI techniques such as arterial spin labeling (ASL) and susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) to investigate the vascular architecture of brain arteriovenous malformations. My current research efforts include multimodality imaging using structural and functional imaging with additional PET probes and molecular imaging techniques to better understand the complex nature of various brain pathologies.

Selected Publications:

Lazor J, Schmitt JE, Loevner LA, Nabavizadeh SA: Metabolic changes of brain developmental venous anomalies on 18F-FDG-PET Academic Radiology 26 (4): 443-449,2019 .

Bagley S, Nabavizadeh SA, Mays J, Till JE, Ware J, Levy S, Sarchiapone W, Hussain J, Prior TJ, Guiry S, Christensen T, Yee SS, Nasrallah M, Morrissette JJ, Binder Z, O'Rourke DM, Cucchiara AJ, Brem S, Desai AS, Carpenter EL: Clinical utility of plasma cell-free DNA in adult patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma - a pilot prospective study. Clin Cancer Res. : 2019.

Kuan EC, Rereddy SK, Patel NN, Maina IW, Triantafillou V, Kohanski MA, Tong CCL, Nabavizadeh SA, Lee JYK, Grady MS, O'Malley BW Jr, Palmer JN2, Adappa ND.: Asymptomatic radiographic sinonasal inflammation does not affect pituitary surgery outcomes. Laryngoscope 129 (7): 1545-1548,2019.

Cox M, Kung D, Hurst RW, Bagley LJ, Nabavizadeh SA.: Significance of the absent vertebral artery T2 flow void on cervical spine MRI in atraumatic patients without acute neurological symptoms. Neuroradiol J 32 (3): 154-157,2019.

Nabavizadeh SA, Akbari H, Ware JB, Nasrallah M, Guiry S, Bagley SJ, Desai A, Levy S, Sarchiapone W, Prior T, Detre J, Wolf RL, O'Rourke DM, Brem S, Davatzikos C: Arterial Spin Labeling and Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast-enhanced MR Imaging for evaluation of arteriovenous shunting and tumor hypoxia in glioblastoma. Sci Rep 9 (1): 2019.

Chawla S, Wang S, Mohan S, Nasrallah M, Verma G, Brem S, O'Rourke DM, Wolf RL, Poptani H, Nabavizadeh SA.: Differentiation of brain infection from necrotic glioblastoma using combined analysis of diffusion and perfusion MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging 49 (1): 184-194,2019.

Chawla S, Lee SC, Mohan S, Wang S, Nasrallah M, Vossough A, Krejza J, Melhem ER, Nabavizadeh SA.: Lack of choline elevation on proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in grade I-III gliomas. Neuroradiol J : 2019.

Henderson F, Brem S, O’Rourke DM, Nasrallah M, Buch VP, Young A, Doot R, Pantel A, Desai A, Bagley S, Nabavizadeh SA: 18F-fluciclovine PET to distinguish treatment related effects from disease progression in recurrent glioblastoma: PET fusion with MRI guides neurosurgical sampling Neuro-Oncology Practice : 2019.

Assadsangabi R, Mohan S, Nabavizadeh SA.: Clinical manifestations and imaging findings of thrombosis of developmental venous anomalies. Clinical Radiology 73 (11): 985.e7-985.e12,2018.

Nabavizadeh SA, Sundararajan SH, Schmitt JE, Loevner LA: Reversible Dilatation of the Superior Ophthalmic Vein in intubated patients American Journal of Neuroradiology 39 (8): 1505-1508,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Radiology
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)