Jonathan H. Chung

Associate Professor of Radiology
Section Chief, Thoracic Radiology
Interim Vice Chair for Quality, Radiology

Jonathan H. Chung, MD, specializes in cardiopulmonary imaging. Dr. Chung analyzes and interprets chest radiographs and CT scans for thoracic diseases, and has an expertise in interstitial lung disease, occupational lung disease, nontuberculous mycobacterial pneumonia and diseases of the large and small airways.

Through his research, Dr. Chung is studying how imaging can play a more significant role in patients with chronic lung diseases, specifically, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, occupational lung disease and nontuberculous mycobacterial pneumonia. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles that have been published in scientific journals, co-authored 5 book chapters, and 3 books that focus on chest diagnostics.

In addition to his clinical work and research efforts, Dr. Chung also dedicates himself to educating medical students, residents and fellows, performing numerous one-on-one teaching sessions and mentoring younger physicians. His devotion to education has been recognized several times, including when he received the Radiological Society of North America Honored Educator Award in 2013 and the Marc Tetalman Award in 2016.


Medical school: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2004.
Internship: Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA, 2005.
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009.
Fellowship: Cardiopulmonary Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2010.
Certification: American Board of Radiology, 2009.


  • RSNA Honored Educator Award, 2013.
  • Colorado Radiological Society Executive Council, 2013-2014.
  • Editor's Recognition Award with Special Distinction in Reviewing, Radiology, 2014.
  • Editor's Recognition Award for Distinction in Reviewing, Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 2014.
  • Thoracic Core Exam Committee, American Board of Radiology, 2013-Present.
  • Vice Chair of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Thoracic Imaging, American College of Radiology, 2014-2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2004

Clinical Interests

 Interstitial lung disease, occupational lung disease, B reads (NIOSH B reader certified), large and small airways disease, nontuberculous mycobacterial pneumonia

Research Interests

 Interstitial lung disease, pulmonary MRI, Quality improvement

Selected Publications

  1. Chung JH, Chawla A, Peljto AL, Cool CD, Groshong SD, Talbert JL, McKean DF, Brown KK, Fingerlin TE, Schwarz MI, Schwartz DA, Lynch DA. CT scan findings of probable usual interstitial pneumonitis have a high predictive value for histologic usual interstitial pneumonitis. Chest. 2015 Feb;147(2):450-9.
  2. Carr LL, Chung JH, Duarte Achcar R, Lesic Z, Rho JY, Yagihashi K, Tate RM, Swigris JJ, Kern JA. The clinical course of diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia. Chest. 2015 Feb;147(2):415-22.
  3. Chung JH, Cox CW, Mohammed TL, Kirsch J, Brown K, Dyer DS, Ginsburg ME, Heitkamp DE, Kanne JP, Kazerooni EA, Ketai LH, Ravenel JG, Saleh AG, Shah RD, Steiner RM, Suh RD. ACR appropriateness criteria blunt chest trauma. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Apr;11(4):345-51.
  4. Chung JH, Cox CW, Forssen AV, Biederer J, Puderbach M, Lynch DA. The dark lymph node sign on magnetic resonance imaging: a novel finding in patients with sarcoidosis. J Thorac Imaging. 2014 Mar;29(2):125-9.
  5. Chung JH, Little BP, Forssen AV, Yong J, Nambu A, Kazlouski D, Puderbach M, Biederer J, Lynch DA. Proton MRI in the evaluation of pulmonary sarcoidosis: comparison to chest CT. Eur J Radiol. 2013 Dec;82(12):2378-85.
  6. Chung JH, Kradin RL, Greene RE, Shepard JA, Digumarthy SR. CT predictors of mortality in pathology confirmed ARDS. Eur Radiol. 2011 Apr;21(4):730-7.