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Cynthia K. Rigsby, MD

Clinical and Community Trials
Pronouns: She, Her

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. —Desmond Tutu ”

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Cardiovascular CT and MRI
  • Congenital Heart Disease


  • Chair, Department of Medical Imaging (Radiology), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
  • Earl J. Frederick Distinguished Professorship in Radiology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago  
  • Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology) and Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

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Cynthia Rigsby, MD, is a pediatric radiologist and internationally recognized pediatric cardiovascular imaging clinician and researcher. She has been supported by organizations including Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rigsby and the cardiovascular imaging section at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago evaluate techniques and analytic tools for the comprehensive in-vivo measurement and analysis of cardiovascular hemodynamics in patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. 

Education and Background

  • Pediatric Radiology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 1995-1996
  • Diagnostic Radiology Residency, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University St Louis, Barnes Hospital 1991-1995
  • Internal Medicine Intern, University of North Carolina Hospitals 1990-1991
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine 1990
  • BA, Duke University 1986

Featured Grants

Functional 4D MRI in Congenital Heart Disease

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
04/01/2018 → 03/30/2023

Patient Specific In-Vitro Modeling of Hemodynamic Outcome in Aortic Coarctation Repair

American Heart Association
08/01/2019 → 06/30/2023

Rapid Pediatric Cardiovascular MRI without Contrast Agent or Anesthesia

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
09/10/2017 → 06/30/2022

Comprehensive Cardiac Structure-Function Analysis in Heart Transplantation

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
07/01/2021 → 06/30/2026

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