Rosaleen B. Parsons, MD, FACR, FSAR

Rosaleen Parsons, MD, FACR
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Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Chair, Diagnostic Imaging


Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020
    Diagnostic Radiology

Treatment Philosophy

I joined the medical staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1999. I entered radiology because I love the diversity of the specialty and the consultative aspect of the field, "the doctor's doctor" idea. This means that my role is mainly to work closely with the rest of your doctors to determine your diagnosis, the stage (extent) of your cancer and how treatment affects it.

Important treatment decisions are based, in part, on your imaging results. As a physician specially trained in radiology, I use my expertise to correctly interpret these complicated findings. I enjoy comparing patients' imaging results with clinical findings to ensure that all possible diagnoses have been considered. This process takes place in collaboration with other members of your physician team. For patients, this translates to a more accurate diagnosis, which helps oncologists [cancer doctors] design more tailored treatment.

While much of radiology involves interpreting images, I also like the patient interaction afforded while performing procedures such as image-guided biopsies.


Chair, Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Parsons joined the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1999 and has overseen the dramatic expansion of the department, which is now a state-of-the-art, fully digital facility with interventional radiology, PET/CT, ultrasound, digital mammography, and computed tomography.

Dr. Parsons, has an international reputation in the field of genitourinary radiology, and has published manuscripts and authored chapters in the field.  She has lectured in China, Switzerland and Italy. She has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Women’s Imaging and is a manuscript reviewer for Radiology, Radiographics, American Journal of Radiology and Acta Radiology.

She has served as a Counselor for the American College of Radiology and was awarded fellowship status in May 2009. Dr. Parsons has been a board examiner for the American College of Radiology since 1997 and is a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Radiological Society of North America, the Society of Uroradiology and the International Society of Oncologic Imaging. She also gives national board review to urology residents in the field of genitourinary radiology.

Dr. Parsons is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of the Springside School, where she serves on the National Alumnae Council, La Salle University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  She completed her radiology training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she served as chief resident.  Prior to coming to Fox Chase Cancer Center she was an associate professor of radiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, where she was twice named attending of the year.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD, Drexel University (formally Medical College of Pennsylvania), Philadelphia, PA
  • BA, La Salle University Philadelphia


  • American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology


  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Imaging Panel
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Radiology Society of North America
  • Society of Abdominal Imaging
  • Fellow, Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR)

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia magazine Top Doctor, 2009-20
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2009-17
  • Leading Physician of the World, International Association of Radiologists
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Board of Radiology

Selected Publications

Rosaleen B. Parsons, MD, Robert Uzzo, MD, Daniel Canter, MD, R.E.N.A.L.-Nephrometry The Radiologist’s Perspective.  Accepted for publication in American Journal of Roentgenology. 2012, Volume 199 No. 3

Steven C. Eberhardt, MD, Jennifer A. Johnson, MD, MPH, Rosaleen B. Parsons, MD, Oncology Imaging in the Abdomen and Pelvis: Where Cancer Hides.  Abdominal Imaging, August 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s00261-012-9941-z

Aruna Turaka, MD, Rosaleen B. Parsons, MD, Mark K. Buyyounouski, MD. Radiation Therapy for the Pituitary Metastasis: Report of Four Cases Tumori, Vol 98, No 1, 2012.

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