Dr. Cecelia Brewington is a professor and vice chairman in the department of Radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She holds several additional administrative positions including the division chief for Community Radiology, medical director for the Lung Cancer Screening program, co-director for the Colorectal Cancer Screening program, and chair for the Southwestern Health Resources ACO sub-committee on imaging utilization to name a few. She has 20 plus years of clinical experience in academic diagnostic radiology, clinical program building and professional practice management. She successfully led the UTSW hospitals and outpatient clinics in reorganization, accreditations, and quality improvement processes as the medical director of imaging services for 15 plus years. Regulatory requirements with dose monitoring and protocol development are additional projects overseen by Dr. Brewington. Her responsibilities also include the completion of requirements leading to designation as a National Cancer Institute of Imaging Excellence facility (NCI). She established a Lung Cancer Screening program at UTSW which opened to the public November 1, 2011 and is a multidisciplinary operation.
Dr. Brewington is also recognized as an invited speaker for several national meetings on her clinical expertise on CT Colonography and lung cancer screening. She has published several national blogs, including Lung Cancer Alliance and the Huffington Post, to provide public education. She has been recognized for her dedication to academic and public education, and honored as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Her journal publications include the Journal of the American Medical Association, ), Gastroenterology, Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, and Radiographics.
Dr. Brewington’s research interests include clinically applicable lung cancer research. Currently, she is involved in ongoing research on CT lung perfusion and lung density research. Past projects included chest imaging for CT cancer imaging and pulmonary fibrosis and dose lowering accuracy research in low dose CT lung screening. Aspects of her findings have been presented in several national conferences, including Radiological Society of North America, Society of Thoracic Radiology (where she won the Jack Westcott award), and more recently the 2018 MD Anderson Cancer clinic (where she won the Thoracic malignancy research award). During her career, she has served as co-investigator of various pulmonary funded research projects. Currently she is the PI-investigator on a funded clinical trial involving pulmonary CT in which she studies the use of CT perfusion as a potential cancer biomarker.