About Cory M. Pfeifer, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Cory Pfeifer, MD, MBA, MPH, MS specializes in pediatric radiology and pediatric neuroradiology. He chose to study medicine and become a physician after a brief career as a clinical microbiologist, having completed bachelor's and master's degrees in microbiology prior to medical school. His positive experience during a neuroradiology fellowship at Phoenix Children's led him to return after completing his training.

Dr. Pfeifer earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He then completed an internal medicine internship and a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita. Dr. Pfeifer completed a pediatric radiology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a pediatric neuroradiology fellowship at Phoenix Children's. He has also earned master's degrees in public health and business administration.

Dr. Pfeifer is certified in neuroradiology, pediatric radiology and diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology. He is also certified by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety and is a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pfeifer is also a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology and the Society for Pediatric Radiology.

Understanding the relevance of research in his field, Dr. Pfeifer participates in clinical research and contributes to professional publications. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at national meetings for a number of professional organizations. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of University Radiologists Memorial Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Radiology Award for Outstanding Clinical Education Paper and the Radiological Society of North America Resident/Fellow Roentgen Research Award.

Dr. Pfeifer strives to provide children and families accurate diagnoses and effective treatments for even the most complex conditions.

When he is not working, Dr. Pfeifer is an avid baseball fan. He has enjoyed visiting all 30 Major League Baseball parks.

Medical School / Education

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK


(Internal Medicine) University of Kansas, Wichita, KS


(Diagnostic Radiology) University of Kansas, Wichita, KS


(Pediatric Neuroradiology) Phoenix Children's, Phoenix, AZ

(Pediatric Radiology) University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Diagnostic Radiology, Subspecialty-Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology

Magnetic Resonance Safety, American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety

Certificate of Merit, American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting

Trainee Prize, Third Place, Association of University Radiologists Annual Meeting

Caffey Award, Best Clinical Paper-Coauthor, Society for Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting

Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Radiology

Professional Affiliations

Member, American College of Radiology

Member, Society for Pediatric Radiology

Specialty Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Member, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology

Pfeifer CM, Xie L, Atem FD, Mathew MS, Schiess D, Messiah SE. Body mass index as a predictor of sonographic visualization of the appendix. Pediatr Radiol 2022; 52; 42-49. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34524472/

Pfeifer CM, Henry KM, Care MM, Christian CW, Servaes S, Milla SS, Strouse PJ. Debunking fringe beliefs in child abuse imaging: AJR expert narrative review. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2021; 217: 529-540. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33908266/

Pfeifer CM, Reddy R, Burton KR, Griffith B, Bazylewicz MP, Pakkal MV, Milburn JM. The evolving status of fellowships and mini-fellowships in diagnostic radiology: a survey of program directors and chief residents. Acad Rad 2021 Sep;28(9):1264-1271. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33775517/

Pfeifer CM. Radiology resident supply and demand: a regional perspective. J Am Coll Radiol 2017; 14: 1161-1168. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28709781/

Pfeifer CM. Evolution of the preliminary clinical year and the case for a categorical diagnostic radiology residency. J Am Coll Radiol 2016 Jul;13(7):842-8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27162044/


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