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Dorothy Bulas, MD

Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Awards and Recognition:

    Top Doctors
    No. Va. Magainze
    (2015, 2016, 2017)


  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology/Pediatric Radiology

National Provider ID: 1891878245

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Outside Interests

  • Wolters Kluwer 



Dorothy Bulas, M.D., is the Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology in the Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology. She serves as the section head of ultrasound and fetal imaging. Dr. Bulas' clinical and research interests include prenatal sonographic and MRI evaluation of congenital anomalies, transcranial doppler evaluation of neonatal and pediatric cerebrovascular injury and blunt abdominal trauma.

Recognized as an advocate for improving pediatric radiology worldwide, she is the 2017 recipient of the Radiological Society of North America's Outstanding Educator Award. In 2018, The Society for Pediatric Radiology presented Dr. Bulas with its Gold Medal Award, its most distinguished honor, which is awarded to pediatric radiologists who have contributed greatly to pediatric radiology as a scientist, teacher, personal mentor and leader.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Radiology, 1989
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Diagnostic Radiology, 1987
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1984
    New York Hospital
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1983
    University of Maryland Medical System
  • MD, 1981
    Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • BA, 1979
    Lehigh University


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Three of 48 fetuses exposed to Zika in utero had abnormal fetal magnetic resonance imaging

During a recent trip Sarah B. Mulkey, M.D., Ph.D., made to Colombia, she tested Zika-affected babies’ motor skills as they sat, stood, and lay facing upward and face down. The international study aims to answer one of the most vexing questions about Zika: If babies’ brains appear “normal” at birth, have they survived Zika exposure in the womb with few neurological repercussions?

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Prenatal congenital vertical talus (rocker bottom foot): a marker for multisystem anomalies.
Rubio EI, Mehta N, Blask AR, Bulas DI.
Pediatr Radiol. 2017 Dec;47(13):1793-1799. doi: 10.1007/s00247-017-3957-z. Epub 2017 Sep 6.
PMID: 28879597 | Select item 288528082.

Technical aspects of mediastinal ultrasound for pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis.
Pool KL, Heuvelings CC, Bélard S, Grobusch MP, Zar HJ, Bulas D, Garra B, Andronikou S.
Pediatr Radiol. 2017 Dec;47(13):1839-1848. doi: 10.1007/s00247-017-3954-2. Epub 2017 Aug 29. Review.
PMID: 28852808 | Select item 288427953.

X-linked hypomyelination with spondylometaphyseal dysplasia (H-SMD) associated with mutations in AIFM1.
Miyake N, Wolf NI, Cayami FK, Crawford J, Bley A, Bulas D, Conant A, Bent SJ, Gripp KW, Hahn A, Humphray S, Kimura-Ohba S, Kingsbury Z, Lajoie BR, Lal D, Micha D, Pizzino A, Sinke RJ, Sival D, Stolte-Dijkstra I, Superti-Furga A, Ulrick N, Taft RJ, Ogata T, Ozono K, Matsumoto N, Neubauer BA, Simons C, Vanderver A.
Neurogenetics. 2017 Aug 26. doi: 10.1007/s10048-017-0520-x. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28842795 | Select item 288371384.

In vivo assessment of placental and brain volumes in growth-restricted fetuses with and without fetal Doppler changes using quantitative 3D MRI.
Andescavage N, du Plessis AJ, Metzler M, Bulas D, Vezina G, Jacobs M, Iqbal SN, Baschat A, Limperopoulos C.
J Perinatol. 2017 Aug 24. doi: 10.1038/jp.2017.129. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28837138  Select item 287340565.
Similar articles. 

In vivo placental MRI shape and textural features predict fetal growth restriction and postnatal outcome.
Dahdouh S, Andescavage N, Yewale S, Yarish A, Lanham D, Bulas D, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C.
J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Jul 22. doi: 10.1002/jmri.25806. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28734056 | Select item 286268576.

Fetal intracranial hemorrhage: role of fetal MRI.
Sanapo L, Whitehead MT, Bulas DI, Ahmadzia HK, Pesacreta L, Chang T, du Plessis AJ.
Prenat Diagn. 2017 Aug;37(8):827-836. doi: 10.1002/pd.5096. Epub 2017 Jul 19.
PMID: 28626857 | Select item 282105197.

Achondroplasia in the Premature Infant: An Elusive Diagnosis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Fagen KE, Blask AR, Rubio EI, Bulas DI.
AJP Rep. 2017 Jan;7(1):e8-e12. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1592188.
PMID: 28210519| Select item 282095798.
Free PMC article. 

Patterns of Brain Injury in Newborns Treated with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.
Wien MA, Whitehead MT, Bulas D, Ridore M, Melbourne L, Oldenburg G, Short BL, Massaro AN.
AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Apr;38(4):820-826. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5092. Epub 2017 Feb 16.
PMID: 28209579 | Select item 281164749.

Prenatal magnetic resonance and ultrasonographic findings in small-bowel obstruction: imaging clues and postnatal outcomes.
Rubio EI, Blask AR, Badillo AT, Bulas DI.
Pediatr Radiol. 2017 Apr;47(4):411-421. doi: 10.1007/s00247-016-3770-0. Epub 2017 Jan 23.
PMID: 28116474 | Select item 2794079210.

Establishing a Standard Protocol for the Voiding Cystourethrography.
Frimberger D, Mercado-Deane MG; Section on Urology; Section on Radiology.
Pediatrics. 2016 Nov;138(5). pii: e20162590. Review.
PMID: 27940792 | Select item 2729291211.
Free article. 

Utility of fetal magnetic resonance imaging in assessing the fetus with cardiac malposition.
Gaur L, Talemal L, Bulas D, Donofrio MT.
Prenat Diagn. 2016 Aug;36(8):752-9. doi: 10.1002/pd.4856. Epub 2016 Jul 20.
PMID: 27292912 

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