Mary M. Salvatore, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
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Mary M. Salvatore MD, MBA, is a professor of radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and vice chair of education for the Department of Radiology. She specializes in thoracic radiology with a specific focus in interstitial lung diseases and patterns of fibrosis on CT. She is a passionate teacher and has spoken throughout the country on the early and correct diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Dr. Salvatore and colleagues have created and maintain a pulmonary fibrosis registry which has currently enrolled over 400 patients. She has initiated a daily journal club in order to provide continuing education for herself and other clinicians and patients on the topic of lung fibrosis by summarizing all recent articles and disseminating by email. She has started a support group for patients and their families, who have pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Salvatore is actively involved in research, retrospectively reviewing well-established CTs of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) and looking at earlier exams to determine earliest CT manifestations of disease. She has written a text on CT interpretation for non-radiologists. Her ultimate goal is to affect as many people in a positive way as possible through education and positive attitude.

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Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Radiology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Vice Chair of Education

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Albert Einsein College of Medicine
  • Residency: St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Long Island Jewish Hospital
  • Fellowship: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

American College of Radiology

Society Thoracic Radiology June 2016

Radiologic Society of North America

Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology

Honors & Awards

  • Staten Island University Hospital: Department of Medicine Attending Teacher of the Year Award Honorable Mention, 2005.
  • Staten Island University Hospital: Department of Radiology Attending Teacher of the Year Award, 2008.
  • Staten Island University Hospital: Nominated for the President’s Award for Faculty Development Program, 2010.
  • Staten Island University Hospital: Nominated for Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, 2011.
  • Mount Sinai Selikoff Center for Occupational Health: Award for Patient Care for 9/11 Workers and Volunteers September 9, 2016


Selected Publications

Yip R, Jirapatnakul A, Hu M, Chen X, Han D, Ma T, Zhu Y, Salvatore MM, Margolies LR, Yankelevitz DF, Henschke CI. Added benefits of early detection of other diseases on low-dose CT screening. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2021 Feb;10(2):1141-1153. doi: 10.21037/tlcr-20-746. PMID: 33718052; PMCID: PMC7947380.

Kim JS, Anderson MR, Bernstein EJ, Oelsner EC, Raghu G, Noth I, Tsai MY, Salvatore M, Austin JHM, Hoffman EA, Barr RG, Podolanczuk AJ. Associations of D-Dimer with Computed Tomographic Lung Abnormalities, Serum Biomarkers of Lung Injury, and Forced Vital Capacity: MESA Lung Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Nov;18(11):1839-1848. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202012-1557OC. PMID: 33861685.

Capaccione KM, Austin JHM, Saqi A, Patel N, Padilla M, Salvatore MM. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis: Airway-centered pulmonary fibrosis on chest CT. Respir Investig. 2021 Nov;59(6):845-848. doi: 10.1016/j.resinv.2021.06.011. Epub 2021 Aug 6. PMID: 34373236.

Salvatore M, Toussie D, Pavlishyn N, Yankelevitz D, O'Connor T, Henschke C, Padilla M. The right upper lobe bronchus angle: A tool for differentiating fibrotic and non-fibrotic sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2020;37(2):99-103. doi: 10.36141/svdld.v37i2.8965. Epub 2020 Jun 30. PMID: 33093775; PMCID: PMC7569551.

Margolies LR, Salvatore M, Tam K, Yip R, Bertolini A, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF. Breast mass assessment on chest CT: Axial, sagittal, coronal or maximal intensity projection? Clin Imaging. 2020 Jul;63:60-64. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.02.011. Epub 2020 Feb 26. PMID: 32146335.

Snijder J, Peraza J, Padilla M, Capaccione K, Salvatore MM. Pulmonary fibrosis: a disease of alveolar collapse and collagen deposition. Expert Rev Respir Med. 2019 Jul;13(7):615-619. doi: 10.1080/17476348.2019.1623028. Epub 2019 Jun 5. PMID: 31117843.

Salvatore M, Singh A, Yip R, Fevrier E, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz D, Padilla M. Progression of probable UIP and UIP on HRCT. Clin Imaging. 2019 Nov-Dec;58:140-144. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2019.07.003. Epub 2019 Jul 12. PMID: 31326632.

Whittaker Brown SA, Padilla M, Mhango G, Powell C, Salvatore M, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D, Sigel K, de-Torres JP, Wisnivesky J. Interstitial Lung Abnormalities and Lung Cancer Risk in the National Lung Screening Trial. Chest. 2019 Dec;156(6):1195-1203. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.06.041. Epub 2019 Aug 9. PMID: 31404527.

Salvatore M, Smith ML. Cross sectional imaging of pulmonary fibrosis translating pathology into radiology. Clin Imaging. 2018 Sep-Oct;51:332-336. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2018.06.013. Epub 2018 Jun 27. PMID: 29960266.

Salvatore M, Margolies L, Bertolini A, Singh A, Yankelevitz D, Henschke C. The need to be all inclusive: Chest CT scans should include imaged breast parenchyma. Clin Imaging. 2018 Jul-Aug;50:243-245. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2018.04.006. Epub 2018 Apr 19. PMID: 29689480.

Margolies LR, Salvatore M, Yip R, Tam K, Bertolini A, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D. The chest radiologist's role in invasive breast cancer detection. Clin Imaging. 2018 Jul-Aug;50:13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2017.12.002. Epub 2017 Dec 7. PMID: 29245142.

Margolies L, Salvatore M, Eber C, Jacobi A, Lee IJ, Liang M, Tang W, Xu D, Zhao S, Kale M, Wisnivesky J, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz D. The general radiologist's role in breast cancer risk assessment: breast density measurement on chest CT. Clin Imaging. 2015 Nov-Dec;39(6):979-82. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2015.05.010. Epub 2015 May 27. PMID: 26210389.

Salvatore M, Margolies L, Kale M, Wisnivesky J, Kotkin S, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF. Breast density: comparison of chest CT with mammography. Radiology. 2014 Jan;270(1):67-73. doi: 10.1148/radiol.13130733. Epub 2013 Oct 28. PMID: 24126363.