Claudia Henschke, PhD, MD, a Radiologist with Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Get to know Radiologist Dr. Claudia Henschke, who serves patients in New York, New York.

A committed radiologist, Dr. Henschke is renowned for her exceptional contributions to diagnostic radiology. With over 25 years of clinical and research expertise, she has made an indelible mark in the field, particularly in the realm of low-dose CT screening. Her profound impact extends far and wide, as she has been at the forefront of numerous city, state, national, and international lung screening programs.

In regards to her educational background, her academic journey is equally impressive, having earned a BA and MS from Southern Methodist University, an MD from Howard University College of Medicine, and a PhD from the University of Georgia. Before joining the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2010, she served as a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and the Weill Cornell Medical College.

In pursuit of clinical excellence, the doctor is board-certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The ABR is a not-for-profit physician-led organization that oversees the certification and ongoing professional development of specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics.

Dr. Henschke’s journey in advancing the research of early lung disease, with a particular emphasis on lung cancer, began in 1992 with the initiation of the Early Lung Cancer Action Project (ELCAP). This groundbreaking project soon expanded into the international arena, known as the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). Under her guidance, a collaborative and international consortium of distinguished physicians and scientists, spanning 75 institutions in 10 countries, have successfully screened over 79,000 individuals for lung cancer within the I-ELCAP program.

Furthermore, the remarkable success of I-ELCAP led to the inception of another multi-national study, The Initiative for Early Lung Cancer Research on Treatment (IELCART), launched in 2016. IELCART is dedicated to assessing the efficacy of various early lung cancer treatments and is a testament to her commitment to advancing patient care and medical knowledge.

In addition to her groundbreaking research, Dr. Henschke is a prolific author with a portfolio that includes over 400 peer-reviewed publications, two books, and a multitude of scientific presentations. Her influence extends to her role as an educator, having trained over 80 physician researchers.

Among her other roles, her professional affiliations include prestigious institutions such as Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Queens, The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Mount Sinai West. Her commitment to advancing the field of radiology, particularly in lung cancer screening, has made her a globally recognized leader in the medical community.

Radiology is a medical specialty that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases within the human body. Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging procedures, such as exams and tests, X-rays, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, and ultrasound.

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