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Robert (Bob) Arthur Novelline, MD

  • Director, Emergency Radiology Fellowship at MGH
  • Emergency Radiologist




Robert A. Novelline, MD is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and former Director of the MGH Division of Emergency Radiology and HMS Radiology Clerkships at MGH. He is currently Director of MGH Emergency Radiology Fellowship Program.



Clinical Interests
  • Emergency radiology
  • Radiology
Medical Education
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Robert A. Novelline, MD is Professor of Radiology at HMS and Director of the MGH Emergency Radiology Fellowship Program. His undergraduate degree is from McGill University and medical degree from Boston University. After an MGH radiology residency, he completed fellowships in both vascular/interventional radiology and radiology education. In 1982, he was appointed Director of Emergency Radiology. Dr. Novelline is a founding member of the American Society of Emergency Radiology. He received the ASER Gold Medal in 2000 and will receive their first Winged Caduceus Award in 2015.

Dr. Novelline directed the HMS Core and Advanced Radiology Clerkships at MGH from1975 to 2012.  He was a founding member and first President of the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology. In 2012 He received the AMSER Excellence in Education Award. He is the author of the 4th through 6th editions of Squire’s Fundamentals of Radiology; currently the world’s largest selling radiology textbook for medical students.

In 2007 Dr. Novelline received the RSNA Outstanding Educator Award and will receive the RSNA Gold Medal in December, 2015. Dr. Novelline has served the AUR in several capacities including AUR President and received the AUR Gold Medal in 2015. In 2004 Dr. Novelline received the Association of Program Directors in Radiology’s Achievement Award. HMS honored Dr. Novelline with its 2013 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Novelline's research interests are Emergency Radiology and Radiology Education. Since 1982, he has served as Director of the MGH Division of Emergency Radiology. He installed one of the first CT scanners in an emergency imaging facility and pioneered investigations on the CT diagnosis of traumatic and non-traumatic emergencies. His CT protocols and techniques for imaging emergency patients have been widely implemented. He also developed a National Core Curriculum in Emergency Radiology for radiology residents and fellows.
Dr. Novelline has published over 150 original reports or reviews, and has authored or co-authored 11 textbooks. His publications include original observations on the imaging of trauma of the face, spine, chest and abdomen, as well as the imaging of many non-traumatic emergency conditions including appendicitis, diverticulitis and pulmonary embolism.
As Director of the Harvard Medical School Core Radiology Clerkships at MGH he has developed medical student curricula in radiology, which have been adopted at many US medical schools. Additionally he has published on many facets of medical student radiology education. Dr. Novelline is the author of Squire's Fundamentals of Radiology, currently one of the worlds largest selling medical student radiology textbooks, now printed in seven languages.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

Arasu Arasu VA, Abujudeh HH, Biddinger PD, Noble VE, Halpern EF, Thrall JH, Novelline RA. Diagnostic Emergency Imaging Utilization at an Academic Trauma Center From 1996 to 2012. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Jan 23.1546-1440.

130. HHatem SF1, Novelline RA. Looking back, moving forward: 1988-2013. The first 25 years of the American Society of Emergency Radiology Emerg Radiol. 2014 Apr;21(2):115-32. 
Johnson C1, Khalilzadeh O, Novelline RA, Choy G  Coronary artery calcification is often not reported in pulmonary CT angiography in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism: an opportunity to improve diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Apr;202(4):725-9.

Sierzenski PR1, Linton OW2, Amis ES Jr3, Courtney DM4, Larson PA5, Mahesh M6, Novelline RA7, Frush DP8, Mettler FA9, Timins JK10, Tenforde TS11, Boice JD Jr11, Brink JA12, Bushberg JT13, Schauer DAJ Applications of justification and optimization in medical imaging: examples of clinical guidance for computed tomography use in emergency medicine  JAm Coll Radiol. 2014 Jan;11(1):36-44. 

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