Marta E. Heilbrun, MD

Research Interests

  • Models, Statistical
  • Health Care Outcomes Associated with Different Patterns of Health Care Utilization
  • Genitourinary malignancies
  • Health Services
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Outcome Measures in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell
  • Decision tools in radiology
  • Prostate Cancer


  • English
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Urology
  • Cancer Center Programs: Experimental Therapeutics

Board Certification

  • American Board of Radiology (Radiology)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-7553
  • University Hospital
    50 N Medical Dr
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Marta Heilbrun, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program. Her clinical expertise is in abdominal imaging with an emphasis in imaging the genitourinary tract. Her research is in developing decision support tools through data-mining, natural language processing, and cost-effective analysis. Locally she is involved in research in prostate imaging and pelvic organ prolapse with advanced MRI techniques. Heilbrun received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, Massachusetts, and a medical degree from the University of Utah. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest University/North Carolina Baptist hospital in 2006, and an Abdominal imaging fellowship at the University of Utah in 2007.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Investigation
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Abdominal Imaging
Residency Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Diagnostic Radiology
Internship Stanford University Medical Center
General Surgery
Professional Medical University of Utah School of Medicine
Graduate Training University of Utah
Pre-medical requirements
Undergraduate Amherst College
Interdisciplinary Sciences/Medical Anthropology

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Sarma A, Heilbrun ME, Conner KE, Stevens SM, Woller SC, Elliott CG (2012). Radiation and chest CT scan examinations: what do we know? Chest, 142(3), 750-760.
  2. Heilbrun ME, Yu J, Smith KJ, Dechet CB, Zagoria RJ, Roberts MS (2012). The cost-effectiveness of immediate treatment, percutaneous biopsy and active surveillance for the diagnosis of the small solid renal mass: evidence from a Markov model. J Urol, 187(1), 39-43.
  3. Hoyte L, Ye W, Brubaker L, Fielding JR, Lockhart ME, Heilbrun ME, Brown MB, Warfield SK (2011). Segmentations of MRI images of the female pelvic floor: a study of inter- and intra-reader reliability. J Magn Reson Imaging, 33(3), 684-91.
  4. Heilbrun ME, Zagoria RJ, Garvin AJ, Hall MC, Krehbiel K, Southwick A, Clark PE (2007). CT-guided biopsy for the diagnosis of renal tumors before treatment with percutaneous ablation. AJR Am J Roentgenol, 188(6), 1500-5.
  5. Heilbrun ME, Chew FS, Tansavatdi KR, Tooze JA (2005). The role of negative CT of the abdomen and pelvis in the decision to admit adults from the emergency department after blunt trauma. J Am Coll Radiol, 2(11), 889-95.


  1. Shaaban AS, Heilbrun ME, Blodgett T (2010). Specialty Imaging: Genitourinary Oncology. Salt Lake City: Amirsys Inc.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Wunderlich A, Noo F, Heilbrun M (2013). Exact confidence intervals for channelized Hotelling observer performance. In Abbey CK; Mello-Thoms CR (Ed.), Medical Imaging 2013: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, Lake Buena Vista, Florida: Published in Proceedings of SPIE: Volume, 8673.
  2. Wunderlich A, Noo F, Heilbrun M (2012). New results for efficient estimation of CHO performance. In Noo F (Ed.), Second International Conference on Image Formation in X-ray Computed Tomography, Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 153-6.
  3. Lins L, Heilbrun M, Freire J, Silva C (2011). VisCareTrails: Visualizing Trails in the Electronic Health Record with Timed Word Trees, a Pancreas Cancer Use Case. Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare: Understanding the Physician Perspective in conjunction with VisWeek 2011, Providence, RI: IEEE.


  1. Relyea-Chew A, Chew FS, Cline DM, Heilbrun ME (2005). Radiology of go-cart injuries in children. Electronic scientific poster presented at RSNA 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL [Abstract].

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