Richard D. Bellah, MD, FAAP

Richard D. Bellah, MD, FAAP, is a radiologist and director of Ultrasound and Student Programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric radiology, GU Radiology, Ultrasound
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC


    Diagnostic Radiology - Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans, LA
    Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA
    Diagnostic Radiology - Tulane Medical Center/Charity Hospital of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
    Pediatric Radiology - Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA


    Clinical Fellow in Radiology - Boston's Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

    Board Certification

    Diagnostic Radiology
    Pediatric Radiology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Pediatric Radiologist

    Director, Ultrasound

    Director, Student Programs

    Associate Professor of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications



    Weiss D, Canning D, Bellah R. Pediatric Urethra in: Palmer, LS and Palmer, J. Pediatric and Adolescent Uroradiology: 2013, Springer: 2014.


    Kassa Darge, MD, PhD, Mikhail Higgins, MD, MPH, Tiffany J. Hwang, BSc, Jorge Delgado, 2Assem Shukla, MD, Richard Bellah, MD:  MR and CT in Pediatric Urology: An Imaging Overview for Current and Future Daily Practice. In: Radiologic Clinics of North America: (51) 583-598, 2013.

    Tilak G, Bellah RD: Sonography of Pediatric Portal Hypertension. In: Ultrasound Clinics of North America 8(2): 285-298, 2013.


    Renjen P, Bellah RD, Hellinger J, Darge K.  Advances in Uroradiologic Imaging in Children.  In: Radiologic Clinics of North America 50(2): 207-218, 2012.


    Bellah RD:  Pediatric Uroradiology.  In: Katz DS, Math KR, Groskin SA (3rd Edition.): Radiology Secrets.  Philadelphia:  Hanley and Belfus, Inc.; pp. 391-403, 2010. 

    Renjen P, Bellah RD, Hellinger J, Darge K: Advances in Pediatric Uroimaging. In: Urologic Clinics of North America 37(2): 307-318, 2010.

    Bellah RD, Darge K, Epelman M:  Sonography in the Evaluation of Pediatric Urinary  Tract Infection. In. Ultrasound Clinics of North America 5(1), 1-14, 2010.


    Bellah RD. Pediatric uroradiology. In:  Katz DS, Math KR, Groskin SA, editors. Radiology secrets. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, Inc.; 2006. p 474-485.

    Bellah, RD. Intracranial hemorrhage and ischemia in the premature infant. In: Bluth EI, Arger P, Benson C, Siegel M, Ralls P, editors. The practice of ultrasonography. 2nd Edition.

    Servaes S, Bellah RD. Ultrasound of pediatric painful extremity. In: Ultrasound clinics of North America. 2006. 20061(3);497-507

    Mong A, Bellah RD. Imaging of pediatric prostate. In: Radiological clinics of North America. 2006. 44(5);749-756.


    Olutaye O, Bellah RD, Strafford D. Ultrasound usage in emergency setting: pediatrics. In: Handbook of ultrasound for surgeons. Georgetown, Texas: Landes Bioscience; 2004. p 55-64

    Conery J, Bellah RD, Johnson A:  Pediatric Uroimaging. In:  Kaplan B, Meyers K, editors. Pediatric nephrology and urology: the requisites. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2004. p 22-32.


    Bellah RD: Ultrasound in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Disease: Technique and Applications: Pediatric Musculoskeletal Radiology, Radiologic Clinics of North America 39(4): 597-618, 2001.


    Bellah, RD: Intracranial Hemorrhage and Ischemia in the Premature Infant.  In: Bluth, EI, Arger P, Benson C, Siegel M, Ralls P (Eds.): The Practice of Ultrasonography. New York: Thieme, 2000, pp. 503-520. 


    Bellah RD: Renal Sonography in Neonates and Infants. In:  Merritt, C.R.B. (Ed.) Diagnostic Ultrasound: Categorical Course Syllabus. American Roentgen Ray Society, 1998, pp.19 –30.

    Bellah RD: Pediatric Uroradiology.  In: Katz DS, Math KR, Groskin SA (Eds.): Radiology Secrets. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, Inc.; pp. 391-403, 1998. 


    Bellah RD: Abdominal Sonography. In: Altschuler S, Liacouras C (Eds.): Clinical Pediatric Gastroenterology. Churchill Livingstone, 1997.


    Bellah RD: Cranial Sonography and Intracranial Hemorrhage in the Preterm Infant. In: Bluth E, Arger P, Hertzberg B, Middleton W (eds): Syllabus: Special Course in Ultrasound: RSNA, Chicago,1996, pp. 373-382.


    Kaplan BS, Kaplan P, Bellah RD: Cystic and Dysplastic Kidneys. In: Whitfield H (Ed.): Textbook of Genitourinary Surgery. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ltd., 1995.


    Bellah RD:  Doppler Ultrasound of the Pediatric Liver.  In: Herlinger H, Megibow AJ (Eds): Advances in Gastrointestinal Radiology. volume two.  Chicago:  Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1992, pp. 125-160.



    Bellah RD, Ntoulia A, Pena A, Kolon T, Meyer J: Radiologic appearance of the urethra  following incision of posterior urethral valves in children (submitted for publication) September 2014.

    Anupindi SA, Halverson M, Khwaja A, Jeckovic M, Wang X, Bellah RD: Common and  uncommon applications of bowel ultrasound with pathologic correlation in  children. Am J Roentgenol 202(5): 946-959, May 2014.

    Posters and Presentations


    Wang X1; Bellah RD2: Ultrasound of gastrointestinal polyps in children, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, AIUM annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2014 (First Place Poster Award).


    Anupindi SA, Khwaja AA, Halverson MR, Wang X, Bellah RD.  Bowel ultrasound in children with pathologic correlation: spectrum of disease beyond IBD (ARRS meeting, Washington, DC, March 2013).

  • Editorial and Academic Positions
    Editorial Positions

    Journal of Clinical Ultrasound
    Journal of Urology
    Pediatric Radiology
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Leaderships

    Radiological Society of North America
    Society for Pediatric Radiology
    American Academy of Pediatrics (Fellow)
    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
    American Roentgen Ray Society
    Society of Uroradiology
    American College of Radiology