Sabah E. Servaes, MD

Sabah E. Servaes, MD

Sabah Servaes, MD, is a pediatric radiologist and director of Body CT in the Department of Radiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Boston University, Boston, MA


Surgery - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY


Radiology - Beth Israel Medical Center, NY


Pediatric Radiology - Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Board Certification

Diagnostic Radiology
Pediatric Radiology

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Radiologist

Director, Body CT

Director, Radiology Residency and Fellowship Program

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

Departments and Services




Choudhary AK, Narang SK, Moreno JA, Christian CW, Servaes S, Palusci VJ, Hedlund GL, Dias MS, Nelson MD, Silvera VM, Palasis S, Raissaki M, Rossi A, Offiah AC. A Consensus Response on the Complete Picture: Reply to Lynøe and Eriksson. Pediatr Radiol. 2019 Mar;49(3):424-428. doi: 10.1007/s00247-019-04341-4. Epub 2019 Feb 19.


Schmitt J, Scanlon M, Servaes S, Levin D, Cook T. Milestones on a shoestring: A cost-effective, semi-automated implementation of the new ACGME requirements for Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct;22(10):1287-93. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2015.02.013. Epub 2015 Apr 24.

Peters JR, Chandrasekaran C, Robinson LF, Servaes S, Campbell Jr RM, Balasubramanian S.  Age- and Gender-Related Changes in Pediatric Thoracic Vertebral Morphology. Spine J. 2015 May 1;15(5):1000-20. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.01.016. Epub 2015 Feb 12.

Bai X, Codreanu I, Kaplan SL, Servaes S, Zhuang H: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma dominated by multiple organ extranodal disease revealed on FDG PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2015 Apr;40(4):360-3. doi: 10.1097/RLU.00000000000006.

Servaes S, Srinivasan A, Pena A, del Pozo G, Darge D: CT diagnosis of appendicitis in children: comparison of orthogonal planes and assessment of contrast opacification of the appendix. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Mar;31(3):161-3. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000374.


Yehya N, Servaes S, Thomas NJ. Characterizing degree of lung injury in pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome. Crit Care Med. 2015 May;43(5):937-46. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000867.

J Yang, I Codreanu, S Servaes, H Zhuang: Persistent Intense MIBG Activity in the Liver Caused by Prior Radiation. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 39(10): 926-930, October 2014.

Servaes S, Khanna G, Naranjo A, Geller JI, Ehrlich P, Gow K, Perlman E, Dome JS, Mullen E: Comparison of diagnostic performance of CT and MRI for abdominal staging of pediatric renal tumors:  a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatric Radiology August 2014. PMCID: 25135711

Srinivisan A, Servaes S, Darge K, Pena A, Darge K: Utility of CT after sonography for suspected appendicitis in children:  integration of a clinical scoring system with a staged imaging protocol. Emerg Radiol. Springer, 21(3), Jun 2014.

Callahan MJ, Servaes S, Lee EY, Towbin AJ, Westra SJ, Frush DP: Practice patterns for the use of iodinated contrast media for pediatric CT studies: A survey of the Society for Pediatric Radiology. American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) 202(4): 872-9, Apr  2014.

Huang J, Servaes S, Zhuang H: Os trigonum syndrome on bone SPECT/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2014 Aug;39(8):752-4. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000000434.

Liu B, Chan S, Servaes S, Zhuang H. Multiple FDG-Avid injection site granulomas due to Lovenox injection. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 39(3): 308, March 2014.

Liu B, Lee NJ, Otero HJ, Servaes S, Zhuang H: Rosai-Dorfman disease mimics lymphoma on FDG PET/CT in a pediatric patient. Clin Nucl Med 39(2): 206-8, Feb 2014. PMCID: 24152660


Chen W, Codreneanu I, Yang J, Li G, Servaes S, Zhuang H: Tube feeding is increasing the gastric emptying rate determined by gastroesophageal scintigraphy. Clin Nucl Med 38(12): 962-965, Dec 2013. PMCID: 24152661

Servaes S, Zhu W: The effects of bismuth breast shields in conjunction with automatic tube current modulation in CT imaging. Pediatric Radiology 43(10): 1287-94, Oct 2013.

Halverson M, Servaes S: Foreign bodies: radiopaque compared to what? Pediatric Radiology 43(9): 1103-7, Sep 2013.

Liu B, Gwal K, Servaes S, Zhuang H: Acute lymphocytic leukemia presented as back pain and revealed by bone scinitigraphy. Clinical Nuclear Medicine  38(8): 649-51, August 2013.

Test M, Shah SS, Monuteaux M, Ambroggio L, Lee EY, Markowitz RI, Bixby S, Diperna S, Servaes S, Hellinger JC, Neuman MI: Impact of Clinical History on Chest Radiograph Interpretation. Journal of Hospital Medicine 8(7): 359-64, July 2013.

Aronson PL, Henderson AA, Anupindi SA, Servaes S, Markowitz RI, McLoughlin RJ, Woodford AL, Mistry RD: Comparison of clinicians to radiologists in assessment of abdominal radiographs for suspected intussusception. Pediatric Emergency Care 29(5): 584-7, May 2013.

Cheng G, Zhuang H, Servaes S: Value of (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan versus diagnostic CT in the initial staging of pediatric lymphoma patients. Leuk Lymphoma 54(4): 737-42, April 2013.

Liu B, Servaes S,  Zhuang H: Elevated soft tissue activity in early but not delayed phase of bone scan in Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome. Clinical Nuclear Medicine  38(3): 223-5, March 2013.

Yang J, Servaes S, Edwards K, Zhuang H: Prevalence of Stress Reaction in the Pars Interarticularis in Pediatric Patients With New-Onset Lower Back Pain. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 38(2): 110-114, Feb 2013.

Henderson AA, Anupindi SA, Servaes S, Markowitz R, Aronson PL, McLoughlin  RJ, Mistry R: Comparison of Two-View Abdominal Radiographs to Ultrasound in Children with Suspected Intussusception. Pediatric Emergency Care 29(2): 145-50, February 2013.



M Martinez, R Bellah, S Servaes: Pediatric Spectral Doppler Waveforms Simplified. Society for Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting 2015, Belleview, Washington 2015.



Servaes S: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip. Caffey's Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging. Brian Coley (eds.). Saunders, II: 1437-1443, 2013.


Servaes S., Epelman, M.: Imaging. Adolescent and Young Adult Gynecology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers,(43), April 2009.


Servaes, S., Epelman, M., Pollock, A., Shekdar, K.: Pediatric Malignancies: Synopsis of Current Imaging Techniques. Imaging in Oncology. Michael A. Blake and Mannudeep K. Kalra (eds.). Springer, 143: 469-491, 2008. PMCID: 18619229


Servaes, S., Bellah, R.: The Painful Extremity. Ultrasound Clinics Pediatric Ultrasound/Intraoperative Ultrasonography of the Abdomen. Brian D. Coley (eds.). Elsevier W.B. Saunders, 1(3): 497-597, July 2006.

Posters and Presentations


W Mccullough, A Vossough, K Darge, X Zhu, S Servaes: Implementation of Dual-Energy Computed Tomography in Pediatric Imaging. Society for Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting 2015, Belleview, Washington 2015 Notes: Poster selected for oral presentation and Nominated for Caffey Award.  Received The SPR Top 14 Electronic Exhibits Award.


X Zhu, P Mecca, S Servaes, K Darge: Dual energy compared to single energy CT scans in pediatric patients: dose neutral or not? Pediatric Radiology. Oral presentation at the Society for Pediatric Radiology Meeting, Washington, DC, 44(Suppl 1): S89, 2014.

Servaes, S (co-author): Real Time Central Review:  A report of the first 3000 patients enrolled on the Children's Oncology Group Renal Tumor Biology and Risk Stratification Protocol AREN03B2. 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting 2014 Notes: Accepted as oral presentation; SIOP Award.

Geetika Khanna, James Geller, Peter Ehrlich, Arlene Naranjo, Sabah Servaes, Jeffrey Dome: Renal cell carcinoma in children and adolescents: a summary of imaging findings from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatric Radiology 44(Suppl 1): S136, 2014 Notes: Oral presentation at the Society for Pediatric Radiology Meeting, Washington, DC.

Servaes S, et al.: Comprehensive update of pediatric renal tumor epidemiology:  analysis of the first 4000 patients on Children's Oncology Group (COG) renal tumor classification and biology protocol AREN03B2. 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Oct 2014 Notes: Presentation made during the awards session (prestigious).

White A, Mong DA, Servaes S, Adzick SN, Victoria T.: Postnatal chest CT findings after left Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) repair. The Society for Pediatric Radiology 57th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course. Washington, DC. May 2014 Notes: Oral Presentation.

Khanna G, Geller J, Ehrlich P, Servaes S, Naranjo A, Dome JS, Gratias E, Perlman EJ, Cost N, He Y, Mullen E: Renal cell carcinoma in children and adolescents: a summary of imaging findings from the Children's Oncology Group. The Society for Pediatric Radiology 57th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course, Washington, DC May 2014 Notes: Oral presentation.


S Servaes, L States, J Wood, S Schilling, C Christian: Evaluation of rachitic changes in young children with vitamin D deficiency. 2nd World congress on Controversies, Debates & consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases, Brussels, Belgium November 2013 Notes: Oral presentation at 2nd World congress on Controversies, Debates & consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases, Brussels, Belgium.

Servaes S, Khanna G, Naranjo A, Gratias E, Geller J, Ehrlich P, Gow K, Perlman E, Dome JS, Mullen E: Comparison of diagnostic performance of CT and MRI for abdominal staging of Wilms tumor: a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Society for Pediatric Radiology 56th Annual Meeting, Antonio, TX May 2013 Notes: Oral presentation.

Awards and Honors

2015,  Top 14 Electronic Exhibits Award - Society for Pediatric Radiology

1990-1991,  Amherst Memorial Fellowship

1989-1990,  W. Maclean Johnson Fellowship

1988,  New England Invitational Regatta, 1st place

1988,  Varsity Letter, Amherst College

1986,  Lahey Clinic Scholarship

1986-1987,  Commonwealth  (of Massachusetts) Scholar

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2015-present, Reviewer, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
2014-present, Reviewer, European Radiology
2014-present, Reviewer, BioMed Central
2014-present, Reviewer, Evidence-Based Medicine
2013-present, Reviewer, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
2012-present, Reviewer, Annals, Academy of Medicine
2012-present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care
2012-2015, Editor, e-Learning in Pediatrics ACR
2011-present, Reviewer, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2010-present, Reviewer, Clinical Nuclear Medicine
2010-present, Reviewer, Pediatric Nephrology
2010-present, Reviewer, International Journal of Molecular Imaging
2008-present, Reviewer, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
2006-present, Reviewer, Pediatric Radiology

Academic and Institutional Positions

2014-present, Member, Pediatrics Core Committee of the American Board of Radiology (ABR)
2014-present, Member, CLER Subcommittee on Supervision, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2013-present, Member, Education Committee, Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2010-present, Society of Nuclear Medicine

- 2011-2013, Member, Pediatric Imaging Council Intern

2010-present, Children's Oncology Group (COG) (Member)

2010-2015, American College of Nuclear Medicine (Member)

2006-present, American Academy of Pediatrics

- 2014-present, Member, Chair of Organizing Committee for course on Child Abuse

2003-present, Society for Pediatric Radiology

- 2008-2014, CT Committee

- 2010-present, Child Abuse Committee (Chair, 2014-present)

- 2013-present, Oncology Committee (CT Committee liaison) 

- 2013-present, Nuclear Medicine Committee (CT Committee liaison)

2001-present, Association of University Radiologists (Member)

1999-present, Radiologic Society of North America (Member)

1999-present, American Roentgen Ray Society

- 2014-present, Member, Scientific Program Subcommittee Abstract Reviewer

1999-present, American College of Radiology (J.T. Rutherford Fellow 2003)

- 2011-2015, E-Learning Subcommittee Member

- 2012-2015, e-Learning Editor/Chair Pediatric Section

1999-present, American Association for Women Radiologists