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Elizabeth M. Hecht, MD

Diagnostic Radiology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Pancreatic Cancer
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Dr. Elizabeth M Hecht graduated from Amherst College and received her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is currently Professor of Radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and Director of Cross-Sectional Vascular Imaging. Dr. Hecht completed her residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College and fellowship in Body and Cardiovascular MR Imaging at New York University. She began her career as part of the abdominal imaging division at New York University and served as Director of their Body MRI fellowship. She subsequently worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the Abdominal and Cardiovascular divisions and served as director of their ACGME accredited Abdominal Imaging Fellowship before coming to CUMC in 2011. She currently serves as Deputy Editor for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI) and Fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology. Dr. Hecht’s research interests include advanced MR imaging techniques and quantitative oncologic imaging with her current focus on imaging in pancreatic cancer. She has authored or coauthored over 65 research publications and book chapters. 

Dr. Hecht is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to her patients and referring clinicians. She is passionate about advancing the field of Diagnostic Radiology through education and research. She works as a consultant to the Pancreas Center at Columbia Medical Center and actively participates in weekly and bimonthly multidisciplinary conferences working closely with the Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant services, Colorectal Surgery, Gynecology/Gynecologic-Oncology and Urology. Dr. Hecht educates physicians in training and lectures to physicians in practice around the US and abroad. She is an active member or The Society of Abdominal Imaging (SAR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

MagnaCare [MagnaCare]

Multiplan [Multiplan]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]


Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Internship: Greenwich Hospital

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowship: New York University Medical Center