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Sherelle Lea Laifer-Narin, MD

Diagnostic Radiology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
One of America's Top Doctors

Biography

Dr. Laifer-Narin graduated from Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed a residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, and a fellowship in cross sectional imaging at the University of California San Francisco. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked at LAC-USC primarily in ultrasound with a focus on OB/GYN ultrasound, and then moved to UCLA where she worked in the Ultrasound section.

At Columbia Dr. Laifer-Narin oversees the Ultrasound section, practices abdomen and pelvic CT, and is in charge of a newly emerging field, fetal MRI. She works in both the Radiology and OB/GYN departments, and is known to both departments as an expert in both fetal and maternal diagnostic imaging.

Dr. Laifer-Narin is known as an expert clinician and teacher in OB-GYN imaging. She is involved in several research projects including fetal ultrasound/MRI, diagnostic imaging of the pregnant and postpartum patient, placental imaging, and GYN oncological imaging.

She has lectured extensively at many academic institutions, is a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, is involved in the International Society for Ultrasound in OB/GYN and has organized courses and presented scientific papers, exhibits, and lectures at several national and international conferences.

Area of Expertise

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

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

Emblem/GHI [HMO, 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 Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

Multiplan [Multiplan]

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

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

Education

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Fellowship: San Francisco General Hospital, CA

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Yee J, Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N. Hepatic and Biliary Tract Imaging. In Current Hepatology, Vol 15. ed: Gitnick G, Mosby Year Book, Chicago 1994-1995.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Raman S. Radiologic Imaging/Ultrasound and Intravenous Pyelogram. In :Renal and Adrenal Tumors - Biology and Management. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Tabori N. Obstetrical Emergencies. ER Ultrasound Clinics. April 2011. Elsevier.

Papers (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Stein S, Laifer-Narin S, Johnson M, et al. Differentiation of benign and malignant adnexal masses: prospective comparison of gray-scale, spectral Doppler and color Doppler sonographic findings. American Journal of Roentgenology 1995; 164(2):381-386
  • Ragavendra N, Chen H, Powers JE, Nilawat C, Robert JM, Carangi C, Laifer-Narin SL. Harmonic imaging of porcine intraovarian arteries using sonographic contrast medium: initial findings. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1997 Apr, 9(4):266-70.
  • Roman LD, Muderspach LI, Stein SM, Laifer-Narin S, Groshen S, Morrow CP. Pelvic examination, tumor marker level, and gray-scale and Doppler sonography in the prediction of pelvic cancer. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1997 Apr, 89(4):493-500.
  • Duerinckx AJ, Hayrapetian A, Melany M, Valentino DJ, Rahbar D, Kiszonas M, Franco R, Narin SL, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Real-time sonographic video transfer using asynchronous transfer mode technology. American Journal of Roentgenology, 1997 May, 168(5):1353-5.
  • Manning J, Ragavendra N, Sayre J, Laifer-Narin S, Melany M, Grant E, Crandall B. Significance of fetal intracardiac echogenic foci in relation to trisomy 21; A prospective sonographic study of high-risk pregnant women. American Journal of Roentgenology, 1998 Apr, 170(4):1083-4.
  • Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Melany M, Grant E. Disclosure of sonographic examination results to patients by sonologists. American Journal of Roentgenology, 1998 Jun, 170(6):1423-5.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Lu DSK, Perrella R, Grant E. Transvaginal Saline Hysterosonography: Characteristics Distinguishing Malignant and Various Benign Conditions. American Journal of Roentgenology, 1999 Jun;172(6):1513-20.
  • Van Ophoven A, Tsui K, Shvarts O, Laifer-Narin S, Belldegrun A. Current Status of Partial Nephrectomy in the Management of Kidney Cancer. Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center 1999 Nov/Dec;6(6):560-570.
  • Zimmerman P, Chin E, Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Radial artery mapping for coronary artery bypass graft placement. Radiology. 2001 Aug;220(2):299-302.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant E. False Normal Appearance of the Endometrium on Conventional Pelvic Ultrasound: Comparison With Saline Hysterosonography. American Journal of Roentgenology 2002 January;178(1):129-33.
  • Weinstein S, Goldstein RB, Laifer-Narin S. Case 10.Adrenal pheochromocytoma in pregnancy. J Ultrasound Med. 2002 May;21(5):596, 614-5. .
  • Weinstein AS, Goldstein RB, Laifer-Narin S. Case 7.Hemorrhagic ovarian cyst. J Ultrasound Med. 2002 May;21(5):594, 611-2.
  • Williams PL, Laifer-Narin SL, Ragavendra N. US of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding. Radiographics. 2003 May-Jun;23(3):703-18.
  • Janzen NK, Laifer-Narin S, Han K, Seltzer M, Thomas MA, Pantuck AJ, Belldegrun AS. Emerging technologies in uroradiologic imaging. Urol Oncol. 2003 Sep-Oct;21(5):317-26.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Budorick N, Simpson L, Platt LD. Prenatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Current Opinions in Obstetrics and Gynecology. January 2007.
  • Hankinson T, Vanaman, M., Kan P, Laifer-Narin S, DeLaPaz R, Feldstein N, Anderson R. Correlation between ventriculomegaly on prenatal magnetic resonance imaging and the need for postnatal ventricular shunt placement. J Neurosurg Pediatrics 3:000–000, 2009.
  • Pri-Paz S, Devine P, Miller R, Flood P, Laifer-Narin S, Wright J. CesareanThoracotomy – A Complication of Placenta Percreta. Submitted for publication to Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Oe Y, Orr L, Laifer-Narin S, Hyodo E, Koczo A, Homma S, Kandel J, Meyers P. Contrast-enhanced sonography as a novel tool for assessment of vascular malformations. J Angiogenes Res. 2010 Nov 22;2:25.
  • Reitman E, Devine P, Laifer-Narin S, Flood P. Case Scenario: Perioperative management of a multigravida at 34 week gestation diagnosed with abnormal placentation. Accepted for publication Anesthesiology.

Papers (Non Peer-Reviewed)

  • Winters S, Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #1. Renal Cortical Nephrocalcinosis. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #2. Pelvic Varices Secondary to Portal Hypertension. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.
  • Winters S, Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #5. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.
  • Winters S, Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #6. Renal Vein Thrombosis. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #9. Hemorrhagic Cystitis. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S. Case of the Day #10. Carotid Body Tumor. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, April 2001.

Scientific Abstracts

  • Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Crandall B, Perrella R, Tessler F. Risk of chromosomal abnormality in second trimester fetus with isolated choroid plexus cyst seen on prenatal ultrasound. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1994.
  • Krasny R, Ragavendra N, Sayre J, Laifer-Narin S, Lu DSK, Zimmerman P, Gorczyca D. Subendometrial/myometrial contractions in the nongravid uterus detected on routine transvaginal pelvic sonography. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1994.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Lu DSK, et al. Distinguishing characteristics between submucosal myomas and endometrial polyps on saline hysterosonography. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 1995.
  • Wong P, Lu DSK, Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Zimmerman P, Gorczyca D. Evaluation of cadaveric pancreatic transplant by Doppler sonography. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 1995.
  • Grant EG, Melany M, Duerinckx AJ, Laifer-Narin S, Valentino DJ, Hayrapetian A. Impact of Ultrafast Video Image Transfer on the Practice of US. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1995.
  • Duerinckx AJ, Valentino DJ, Hayrapetian A, Rahbar D, Kiszonas M, Franco R, Shimabuku GH, Hagan G, Melany M, Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Assessment of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Networks. International Society for Optical Engineering Proceedings 2711, February 1996.
  • Duerinckx AJ, Hayrapetian A, Grant EG, Valentino DJ, Rahbar D, Kiszonas M, Franco R, Melany M, Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N. Impact of Ultrasound Video Transfer on the Practice of Ultrasound. International Society for Optical Engineering Proceedings 2711, February 1996.
  • Duerinckx AJ, Grant EG, Melany M, Laifer-Narin S, Hayrapetian A, Valentino DJ. Enhancement of Resident Education in Sonography Using High Speed PACS/ATM Image Transmission. International Society for Optical Engineering Proceedings 2711, February 1996.
  • Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Robert J, Cheng J, McGrath R, Sayre J, Nilawat C, Lu DSK, Krasny RM. Assessment of pig liver perfusion by a new liposome-based blood pool US contrast agent. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 1996.
  • Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Melany M, Steckel R, Grant E. Disclosure of sonographic examination results to patients by sonologists: A survey of patients' preferences. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 1997.
  • Manning J, Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S. Echogenic Focus in the Fetal Heart: ? A Marker for Trisomy 21. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 1997.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Lu DSK, Perrella R, Grant E. Transvaginal Saline Hysterosonography: Characteristics Distinguishing Malignant and Various Benign Conditions. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1997.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Tabsh K, Lu DSK, Ragavendra N, Grant E. The Use of Color Power Angiography In Imaging the Fetal Renal Arteries. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 1998.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Tabsh K, Lu DSK, Ragavendra N, Grant E. The Use of Color Power Angiography In Imaging the Fetal Renal Arteries. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 1998.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Marumoto A, Ragavendra N, Melany M, Grant E. Color Power Angiography of Iatrogenically Induced Vascular Complications. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 1999.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Parmenter EK, Grant EG. False Normal Appearance of the Endometrium on Conventional Pelvic Ultrasound: Comparison With Saline Hysterosonography. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1999.
  • Raman SS, Laifer-Narin SL, Lu DSK, Melany ML, Zimmerman PN, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Percutaneous Hepatic Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy with Sonographic Guidance: Review of 100 Consecutive Cases. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 1999.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Parmenter EK, Grant EG. False Normal Appearance of the Endometrium on Conventional Pelvic Ultrasound: Comparison With Saline Hysterosonography. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2000.
  • Raman SS, Laifer-Narin SL, Lu DSK, Melany ML, Zimmerman PN, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Percutaneous Hepatic Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy with Sonographic Guidance: Review of 100 Consecutive Cases. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2000.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. The Screening Transvaginal Ultrasound for Endometrial Abnormalities - Is It Necessary? Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2000.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Uterine Anomalies - Evaluation Using Saline Hysterosonography. Presented at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2000.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. The Potential Cost Savings of Saline Hysterosonography in the Evaluation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding: A Comparison with Diagnostic and Therapeutic Hysteroscopy. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2001.
  • Winters S, Laifer-Narin S. “Adrenal Cystic Teratoma – A Case Report”. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2001.
  • Winters S, Laifer-Narin S. “Cystic Lymphangiomatosis of the Porta Hepatis – A Case Report”. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. The Screening Transvaginal Ultrasound for Endometrial Abnormalities - Is It Adequate? Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Uterine Anomalies - Evaluation Using Saline Hysterosonography. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. The Potential Cost Savings of Saline Hysterosonography in the Evaluation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding: A Comparison with Diagnostic and Therapeutic Hysteroscopy. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2001.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Placental Polyps: A New Entity in the Differential Diagnosis of Pathology Demonstrated on Saline Infusion Sonohysterography. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2002.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N, Grant EG. Placental Polyps: A New Entity in the Differential Diagnosis of Pathology Demonstrated on Saline Infusion Sonohysterography. Presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2002.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N. The Benefit of the Multiplanar Coronal Image of the Uterus During Saline Infusion Sonohysterography. Presented at International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) 2002.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N. The Benefit of the Multiplanar Coronal Image of the Uterus During Saline Infusion Sonohysterography. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2003.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Ragavendra N. Prognostic Significance of Gallbladder Wall Thickening and Transaminitis in Patients with Noninfectious Hepatitis. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2004.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Zimmerman P, Lu DSK. Microbubble Enhanced Ultrasonographic Patterns of Focal Liver Lesions; Comparison With Contrast Enhanced CT and MR Imaging. Presented at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2005.
  • Ragavendra N, Laifer-Narin S, Hirschowitz S, et al. Small Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: Analysis by US-guided Nonaspiration Fine Needle Biopsy. Presented at RSNA 2005.
  • Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L, DeLapaz R. MR Diagnosis of Ischemia/Infarct in the Fetal Brain: Spectrum of Appearance and Significance of Findings. Presented at RSNA 2005.
  • Lee JC, Lee T, Laifer-Narin S. Fetal Central Nervous System Abnormalities: An MR Imaging Pictorial Review. AUR 2007.
  • Reig B, Rasiej M, Laifer-Narin S. Invasive Placentation: US and MR Imaging in Prenatal Diagnosis. AUR 2007.
  • Mirza F, Bauer S, Van Der Veer A, Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: A Comparison of Prenatal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. SMFM 2008.
  • Bauer S, Mirza F, Van Der Veer A, Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L. Dandy Walker Malformations: A Comparison of Prenatal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. SMFM 2008.
  • Mirza F, Bauer S, Van Der Veer A, Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: A Comparison of Prenatal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. AIUM 2009.
  • Bauer S, Mirza F, Van Der Veer A, Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L. Dandy Walker Malformations: A Comparison of Prenatal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. AIUM 2009.
  • Bauer S, Mirza F, Laifer-Narin S, Miller R, Simpson L. Monochorionic twin pregnancies complicated by an anomalous co-twin: fetal magnetic resonance imaging after radiofrequency ablation. ISUOG 2009.
  • Mirza F, Smithling K, Van Der Veer A, Bauer S, Laifer-Narin S, Simpson L. Isolated Lateral Ventriculomegaly: A Comparison of Prenatal Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. AIUM 2010.
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Associate Professor of Radiology at CUMC

  • 2005 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award – Certificate of Merit
  • 2004 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award – Magna Cum Laude
  • 2004 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award – Certificate of Merit
  • 2002 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award – Cum Laude
  • 2001 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award – Certificate of Merit
  • 2000 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Scientific Exhibit Award - Honorable Mention
  • 1999 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Scientific Exhibit Award - Honorable Mention
  • 1997 American Roentgen Ray Society Scientific Exhibit Award - Certificate of Merit
  • 1997 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award - Cum Laude
  • 1995 Radiological Sciences of North America Scientific Exhibit Award - Cum Laude