Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Dirk Sostman M.D. F.A.C.R.

H. Dirk Sostman, M.D., F.A.C.S.


H. Dirk Sostman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

H. Dirk Sostman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Senior Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
The Methodist Hospital System
Chief Academic Officer
The Methodist Hospital
Chief Medical Officer
Methodist International
President and Chief Executive Officer
TMH Physician Organization
Executive Vice Dean
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

E-mail: dsostman@houstonmethodist.org
Phone: 713-441-2192
Fax: 713-790-2605


M.D.   Yale University, New Haven, CT

Postdoctoral Training

Intern, Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, CT
Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Yale New Haven Hospital, CT
Winchester Chest Fellow, Yale New Haven Hospital, CT
Resident, Nuclear Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, CT



Dr. Sostman received his M.D. degree in 1976 from Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed a medical internship, radiology residency, nuclear medicine residency, and thoracic imaging fellowship at Yale - New Haven Hospital. He was a faculty member at Yale University from 1981 until 1987, and then moved to Duke University, where he was Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology until 1995. In July 1995 he was appointed Professor, Chair, and Radiologist-in-Chief at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Sostman remained at Weill Cornell and New York - Presbyterian for the next decade, during which he served as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (2001-2005), Executive Vice Dean (2003-2005), President of the New York - Presbyterian Hospital Medical Board (2004-2005), and as a Trustee of New York - Presbyterian Hospital (2003-2005).

Dr. Sostman has been an active clinician, researcher, and administrator. He specialized in thoracic and cardiovascular imaging and was an active clinician for over 20 years. He has been named regularly to regional and national lists of the best doctors. As an administrator, he supervised a large clinical department with 45 faculty, 60 trainees, and more than 100 support staff, while concurrently providing guidance for medical center clinical programs, and working closely with department chairs, hospital, and medical college leadership. He conceived and developed the clinical phase of Weill Cornell's overall strategic plan. In addition he served on Weill Cornell oversight groups that raised $750 million and guided implementation of the programs that led to recruitment of more than 50 new faculty, and development of new clinical services and a new outpatient care building, which was the first new Cornell University building in New York City in 50 years.

His memberships include the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (Founding Member), Fleischner Society (Elected 1984), and Society of Thoracic Radiology (Founding Member). Hi awards and honors include New York's Best Doctors, Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctors, the Stauffer Award, the George Simon Memorial Award, the Lamport Biomedical Research Award, the Dolgan Memorial Award, and the Fales Prize. He has served on Scientific Advisory Panels including the RNM Study Section of the NIH, the DMG Special Emphasis Panel (Chair) of the NIH, and the NIH Commission, Academy of Radiology Research. He has served as President of the Association of University Radiologists, Councilor of the American College of Radiology, and a member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

Description of Research

Dr. Sostman emphasizes translational research in new technologies such as radiolabeled cells, noninvasive angiography and metabolic imaging, and clinical research in venous thromboembolic disease, guiding and participating in most of the major national and international research in this area. He has been principal investigator on several NIH and foundation grants and is author or co-author of over 200 original publications. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.

Major Areas of Research

Cardiovascular Imaging, Venous Thromboembolism

Recent Publications

Stein PD, Chenevert TL, Fowler SE, Goodman LR, Gottschalk A, Hales CA, Hull RD, Jablonski KA, Kanal E, Leeper KV, Naidich DP, Sak DJ, Sostman HD, Tapson VF, Wakefield TW, Weg JG, Woodard PK. Gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance angiography for acute pulmonary embolism: results of the PIOPED III trial. Ann Int Med. 152: 434-443 (2010).

Stein PD, Freeman LM, Sostman HD, Goodman LR, Woodard PK, Naidich DP, Gottschalk A, Bailey DL, Matta F, Yakoub AY, Hales CA, Hull RD, Leeper KV, Tapson VF, Weg JG. Single photon emission computed tomography in acute pulmonary embolism. J Nucl Med. 50: 1999-2007 (2009).

Sostman HD, Miniati M, Gottschalk A, Matta F, Stein PD, Pistolesi M. Sensitivity and Specificity of Perfusion Scintigraphy Combined with Chest Radiography for Acute Pulmonary Embolism in PIOPED II. J Nucl Med. 49: 1741-1748 (2008).

Stein PD, Goodman LR, Sostman HD. Do We Still Need leg ultrasonography to diagnose pulmonary embolism? Nat Clin Prac Cardiovasc Med. 11: 688-689 (2008).

Stein PD, Sostman HD, Bounameaux H, Buller HR, Chenevert T, Dalen J, Goodman LR, Gottschalk A, Hull RD, Leeper KV, Pistolesi M, Raskob GE, Wells PS, Woodard PK. Challenges in the Diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Am J Med. 121: 565-571 (2008).

Remy-Jardin M, Pistolesi M, Goodman LR, Gefter W, Gottschalk A, Mayo J, Sostman HD: Guidelines For Management Of Acute Pulmonary Embolism In The Era of CT Angiography: A Statement From The Fleischner Society. Radiology. 245:315-329 (2007).

Sostman HD, Stein PD, Gottschalk A, Matta F, Hull R, Goodman LR: Sensitivity and Specificity of Ventilation-Perfusion Scintigraphy for Acute Pulmonary Embolism in PIOPED II. Radiology. 246:941-946 (2007).

Stein PD, Beemath A, Goodman LR, Hales CA, Hull RD, Sostman HD, Weg JG: Outcome Studies of Pulmonary Embolism Versus Accuracy: They Do Not Equate. Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 96:107-108 (2006).

Stein PD, Woodard PK, Weg JG, Wakefield TW, Tapson VF, Sostman HD, Sos TA, Quinn DA, Leeper KV, Hull RD, Hales CA, Gottschalk A, Goodman LR, Fowler SE, Buckley JD: Diagnostic Pathways In Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Recommendations Of The PIOPED II Investigators. Am J Med. 119:1048-1055 (2006).

Stein PD, Fowler SE, Goodman LR, Gottschalk A, Hales CA, Hull RD, Leeper KV, Popovich J, Quinn DA, Sos TA, Sostman HD, Tapson VF, Wakefield TW, Weg JG, Woodard PK: Contrast enhanced multidetector spiral CT of the chest and lower extremities in suspected acute pulmonary embolism: results of PIOPED II. N Engl J Med. 354:2317-2327 (2006).