Luz A. Venta, MD, FACR, FSBI

Professor of Clinical Radiology, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Breast Imaging Residency, Department of Radiology
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Venta received her first faculty appointment in 1988 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. She became an Associate Professor there in 1994. While at Loyola, she was also the Medical Director of Section Breast Imaging at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 2000, Dr. Venta was recruited to Houston Methodist Hospital to lead the breast imaging group and joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine as a Professor of Radiology. She received her faculty appointment at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2005.

Description of Research

Dr. Venta has a longstanding interest in advances in breast imaging and interventional procedures for the breast. Her current focus is on development of applications of new technologies in breast imaging, including breast MRI.

Areas Of Expertise

Breast cancer MRI Breast imaging
Education & Training

MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine
Residency, The University of Chicago

A phase 1/2 clinical trial of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NMMA and taxane for treating chemoresistant triple-negative breast cancer
Chung, AW, Anand, K, Anselme, AC, Chan, AA, Gupta, N, Venta, LA, Schwartz, MR, Qian, W, Xu, Y, Zhang, L, Kuhn, J, Patel, T, Rodriguez, AA, Belcheva, A, Darcourt, J, Ensor, J, Bernicker, E, Pan, PY, Chen, SH, Lee, DJ, Niravath, PA & Chang, JC 2021, , Science translational medicine, vol. 13, no. 624, abj5070.

Osseous metaplasia in hemangiomas of the breast: Case reports and literature review
Duhon, DJ, Anton, CR, Ro, JY, Venta, LA, Anton, RC & Schwartz, MR 2021, , Journal of Breast Cancer, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 229-234.

Flat epithelial atypia in directional vacuum-assisted biopsy of breast microcalcifications: surgical excision may not be necessary
McCroskey, Z, Sneige, N, Herman, CR, Miller, RA, Venta, LA, Ro, JY, Schwartz, MR & Ayala, AG 2018, , Modern Pathology, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1097-1106.

Performance of Computer-Aided Diagnosis in the Interpretation of Lesions on Breast Sonography
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Vyborny, CJ & Venta, LA 2004, , Academic Radiology, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 272-280.

Cost minimization study of image-guided core biopsy versus surgical excisional biopsy for women with abnormal mammograms
Golub, RM, Bennett, CL, Stinson, T, Venta, L & Morrow, M 2004, , Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 2430-2437.

Mammographic density categories [4] (multiple letters)
Hall, FM, Venta, LA & Hendrick, RE 2002, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 178, no. 1, pp. 242-243.

Patient satisfaction with the communication of mammographic results before and after the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act of 1998
Priyanath, A, Feinglass, J, Dolan, NC, Haviley, C & Venta, LA 2002, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 178, no. 2, pp. 451-456.

Computerized diagnosis of breast lesions on ultrasound
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Venta, LA & Vyborny, CJ 2002, , Medical Physics, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 157-164.

Measuring satisfaction with mammography results reporting
Dolan, NC, Feinglass, J, Priyanath, A, Haviley, C, Sorensen, AV & Venta, LA 2001, , Journal of General Internal Medicine, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 157-162.

Rates and causes of disagreement in interpretation of full-field digital mammography and film-screen mammography in a diagnostic setting
Venta, LA, Hendrick, RE, Adler, YT, DeLeon, P, Mengoni, PM, Scharl, AM, Comstock, CE, Hansen, L, Kay, N, Coveler, A & Cutter, G 2001, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 176, no. 5, pp. 1241-1248.

Providing professional mammography services: Financial analysis
Enzmann, DR, Anglada, PM, Haviley, C & Venta, LA 2001, , Radiology, vol. 219, no. 2, pp. 467-473.

Automatic segmentation of breast lesions on ultrasound
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Venta, LA & Vyborny, CJ 2001, , Medical Physics, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 1652-1659.

Prospective comparison of stereotactic core biopsy and surgical excision as diagnostic procedures for breast cancer patients
Morrow, M, Venta, L, Stinson, T & Bennett, C 2001, , Annals of surgery, vol. 233, no. 4, pp. 537-541.

Computer-aided diagnosis of lesions on multi-modality images of the breast
Giger, ML, Huo, Z, Horsch, K, Hendrick, ER, Venta, LA, Vyborny, CJ, Bonta, IR & Lan, L 2001, , Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 4322, no. 2, pp. 656-660.

Sonographically guided metallic clip placement after core needle biopsy of the breast
Phillips, SW, Gabriel, H, Comstock, CE & Venta, LA 2000, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 175, no. 5, pp. 1353-1355.

Focal fibrosis of the breast in diabetes [3] (multiple letters)
Hall, FM, Venta, LA, Gabriel, H, Adler, YT & Wiley, EL 2000, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 174, no. 3, pp. 870-871.

Are malignant cells displaced by large-gauge needle core biopsy of the breast?
Diaz, LK, Wiley, EL & Venta, LA 1999, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 173, no. 5, pp. 1303-1313.

Impact of same-day screening mammography availability: Results of a controlled clinical trial
Dolan, NC, McDermott, MMG, Morrow, M, Venta, L & Martin, GJ 1999, , Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 159, no. 4, pp. 393-398.

Sonographic evaluation of infiltrating lobular carcinoma
Butler, RS, Venta, LA, Wiley, EL, Ellis, RL, Dempsey, PJ & Rubin, E 1999, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 172, no. 2, pp. 325-330.

Management of complex breast cysts
Venta, LA, Kim, JP, Pelloski, CE & Morrow, M 1999, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 173, no. 5, pp. 1331-1336.