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Shivani Ahlawat, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Specializes in: Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years)


Languages: English, Hindi


Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Musculoskeletal Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Peripheral Nerve Imaging, Tumor Imaging

Research Interests

Advanced MRI techniques; Peripheral nerve imaging; peripheral nerve tumors; peripheral nerve injury; whole body magnetic resonance imaging more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
1800 Orleans St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-4100

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 443-997-1811

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-4100

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
4924 Campbell Boulevard
Suite 105
White Marsh, MD 21236 map
Phone: 443-442-2400

Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging - Columbia

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
11055 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia Medical Center, Suite L9
Columbia, MD 21044 map
Phone: 443-574-5800

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 1100
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-583-2700 | Fax: 443-451-6986

Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging - Bethesda

Appointment Phone: 443-997-7237
6420 Rockledge Drive
Suite 3100
Bethesda, MD 20817 map
Phone: 301-897-5656 | Fax: 301-897-7333


Dr. Ahlawat earned a Bachelor of Arts with magna cum laude at New York University. She completed both her Medical Degree as well as residency training in diagnostic radiology at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ.

Dr. Ahlawat completed her Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and went on to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD to do a Fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology.  After completion of her fellowship, Dr. Ahlawat joined as faculty in the Diagnostic Division of the department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. Dr. Ahlawat’s expertise is Diagnostic Radiology with additional training in pediatric and musculoskeletal radiology.  

Dr. Ahlawat specializes in high resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of peripheral nerves, specifically detection and characterization of peripheral nerve injury; MR imaging of peripheral nerve tumors and peripheral nerve tumor syndromes; whole body MR imaging in the setting of peripheral nerve tumor syndromes; and advanced MR techniques such as quantitative diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient mapping in characterization of bone and soft tissue tumors.

Dr. Shivani Ahlawat also serves as the Director of the Musculoskeletal Fellowship Program. more


  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2006)


  • Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital / Radiology (2011)


  • Children's National Hospital / Pediatric Radiology (2012)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Musculoskeletal Radiology (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology (2011)

Additional Training

  • Diplomate, American Board of Radiology (2011)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Ahlawat's research interests include high resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of peripheral nerves, specifically peripheral nerve tumors. As PI on several university-based projects, Dr. Ahlawat has laid the foundation and studied high resolution imaging of peripheral nerve imaging including 3-Dimensional imaging and anatomic imaging to detect and characterize peripheral nerve injury severity as well as peripheral nerve tumors.  

Dr. Ahlawat has previously worked on multi-parametric whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in the setting of schwannomatosis and noted how diffusion weighted imaging can be helpful in characterization of tumors as malignant based on quantitative apparent diffusion coefficient values.  In addition, Dr. Ahlawat has worked on numerous projects focusing on advanced MR techniques such as diffusion weighted imaging in characterization of bone and soft tissue tumors. 

Contact for Research Inquiries

601 N. Caroline St
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-2917

Activities & Honors


  • National Merit Scholar, South Brunswick High School, 1998
  • Gallatin Scholarship, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, 1998 - 2002
  • Magna Cum Laude, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, NY, 2002
  • Intern of the year in Internal Medicine, Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 2007
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award, Society of Skeletal Radiology, 2015
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America, 2015
  • Mentor Recognition Award, Diagnostic Radiology residency, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
  • Mentor Recognition Award, Diagnostic Radiology Residency, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  • 1st Annual Radiology Curriculum Innovation Award, Diagnostic Radiology Residency, Johns Hopkins University, 2016


  • Radiological Society of North America, 2011


  • Skeletal Society of Radiology, 2012


  • American Roentgen Ray Society, 2012


  • Response Evaluation in Neurofibromatosis and Schwannomatosis, 2012

    WB-MRI committee chair

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Classification of Peripheral Nerve Injury on MR Neurography according to Seddon and Sunderland Grading Systems
    presentation (01/01/2013)
  • Multimodality Imaging Strategy for the Characterization of Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors in the Neurofibromatosis Type 1
    presentation (01/01/2013)
  • MR Classification of Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Emphasis on Tumor Grade
    presentation (01/01/2013)
  • High Resolution 3T MR Neurography of Suprascapular Neuropathy- Normal and Abnormal Imaging Appearances
    presentation (01/01/2013)
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Role of CT with 3D Imaging
    presentation (01/01/2014)
  • MDCT of Hand and Wrist: Beyond Trauma
    presentation (01/01/2014)
  • The Principles and Clinical Applications of CSI as a tool for assessment of the bone marrow
    presentation (01/01/2014)
  • Patterns In Quantitative Diffusion Weighted Imaging Of Soft Tissue Masses That Are Associated With Different Histologies
    presentation (01/01/2014)
    ISS and RSNA
  • Imaging of hand and wrist infections: Emphasis on compartmental anatomy
    presentation (01/01/2015)
    ISS and ARRS
  • Review of Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neurofibromatoses
    presentation (01/01/2014)
    ISS and RSNA
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury in Children
    presentation, RSNA (01/01/2014)
  • Peripheral traumatic neuromas – Common MRI features.
    educational exhibit, Scottsdale. Arizona (01/01/2015)
  • Review of Clinical and Imaging features
    Educational Exhibit, Scottsdale. Arizona (01/01/2015)
  • Review of Clinical and Imaging features
    Educational Exhibit, Chicago. Illinois (01/01/2015)
  • Test your Mettle: Clinical and Imaging Features of Benign and Malignant Periprosthetic Lesions
    Educational Exhibit, Chicago, Illinois (01/01/2015)
  • Myxoid Soft tissue Tumors: Important Histologic, Clinical and Imaging Features
    Educational Exhibit, RSNA, Chicago, Illinois (01/01/2015)
  • Quantitative Diffusion Weighted MRI for Differentiation of Benign and Malignant Osseous lesions
    oral, San Diego, CA (01/01/2014)
    Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR)
  • Whole-Body Anatomic, Functional and Metabolic Imaging of Schwannomatosis
    Oral, Scottsdale, AZ (01/01/2015)
    Society of Skeletal Radiology
  • MRI features of peripheral traumatic neuromas
    oral presentation, Scottsdale, Arizona. (01/01/2015)
    Society of Skeletal Radiology
  • Indeterminate Soft Tissue Tumors: How Good is Noncontrast Imaging with Quantitative DWI at Distinguishing Benign from Malignant Disease Compared with Contrast-enhanced Imaging?
    oral (01/01/2015)
  • 3D Volumetric MRI with Isotropic Resolution: Improved Speed of Acquisition, Spatial Resolution and Assessment of Lesion Conspicuity in Patients with recurrent soft tissue sarcoma
    scientific session (01/01/2015)
  • MR Neurography (MRN) of the Long Thoracic Nerve: Retrospective Review of Clinical Findings and Imaging Results at Our Institution over 5 Years
    scientific session (01/01/2015)
  • Imaging of the Digital Nerves: Feasibility of 3T MRI
    oral (01/01/2015)
  • Diagnostic Accuracy of MR imaging in predicting severity of Lower extremity peripheral nerve injury
    oral, New Orleans, LA (01/01/2016)
    Society of Skeletal Radiology
  • MR Imaging Features OF Retroclavicular and Periscapular Intermuscular Vascular Plexi
    oral, New Orleans, LA (01/01/2016)
  • High Resolution Metal Artifact Reduction MR Neurography of the Lumbosacral Plexus in Patients with Metallic Implants
    oral, Chicago, IL (01/01/2016)

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