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Philip Costello, M.D.

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  • Professor
  • Chair, Department of Radiology
Degree M.D.
School M.D. awarded by London University England, 1969
  • University of Toronto in Radiology
Board Certification
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiology
Accepts New Patients No


University Hospital
169 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425
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Following medical school and house physician positions at London University, England, Dr. Costello entered radiology residency at the University of Toronto.  He became board certified in nuclear medicine and radiology, and began his career at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  On faculty at Harvard Medical School, he was head of computed tomography and thoracic imaging at the Deaconess Hospital until 1996.  During this period he established both a national and international recognition for his research on spiral CT.  He established a CT clinical research center which pioneered the introduction of spiral CT into clinical practice.  Dr. Costello’s research helped validate the clinical applications of spiral CT to vascular imaging, including pulmonary emboli, cardiac disease, and aortic pathology.  He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, multiple abstracts and book chapters.  He serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, including Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, and New England Journal of Medicine.

In 1996 Dr. Costello was recruited to become Director of Diagnostic Radiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia.  Over a 2-year period he successfully reorganized the hospital’s radiology program.  He was the first Professor of Radiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with an appointment at the University of Adelaide.

Returning to Harvard Medical School in 1999 as Chief of Thoracic Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he was appointed Professor of Radiology at HMS.  Under his five-year leadership, thoracic imaging became a highly productive five-person section both clinically and academically.


During this period an ACGME approved fellowship in thoracic imaging was established and strong collaborations with thoracic surgery and pulmonary medicine materialized.  He led an ACRIN funded National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) and received grants for computer aided diagnosis research.

In 2004 Dr. Costello was appointed Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He is involved in clinical and research activities with an emphasis on cardio-pulmonary imaging.  Under his leadership his department has developed a strong clinical research program with over $5 million in grant award in less than three years.  His department’s cutting edge research in cardiac imaging has resulted in an international stature for MUSC Radiology.

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