Chip Truwit, MD

Chief Innovation Officer, HHS
Chief, Radiology

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"My mission has been very simple: to transform HCMC Radiology into the premiere radiology group in the upper Midwest. By recruiting outstanding, patient-centered radiologists, overseeing the installation of state-of-the-art imaging equipment, and leading the technical and nursing staff to expect excellence of themselves and the radiologists, I would like to believe we have achieved that goal. With that backdrop, HCMC Radiology is now in the 'Good to Great' phase of our journey. For our group, that translates into constantly working to exceed expectations – of our patients, of our colleagues, and of ourselves. And, it means we 'Practice what we teach' to our outstanding trainees, Minnesota's future radiologists.

As Chief Innovation Officer at HHS, and with my colleagues at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, I expect to carry the commitment described above across the entire health system, seeking innovation from any and all, from patients that receive their care here and from those that are privileged to work here. We have a tremendous opportunity to transform how we deliver health, to move things upstream from Hennepin's Sanctuary of Rescue and Recovery from disease to Hennepin's Sanctuary of Health and Wellness."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Truwit has gained a national and international reputation in radiology, and specifically in the fields of pediatric neuroradiology and the imaging of cerebral palsy, stroke imaging, intraoperative MR-guided neurosurgery, and advanced visualization. His counsel is sought frequently; he is a regular speaker on the national stage, advocating on behalf of radiologists' roles in patient-centered care.

Under Dr. Truwit's innovative leadership, HCMC has emerged as the premier radiology department in the Twin Cities, and arguably in the upper Midwest. HCMC Radiology has set the standard for the very best not only in public sector care, but the very best in this region. In addition, always pushing the envelope, Dr. Truwit has shepherded HCMC Radiology to set the pace on radiation dose reduction, patient-centered radiology, and continuous performance improvement. He has also brought academic commitment and rigor to HCMC Radiology. Dr. Truwit has published 4 internationally acclaimed radiology textbooks, as well as over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Truwit has been awarded 29 patents.

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  • Subspecialty Board Certification of Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology by the American Board of Radiology
  • Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology
  • Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Board examiner, American Board of Radiology


  • Recognized as a "Top Doc" by Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine
  • Recognized as a "Top Doc" by Consumer Checkbook magazine
  • Recognized as a "TopDoctor" by Castle Connolly
  • Fellow, American College of Radiology
  • Selected as Chief Resident during Radiology Residency


"At heart, I’m a frustrated architect: I see things from a different perch, no doubt because I am left-handed. I enjoy time with my family, pushing my children to be curious, to seek excellence, to appreciate the many talents they have, and to understand that the reward is in the doing. I have been blessed with good health, and I try to stay fit through squash, tennis and skiing."

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • American College of Radiology
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


  • Benson J, Payabvash S, Salazar P, Jagadeesan B, Palmer CSTruwit CL, McKinney AM. Comparison of CT perfusion summary maps to early diffusion-weighted images in suspected acute middle cerebral artery stroke. Eur J Radial. 2015:84(4):682-689
  • Payabvash S, McKinney AM, McKinney ZJ, Palmer CS, Truwit CL. Screening and detection of blunt vertebral artery injury in patients with upper cervical fractures: The role of cervical CT and CT angiography. Eur J Radial 2014 Mar;83(3):571-7
  • Truwit CL. CT angiography versus MR angiography in the evaluation of acute neurovascular disease. Radiology. 2007;245(2):363-6, discussion 366
  • Truwit CL, Liu H. Prospective stereotaxy: a novel method of trajectory alignment using real-time image guidance. JMRI. 2001;13(3):452-457
  • Kier EL, Truwit CL. The normal and abnormal genu of the corpus callosum: an evolutionary, embryologic, anatomic, and MR analysis. AJNR. 1996;17:1631-1642
  • Truwit CL, Barkovich AJ, Koch T, Ferrier D. Cerebral Palsy: MR findings in 40 patients. AJNR. 1992;13:67-78
  • Truwit CL, Barkovich AJ. Pathogenesis of intracranial lipoma: an MR study of 42 patients. AJNR. 1990;11:665-674 and AJR. 1990;155:855-864
  • Truwit CL, Barkovich AJ, Gean-Marton AD, Hibri N, Norman D. Loss of the insular ribbon: another early CT finding in acute middle cerebral artery infarction. Radiology. 1990;176:801-806
  • Barkovich AJ, Truwit CL. Brain damage from perinatal asphyxia: correlation of MR findings with gestational age. AJNR. 1990;11:1087-1096


  • Hall WA, Nimsky CF and Truwit CL, eds. Intraoperative MR-guided Neurosurgery. New York: Thyme Medical Publishers 2010
  • Truwit CL and Lempert TE. High Resolution Atlas of Cranial Neuroanatomy, Baltimore: DPS Press and Williams and Wilkins 1994
  • Truwit CL and Lempert TE. Pediatric Neuroimaging: A Casebook Approach, Denver: DPS Press 1991
  • Barkovich AJ and Truwit CL. Practical MRI Atlas of Neonatal Brain Development, New York: Raven Press 1990

Medical School

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA


Radiology, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, USA


Neuroradiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA