Dr. Andreu Costa is an abdominal radiologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (Engineering Physics, 2001), the University of Western Ontario (Master’s in Science, Medical Biophysics, 2004), the University of Ottawa (medical doctorate, 2008, and radiology residency, 2013), and the University of Toronto (Abdominal Imaging fellowship at the University Health Network, 2014).
Dr. Costa has led multiple research projects focused on hepatopancreaticobiliary imaging, quality improvement and patient care. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been awarded 342k in grant funding as either principal or co-investigator. Several of Dr. Costa’s studies have led to improved imaging techniques and patient pathways. For example, his study on weight-based contrast media dosing and phase timing improved the liver CT protocol used at several centers in Nova Scotia. Other studies have guided policy changes on liver MRI contrast dosing, thyroid US reporting, CT colonography, and imaging of suspected appendicitis.
Dr. Costa is a committed teacher, research supervisor and mentor for radiology residents and fellows at Dalhousie University. He has received numerous teaching and supervisory awards, including the Department Head’s Teaching Impact Award, Outstanding Faculty List, On-Call Most Supportive Staff Award, Excellence in Teaching Award and the Charles Lo Faculty Research Award. As head of the abdominal imaging division, Dr. Costa is actively engaged in patient-centred administrative goals and committees at the local, provincial and national levels. On behalf of the Canadian Association of Radiology (CAR), Dr. Costa co-authored clinical practice guidelines on nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and gadolinium retention. Dr. Costa is Chair of the CAR Annual Scientific Meeting Scientific and Educational Competitions and a member of the CARJ editorial board, the CARJ working group, and the Evidence-Based Working Group for the American College of Radiology Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System. Dr. Costa’s presentations are consistently well-received and he has been invited to speak at provincial, national and international conferences.