Arzu Kovanlikaya, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
Arzu Kovanlikaya


Dr.Kovanlikaya is chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology.  She is a Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Department of Radiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.  She is board-certified with a certificate of added qualifications in Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology. She received her fellowship training in both Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles of the University of Southern California.  Her main research interests include advanced MRI techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Perfusion, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, MR Spectroscopy and their clinical applications in pediatric oncology.  Another area of Dr. Kovanlikaya’s special expertise is the clinical applications of  MRI in Crohns disease.  She has been an investigator in several projects supported by NIH on bone and body composition in children. Dr Kovanlikaya has also been involved in clinical research on ultrasound measurements of intima-media thickness(IMT) in children in the evaluation of early antecedents of atherosclerosis. She  has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and two book chapters. She is the director of Pediatric Radiology elective for medical students and actively involved in resident and medical student teaching at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Kovanlikaya is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, Society of Pediatric Radiology, American Society of Neuroradiology, New York Roentgen Society, World Federation of Pediatric Imaging and Turkish Medical Imaging and Interventional Radiology Society.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]



Articles in professional peer reviewed journals
  1. Diren H.B, Kovanlikaya I, Suller A, Dicle O. The Hajdu-Cheney Syndrome: A Case Report and Review of The Literature. Pediatric Radiology. 1990; 20:568-569.
  1. Guneri A, Ceryan K, Igci E, Kovanlikaya A. Lingual thyroid: the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging. J Laryngol Otol, 1991; 105(6), 493-5.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Pirnar T, Olgun N. Pulmonary blastoma; a rare case of childhood malignancy. Pediatric Radiology 1992; 2:155.
  1. Akgun F, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I, Aktu T. Initial Evaluation of Children Sustaining Blunt Abdominal Trauma: Ultrasound Vs Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 1993; 3:278-280.
  1. Igci E, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I, Ozaksoy D, Dicle O, Balci P. MR Findings of a Duplex Kidney with Replacement Lipomatosis. Annals of Medical Sciences. 1996; 5: 38-40.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Miller JH, Williams HT. Malrotation Discovered During Routine Radionuclide Gastric Emptying Study. Pediatr Radiol 1996; 26:531-533.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Nelson MD, Murphree AL. Retinoblastoma presenting with orbital cellulitis. Archives of Ped Adol Med 1996; 150(8):873-4.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Loro LM, Hangartner TO, Reynolds R, Gilsanz V. Assessment of osteopenia by CT in children. Radiology 1996; 198:781-784.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Loro LM, Gilsanz V. On the Pathogenesis of Osteopetrosis. AJR, 1997; 168: 929-932.
  1. Gilsanz V, Kovanlikaya A, Sainz J, Sayre J, Roe TJ, Gilsanz V. Differential Effect of Gender on the Size of the Bones in the Axial and Appendicular Skeletons. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1997; 82: 1603-1607.
  1. Akgur F, Aktug T, Olguner M, Kovanlikaya A, Hakguder G. Prospective study investigating routine usage of Ultrasonography as the initial diagnostic modality for the evaluation of children sustaining blunt abdominal trauma. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection and Critical Care 1997; 42(4): 626-628.
  1. Gilsanz V, Skaggs DL, Kovanlikaya A, Sayre J. et al. Differential effect of race on the axial and appendicular skeletons of children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1998; 83: 1420-1427.
  1. Cakmakc� H, Kovanlikaya A, Obuz F, Kovanlikaya I, P�rnar T. Herpes encephalitis in children : MR assessment. The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 1998; 40:559-566.
  1. Cakmakc� H, Kovanlikaya A. MRI of fibromatozis colli: Case report. The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 1999 Oct-Dec.41(4):505-8.
  1. Obuz F, Karabay N, Secil M, Igci E, Kovanlikaya A, Yorukoglu K. Various radiological appearances of angiomyolipomas in the same kidney. European Radiology 2000 10(6);897-9.
  1. Obuz F, Kovanlikaya A, Olgun N, Sarialioglu F, Ozer E. MR imaging of pancreatic metastasis from extraosseous Ewing sarcoma. Pancreas 2000 Jan; 20(1):102-4.
  1. Kincaid PK, Stanley P, Kovanlikaya A, Mahour GH, Rowland JM. Coexistent neurenteric cyst and enteregenous cyst. Further support for a common embryologic error. Pediatr Radiol 1999 Jul;29(7):539-41.
  1. Koh S, Nelson MD, Kovanlikaya A, Chen LS. Anterior lumbosacral radiculopathy after intrathecal methotrexate treatment. Pediatr Neurol 1999 Aug 21(2):576-8.
  1. Göktay AY, Seçil M, Kovanlikaya A, Igci E, Dicle O. Aneurysmatic dilatation of the paraumbilical vein in an infant. Pediatr Radiol 2000 Sep; 30(9):604-6.
  1. Aydin A, Çakmakçi H, Kovanlikaya A, Dirik E. Sturge-Weber syndrome without facial nevus. Pediatr Neurol 2000 May; 22(5):400-2.
  1. Yücesoy K, Çakmakçi H, Naderi S, Kovanlikaya A. Spinal epidural gas after cardiac surgery: case report. Journal of Spinal Disorders 2001 Feb;14(1):76-8
  1. Usal C, Uysal K, Kovanlikaya A, Çakmakçi H, Hazan E. Quiz case of the month. European Radiology 2001;11(2):349-50.
  1. Cakmakci H, Kovanlikaya A, Unsal E. Short-term follow-up of the juvenile rheumatoid knee with fat-saturated 3D MRI. Pediatr Radiol. 2001 Mar; 31(3):189-95.
  1. Yilmaz E, Usal C, Kovanlikaya A, Karabay N. Sonographic and MRI findings in prepubertal adnexal hemorrhagic cyst with torsion. J Clin Ultrasound, 2001 Mar-Apr; 29(3):200-2.
  1. Kurul S, Cakmakci H, Kovanlikaya A, Dirik E. The benign course of carotid-cavernous fistula in a child. Eur J Radiol. 2001 Aug; 39(2):77-9.
  1. Akdal G, Baklan B, Cakmakci H, Kovanlikaya A. MRI follow-up of basal ganglia involvement in Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis. Pediatr Neurol. 2001 May; 24(5):393-5.
  1. Cakmakci H, Usal C, Karabay N, Kovanlikaya A. Transient neonatal hypoglycemia: cranial US and MRI findings. Eur Radiol. 2001;11(12):2585-8.
  1. Bober E, Kovanlikaya A, Buyukgebiz A. Primary antiphospholipid syndrome: an unusual cause of adrenal insufficiency. Horm Res. 2001;56(3-4):140-4.
  1. Cakmakci H, Tasdelen N, Obuz F, Yilmaz E, Kovanlikaya A. Pediatric focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI findings. Clin Imaging. 2002 May-June;26(3):183-6.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Burke LP, Nelson MD, Wood JH. Characterizing chronic pericarditis using steady state free precision cine MR imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2002 Aug;179(2):475-6.
  1. Mutafoglu-Uysal K, Kargi A, Sarialioglu F, Olgun N, Kovanlikaya A. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in a child: long-term survival with ICE-WAC chemotherapy regimen. Turk J Pediatr. 2002 Jul-Sep;44(3):244-7.
  1. Ören H, �rken G, Karg� A, Uçar C, Gülen H, Duman M, Atabay B, Y�lmaz S, Kovanlikaya A. A pediatric case of lymphomatoid granulomatosis with onset after completion of chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003 Feb;25(2):163-6.
  1. Kurul S, Cakmakci H, Dirik E, Kovanlikaya A. Schilder's disease: case study with serial neuroimaging.J Child Neurol. 2003 Jan;18(1):58-61.
  1. Olgun N, Kansoy S, Aksoylar S, Cetingul N, Vergin C, Oniz H, Sarialioglu F, Kantar M, Uysal K, Tuncyurek M, Kargi A, Aktas S, Bayol U, Karaca I, Balik E, Aktug T, Elmas N, Kovanlikaya A, Kinay M, Anacak Y, Degirmenci B, Burak Z. Experience of the Izmir Pediatric Oncology Group on Neuroblastoma: IPOG-NBL-92 Protocol.Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003 Apr-May;20(3):211-8.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Karabay N, Cakmakci H, Uysal K, Olgun N, Ergor G. Surveillance imaging and cost effectivity in pediatric brain tumors. Eur J Radiol. 2003 Sep;47(3):188-92.
  1. Wan, J, Meara JG, Kovanlikaya A, Nelson MD, Don D. Clinical, radiologic and audiologic relationships in hemifacial microsomia. Annals of Plastic Surgery Aug;51(2):161-6
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Okkay N, Çakmakç� H, Özdogan Ö, De�irmenci B, Kavukcu S. Comparison of MRI and renal cortical scintigraphy findings in childhood acute pyelonephritis: preliminary experience. Eur J Radiol. 2004 Jan;49(1):76-80.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Mittelman SD, Ward A, Geffner ME, Dorey F, Gilsanz V. Obesity and Fat Quantification in Lean Tissues Using Three-Point Dixon MR Imaging Pediatr Radiol 2005; 35:601-607.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Guclu C, Desai C, Becerra R, Vicente Gilsanz. Fat Quantification Using Three-Point Dixon Technique: In Vitro Validation. Acad Radiol. 2005 May;12(5):636-9.
  1. Kovanlikaya A, Panigrahy A, Krieger MD, Gonzalez-Gomez I, Ghugre N, McComb JG, Gilles FH, Nelson MD, Blüml S. Quantitation of Taurine in Untreated Pediatric Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors in vivo. Radiology. 2005 Sep;236(3):1020-1025.
  1. Kabakci N, Gurses B, Firat Z, Bayram A, Ulug AM, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I. Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Tractography of median nerve: Normative Diffusion Values. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Oct;189(4):923-7.
  1. Gurses B, Kabakci N, Kovanlikaya A, Firat Z, Bayram A, Ulug AM, Kovanlikaya I. Diffusion tensor Imaging of the normal prostate at 3 Tesla. Eur. Radiol. 2007 Oct;25.Epub.
  1. Gurses B, Kabakci N, Aksit HZ, Yencilek F, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I. Cystic splenosis mimicking a renal mass: a case report and review of the literature. Australas Radiol. 2007 Oct;51 Spec No:B52-5. Review.
  1. Cihangiroglu M, Ulug AM, Firat Z, Bayram A, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I. High b-value Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging of Normal Brain at 3T. Eur J Radiol. 2007 Dec;24 Epub.
  1. Kabakci NT, Kovanlikaya A, Kovanlikaya I. Tractography of the median nerve. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2009 Mar; 13(1): 18-23.
Book Chapters:
  1. Nelson MD, Kovanlikaya A, Segall HD. Posterior fossa neoplasms in children. In:   Radiology, Diagnosis - Imaging - Intervention. Taveras JM, Ferrucci JT, eds. Lippincott-Raven Publishers 1997; 3(74): 1-20.
  1. Malogolowkin M, Monforte HL, Kovanlikaya A, Siegel SE. Pediatric Germ Cell Tumors. In: American Cancer Society: Atlas of Solid Tumors. BC Decker Inc. 2003.

Honors and Awards


Best Paper Award, Western Neuroradiological Society Meeting, 1995