Kenneth R. Maravilla M.D.

Kenneth R. Maravilla M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Brain Tumors, Diagnostic Radiology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neuroradiology, Radiology & Imaging


Radiology and Imaging Services




Radiology/Imaging Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
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Dr. Maravilla is a UW professor of radiology and neurological surgery. He is director of the Diagnostic Imaging Sciences Center MR Research Laboratory and director of the Brain Imaging Core of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). He specializes in neuroradiology and is an expert in diagnostic imaging of the brain, spine and extracranial head and neck pathology. He also conducts research in developing new techniques of MR imaging for diagnosis of central nervous system disease. He has a long interest in exploring such applications in multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and peripheral nerve disease.

Dr. Maravilla earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York and his M.D. degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He did his internship in general surgery at Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas. This was followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. After 10 years as a faculty member at UT Southwestern Health Sciences Center, he came to UW in 1986 to direct the UW neuroradiology section. He subsequently moved to directing the MR research lab while maintaining a busy clinical practice in neuroradiology.

He is listed in “The Best Doctors in America.” He is a fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and is board certified in diagnostic radiology. He is a former deputy editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) and has served on the editorial boards of the AJNR, the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Korean Journal of Radiology."

Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy helping patients to manage their optimal health status through non-invasive diagnosis using high-tech imaging methods. I especially like challenging cases when advanced imaging techniques can be applied to reveal an elusive medical condition at a stage where it can then be effectively treated and potentially cured.

Personal Interests

Photography, travel, power walking, opera, Broadway shows.

Clinical Interests

Research into the application of new MR imaging techniques to aid in diagnosis of central nervous system (CNS) pathology; application of these MRI techniques to patients with multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, peripheral nerve disease; application of functional brain imaging (fMRI) techniques to optimize pre-treatment planning.

Research Interests

Development of new technical applications of MR imaging for use in patient diagnosis; development, testing and safety of MR contrast agents; basic neuroscience of brain function using fMRI techniques; MR imaging of developmental diseases to gain new insights into brain development and function.


State Univ. of New York at Brooklyn - Downstate Medical CenterMedical education1970
Ben Taub Gen HospitalInternship
Parkland Memorial HospitalResidencyRadiology
University of PittsburghFellowshipNeuroradiology


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1976
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