Radiology News and Announcements

UCSD Radiology toasts new retiree Thomas Yellen-Nelson
6/30/2017 -

In his 35 years of service in UCSD Radiology, Thomas Yellen-Thomas (second from left) set the bar high for medical physics in the department. 

Dr. Alexander Norbash emcees the UCSD LGBT Pride ceremony
6/23/2017 -

Dr. Alexander Norbash, Radiology Chair and Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, hosted UCSD's June 21 LGBT flag-raising ceremony on the Hillcrest Medical Center lawn. Speakers celebrating inclusion included UCSD senior leaders, along with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Later that evening, the Medical Center was lit up in rainbow colors, a visual declaration of pride that can be seen from miles away. The rainbow lights will remain throughout July. 

Radiology honors outstanding faculty at commencement dinner
6/22/2017 -

UCSD Radiology celebrated 2016-2017 exceptional faculty at the June 10 Resident Commencement Dinner. Awards included:

Clinician-Scientist - Kazim Narsinh, MD
RSNA Roentgen Resident Research - Chris Malone, MD
Silver Roentgen - James Chen, MD
Board Review Award "Louisville Slugger" - Edward Smitaman, MD
Whitehill Prize for Excellence for Junior Faculty - Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD

Fiona Cassidy Body Imaging - Gary Ghahremani, MD, FACR
Breast Imaging Residents - Mohammad Eghtedari, MD, PhD
Andrew Yen Cardiothoracic - Elizabeth Weihe, MD
MSK Residents - Edward Smitaman, MD
Neuroradiology Residents - Julie Bykowski, MD
Carl Hoh Nuclear Medicine - Sebastian Obrzut, MD
VIR - Hamed Aryafar, MDSilver Spoon Award - Julie Marek-Bykowski, MD
Clinical Teaching - Paritosh Khanna, MD

Elliott C. Lasser Award for Excellence in Research - Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD
John R. Amberg Award for Clinical Excellence - Anthony Tadros, MD

Chairman Emeritus Portrait Dedication - William G. Bradley, MD, PhD, FACR
Lifetime Achievement - Giovanna Casola, MD, FACR, FRCPC

Body Imaging:
Flouroscopy Teaching - Gary Ghahremani, MD, FACR
Clinical Care - Michael Hahn, MD, PhD
Cardiothorac Imaging:
Research - Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD
Leadership - Elizabeth Weihe, MD
Neuro Imaging:
Mentoring - Niky Farid, MD
Clincal Service - Stephen Dorros, MD, FACR
Vascular and Interventional Radiology:
Clinical Care - Andrew Picel, MD
Research - Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Care - Farshad Moradi, MD
Breast Imaging Clinical Care  - Mohammad Eghtedari, MD, PhD
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinical Care - Brady Huang, MD

Faculty Support - Alexander Norbash, MD, MS
Departmental Service - Michael Middleton, MD, PhD

Radiology graduates ride into the sunset
6/13/2017 -

​Radiology graduates were celebrated and roasted at a Commencement Dinner at the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Soon, the graduates will saddle up for the next legs of their professional journeys. Many have accepted subspecialty fellowship positions across the United States; five will stay on as UCSD fellows: Drs. Anthony Tadros (Musculoskeletal), Rebecca Rakow-Penner (Women's Imaging), Charles Li (Neuroradiology), Marin McDonald (Neuroradiology), and Kathleen Jacobs (Cardiovascular).

Left to Right: Drs. Elliot DeYoung, Kate Jacobs, Christopher Malone, Rebecca Rakow-Penner, Brent Wolford, Alexander Norbash (Radiology Chair), Jennifer Feneis, Kazim Narsinh, Marin McDonald, and Charles Li.

Dr. William Bradley receives AUR Gold Medal Award
5/30/2017 -

​The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) recognized the outstanding career achievements of William Bradley, Jr, MD, PhD, FACR, and UCSD Radiology Chairman Emeritus at the 2017 AUR Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. The association presented Dr. Bradley with the Gold Medal, AUR's most prestigious award. In a Medalist Tribute, Dr. Bradley is described as a "pioneer in our field," and "a thought leader in applying the power of imaging technology to better understand and treat disease." Dr. Bradley is an expert in magnet resonance (MR) who has advance the field through his long tenure as a researcher, clinician, mentor, writer, and leader.

Anne Roberts, MD, explains non-invasive MR treatment for fibroid tumors
5/11/2017 -

This month's Corner Clinic, UC San Diego Health's health expert's answer column, features Anne Roberts, MD, presenting the latest advances in fibroid tumor treatment. "Traditionally, the treatment for symptomatic fibroids was a hysterectomy," says Roberts. Today, she explains, MR can be used to non-invasively heat and kill fibroid tissue with an ultrasound beam. "The MR-guided procedure is conceptually similar to burning a hole in a piece of paper by focusing a beam of sunlight with a magnifying glass," Roberts says.

Anne Roberts, MD, UCSD Radiology

UCSD Radiology faculty attend CIBR Showcase to advocate for imaging research
4/1/2017 - UCSD Radiology's Rebecca Rakow-Penner, Bill Bradley, Claude Sirlin, and Albert Hsiao attended the 2017 Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) Showcase on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. CIBR is a coalition between industry, academia and patient advocacy groups, whose purpose is to advocate for increased imaging research funding. Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD is Chair of the Council of Early Career Investigators.

View the photo gallery from the Academy/CIBR 8th Annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase:

William Bradley, MD, PhD, FACR | Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD | Claude Sirlin, MD, PhD | Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD

A new genetic test predicts age-associated risk for Alzheimer's Disease
3/27/2017 - A new polygenic hazard scoring (PHS) system has been developed by a research team led by UC San Diego and UC San Francisco scientists. Anders Dale, PhD, director for the Center of Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine at UCSD, reports that the novel genetic test may be used to predict both the lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease and the age of disease onset.

UCSD Radiology promotes a culture of wellness
3/27/2017 - Megan Hellfeld, MD, and Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, collaborated with the UCSD Healer Education Assessment and Referral Program (HEAR) and the department of Psychiatry to establish the Radiology Wellness Program. Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, and James Chen, MD, co-mentors of the program, will present on burnout and resilience at Grand Rounds in the summer of 2017.

Letter from Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, co-mentor of UCSD Radiology Wellness Program:

Dear Colleagues, Fellows, Residents and Staff,

I am sharing with you a profound article written by a fellow physician that I hope you will read. It so beautifully articulates why we must strive to foster a culture of wellness and balance and reject the ingrained biases that have allowed us to accept burnout as normal and to stigmatize mental illness and marginalize those who seek treatment.

As you may know, our own Megan Hellfeld and Rebecca Rakow have spearheaded a singular Radiology Wellness Program at UCSD, in collaboration with the HEAR program. The HEAR program (of which we are members) gives talks on burnout, depression, and suicide and connects healthcare providers in distress to resources. Megan and Rebecca started by submitting an RSNA grant and enlisting the support of members of the Psychiatry department in helping lead our residents in wellness activities.  Jim Chen and I serve as co-mentors and will be giving Grand Rounds on burnout and resilience this summer. Dr. Norbash has been extraordinarily supportive of these endeavors. We look forward to developing this program together and welcome your feedback.

If you would like to be connected with resources confidentially through the HEAR Program, please know that your privacy will be protected.  All referrals are handled by the HEAR program social workers - this information is not shared with me or any other member of the HEAR committee.

Being a member of the HEAR committee has been very rewarding and fulfilling, thanks to the generosity and dedication of the people involved.  I am also proud to be part of a department that is recognizing the value of promoting a culture of wellness and balance.  Together, we can cultivate an environment where we can be kind to ourselves, supportive of each other, and helpful to our patients.

Best wishes,

Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Vascular and Interventional Radiology