News and Announcements

UC San Diego Health ranked #1 adult hospital in San Diego by U.S. News & World Report.
August 2, 2016

Today Dr. David Brenner, Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Patty Maysent, Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health sent out the following message announcing U.S. News & World Report latest rankings: 

"This year’s 'Best Hospitals' rankings distinguish providers that excel in treating the most challenging health conditions. As the region’s only academic health system, we (UC San Diego Heath) attract patients locally and nationally who seek lifesaving specialty expertise from extraordinary teams. As our rankings attest, it’s what we do well, and with passion."
"UC San Diego Health has, in fact, ranked as the No. 1 health system in the San Diego metropolitan region for six consecutive years. Currently, with eight ranked specialties, UC San Diego Health is recognized among the country’s most prestigious health care institutions.

"U.S. News publishes “Best Hospitals” to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates and adequacy of nurse staffing factor into the rankings."

The Elliott Lasser Society, the UCSD Radiology Alumni Association, Welcomes its Newest Members.  
June 14, 2016

Left to right: David Ansdell, Cosette Stahl, David Heister, Paul Murphy, Kathy Shepherd (Residency Coordinator), Quinn Meisinger, Greg Shaw(with Vera), Emmi Olson (with Aurora), Geri Chang, Jeff Koning.  
UC San Diego Department of Radiology congratulates the 2016 graduates!
Dr. Julie Bykowski Awarded the 2016 Whitehill Award for Excellence in Teaching
June 7, 2016
The UC San Diego Academy of Clinician Scholars awarded Dr. Julie Bykowski the 2016 Whitehill Prize for the Department of Radiology. The Whitehill Charitable Trust was established in 1995 by Jules Leonard Whitehill to support the Whitehill Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine or Surgery (or any of the specialties thereof). To this end, the Academy of Clinician Scholars’ goal is to reward junior faculty chosen by the Chief Residents or their designates. Criteria for the award includes actively teaching across all training levels (medical students, residents, and fellows), advocating for residents and their training programs, modeling compassionate bedside manners, and facilitating clinical translational or basic science research projects.

Abraham Noorbakshs presented with Radiology Senior Student Award
June 7, 2016
The Department of Radiology Senior Student Award was presented to Abraham Noorbakhsh on June 4th at the Class of 2016 Senior Awards Luncheon. Noorbakhsh's parents traveled from San Francisco to attend the awards and graduation ceremony. Radiology runs in the family; Noorbakhsh's mother is an Ultrasound technologist in the Bay Area, and his uncle is a radiologist in New York. Abe will be joining UCSD radiology after completing an internship in Seattle.

Dr. Alexander Norbash Offers Advice on Leadership
June 7, 2016
At the 2016 meeting of the American College of Radiolog (ACR), Dr. Alex Norbash, Chair of UC San Diego School of Medicine Department of Radiology had this advice for radiologists considering a leadership position: "Even if you are only responsible for one person, it’s important to project optimism, to feel responsible for that person’s professional development, and to feel responsible about your behavior at all times. If you say something disrespectful or hurtful, it can have a profound influence on a person’s life, and the corollary is also true." Read More

Imaging Biomarker Distinguishes Prostate Cancer Tumor Grade
UCSD Press Release -- June 3, 2016
Physicians have long used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect cancer but results of a University of California San Diego School of Medicine study describe the potential use of restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) as an imaging biomarker that enhances the ability of MRI to differentiate aggressive prostate cancer from low-grade or benign tumors and guide treatment and biopsy. Read More

Dr. Albert Hsiao shares innovative imaging technology with 4D Flow MRI
June 1, 2016
Dr. Hsiao, UCSD Assistant Professor of Radiology and Associate Director of Cardiac and Vascular Imaging CTIPM, is also a cofounder of Arterys, a startup company that provides advanced cardiac imaging with 4D Flow MRI to patients in San Diego. Dr. Hsiao recently shared this video with faculty to show how new technologies developed at UCSD can provide long-term value for both small businesses and patients on a global scale. 

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Drs Elizabeth Weihe and Niky Farid welcomed at UCSD New Women Faculty Reception
May 31, 2016 
Drs. Giovanna Casola and Dolores Pretorius, accompanied by our Chair, Alex Norbash, announced our new women Radiology faculty at the UCSD New Women Faculty Reception. Dr. Elizabeth Weihe joins our Cardiac/Chest Radiology Division and Dr. Niky Farid joins our NeuroRadiology Division. Sapideh Gilani, MD, was introduced as one of the new UCSD ENT surgeons.
Dr. Norbash joins, from left to right, Drs. Elizabeth Weihe, Giovanna Casola, Niky Farid, Sapideh Gilani, Dolores Pretorius at the UCSD New Women Faculty Reception.  

Dr. Dolores Pretorius wins highest teaching honor at 2016 Chancellor Teaching Award Ceremony
May 19, 2016
Dr. Dolores Pretorius was awarded the 2016 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. "Delores H. Pretorius has been a beloved inspiration to countless students, young doctors, researchers, and clinical practitioners. She is highly regarded as a passionate radiology teacher and as a model mentor. For those she has mentored, she has been a  lasting influence who is credited for having launched careers and positively changing the lives of many. Her passion, enthusiasm, and selfless approach toward teaching best exemplify the university's mission for advancing knowledge and for serving society. Professor Pretorius' tireless dedication to education and mentorship, and her enduring contributions and accomplishments have brought luster and renown to UC San Diego." --Distinguished Teaching Award, Senate Members.

Presentations at ARRS dubbed "world-class"
May 15, 2016

Kevin McCammack  Rebecca Rakow-Penner
Rebecca Rakow-Penner, resident and Breast Imaging Section Chief, and Kevin McCammack, MR Division Chief, presented work on non-invasive imaging for breast lesions and prostate cancer. ARRS ranked their talk as one of the top three presentations of the 2016 Annual Meeting. Read More

 Dr. Christine Chung hailed as one of several mentors that help new faculty find their academic niche
April 27, 2016

Dr. Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, assistant professor and chief of Central Nervous System Tumor Service at Moores Cancer Center, with mentor Dr. Christine Chung, professor of radiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
A recent UC San Diego news release featured Dr. Christine Chung as a valuable mentor helping new hires in other departments find their academic way at UCSD. Excerpts from the article:
When Dr. Jona Hattangadi-Gluth began her career as a new faculty member at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center, she was excited by the possibilities but concerned about meeting expectations, including her own. How do you prioritize patient care while fulfilling research, teaching and university service obligations? What is the best way to develop a clinical niche and academic career and still have a rewarding personal life? After being matched with a senior faculty mentor in her field, Dr. Christine Chung, she gained insight on how to develop a pathway to accomplish her research, teaching and clinical ambitions.
“It’s challenging to go from medical resident or fellow to faculty member essentially overnight,” explained Hattangadi-Gluth, now assistant professor and chief of the Central Nervous System Tumor Service in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the Moores Cancer Center. “I wanted to get on track quickly—develop my clinical expertise and build a successful research program. The most instrumental piece of advice Christine first gave me was to breathe, take a step back and figure out what I want to do first. She has helped me distill what my overarching goal is, how to navigate getting there, and the timeline in which to achieve it.”
Hattangadi-Gluth took part in UC San Diego Health’s National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) program last year, one of numerous initiatives in place to help new, untenured or transitioning faculty members become acclimated to university culture, develop professional skills for academic career advancement and find a community of peers. As part of the NCLAM program, new faculty members at UC San Diego Health have the opportunity to enroll in a series of 16 professional development workshops over a seven-month period. During this time, they are matched with a mentor to collaborate on a project, such as a grant proposal or clinical trial. More than 300 have completed the program, forming a sense of community among administrators, senior faculty and new hires.
“This mentorship program is a means of establishing a network of colleagues, trusted relationships where you can discuss things and come to conclusions together,” said Chung, professor of radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “It’s so much easier having someone who has gone down the same path, made mistakes and understands the metrics for success.”
Added Hattangadi-Gluth, “I can talk to Christine about anything, and she can give me advice that many can’t. There are unique challenges for women trying to build a successful career in academic medicine. I have a working spouse and two young kids. She understands because she’s been exactly where I am, and she has provided clarity during this pivotal time in my professional development.”

Dr. Claude Sirlin key author for article highlighting Novel 3D Imaging that Offers New Tool for Identifying Advanced Fibrosis in Liver
April 05, 2016

Dr. Sirlin, in concert with other researchers and gastroenterologistgs at UC San Diego School of Medicine NAFLD Research Center, discovered that magnetic resonance elastography (MRE ) imaging provides a highly accurate, less invasive method to detect disease. The work is presented in an article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The group studied the efficacy of two-dimensional magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and a novel 3D version and found that both MRE technologies were highly accurate for diagnosing advanced fibrosis, with 3D perhaps providing additional capabilities in some patients. Dr. Hamed Aryafar, Interventional Radiology, also participated in the study. Read More

UCSD Radiology Welcomes New Administrative Vice Chair Aline Nandelstadt
April 4, 2016

Aline Nandelstadt just began her tenure as Administrative Vice Chair for UCSD Radiology in February. Her responsibilities include strategic and operational oversight of the Department’s professional enterprise. Ms. Nandelstadt possesses 21 years of experience in administration and financial management of departments, including 16 years’ experience in research and healthcare institutions. Most recently, she served at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, as the Chief Adminstrator of the Division of Aging.
Ms Nandelstadt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Darmouth, and a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology and Biomedical Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

UCSD Faculty Club hosts an art show of the work of Sue Hopkins, MD, PhD
March 2, 2016

Sue Hopkins, MD, PhD of the UCSD Radiology Pulmonary Imaging Laboratory creates amazing artwork as well as cutting edge research.  A selection of her watercolors is now on display at the UCSD Faculty Club.  Here is but a small sampling of her artistry.
Sue Hopkins "Day Job" Sue Hopkins "Stolen Time"
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New Mammography System Opens at UCSD Moores Cancer Center
February 8, 2016

(L-R): Dr. Ojeda-Fournier, Medical Director, Breast Imaging Section, and Susana Carmona, Imaging Services Manager.
The Breast Imaging Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 27 at Moores Cancer Center to introduce their first mammography system with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) capabilities. DBT takes a series of images through the breast, allowing for a more thorough assessment of the breast tissue, and has been shown to find more invasive breast cancers when they are smaller in size. In select cases, DBT can also be used for diagnostic evaluation of clinical or mammographic findings. Many patients and referring physicians have been awaiting this new technology. The exam room includes a video panel displaying garden, forest or ocean scenes with accompanying nature sounds for patient comfort.

UCSD Radiology Legends Past and Present Gather Together
January 20, 2016

Photo of Alexander Norbash
Dr. Alex Norbash, the newest Chair of UCSD Radiology got to meet the legendary founders of UCSD Radiology, including 3 of our prior Chairs. This luncheon, initiated by the original Chair, Dr. Elliott Lasser, brought together the second Chair, Dr. Robert Berk, and the third Chair, Dr. George Leopold. They were joined by Dr. Jack Forrest, former VA Radiology Service Chief, Dr. Linda Olson, former medical director of Breast Imaging, and Dr. Lee Talner, former Program Director.
After the meeting, Dr. Lasser wrote "You more than lived-up to everyone’s expectations! I personally am now certain that our precious department is in great hands.” Dr. Norbash responded "I'm grateful to be here, and to learn from you all, while trying to benefit and contribute to your amazing and delightful department."
Dr. Norbash brings great vision to the department, augmenting the excellent reputation as set forth by our founders. He specializes in Neuro Interventional Radiology, enjoying its unique combination of technology and humanism. After completing the first Neuro Interventional Fellowship ever offered at Stanford, he moved to Boston. Amongst other things he founded the first Neuro Interventional practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, he received an additional degree in health care management because he wanted to have more financial responsibility. He transitioned to Boston University and has been their Radiology Chair for 11 years. He has performed thousands of endovascular neuroradiology procedures, including innumerable aneurysm repairs and was one of the first clinician-interventionalists to develop and describe the technology of stenting for the carotid and intracranial arteries. Other clinical interests include endovascular aneurysm therapy, endovascular treatment of arteriovenous malformations, and percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. He values innovation and feels that radiology in this era can be the center for creativity and added value for patient care. He extols the importance of democratization when making decisions for change. Dr. Norbash is committed to growing and celebrating the UCSD Radiology Alumni Association and is a committed champion of patient experience, efficiency, and quality of care.

Dr. Norbash with Drs. Forrest and Berk (back row)  and Drs. Leopold, Talner, Olson, and Lasser (front row)

Dr. Rivera named to prestigious interventional fellowships
January 15, 2016

Photo of Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz
Dr. Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz has recently been elected to two of the most prestigious interventional fellowships.  These include the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE).  Either induction alone stems from significant contributions to the field of interventional radiology.  To be invited to join both fellowships, a rare and remarkable achievement, highlights Dr. Rivera’s significant clinical and philanthropic work within the field. 

Dr. Tom Kinney honored by patient donation
January 4, 2016

Photo of Thomas Kinney
A grateful patient wanted to do more than simply thank Dr. Tom Kinney, Interventional Radiology,  for the excellent care provided.  He wanted to make a statement.  Therefore, he gave the UCSD Lung Cancer Research group a donation in honor of Dr. Kinney, for his caring manner and life saving treatment.