Margulis Society News

In Memoriam
Melvyn T. Korobkin, MD
1941-2017

"I was deeply sorrowed to learn of Mel’s passing. He was a resident when I was a junior faculty member, and I also knew him as a colleague on the faculty of SFGH/UCSF, and as a good friend. The legacy he leaves to the world of abdominal imaging is huge. Mel embodied a unique and happy synthesis of immense personal charm, superb intellect, goodwill, and keen wit. He shall be sorely missed." – Hideyo Minagi, MD

"Mel got his start here, taught a lot of us old guys, and helped teach us about how to teach and how to learn. He left his mark on all of us who were around in those days, and I will always remember him, and his smile, whenever I give a lecture.” – W. Richard Webb, MD 

"When I was a medical student at Michigan deciding where to train, Mel strongly encouraged me to apply to UCSF, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.  It was great to see him honored at our commencement ceremony a few years ago. He will be missed.”— Mark W. Wilson, MD


Melvyn Korobkin, MD, an alumnus and long time friend of the Department of UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, passed away on March 17, 2017. Dr. Korobkin was an internationally recognized leader in abdominal radiology, whose research efforts focused on genitourinary radiology, especially adrenal imaging. He led the field in defining the imaging features of adrenal lesions, and developed the criteria used today to distinguish benign from malignant adrenal nodules.  His work in demonstrating the possibilities of CT in diagnosing abdominal disease was performed early in his career at UCSF, one of the first medical centers in the nation to install a body CT scanner.

Dr. Korobkin received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1963 and his M.D. degree from Yale University in 1967. He completed a medical internship at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, from 1967-68. Dr. Korobkin completed his radiology residency at UCSF in 1971. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1972, leaving in 1978 to accept a faculty position at Duke University. In 1984 he relocated to Michigan, opened a private practice, and concurrently was appointed clinical professor of radiology at Wayne State University. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as professor of radiology in 1989. Dr. Korobkin directed the University of Michigan Abdominal Radiology Division from 1991-2002.

Dr. Korobkin was a beloved and outstanding mentor for trainees in abdominal radiology throughout his 40-year career. He was a prolific investigator, publishing over 200 peer-reviewed papers during his career. He served on the editorial boards of the four most important journals in his field. He was chosen as a James Picker Foundation Scholar (1973-76), and as recipient of an NIH Research Career Development Award (1975-80). In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Uroradiology. In 2013, Dr. Korobkin received the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Outstanding Alumnus award for his many significant contributions to the field of Radiology.

Dr. Korobkin is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years of Linda Korobkin and his cherished son Daniel Korobkin.

15th Annual Career Evening Provides Information to Trainees

Erik Gaensler, MD, moderated the 2014 Career Evening, held September 10, 2014. The goal of the Career Evening is to connect Radiology and Biomedical Imaging trainees with radiologists in private practice or academic careers so that they will gain insight into the Radiology job market. At the Career Evening, established radiologists share information on their own career paths, and discuss careers in an informal setting.

2014 panelists included Residency Director Soonmee Cha, MD, Chairman Ron Arenson, MD, David Avrin, MD, PhD and Christopher Hess, MD, PhD. Panelists from private practice settings were Peter Jun, MD of Kaiser Permanente and Bart Dolmatch, MD of Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Two guests from outside the Bay Area addressed the national perspective — Robert Barr, MD, and Saravanan Krishnamoorthy, MD.

(Back Row: David Avrin, MD, PhD, Soonmee Cha, MD, Erik Gaensler, MD, Peter Jun, MD, and Bart Dolmatch, MD)
(Front Row: Saravanan Krishnamoorthy, MD, Ron Arenson, MD, Robert Barr, MD, and Chris Hess, MD, PhD)

Resident Research Receives Support and Honors

The Margulis Society selected two grant recipients in 2014: Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD, for his research project “T1 Rho Mapping of Brain Tumors and Tumor-Related Edema”, and Akash Kansagra, MD, for his research project “Development and Implementation of Arterial Spin Labeling MRI in Humans.”

Two senior residents, Ramon Barajas, Jr., MD, and Anand Patel, MD, were honored as “outstanding researchers” at Commencement 2014 as co-recipients of the Margulis Society Research Award. The award recognizes research excellence among members of the residency program.

(L-R:  Anand Patel, MD, Ron Arenson, MD, and Ramon Barajas, Jr., MD)

William Bradley, MD, PhD: Alumnus Lecturer 2014

About Dr. Bradley

William G. Bradley, Jr, MD, PhD, FACR, received his BS at the California Institute of Technology and his PhD at Princeton University, both in Chemical Engineering. He completed all his medical training (MD, internship, and Diagnostic Radiology residency) at the University of California, San Francisco. While at UCSF in the late 1970s, Dr. Bradley first became involved in magnetic resonance imaging, initially “translating" the physics of MRI for other radiologists. His subsequent research has been focused on MRI of flow phenomena, hemorrhage, stroke, MS, and normal pressure hydrocephalus as well as other topics involving MRI of the brain. He has published over 200 papers, 54 chapters, and 21 textbooks, including the first general MRI text in the field, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, (Stark DD, Bradley WG, eds; Mosby, St Louis, 3rd edition 1999). He is on the Editorial Boards of 10 scientific journals and was a charter member of an NIH Study Section (BMIT) from 2004-2008.

Dr. Bradley is past president of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and has won its 2 highest honors for his research (Gold Medal [SMRM] and Honorary Member [SMRI]). He was on the Board of Trustees of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education Foundation (1995–2001) and served as the Chairman of the Fund Development Committee of that organization from 1996 to 2008. He was honored with the Gold Medal of the RSNA in 2003. Dr. Bradley was also on the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology (ACR), where he chaired the Commission on Neuroradiology and MRI from 1999 to 2005 and served as Vice President 2005-6. He was honored with the Gold Medal of the ACR in April 2012. He is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) and on the Boards of the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR), Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology (ISSSR).

2014 Margulis Alumnus Lecture

On May 1st, 2014, William G. Bradley, MD, PhD, Chair of the UC San Diego Department of Radiology came to UCSF as the Margulis Alumnus lecturer. Dr. Bradley spoke on “MRI Over the Next Decade: Quo Vadis?” to an audience of UCSF alumni, faculty and trainees. The lecture recognizes a distinguished UC San Francisco Radiology alumnus who has succeeded in life, academia, or the private sector.

(L-R:  Drs. Ron Arenson, William G. Bradley, and James S. Chen)

Remembering Former Margulis Society President

DR. RICHARD A. SOLLITTO, MD: 1953-2011

He was remembered by colleagues, family and friends who gathered to pay tribute to him at a UCSF memorial service on January 24th, 2012. Dr. Sollitto was an Associate Chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and a longtime member of the Board of Directors (1993-2007) and a Past President (1999-2007) of the Margulis Society.

In his service to the Society, Richard was instrumental in planning many elegant, enjoyable and unique Galas that brought together faculty, alumni and current trainees while raising funds to support the radiology resident and fellow training programs. He headed the Stone Library fundraising and renovation effort, resulting in a new and improved library with a greatly enhanced workspace for trainees. Richard also lead numerous membership drives, garnering much support for the Society’s efforts to enhance the trainee experience. His service, first on the Board and later as President,  was a key component to the Society’s success. We will greatly miss Richard’s dedication, involvement, and leadership.

Richard Sollitto MD Department Photos

Dr. Sollitto served as the Section Chief of the Radiology service at the Ambulatory Care Clinics and at Mt. Zion Medical Center. In this role, he enhanced service to the Emergency Department and ambulatory care physicians, always emphasizing excellent service and fast turnaround to these critical areas.  Dr. Sollitto was instrumental in the expansion of clinical and research services offered in Women’s Imaging at Mt. Zion and he was a strong advocate for quality patient care at both sites.  He was appointed an Associate Chair for the Department in 2007.  In this capacity, Dr. Sollitto was responsible for the organization and oversight of special projects, particularly those focused on the Mount Zion campus.

Research Support Continues Through Grants

Two UCSF Radiology residents were awarded Margulis Society trainee research support grants in October 2013.

Akash Kansagra, MD, received funding for his project “Development and Implementation of Arterial Spin Labeling MRI in Humans" and Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD received a grant for his research project: "T1 Rho Mapping of Brain Tumors and Tumor-Related Edema".

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