Cindy Lee, MD

Assistant Professor
Asst. Professor in Residence


Cindy Lee, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Breast Imaging and Ultrasound subspecialties at the University of California, San Francisco.  She received her medical degree from State University of New York in Stony Brook followed by an internal medicine internship at Winthrop University Hospital, NY.  During her Diagnostic Radiology Residency training from 2009-2013 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, she also completed the ACR’s Stephen Amis Quality and Safety fellowship in 2012.  This was followed by a breast and ultrasound fellowship at UCSF in 2014.

Dr. Lee has research interests in breast database analysis and quality improvement. She has been working on the preliminary data from the National Mammography Database (NMD) with the American College of Radiology, which is the fastest growing mammography database nationwide, collecting data on over 5 million mammograms as of 2013. She serves on the NMD Steering Committee since 2013. 

Dr. Lee’s second main research interest is quality improvement and safety. She serves on the scientific program committee of the American College of Medical Quality since 2012 and organized the 2012 “National Workshop for Medical Quality” at Johns Hopkins Medical Center for over 100 students, residents and fellows. She also serves on the Radiographics panel for Quality Improvement at Radiological Society of North America since 2013. 

Ultrasound and Breast Imaging, Quality Improvement

Breast imaging and fetal imaging

Professional Interests:
Ultrasound-guided interventions, quality improvement, screening mammography and database analysis

Education and Training:
• Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, NY
• Internship: Winthrop University Hospital, NY
• Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
• Fellowship: American College of Radiology, VA
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

Honors and Awards

Resident Research Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology, 2013
Alpha Omega Alpha, State University of New York, 2007
Award for Student Excellence, State University of New York Chancellor’s, 2004


Lee CS, Bhargavan-Chatfield M, Burnside ES, Nagy P, Sickles EA. The National Mammography Database: Preliminary Data. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Apr; 206(4):883-90.
Taghavi MS, Gale BD, Nagy P, Lee CS. The Radiology Communication Quiz: Are You an Effective Communicator? J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Oct; 12(10):1082-4.
Lee CS, Wadhwa V, Kruskal JB, Larson DB. Conducting a Successful Practice Quality Improvement Project for American Board of Radiology Certification. Radiographics. 2015 Oct; 35(6):1643-51.
Lee CS, Larson DB. Beginner's guide to practice quality improvement using the model for improvement. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Dec; 11(12 Pt A):1131-6.
Torok CM, Lee C, Nagy P, Yousem DM, Lewin JS. Neuroradiology second opinion consultation service: assessment of duplicative imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Nov; 201(5):1096-100.
Lee CS, Nagy PG, Weaver SJ, Newman-Toker DE. Cognitive and system factors contributing to diagnostic errors in radiology. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Sep; 201(3):611-7.
Lee CS, Hamper UM. Dissection of the proper hepatic artery with a replaced left hepatic artery. Ultrasound Q. 2012 Sep; 28(3):193-5.
Lee CS, Paine L, Nagy P. Functions of the quality committee in radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Aug; 9(8):586-8.
Lee CS, Lewin JS, Nagy P. Events that have shaped the quality movement in radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Jun; 9(6):437-9.
de los Santos T, Hunter N, Lee C, Larkin B, Loidl J, Hollingsworth NM. The Mus81/Mms4 endonuclease acts independently of double-Holliday junction resolution to promote a distinct subset of crossovers during meiosis in budding yeast. Genetics. 2003 May; 164(1):81-94.