Jesse Courtier, MD, Appointed Chief of Pediatric Radiology

Headshot of Jesse Courtier, MD, recently named Chief of Pediatric Radiology at UCSF RadiologyThe UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is pleased to announce that Jesse Courtier, MD has accepted the position of chief, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco Pediatric Radiology, January 1, 2022. Dr. Courtier has served as interim chief for the section since 2020.

Dr. Courtier has a long record of distinguished service to the department. Since 2014, he has served as Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Director and Residency Site Director of Training for Mission Bay. He is a member of numerous departmental committees. Over the last year, he has also played an important operational role in our health system as Clinical Director for UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals. A strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, he has participated as a RIDR mentor in the department.

Dr. Courtier earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2003. After completing his internship in preliminary surgery at University of Hawaii, his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Kansas, and fellowships in both abdominal imaging and pediatric radiology at UCSF, he joined the UCSF faculty in 2010.

An array of notable accolades including the UCSF Radiology Outstanding Clinical Fellow Teaching Award, the AAME Excellence in Teaching Award, the Hideo Minagi Outstanding Teaching Award, and the UCSF Catalyst Award in Digital Health stand as testament to Dr. Courtier's heft as an educator and innovator. A respected mentor in the department, Dr. Courtier has guided multiple mentees, three of whom have gone on to receive UCSF Radiology Resident Research Awards. 

Outside of UCSF, Dr. Courtier is a subject review committee member for the Pediatric Radiology section of the American Board of Radiology, reviewer for multiple journals including Radiology, AJR, and Pediatric Radiology, and a frequent invited speaker at national and international society meetings.

The overarching theme of Dr. Courtier's research is to develop and translate innovative technologies to improve the practice of clinical pediatric imaging. As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Courtier is a recognized expert in pediatric abdomino-pelvic MRI applications, including urography and enterography. His most recent collaborative research projects and publications focus on augmented reality and its application to trainee education and surgical planning. 

“I am confident that Dr. Courtier will serve as an effective steward for our clinical, educational, and research missions and contribute to our institution's continued stature in pediatric radiology,” says Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of UCSF Radiology. “I would like to express my gratitude to the search committee, co-chaired by Taylor Chung, MD and Orit Glenn, MD, for its service throughout the process in this national search.”

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