Judy Yee, MD, FACR, Becomes President of the Society of Abdominal Radiology

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s Dr. Judy Yee assumed the presidency of the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) at the Society’s annual meeting held March 22-27 in San Diego, CA. SAR, one of the largest abdominal radiology societies in the world, provides leadership and fosters advances in the areas of both diagnosis and intervention in abdominal radiology.

Dr. Yee is Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF and Chief of Radiology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Yee received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and also completed her residency in Radiology at Albert Einstein. Her Abdominal Imaging fellowship was completed at UCSF.

Dr. Yee is an accomplished abdominal and gastrointestinal radiologist. Her research is primarily focused on colorectal cancer screening and early detection using a novel technique that she has helped to develop called virtual colonoscopy or CT colonography. She is widely recognized as a pioneer of this technique. Dr. Yee has been appointed Principal Investigator in many of her significant studies and publications. She has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles, 23 book chapters, and 107 scientific abstracts. She is also the primary author of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria for colorectal cancer screening in adults. Dr. Yee is the recipient of multiple awards including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Haile Debas Academy of Medical Educators, the Best Speaker Award from the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Visiting Professorship Award from the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists.

She has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Abdominal Radiology since 2011. In addition, Dr. Yee is the Chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee, Chair of the Public Information Committee for the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) and Vice-Chair of the Board for the Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE)

The SAR was formed in 2012, with the merger of two important abdominal imaging focused organizations. The Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists (SGR) was founded in 1971 under the leadership of Drs. Alexander R. Margulis (former Chairman of UCSF Radiology) and Richard H. Marshak. The Society of Uroradiology (SUR) was started in 1966 by Dr. Howard M. Pollack and Dr. Joshua A. Becker.

Since the two organizations merged in 2012, SAR’s mission has been to meet all of the professional needs of the abdominal radiologist with a focus on the exchange of knowledge in the areas of Abdominal Radiology practice, research, and education. SAR’s goal is to be the organization that the medical profession as a whole looks to for expertise in all areas of abdominal radiology. 

As President of SAR, Dr. Yee’s expansive vision is to encourage and help to support the highest level of radiologic research in abdominal imaging and to make the educational offerings of the SAR an invaluable resource for abdominal radiologists around the world. She would like to develop a formal mentoring program for the society so that the abdominal radiology leaders of today can help form the future leaders of abdominal imaging and the SAR.


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