Michael Hoff, PhD Joins UCSF Radiology Faculty

Headshot of Michael Hoff, PhD, new UCSF Radiology faculty The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is pleased to announce that Michael Hoff, PhD has joined our faculty as an associate professor starting on April 1, 2022. As Director of Diagnostic Medical Physics, Dr. Hoff will work in the department and health system to build our strengths in this area. Key aspects of this new role include supporting best practices with imaging technology, regulatory compliance, and facilitating translation of imaging physics innovations to improvements in clinical care. 

Prior to joining UCSF, Dr. Hoff completed his master's and doctoral degrees in medical physics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His dissertation research addressed inhomogeneity artifact correction in magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Hoff joined the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2013, where he was an associate professor in the Diagnostic Physics Section.

As the primary clinical MRI physicist at the UW Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Northwest Hospital, and associated clinics, Dr. Hoff performed American College of Radiology accreditation, quality control, safety oversight, technology evaluation, image quality and artifact troubleshooting, and protocol optimization tasks. He also led and organized MRI safety policy, training, and synchronization across these sites. Dr. Hoff is certified by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety and the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Hoff has lectured nationally and internationally on MRI safety, artifacts, and k-space acquisition methods. He has taught and advised graduate and undergraduate students on MRI physics at several institutions, in departments of radiology, nuclear medicine, and general medicine, and schools of bioengineering and dentistry.

"As a scientist, Dr. Hoff comes to us with a history of prestigious awards and funding and a strong collaborative profile across departments, institutions, and research areas," says Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, UCSF Radiology chair. "His primary research interest is to exploit complex MR data to glean highly accurate information on tissue physiology and function."