Michael Hope, MD, Appointed Chief of Radiology at SFVAMC

Michael D. Hope, MD has been appointed as the new Chief of Radiology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, effective March 1, 2018.

Dr. Hope is an Associate Professor in Residence and Vice-Chair in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical at UCSF. He also serves as co-Director of the Vascular Imaging Research Center (with Dr. David Saloner) and chair of the UCSF MRI Safety Committee.

He received his medical degree from Stanford University in 2004 and completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency at UCSF in 2009, followed by a fellowship in Cardiopulmonary Imaging. Dr. Hope joined the faculty at UCSF in 2010.

A pioneer in applying MRI to evaluate the heart and vascular system, Dr. Hope is recognized as the first in his field to detect abnormal helical aortic blood flow in patients with bicuspid aortic valves using 4D-flow MRI. More recently, he has innovated the use of multimodality MRI for characterizing the relationship between vascular hemodynamics and inflammation. He has a currently-funded R01 from the NIH NHLBI to study abdominal aortic aneurysms using these tools.

“I am confident that Dr. Hope will bring strong leadership, a commitment to clinical, research and educational excellence, and new organizational insight to our department’s activities at the San Francisco VA Medical Center,” shares Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, chair of UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

UCSF would like to thank Stefanie Weinstein, MD, for her service as interim VA Chief of Radiology while this search was in process.

“Thanks to Stefanie’s efforts, the transition at SFVA has been smooth, and we continue to provide the highest levels of excellence in providing patient care for our veterans,” shares Dr. Hess.

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