UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging would like to extend a warm welcome to our talented incoming faculty members. We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to their future contributions as faculty members to our clinical, educational and research endeavors. 

Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD
In May 2017, Dr. Rahul Desikan joined the Neuroradiology Section as an assistant professor. Dr. Desikan completed both his MD (Boston University School of Medicine) and PhD (BUSM Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology) in 2009. His diagnostic radiology residency was completed in 2015 at the University of California, San Diego. Following residency, Dr. Desikan completed a UCSF Neuroradiology Fellowship (2015-2016) and served as a clinical instructor in neuroradiology (2016-2017). Dr. Desikan is the recipient of the ASNR Foundation Alzheimer’s Neuroimaging Award and a 2016-2017 National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center Junior Investigator Award. Dr. Desikan is the first author on a 2017 paper published in PLOS Medicine that outlines groundbreaking findings from a new study analyzing Alzheimer’s risk with genetic testing: “Genetic Assessment of Age-Associated Alzheimer Disease Risk: Development and Validation of a Polygenic Hazard Score.” He was selected by the diagnostic radiology residents as the recipient of the Outstanding Fellow/Clinical Instructor Teaching Award in 2017.

Brian Haas, MD
Dr. Brian Haas joined the Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging Section as an assistant professor in July 2017. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2014, followed by his thoracic imaging fellowship at UCSF in 2015. From 2015-2017, Dr. Haas was an associate physician with Kaiser Permanente in Modesto, Calif., and also continued to serve as volunteer faculty at UCSF. In 2014, Dr. Haas received the RSNA’s Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, and in 2012 he received the RSNA’s Dr. Tapan K. Chaudhuri Trainee Research Prize. In addition to clinical research pertaining to thoracic radiology, Dr. Haas is interested in research pertaining to quality improvement and patient safety.

Kimberly Kallianos, MD
In July 2017, Dr. Kimberly Kallianos joined the Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging Section as an assistant professor. Dr. Kallianos received her MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston. She completed an internship at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, followed by a four-year diagnostic radiology residency at UCSF. Dr. Kallianos was a National Institutes of Health T32 trainee in 2015-2016 and a 2016 recipient of the Margulis Society Outstanding Resident Research Award. Her fellowship in cardiac and thoracic imaging was completed in 2017.

Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD
Dr. Javier Villanueva-Meyer completed his MD at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. This was followed by an internship at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke. In June 2016, he completed a four-year diagnostic radiology residency at UCSF, also serving as chief resident. From 2015-2016, he served as an NIH T32 trainee, focusing his research in neuro. He was the 2016 Elmer Ng Outstanding Resident Awardee. In June 2017, Villanueva-Meyer completed a neuroradiology fellowship. He joined the Neuroradiology Section as an assistant professor in July 2017.


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