Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound Fellowship

There are 14 abdominal imaging and ultrasound fellowship positions at the University of California, San Francisco for the 2023-2024 fellowship academic year.

​The UCSF Abdominal Fellowship adheres to the 2022 SCARD fellowship policy. All interviews will be virtual with no formal interviews. Internal candidates, military candidates, and an applicant whose spouse/domestic partner is also applying for any medical fellowship in the same year are exempt from this timeline.

Abdominal and Ultrasound Fellowship 2021-2022

Clinical Curriculum​​

UCSF Fellowship provides trainees with a comprehensive and structured program across different sites in San Francisco, including a tertiary referral campus at Parnassus Heights, a comprehensive cancer center at Mission Bay, the Precision Cancer Medical Building, the Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), a Level 1 Trauma Center, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC), and several outpatient facilities.

Rotation Breakdown:

  • UCSF Abdominal Imaging 6-7 months
  • UCSF Ultrasound 2-3 months
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General 2-3 months
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1 month

Fellows will learn the latest advances and techniques in Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound. UCSF utilizes state of the art equipment of different vendors and fellows will be familiar with interpreting and protocoling high-field strength MRI and dual-energy CT.

The Dedicated Ultrasound component includes 2-3 months of ultrasound at our tertiary referral, cancer treatment, and obstetrics and gynecological centers. The ultrasound service also incorporates a large number of procedures, including biopsies and drainages. A portion of the rotation will be spent learning and performing procedures on musculoskeletal ultrasound.

MR - fellows will interpret a wide variety of studies using new sequences and techniques, including prostate MRI with 3D segmentation, rectal cancer staging, MR enterography, placental MR, MR elastography, cervical and endometrial cancer staging, deep infiltrative endometriosis, liver cancer screening, and vascular MRA/MRV.

CT - fellows will encounter a wide variety of pathologies, including cancer staging and metastatic workup, trauma, inpatient, and emergency and outpatient conditions. Fellows will be familiar with CT colonography and transplant donor imaging workups.

Ultrasound - all fellows will have extensive exposure to a wide variety of cases, including emergency ultrasound, liver cancer screening, obstetric and pelvic ultrasound, and hysterosonography and hysterosalpino-contrast sonography. Fellows in the UCSF Ultrasound rotation will interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, and a larger volume of transplant ultrasound and high-risk obstetric cases.

Image-guided procedures - include solid organ and soft tissue biopsies using Ultrasound and CT. Fellows will perform ultrasound-guided drainages, MSK procedures including barbotage and injections, ablations, and transplant and endovaginal biopsies.

PET/MR and PET/CT - fellows will interpret studies using the latest advances in molecular imaging with novel radiotracers for the detection of prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, and other malignancies.

Other subspecialties: Fellows will have exposure to musculoskeletal imaging during their ultrasound rotation and while at SFVAMC, including MSK MR and arthrograms. Fellows will also interpret pediatric ultrasound at ZSFG.


Fellows attend lectures on advanced topics at least once a week from the faculty. This includes an orientation of period in the first month where there are 3 lectures a week to bring fellows up to speed on a variety of subjects, including protocols and standardized reporting systems. Fellows will have additional instruction on MRI physics.

Fellows attend and present in several other conferences including:

  • Interesting case conference - weekly
  • GI case conference - weekly
  • Liver tumor board - weekly
  • GYN-US correlation conference - monthly
  • OB/GYNE conference - monthly
  • QI meeting - quarterly
  • Journal Club - quarterly
  • Ultrasound multimodality conference
  • LA Body Club - quarterly

Fellows have the option to attend and present at several other conferences, including:

  • Gyn-Onc Tumor Board
  • Pancreas Tumor Board
  • Colorectal Cancer Tumor Board
  • GI-Oncology Tumor Board
  • Renal Ablation Tumor Board
  • Endometriosis Conference

Teaching duties also include resident and medical student conferences and workshops. In addition to lectures, disease and modality focus group workshops and teaching modules are provided for hands-on training, covering a wide variety of different pathologies.

Research and Education Projects

Dedicated academic time and mentoring are provided for research and educational projects. Fellows have successfully presented at national meetings including the RSNA, SAR, SABI, and published in peer-review journals


Fellows will be issued a department laptop. Fellows will have an educational fund, meeting days, paid vacation days, new parental leave, meal cards, and access to subsidized housing within the city of San Francisco.

Have questions? Please ask!

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program Directors

Associate Professor
Director, Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound Fellowship Program
HS Assoc Clinical Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Asst Professor Clin Radiology