The Margulis Society for Alumni

UCSF Radiology & Biomedical Imaging alumni, 1,800 strong and counting, work and serve in nearly every corner of the US and in many organizations abroad. We are incredibly proud of our alumni, each of whom carries the department’s tradition of innovation into the future. Every graduate is a part of the Margulis Society, connected by that shared history.

Founded in 1991 as one of the first radiology alumni organizations, the Margulis Society aims to serve and engage UCSF Radiology & Biomedical Imaging trainees in every stage of their career journey. 

The Margulis Society fosters a culture of service and philanthropy among alumni with an annual giving campaign and special projects. Each year, the Margulis Society hosts events that connect trainees and alumni and underwrites trainee research and professional development opportunities. 

Connecting Alumni and Trainees

The Margulis Society organizes and funds many special projects for trainees, supported by alumni donations. The following are a few notable examples:



The Margulis Society supports 15 residents annually to attend the ACR Institute for Radiologic Pathology course in Washington DC. It is unique in that residents have exposure to such a broad variety of cases from across the nation and the six-week experience studying cases and participating in educational training is an incredibly valuable experience. The Margulis Society contributes $22,500 annually to subsidize this effort.

Margulis Society Career Conference

Resident & Fellow Career Evening

The annual Career Evening brings together alumni and current residents and fellows to discuss professional opportunities and learn the nuances of private practice, academic medicine, and industry.

Margulis Commons

Margulis Commons

Your gifts renovated Stone Library, renamed Margulis Commons in 2020. The new space features a modern layout and is designed to facilitate study and gatherings. Because residents rotate to many sites, having this dedicated space provides opportunities for building community.

Give to the Margulis Society

Friends, faculty and alumni of UCSF Radiology are invited to make an annual gift to The Margulis Society. Your gift will directly support trainee education and professional development.

The suggested annual gift is $300, or $150 for alumni in their first three years after graduation. Make your Margulis Society gift

For questions about current Margulis Society projects, an interest in board service, or philanthropy opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Margulis Society Board Members

Board Members

  • Christopher Mutch, MD, PhD (President)
  • Nick Costouros, MD (Immediate Past President)
  • Alexander Adduci, MD, PhD
  • Avanti Ambekar, MD
  • Soonmee Cha, MD
  • Erik H.L. Gaensler, MD
  • Derk D. Purcell, MD
  • Christine Glastonbury, MBBS
  • Christopher Hess, MD, PhD
  • Kimberly Kallianos, MD
  • Naveen Kumar, MD
  • Jafi Lipson, MD
  • Peter S. Moskowitz, MD
  • Gautham P. Reddy, MD, MPH
  • Diego E. Ruiz, MD
  • Christopher J. Schultz, MD
  • Volney F. Van Dalsem, III, MD
  • Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD

Resident Representatives

  • PGY-5: Adam Yen, MD 
  • PGY-4: Alex Ward, MD
  • PGY-3: Christopher Hyde, MD 
  • PGY-2: Shan McBurney-Lin, MD, MBA 

Margulis Society Events and Awards

​Alumnus Lecture

The biennial Margulis Society Alumnus Lecture began in 2010 and recognizes a notable alumnus of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging who has succeeded in life, academia, or the private sector.

Richard Barth 2022 Alumnus Lecturer
Richard Barth 2022 Alumnus Lecturer

Margulis Resident Research Award 

The Margulis Resident Research Award presented each year at commencement.

  • 2023: Masis Isikbay, MD
  • 2022: Maggie Chung, MD
  • 2021: Evan Calabrese, MD, PhD
  • 2019: Benjamin Laguna, MD

Margulis Resident Research Award
2023 Margulis Resident Research Award winner Masis Isikbay, MD

Margulis Society Gala

The Margulis Society Gala is a memorable event where alumni, faculty, and trainees gather to celebrate the strength of their friendship, comradery and strong connection to the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

Margulis Society Gala

History of the Society

Margulis Society History 

The Margulis Society was founded in 1991 by grateful alumni, faculty and trainees who wanted to give back to the department by supporting our training programs. The Society was named after Alexander R. Margulis, MD. Following his extraordinary service as department chair, Alex served as UCSF Associate Chancellor (1989-1993) and then as Special Consultant to the Chancellor (1993-1999). He was instrumental in building the fields of magnetic resonance imaging and molecular imaging and had a unique ability to visualize the future of what imaging and image guided therapies would bring to the world.