The Margulis Society for Alumni

Since its inception, the Margulis Society has grown substantially and its role in underwriting the radiology training program has become firmly established. The primary source of funds for this effort has been the yearly donations of Margulis Society members.

The Margulis Society underwrites most of the registration fees, travel and housing costs required for UCSF residents to attend courses at the Armed Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Washington, D.C., during elective training months. 

Special projects also receive funding. These include support for research grants to further trainee research projects, support for trainee team-building activities, and the donation of computer equipment for the libraries and learning centers of Moffitt-Long and ZSFG. The Margulis Society funded the renovation of Stone Library in 2008. The annual Margulis Society Career Conference offers a key opportunity for discussion and dialog between current resident and fellow trainees, faculty and graduates of the UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging residency and fellowship programs.

Margulis Society: Donna Hoghooghi, MD, Soonmee Cha, MD, Kirema Garcia-Reyes and Zhixi Li

Margulis Society Board Members

Christopher Mutch, MD, PhD

Immediate Past-President:
Nick G. Costouros, MD

Board Members:
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
Donna Hoghooghi, MD
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

Membership Information

Friends, faculty and alumni of the UCSF Department of Radiology are invited continue their involvement with the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging through support of The Margulis Society. Your input is appreciated, and will benefit a growing number of educational programs while providing an easy way to stay in touch with past and current members of the Department. The suggested yearly donation remains $300 and $150 for members in their first three years after graduation.  For membership information, please contact Katie Murphy at [email protected].

Margulis Society Events

For more information on events, please contact [email protected].

News Archive

2017 Margulis Society Outstanding Research Award, Hari Trivedi, MD

Margulis Society Outstanding Research Award

The 2017 Margulis Society Outstanding Research Award was presented to Hari Trivedi, MD (center) at Commencement for his excellence in research as a resident. Presenters were Nick Costouros, MD (left), incoming Board President and Derk Purcell, MD, outgoing board president.

Margulis Career Conference 2017

Margulis Career Conference 2017

L-R back row: Drs. Spencer Behr, Ricky Tong, Mark Mamlouk, David Avrin, Om Rawal.
L-R front row: Drs. Avanti Ambekar, Ron Arenson, Soonmee Cha, Erik Gaensler.

2016 Career Evening 

Erik Gaensler, MD, moderated the 2016 Career Evening, held on September 29, 2016. The goal of the Career Evening is to connect Radiology and Biomedical Imaging trainees with radiologists in private practice or academic careers so that they will gain insight into the Radiology job market. At the Career Evening, established radiologists share information on their own career paths, and discuss careers in an informal setting.

2016 Margulis Society Panelists:

Back Row: David Avrin, MD, PhD, Spencer Behr, MD, Bill Dillon, MD, Erik Gaensler, MD
Front Row: Soonmee Cha, MD, Ramin Saket, MD, Ying Fung, MD and Christopher Schultz, MD

Resident and Fellow Research Receives Support 

The Margulis Society is pleased to have supported junior researchers for over two decades through dedicated grants. Funded projects have focused on research in many diverse clinical areas and have provided early support for promising young investigators.

In October 2016, the Society awarded research grants to two UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging trainees. Matthew Barkovich, MD, A PGY4 resident, was selected for his project on "Characterizing Venricular Morphology, Neural Networks, and CSF Flow in Pediatric Hydrocephalus". Eugene Huo, MD, an Abdominal Imaging fellow, was selected for his project on "Otimization and Clinical Application of Intravoxel Incoherent Motion Diffusion-Weighted MRI to Evaluate and Predict Hepatocellular Carcinoma Response to Transarterial Chemoembolization".

The next Margulis Grant research cycle will occur in Fall 2017.

The Margulis Society Alumnus Lecturer 2016 


The Margulis Society Alumnus Lecture is a biennial lecture series that brings a notable alumnus from private practice or academia back to UCSF as a distinguished lecturer. A full list of all past Alumnus Lecturers may be found here.

On March 23, 2016, Michael P. Federle, MD, gave the Alumnus Lecture, "Use of Decision Support Tools in Radiology: Adding Value to Our Reports". His lecture highlighted clinical support tools and how they can make a difference in arriving at a specific and clinically useful interpretation of imaging studies. Dr. Federle is Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Education at Stanford University. 

 Learn more about the Margulis Society Alumnus Lecture.

(Pictured L-R:  Chair Ron Arenson, MD, Alumnus Lecturer, Michael Federle, MD (Stanford University), and Margulis Board President Derk D. Purcell, MD.

In Memoriam

Alexander R. Margulis, MD (1921-2018)

Alexander R. Margulis, MD (1921-2018)It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our former Chairman and friend, Dr. Alexander Margulis. Alex, as he preferred to be called, was a global visionary leader of radiology, beloved by physicians at UCSF and throughout the world. He will certainly be missed.  Read more about his legacy.




Dr. Richard A. Sollitto, MD: 1953-2011

Richard Sollitto, MDHe was remembered by colleagues, family and friends who gathered to pay tribute to him at a UCSF memorial service on January 24th, 2012. Dr. Sollitto was an Associate Chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and a longtime member of the Board of Directors (1993-2007) and a Past President (1999-2007) of the Margulis Society.

In his service to the Society, Richard was instrumental in planning many elegant, enjoyable and unique Galas that brought together faculty, alumni and current trainees while raising funds to support the radiology resident and fellow training programs. He headed the Stone Library fundraising and renovation effort, resulting in a new and improved library with a greatly enhanced workspace for trainees. Richard also lead numerous membership drives, garnering much support for the Society’s efforts to enhance the trainee experience. His service, first on the Board and later as President,  was a key component to the Society’s success. We will greatly miss Richard’s dedication, involvement, and leadership.

Dr. Sollitto served as the Section Chief of the Radiology service at the Ambulatory Care Clinics and at Mt. Zion Medical Center. In this role, he enhanced service to the Emergency Department and ambulatory care physicians, always emphasizing excellent service and fast turnaround to these critical areas.  Dr. Sollitto was instrumental in the expansion of clinical and research services offered in Women’s Imaging at Mt. Zion and he was a strong advocate for quality patient care at both sites.  He was appointed an Associate Chair for the Department in 2007.  In this capacity, Dr. Sollitto was responsible for the organization and oversight of special projects, particularly those focused on the Mount Zion campus.

Richard Sollitto, MD memorial

Dr. Soonmee Cha and Residents

Thank you to the many alumni, faculty, and trainees who gathered at the City Club of San Francisco for the Margulis Society Sollitto Gala 2019. The strength of your friendship, your comradery and your strong connection to the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging made the evening truly special.  View photos from the 2019 Margulis Society Gala.