The Margulis Society 

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

The Margulis Society was created in 1991 as a fund-raising organization of UCSF Radiology alumni and faculty. The Society lends financial support to many aspects of the Department's residency teaching programs while fostering a continuing relationship among alumni, present trainees and the radiology faculty. The Margulis Society was named in honor of Alexander R. Margulis, MD, chairman of the Department from 1963-1989, in recognition of his many years of leadership and innovation at UCSF.

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.

About Alexander R. Margulis, MD

Alexander R. Margulis, MDAlexander R. Margulis, MD was born in 1921 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree in 1950, and completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Margulis served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps, Chief of Radiology Service, and Head of Medical Education at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC, from 1957-59. At Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Dr. Margulis was Assistant, Associate and Full Professor before coming to the University of California, San Francisco in 1963 where he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology from 1963-1989. He was subsequently a Professor of Radiology, and Associate Chancellor of Special Projects, Director of the Magnetic Resonance Science Center (1993-2000), and a Special Consultant to the Vice Chancellor for UCSF Advancement and Planning (Mission Bay Campus). Since 2000, Dr. Margulis has served as a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY. He holds eight honorary doctorates, and has received numerous medals and awards from prestigious societies and institutions, including the Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine in 1989 and the University of California Medal in 2000. In 2014, Dr. Margulis was appointed to the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by the President of France for his instrumental role in educating leaders of French radiology during his years at UCSF (read his interview on this topic here).

Margulis Society Board Members

Nick G. Costouros, MD

Immediate Past-President:
Derk D. Purcell, MD

Board Members:
Soonmee Cha, MD
James S. Chen, MD, PhD
Erik H.L. Gaensler, MD
Christine Glastonbury, MBBS
Christopher Hess, MD, PhD
Donna Hoghooghi, MD
Kimberly Kallianos, MD
Naveen Kumar, MD
Vincent D. McCormick, MD
Peter S. Moskowitz, MD
Gautham P. Reddy, MD, MPH
Diego E. Ruiz, MD
Christopher J. Schultz, MD
Volney F. Van Dalsem, III, 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 infomramtion, please contact Katie Murphy at [email protected].

Margulis Society Events

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

Margulis Society Yi Li and Kimberly Kallianos