Margulis Society News

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. 

More about the Margulis Society Alumnus Lecture may be found here.

In Memoriam

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

Melvyn T. Korobkin, MD, 1941-2017

Melvyn Korobkin, MD

"I was deeply sorrowed to learn of Mel’s passing. He was a resident when I was a junior faculty member, and I also knew him as a colleague on the faculty of SFGH/UCSF, and as a good friend. The legacy he leaves to the world of abdominal imaging is huge. Mel embodied a unique and happy synthesis of immense personal charm, superb intellect, goodwill, and keen wit. He shall be sorely missed." – Hideyo Minagi, MD

"Mel got his start here, taught a lot of us old guys, and helped teach us about how to teach and how to learn. He left his mark on all of us who were around in those days, and I will always remember him, and his smile, whenever I give a lecture.” – W. Richard Webb, MD 

"When I was a medical student at Michigan deciding where to train, Mel strongly encouraged me to apply to UCSF, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.  It was great to see him honored at our commencement ceremony a few years ago. He will be missed.”— Mark W. Wilson, MD


Melvyn Korobkin, MD, an alumnus and long time friend of the Department of UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, passed away on March 17, 2017. Dr. Korobkin was an internationally recognized leader in abdominal radiology, whose research efforts focused on genitourinary radiology, especially adrenal imaging. He led the field in defining the imaging features of adrenal lesions, and developed the criteria used today to distinguish benign from malignant adrenal nodules.  His work in demonstrating the possibilities of CT in diagnosing abdominal disease was performed early in his career at UCSF, one of the first medical centers in the nation to install a body CT scanner.

Dr. Korobkin received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1963 and his M.D. degree from Yale University in 1967. He completed a medical internship at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, from 1967-68. Dr. Korobkin completed his radiology residency at UCSF in 1971. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1972, leaving in 1978 to accept a faculty position at Duke University. In 1984 he relocated to Michigan, opened a private practice, and concurrently was appointed clinical professor of radiology at Wayne State University. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as professor of radiology in 1989. Dr. Korobkin directed the University of Michigan Abdominal Radiology Division from 1991-2002.

Dr. Korobkin was a beloved and outstanding mentor for trainees in abdominal radiology throughout his 40-year career. He was a prolific investigator, publishing over 200 peer-reviewed papers during his career. He served on the editorial boards of the four most important journals in his field. He was chosen as a James Picker Foundation Scholar (1973-76), and as recipient of an NIH Research Career Development Award (1975-80). In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Uroradiology. In 2013, Dr. Korobkin received the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Outstanding Alumnus award for his many significant contributions to the field of Radiology.

Dr. Korobkin is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years of Linda Korobkin and his cherished son Daniel Korobkin.

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