Letter from our Chairman

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with truly mixed feelings that I write to you.  After 25 glorious years, I have decided to retire as chair of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF, effective June 30, 2017. I am so very proud of the collective accomplishments in research, patient care, and education that our department has made over these decades. I am especially proud of the many talented faculty we have recruited since I arrived, and of our incredible trainees, technologists, and staff.  Dean Talmadge King has launched a formal search, with a committee headed by Michael Gropper, MD, chair of Anesthesia. I am very confident the transition will be smooth and I anticipate that our great department will continue to advance and prosper under the new leadership.

This has been a spectacular year with many highlights!  Kudos to Mark Wilson, MD, and his team! The new Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) building has officially opened its doors. We are most proud of the three floors incorporating Radiology (the basement, ground level, and 1st floor). The new design facilitates excellence in patient care.

Our faculty continues to receive local, national and international attention. In May, Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, received the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2016 Gold Medal for her innovative contributions to the development of quantitative imaging methods. Learn about the extensive work of Jeanne Laberge, MD in establishing an integrated Interventional Radiology residency at UCSF.

On the research front, Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, and his team’s groundbreaking work on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), published in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, was the biggest imaging study ever done in children with the condition. His research is prompting a broader acknowledgement of SPD as a separate disorder from autism. I would also like to acknowledge Mike Weiner, MD, for having just won a major funding award for the third phase of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The landmark study — focused on developing and refining biomarker tools needed to mark the progress of Alzheimer’s disease — is having a profound impact on our understanding of the causes of Alzheimer’s.

Soonmee Cha, MD, and Dave Naeger, MD, have recently been appointed vice chair and associate chair of Education. Their expertise and devotion to quality in education has been responsible for numerous accolades as we set the educational standard high for other departments across the nation. I am very proud of all of our education programs including our Continuing Medical Education, one of the largest in the country. I know that our future plans are in excellent hands.

On the operations front, this year were pleased to welcome a new administrative director, Mary Bobel, MBA, who comes to us with a strong background in institutional academic settings, and David Sostarich, MBA, BSRT, our new operations director. Both of them have hit the ground running and are key players on our leadership team.

Please don’t forget to join us at an exciting upcoming event: The Margulis Society Gala will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Thank you for making the last 25 years such a wonderful and satisfying career for me.  With your inspiration and hard work, we have built the best academic Radiology department in the country and I am deeply appreciative for the opportunity to have led this endeavor.


Emeritus Professor
Professor Emeritus