David Avrin, MD, PhD

Prof of Clinical Radiology


Dr. David Avrin is a clinical member of the Body Interventional Radiology and Abdominal Imaging Sections. As past vice-chair of informatics, Dr. Avrin oversaw the integration of medical imaging and patient-care information systems that enables radiologists to deliver more relevant clinical care, as well as contribute significantly to the educational, and research missions. Before completing his medical degree, Dr. Avrin received a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Avrin’s research is focused on creating the infrastructure and applications for seamless clinical system integration, and support for education and research. Dr. Avrin is a member of the Medical Center informatics team that seeks to improve quality of care, safety and efficiency through IT. To date, he has written fifty-five papers on these topics, and five book chapters on the clinical applications of digital medical imaging, and the investment and role of these various systems in the academic missions of education and research.

He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Imaging in Medicine. He has served in several university and national leadership positions, most recently as the program director of the UCSF Clinical Informatics Fellowship, and the chairman of the RSNA Steering Committee for Digital Roadmap Content.

Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology

Abdominal and pelvic CT, CT portion of PET/CT, CTA and abdominal MR including MRCP and MRA


Resident, 1979 - Diagnostic Radiology, Stanford University Hospital
Visiting Fellow, 1979 - Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco
Intern, 1976 - Radiology and Medicine, Stanford University Hospital
M.D., 1975 - School of Medicine, Stanford University
Ph.D, 1974 - , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S./M.S., 1967 - , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

Academic Radiology Editor's Recognition Award, Association of University Radiologists, 2014
Speaker, American Board of Medical Specialties at the White House-sponsored National Policy Forum Arlington, 2010
Certificate of Merit RSNA InfoRad Exhibit, RSNA, 2005
Certificate of Merit infoRAD Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2005
Award for service on ACR Committee on DICOM Standards; Commission on Standards & Accreditation, American College of Radiology Distinguished Committee Service, 2001
Associate Editor, RadioGraphics, Informatics (infoRAD), 2001
Fellow, Society of Computer Applications in Radiology, 2000
Fellow, American College of Radiology, Washington, DC, 1999
Best Paper of Session; European Congress of Radiology; Vienna, Austria, European Congress of Radiology, 1993


Avrin D. Editorial. J Digit Imaging. 2020 Feb; 33(1):2.
Avrin D. Making Technology Work for Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2020 02; 27(2):260-261.
Mongan J, Avrin D. Impact of PACS-EMR Integration on Radiologist Usage of the EMR. J Digit Imaging. 2018 10; 31(5):611-614.
Avrin D. Interventional Radiology in the United States: Who Does Your Intervention Depends on Where You Are Located. Radiology. 2018 10; 289(1):148-149.
Kovacs MD, Mesterhazy J, Avrin D, Urbania T, Mongan J. Correlate: A PACS- and EHR-integrated Tool Leveraging Natural Language Processing to Provide Automated Clinical Follow-up. Radiographics. 2017 Sep-Oct; 37(5):1451-1460.
Mayo RC, Pearson KL, Avrin DE, Leung JW. The Economic and Social Value of an Image Exchange Network: A Case for the Cloud. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jan; 14(1):130-134.
Kohlbrenner R, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Fidelman N, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK, Agarwal VK, Lehrman ED, Nanavati S, Avrin DE, Gould R. Patient Radiation Dose Reduction during Transarterial Chemoembolization Using a Novel X-Ray Imaging Platform. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Sep; 26(9):1331-8.
Avrin D. Faculty scheduling: it should be easy. Acad Radiol. 2014 Oct; 21(10):1223-4.
Lu MT, Tellis WM, Avrin DE. Providing formal reports for outside imaging and the rate of repeat imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jul; 203(1):107-10.
Naeger DM, Jafri NF, Webb EM, Avrin D, Qayyum A. Can hospital-based cellular phones improve on-call communication? J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Nov; 11(11):1090-2.
Avrin DE, Urbania TH. Demise of film. Acad Radiol. 2014 Mar; 21(3):303-4.
Morgan TA, Avrin DE, Carr CD, Dreyer KJ, Flanders AE, Khorasani R, Langlotz CP, Arenson RL. Meaningful use for radiology: current status and future directions. Radiology. 2013 Nov; 269(2):318-21.
Naeger DM, Phelps A, Kohi M, Patel A, Elicker B, Ordovas K, Urbania T, Avrin D, Qayyum A. Cross-specialty integrated resident conferences: an educational approach to bridging the gap. Acad Radiol. 2012 Aug; 19(8):1029-34.
Lu MT, Tellis WM, Fidelman N, Qayyum A, Avrin DE. Reducing the rate of repeat imaging: import of outside images to PACS. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Mar; 198(3):628-34.
Avrin D, Hou SW. Enterprise imaging: planning and business justification. Acad Radiol. 2012 Feb; 19(2):214-20.
Avrin DE, Flanders AE. Moving the mission forward: annual report from the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee for 2010. Radiographics. 2011 Jul-Aug; 31(4):1169-72.
Durack JC, Westphalen AC, Kekulawela S, Bhanu SB, Avrin DE, Gordon RL, Kerlan RK. Perforation of the IVC: rule rather than exception after longer indwelling times for the Günther Tulip and Celect retrievable filters. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2012 Apr; 35(2):299-308.
Naeger DM, Phelps A, Shah V, Avrin D, Qayyum A. Clinician-educator pathway for radiology residents. Acad Radiol. 2011 May; 18(5):640-4.
David E. Avrin, Adam E. Flanders. Annual Report from the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee for 2009. Radio Graphics. 2010 Jan 1; 30(1):7-11.
Kamauu AW, DuVall SL, Wiggins RH, Avrin DE. Using applet-servlet communication for optimizing window, level and crop for DICOM to JPEG conversion. J Digit Imaging. 2008 Sep; 21(3):348-54.
Kamauu AW, Whipple JJ, DuVall SL, Siddiqui KM, Siegel EL, Avrin D. Informatics in radiology: IHE teaching file and clinical trial export integration profile: functional examples. Radiographics. 2008 Jul-Aug; 28(4):933-45.
Avrin D. HIPAA privacy and DICOM anonymization for research. Acad Radiol. 2008 Mar; 15(3):273.
Kamauu AW, Duvall SL, Avrin DE. Using Java to generate globally unique identifiers for DICOM objects. J Digit Imaging. 2009 Mar; 22(1):11-4.
Kamauu AW, DuVall SL, Liimatta AP, Wiggins RH, Avrin DE. Translating the IHE Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export (TCE) profile document templates into functional DICOM structured report objects. J Digit Imaging. 2008 Dec; 21(4):390-407.
Kamauu AW, DuVall SL, Robison RJ, Liimatta AP, Wiggins RH, Avrin DE. Informatics in radiology (infoRAD): Vendor-neutral case input into a server-based digital teaching file system. Radiographics. 2006 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1877-85.
Avrin D, Morin R, Piraino D, Rowberg A, Detorie N, Zuley M, Seibert JA, Pisano ED. Storage, transmission, and retrieval of digital mammography, including recommendations on image compression. J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 Aug; 3(8):609-14.
Granger SR, Glasgow RE, Battaglia J, Lee RM, Scaife C, Shrieve DC, Avrin D, Mulvihill SJ. Development of a dedicated hepatopancreaticobiliary program in a university hospital system. J Gastrointest Surg. 2005 Sep-Oct; 9(7):891-5.
Avrin DE. infoRAD 2005: your best resource for informatics education. Radiographics. 2005 Sep-Oct; 25(5):1405-6.
Lipson JA, Qayyum A, Avrin DE, Westphalen A, Yeh BM, Coakley FV. CT and MRI of hepatic contour abnormalities. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Jan; 184(1):75-81.
Avrin DE. RadioGraphics, informatics, bill G, and open source. Radiographics. 2004 Nov-Dec; 24(6):1761-2.
Avrin DE, Arenson RL. infoRAD 2004: why you need informatics education at RSNA 2004. Radiographics. 2004 Sep-Oct; 24(5):1491-2.
Avrin D, Wiggins RH, Bahr C. Beyond PACS: getting images to referring physicians. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2003 Dec; 24(6):428-33.
Avrin DE, Arenson RL. Informatics at RSNA 2003: evolution and maturation on all fronts. Radiographics. 2003 Sep-Oct; 23(5):1115-6.
Avrin DE, Arenson RL. Avoiding unread images with PACS. Acad Radiol. 2002 Nov; 9(11):1331-2.
Ronald L. Arenson, David E. Avrin. Informatics at RSNA 2002: Information Technology Moves to the Mainstream at RSNA 2002. Radio Graphics. 2002 Sep 1; 22(5):1269-1270.
Tellis WM, Andriole KP, Jovais CS, Avrin DE. RIS minus PACS equals film. J Digit Imaging. 2002; 15 Suppl 1:20-6.
Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Weber E, Luth DM, Bazzill TM. Automated examination notification of emergency department images in a picture archiving and communication system. J Digit Imaging. 2001 Jun; 14(2 Suppl 1):143-4.
Arenson RL, Lu Y, Elliott SC, Jovais C, Avrin DE. Measuring the academic radiologist's clinical productivity: applying RVU adjustment factors. Acad Radiol. 2001 Jun; 8(6):533-40.
Arenson RL, Lu Y, Elliott SC, Jovais C, Avrin DE. Measuring the academic radiologist's clinical productivity: survey results for subspecialty sections. Acad Radiol. 2001 Jun; 8(6):524-32.
Van Nguyen A, Avrin DE, Tellis WM, Andriole KP, Arenson RL. What Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) could look like in common object request broker (CORBA) and extensible markup language (XML). J Digit Imaging. 2001 Jun; 14(2 Suppl 1):89-91.
Avrin DE, Andriole KP, Yin L, Gould RG, Arenson RL. A hierarchical storage management (HSM) scheme for cost-effective on-line archival using lossy compression. J Digit Imaging. 2001 Mar; 14(1):18-23.
Arenson RL, Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Gould RG. Computers in imaging and health care: now and in the future. J Digit Imaging. 2000 Nov; 13(4):145-56.
Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Yin L, Gould RG, Luth DM, Arenson RL. Relevant priors prefetching algorithm performance for a picture archiving and communication system. J Digit Imaging. 2000 May; 13(2 Suppl 1):73-5.
Nguyen AV, Tellis WM, Avrin DE. Secure, web-accessible call rosters for academic radiology departments. J Digit Imaging. 2000 May; 13(2 Suppl 1):233-5.
Avrin DE, Andriole KP, Yin L, Gould R, Arenson RL. Simulation of disaster recovery of a picture archiving and communications system using off-site hierarchal storage management. J Digit Imaging. 2000 May; 13(2 Suppl 1):168-70.
Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Yin L, Gould RG, Arenson RL. PACS databases and enrichment of the folder manager concept. J Digit Imaging. 2000 Feb; 13(1):3-12.
Avrin DE, Andriole KP. The future of teleradiology in medicine. West J Med. 1998 Nov; 169(5):286.
Andriole KP, Gould RG, Avrin DE, Bazzill TM, Yin L, Arenson RL. Continuing quality improvement procedures for a clinical PACS. J Digit Imaging. 1998 Aug; 11(3 Suppl 1):111-4.
Tellis WM, Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Arenson RL. Web technology in the integration of a digital teaching file at the diagnostic workstation. J Digit Imaging. 1998 Aug; 11(3 Suppl 1):117-9.
Avrin D. The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. J Digit Imaging. 1997 Nov; 10(4):183-4.
Ghosh S, Andriole KP, Avrin DE, Arenson RL. Optimization of a low-cost truly preemptive multitasking PC diagnostic workstation. J Digit Imaging. 1997 Aug; 10(3 Suppl 1):171-4.
David Avrin. The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. Journal of Digital Imaging. 1997 Aug 1; 10(3):137.
Ghosh S, Andriole KP, Avrin DE. Viewport: an object-oriented approach to integrate workstation software for tile and stack mode display. J Digit Imaging. 1997 Aug; 10(3 Suppl 1):177-9.
David Avrin. The Society of Computer Applications in Radiology. Journal of Digital Imaging. 1997 May 1; 10(2):96.
David Avrin. The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. Journal of Digital Imaging. 1997 Feb 1; 10(1):46.
Arenson RL, Burnside ES, Avrin DE, Gould RG, Huang HK, Marco RP. Cost benefits of picture archiving and communications systems. Acad Radiol. 1996 Apr; 3 Suppl 1:S72-4.
Huang HK, Arenson RL, Lou SL, Wong AW, Andriole KP, Bazzill TM, Avrin D. Multimedia in the radiology environment: current concept. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 1994 Jan-Feb; 18(1):1-10.
Avrin DE, Macovski A, Zatz LE. Clinical application of Compton and photo-electric reconstruction in computed tomography: preliminary results. Invest Radiol. 1978 May-Jun; 13(3):217-22.
Brody WR, Arvin DE, Angell WW. Real-time analysis of myocardial contractility. Surgery. 1973 Aug; 74(2):291-9.