David Naeger, MD

Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Education
Assoc Prof, Clinical Radiology


David Naeger, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also serves as the Department of Radiology's Associate Chair for Education and the co-director of the Henry I. Goldberg Center for Advanced Imaging Education. Dr. Naeger’s focus on education includes the education of medical students, residents, fellows, practicing radiologists, and other faculty. In the realm of medical student education, Dr. Naeger served on the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy (CCEP) and as the Course Director for three senior students electives as well as the course director of the integrated radiology content in the new Bridges curriculum. In the realm of continuing medical education, Dr. Naeger has been the Course Director and an instructor in numerous national and international courses. Dr. Naeger participates in the Department's Faculty Mentoring program, teaches other faculty in the Speaker Training Course and Junior Faculty Orientation Course.

In 2015, Dr. Naeger was awarded the prestigious Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award given to only two UCSF faculty members per year across the entire institution. He was inducted into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2014 in recognition of his substantial contributions to medial education in the Department.

Dr. Naeger’s research and interests consist of two main focus areas. First, he is interested in developing, evaluating, and publishing about novel curricular programs that enhance the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing radiologists. Second, Dr. Naeger publishes on the clinical considerations in the daily interpretation of radiologic images, with an emphasis on the imaging and diagnosis of lung cancer, lung biopsies, chest imaging, and PET/CT imaging.

Dr. Naeger has authored over 80 publications accepted or in press, 11 book chapters, over 60 abstracts, and multiple non-peer reviews publications and teaching aids.

Dr. Naeger is a member of 7 professional societies, and has served numerous roles including serving on multiple executive committees, program planning committees, and an educational grant study section.

Dr. Naeger has given over 60 national and international lectures and numerous Grand Rounds presentations.

Dr. Naeger reviews for 6 medical journals including Radiology, RadioGraphics, Academic Radiology, and the Journal of Thoracic Imaging, and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal Radiology.

Pulmonary Imaging including lung cancer imaging and chest biopsies, Cardiac Imaging, and Nuclear Medicine

Pulmonary Imaging, Lung Biopsies, Cardiac Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, PET imaging, SPECT imaging.

Professional Interests:
Medical Student Education, Resident Education, Fellow Education, Continuing Medical Education, Faculty Development, Pulmonary Imaging, Lung Biopsies, Lung Cancer Imaging, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac MRI, Coronary CTA, Myocardial perfusion, Nuclear Medicine, PET imaging, Oncologic Imaging, SPECT Imaging.

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
• Internship: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco - Diagnostic Radiology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Nuclear Medicine


M.D., - Medical School, Duke University School of Medicine
Fellowship, - Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, - Diagnostic Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, - Nuclear Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Honors and Awards

President's Award, The Society of Thoracic Radiology, 2019
Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of the American College of Radiology, Journal of Thoracic, 2017
Excellence in Reviewing, Academic Radiology, Radiology, 2016
Journal of Thoracic Imaging Editors’ Recognition Award for Distinction in Reviewing, "Journal of Thoracic Imaging", 2015
Radiology Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction, The Journal "Radiology", 2015
UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2015
Certificate of Merit Award, Education Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2014
Radiology Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction, The Journal "Radiology", 2014
Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination, UCSF School of Medicine, 2014
Inducted into the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators., University of California, San Francisco, 2014
Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction, The Journal "Radiology", 2013
Certificate of Merit Award, Educational Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2012
Minagi Chair Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators / Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, 2012
Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2012


Slanetz PJ, Naeger DM, Reddy S, Carrico C, Straus C, Deitte LA. Revolutionizing Radiology Education to Add Value-What's Next? J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Mar 04.
Seligman L, Kovanlikaya I, Pisapia DJ, Naeger DM, Magge R, Fine HA, Chiang GC. Integrated PET-MRI for Glioma Surveillance: Perfusion-Metabolism Discordance Rate and Association With Molecular Profiling. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Apr; 212(4):883-891.
Merritt BA, Henry TS, Cha S, Ordovas KG, Kallianos KG, Elicker BM, Hope MD, Naeger DM. Tailoring Radiology Resident Education Using Aggregated Missed-Cases Data. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Jul; 15(7):1013-1015.
Yen AJ, Webb EM, Jordan EJ, Kallianos K, Naeger DM. The Stability of Factors Influencing the Choice of Medical Specialty Among Medical Students and Postgraduate Radiology Trainees. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Jun; 15(6):886-891.
Simon M, Zukotynski K, Naeger DM. Pulmonary nodules as incidental findings. CMAJ. 2018 Feb 12; 190(6):E167.
Webb EM, Bucknor MD, Naeger DM. Diversity and Inclusion: Now Radiology Must Walk the Walk. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 04; 15(4):687-688.
Phelps A, Callen AL, Marcovici P, Naeger DM, Mongan J, Webb EM. Can Radiologists Learn From Airport Baggage Screening?: A Survey About Using Fictional Patients for Quality Assurance. Acad Radiol. 2018 Feb; 25(2):226-234.
Kallianos K, Brooks GC, Mukai K, Seguro de Carvalho F, Liu J, Naeger DM, De Marco T, Ordovas KG. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Evaluation of Left Ventricular Myocardial Strain in Pulmonary Hypertension. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):129-135.
Kallianos KG, Webb EM, Conrad M, Ahearn B, Naeger DM. Interest in Interventional Radiology at Different Stages of Training: Possible Implications for the New Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2018 Sep; 47(5):293-295.
van der Gijp A, Webb EM, Naeger DM. How Radiologists Think: Understanding Fast and Slow Thought Processing and How It Can Improve Our Teaching. Acad Radiol. 2017 06; 24(6):768-771.
Villanueva-Meyer JE, Naeger DM, Courtier JL, Hope MD, Lambert JW, MacKenzie JD, Phelps AS. Pediatric chest CT at chest radiograph doses: when is the ultralow-dose chest CT clinically appropriate? Emerg Radiol. 2017 Aug; 24(4):369-376.
van der Gijp A, Vincken KL, Boscardin C, Webb EM, Ten Cate OTJ, Naeger DM. The Effect of Teaching Search Strategies on Perceptual Performance. Acad Radiol. 2017 06; 24(6):762-767.
Haas BM, Clayton JD, Elicker BM, Ordovas KG, Naeger DM. CT-Guided Percutaneous Lung Biopsies in Patients With Suspicion for Infection May Yield Clinically Useful Information. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Feb; 208(2):459-463.
Henry TS, Naeger DM, Looney MR, Elicker BM. Dyspnea and Pulmonary Hypertension with Diffuse Centrilobular Nodules. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Oct; 13(10):1858-1860.
Courtier J, Webb EM, Phelps AS, Naeger DM. Assessing the learning potential of an interactive digital game versus an interactive-style didactic lecture: the continued importance of didactic teaching in medical student education. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Dec; 46(13):1787-1796.
Elicker BM, Jones KT, Naeger DM, Frank JA. Imaging of Acute Lung Injury. Radiol Clin North Am. 2016 Nov; 54(6):1119-1132.
Clayton JD, Elicker BM, Ordovas KG, Kohi MP, Nguyen J, Naeger DM. Nonclotted Blood Patch Technique Reduces Pneumothorax and Chest Tube Placement Rates After Percutaneous Lung Biopsies. J Thorac Imaging. 2016 Jul; 31(4):243-6.
Kallianos KG, Elicker BM, Henry TS, Ordovas KG, Nguyen J, Naeger DM. Instituting a Low-dose CT-guided Lung Biopsy Protocol. Acad Radiol. 2016 09; 23(9):1130-6.
Flavell RR, Behr SC, Mabray MC, Hernandez-Pampaloni M, Naeger DM. Detecting Pulmonary Nodules in Lung Cancer Patients Using Whole Body FDG PET/CT, High-resolution Lung Reformat of FDG PET/CT, or Diagnostic Breath Hold Chest CT. Acad Radiol. 2016 09; 23(9):1123-9.
van der Gijp A, Ravesloot CJ, Ten Cate OT, van Schaik JP, Webb EM, Naeger DM. Tests, Quizzes, and Self-Assessments: How to Construct a High-Quality Examination. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Aug; 207(2):339-43.
Ordovas KG, Keedy A, Naeger DM, Kallianos K, Foster E, Liu J, Saloner D, Hope MD. Dilatation of the ascending aorta is associated with presence of aortic regurgitation in patients after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Aug; 32(8):1265-72.
Haas BM, Elicker BM, Nguyen J, Ordovas KG, Jones KD, Henry TS, Naeger DM. Nondiagnostic Computed Tomography-guided Percutaneous Lung Biopsies Are More Likely When Infection Is Suspected. J Thorac Imaging. 2016 May; 31(3):151-5.
Phelps A, Wan J, Straus C, Naeger DM, Webb EM. Incorporation of Ultrasound Education Into Medical School Curricula: Survey of Directors of Medical Student Education in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2016 07; 23(7):830-5.
Flavell RR, Naeger DM, Aparici CM, Hawkins RA, Pampaloni MH, Behr SC. Malignancies with Low Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake at PET/CT: Pitfalls and Prognostic Importance: Resident and Fellow Education Feature. Radiographics. 2016 Jan-Feb; 36(1):293-4.
Kozak B, Webb EM, Khan BK, Orozco NM, Straus CM, Naeger DM. Medical Student Usage of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria. Acad Radiol. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1606-11.
Naeger DM. Authors' Reply. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Oct; 12(10):1006.
Kathiria NN, Devcic Z, Chen JS, Naeger DM, Hope MD, Higgins CB, Ordovas KG. Assessment of Left Ventricular Enlargement at Multidetector Computed Tomography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2015 Sep-Oct; 39(5):794-6.
Jen A, Webb EM, Ahearn B, Naeger DM. Lecture Evaluations by Medical Students: Concepts That Correlate With Scores. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jan; 13(1):72-6.
Webb EM, Ahearn B, Naeger DM. A Designated "Teaching Resident": A Novel Leadership Position to Promote Educational Skills and an Academic Career. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jan; 13(1):77-80.
Naeger DM, Hua EW, Ahearn B, Webb EM. Reflective Writing: A Potential Tool to Improve Interprofessional Teamwork with Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1221-5.
Webb EM, Phuong JS, Naeger DM. Does Educator Training or Experience Affect the Quality of Multiple-Choice Questions? Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1317-22.
Webb EM, Naeger DM, McNulty NJ, Straus CM. Needs Assessment for Standardized Medical Student Imaging Education: Review of the Literature and a Survey of Deans and Chairs. Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1214-20.
Curl PK, Kahn JG, Ordovas KG, Elicker BM, Naeger DM. Understanding Cost-Effectiveness Analyses: An Explanation Using Three Different Analyses of Lung Cancer Screening. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Aug; 205(2):344-7.
Mabray MC, Behr SC, Naeger DM, Flavell RR, Glastonbury CM. Predictors of pathologic outcome of focal FDG uptake in the parotid gland identified on whole-body FDG PET imaging. Clin Imaging. 2015 Nov-Dec; 39(6):1073-9.
Naeger DM, Jen A, Ahearn B, Webb EM. Effectively Acquiring and Using Feedback. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Dec; 12(12 Pt A):1320-3.
Sohrabi S, Hope M, Saloner D, Keedy A, Naeger D, Lorca MC, Ordovas KG. Left atrial transverse diameter on computed tomography angiography can accurately diagnose left atrial enlargement in patients with atrial fibrillation. J Thorac Imaging. 2015 May; 30(3):214-7.
Cabarrus M, Naeger DM, Rybkin A, Qayyum A. Patients Prefer Results From the Ordering Provider and Access to Their Radiology Reports. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Jun; 12(6):556-62.
Johnson CJ, Roberts JD, James JH, Hoffmayer KS, Badhwar N, Ku IA, Zhao S, Naeger DM, Rao RK, O'Connell JW, De Marco T, Botvinick EH, Scheinman MM. Comparison of radionuclide angiographic synchrony analysis to echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging for the diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jun; 12(6):1268-75.
Naeger DM, Behr SC. PET/MR imaging: current and future applications for cardiovascular disease. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):95-103.
Webb EM, Vella M, Straus CM, Phelps A, Naeger DM. Interpretive versus noninterpretive content in top-selling radiology textbooks: what are we teaching medical students? Acad Radiol. 2015 Apr; 22(4):520-6.
Naeger DM, Higgins C, De Marco T, Muzzarelli S, Ordovas KG. Low-intensity late gadolinium enhancement predominates in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Clin Imaging. 2015 May-Jun; 39(3):432-6.
Phelps AS, Naeger DM, Courtier JL, Lambert JW, Marcovici PA, Villanueva-Meyer JE, MacKenzie JD. Pairwise comparison versus Likert scale for biomedical image assessment. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Jan; 204(1):8-14.
Kohi MP, Naeger DM, Lorenson MJ, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK. Hook, line, and sinker: hook wire localization of a retained suture needle in the perineum. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Sep; 25(9):1479-80.
Benedetti NJ, Naeger DM, Webb EM. Radiology primer: A novel radiology course for undecided medical students. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Dec; 11(12 Pt A):1182-5.
Webb EM, Cotton JB, Kane K, Straus CM, Topp KS, Naeger DM. Teaching point of care ultrasound skills in medical school: keeping radiology in the driver's seat. Acad Radiol. 2014 Jul; 21(7):893-901.
Flavell RR, Behr SC, Brunsing RL, Naeger DM, Pampaloni MH. The incidence of pulmonary embolism and associated FDG-PET findings in IV contrast-enhanced PET/CT. Acad Radiol. 2014 Jun; 21(6):718-25.
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.
Naeger DM, Straus CM, Phelps A, Courtier J, Webb EM. Student-created independent learning modules: An easy high-value addition to radiology clerkships. Acad Radiol. 2014 Jul; 21(7):879-87.
Straus CM, Webb EM, Kondo KL, Phillips AW, Naeger DM, Carrico CW, Herring W, Neutze JA, Haines GR, Dodd GD. Medical student radiology education: summary and recommendations from a national survey of medical school and radiology department leadership. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jun; 11(6):606-10.
Kohi MP, Agarwal VK, Naeger DM, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Fidelman N, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK. The inferior emissary vein: a reliable landmark for right adrenal vein sampling. Acta Radiol. 2015 Apr; 56(4):454-7.
Kansagra A, Yu JP, Naeger DM, Phelps A. . Risk Stratification and Radiological Evaluation of Central Venous Port Malfunction. J Assoc Vasc Access. 2014; 2(19):77-83.
Naeger DM, Webb EM, Zimmerman L, Elicker BM. Strategies for incorporating radiology into early medical school curricula. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jan; 11(1):74-9.
Naeger DM, Wilcox C, Phelps A, Ordovas KG, Webb EM. Residents teaching medical students: how do they compare with attending educators? J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jan; 11(1):63-7.
Naeger DM, Webb EM. Social media for professional purposes: introduction to the JACR "how to" video guide. J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Oct; 10(10):736-7.
Kuo YC, Kohi MP, Naeger DM, Tong RT, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, Laberge JM, Kerlan RK, Fidelman N. Efficacy of TACE in TIPS patients: comparison of treatment response to chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with and without a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2013 Oct; 36(5):1336-43.
Kohi MP, Ordovas KG, Naeger DM, Meadows AK, Foster E, Higgins CB. CMR assessment of right ventricular function in patients with combined pulmonary stenosis and insufficiency after correction of tetralogy of Fallot. Acta Radiol. 2013 Dec; 54(10):1132-7.
Ordovas KG, Muzzarelli S, Hope MD, Naeger DM, Karl T, Reddy GP, Marchiori E, Higgins CB. Cardiovascular MR imaging after surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot: approach based on understanding of surgical procedures. Radiographics. 2013 Jul-Aug; 33(4):1037-52.
Naeger DM, Conrad M, Nguyen J, Kohi MP, Webb EM. Students teaching students: evaluation of a "near-peer" teaching experience. Acad Radiol. 2013 Sep; 20(9):1177-82.
Naeger DM, Kohi MP, Webb EM, Phelps A, Ordovas KG, Newman TB. Correctly using sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values in clinical practice: how to avoid three common pitfalls. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jun; 200(6):W566-70.
Yu JP, Kansagra AP, Naeger DM, Gould RG, Coakley FV. Template-driven computed tomography radiation dose reporting: implementation of a radiology housestaff quality improvement project. Acad Radiol. 2013 Jun; 20(6):769-72.
Kohi MP, Naeger DM, Kukreja J, Fidelman N, Laberge JM, Gordon RL, Kerlan RK. Preoperative CT-Guided percutaneous wire localization of ground glass pulmonary nodules with a modified Kopans wire. J Thorac Dis. 2013 Apr; 5(2):E31-4.
Naeger DM, Phelps A, Kohi M, Elicker B, Ordovas K, Webb EM. Reading room electives: say goodbye to the "radi-holiday". J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Jun; 10(6):442-8.
Webb EM, Naeger DM, Fulton TB, Straus CM. Learning objectives in radiology education: why you need them and how to write them. Acad Radiol. 2013 Mar; 20(3):358-63.
Dodd GD, Naeger DM. Radiology online: information, education, and networking--a summary of the 2012 Intersociety Committee Summer Conference. J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 May; 10(5):345-8.
Naeger DM, Fletcher TB, Dodd GD. The ACR Intersociety Committee: history, activities, and membership. J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 May; 10(5):341-4.
Phelps A, Naeger DM, Marcovici P. Embedding 3D radiology models in portable document format. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Dec; 199(6):1342-4.
Kohi MP, Fidelman N, Naeger DM, LaBerge JM, Gordon RL, Kerlan RK. Hepatotoxicity after transarterial chemoembolization and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt: do two rights make a wrong? J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 Jan; 24(1):68-73.
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.
Muzzarelli S, Ordovas KG, Cannavale G, Naeger D, Michaels AD, Higgins CB. Potential of delayed gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging for quantification of reverse remodeling of the peri-infarct zone in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy treated with chronic vasodilator therapy: initial experience. J Thorac Imaging. 2012 Mar; 27(2):121-4.
Phelps A, Naeger DM, MacKenzie J, Qayyum A. Educating radiology residents in the new era: implementation and evaluation of online end-of-rotation examinations. Acad Radiol. 2011 Nov; 18(11):1442-6.
Urbania T, Gotway M, Hope M, Naeger DM, Ordovas K, Elicker B.. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine. Role of Helical CT Pulmonary Angiography in Risk Stratification for Patients with Pulmonary Embolism. 2011; 5(18):230-237.
Naeger DM, Phelps A, Shah V, Avrin D, Qayyum A. Clinician-educator pathway for radiology residents. Acad Radiol. 2011 May; 18(5):640-4.
Shin DS, Poder L, Courtier J, Naeger DM, Westphalen AC, Coakley FV. CT and MRI of early intrauterine pregnancy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Feb; 196(2):325-30.
Joseph T, Naeger DM, Qayyum A. Applied Radiology. The Obesity Epidemic: The Role of Radiology. 2011; 40(01):22-27.
Kitazono MT, Coakley FV, Naeger DM, Yeh BM, Joe BN, Qayyum A. CT of unusual renal masses invading the pelvicaliceal system: potential mimics of upper tract transitional cell carcinoma. Clin Imaging. 2011 Jan-Feb; 35(1):77-80.
Naeger DM, Martin JN, Sinclair E, Hunt PW, Bangsberg DR, Hecht F, Hsue P, McCune JM, Deeks SG. Cytomegalovirus-specific T cells persist at very high levels during long-term antiretroviral treatment of HIV disease. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 29; 5(1):e8886.
Naeger DM, Levine MS, Renjen P, Rubesin SE, Laufer I. Hyperirritable stomach as a cause of nausea and vomiting: clinical and radiographic findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Jun; 190(6):1517-20.
Kirkeby KM, Naeger DM, Pont A, Baudendistel TE. Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis in a white man. Am J Med. 2007 Jun; 120(6):e3.