David Norman, MD

Professor Emeritus


David Norman, MD, is a Professor Emeritus and former Chief of Neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Ursinus College, University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and completed his residency from Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Following military service in Vietnam and Denver, Dr. Norman completed a Neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF. In 2006, after a long and prolific career, Dr. Norman retired from the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Norman was among the first to highlight the use of MR imaging in the spinal cord, and his many subsequent contributions have contributed to current understanding of many disease states. Dr. Norman was integral to the development of new interventional angiographic techniques, and when MR imaging emerged, he made a name for UCSF in the new technology. In 1981 he wrote an article on dynamic computed tomography, which is published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. He was one of the first to detail the basis of the perfusion techniques that are used today. In that article, he wrote, “The concept of corrected mean transit time (MTT) applied to rapid sequence scans after intravenous bolus injection of contrast material provides quantitative data on hemispheric flow.” After 25 years, MTT maps are used everyday in the reading room.


MR imaging

Professional Interests:
Development of new interventional angiopgraphic techniques, MR and CT

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Ursinus College of Pennsylvania Medical School, Collegeville
• Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
• Residency: Columbia University Medical Center, New York - Radiology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Neuroradiology
• California State Medical License (1970-present)
• Ohio State Medical License (1998, inactive)
• New York State Medical License (1999, inactive)
• National Medical Boards (1968-Present)
• Radiology Certificate (1972)
• Neuroradiology Certificate of Added Qualification (1996)


Clinical Fellowship, - Radiology, University of California, San Francisco

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Radiology, 1982
Sommer Memorial Lecturer, 1978
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1967


Du AT, Schuff N, Chao LL, Kornak J, Jagust WJ, Kramer JH, Reed BR, Miller BL, Norman D, Chui HC, Weiner MW. Age effects on atrophy rates of entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. Neurobiol Aging. 2006 May; 27(5):733-40.
Du AT, Schuff N, Chao LL, Kornak J, Ezekiel F, Jagust WJ, Kramer JH, Reed BR, Miller BL, Norman D, Chui HC, Weiner MW. White matter lesions are associated with cortical atrophy more than entorhinal and hippocampal atrophy. Neurobiol Aging. 2005 Apr; 26(4):553-9.
Hsu YY, Schuff N, Amend DL, Du AT, Norman D, Chui HC, Jagust WJ, Weiner MW. Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging differences between Alzheimer disease with and without subcortical lacunes. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2002 Apr-Jun; 16(2):58-64.