David Wilson, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Chief of VA Neuroradiology
T32 Program Associate Director
Assoc. Professor in Residence


David M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wilson received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York, and completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2009, followed by a fellowship in Neuroradiology at UCSF in 2010.

Dr. Wilson’s research interest is the development of new molecular probes for brain and tumor imaging. He is mainly interested in molecular imaging approaches where structural and biochemical insight is required. Recently, Dr. Wilson’s research consist of the development of new agents for hyperpolarized 13C spectroscopy, and his goal is to identify positron emission tomography (PET) that correlates for imaging in animal models.

Dr. Wilson is a physician-scientist dedicated to exploring a variety of metabolic and biochemical phenomena using new imaging techniques. His laboratory is currently focusing on comparing hyperpolarized (HP) 13C MRS and positron emission tomography (PET) in a variety of disease processes.


Positron emission tomography (PET)

Professional Interests:
Molecular imaging, MR spectroscopy, Redox chemistry, Vitamin C

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Columbia University, New York
• Internship: University of Hawaii Residency Program - Transitional Program
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco - Diagnostic Radiology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Neuroradiology
• Doctor of Philosophy: Columbia University, New York


M.D., 2004 - School of Medicine, Columbia University, New York
Residency, - School of Medicine - Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, - School of Medicine - Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
Ph.D., - , Columbia University, New York

Honors and Awards

Resident/Fellowship Research Grant, Radiological Society of North America, 2009
Margulis Society Research Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
Resident Training Grant Award (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health, 2007
Spotnitz Award for Excellence in Research of Neoplastic Diseases, 2004
Magna Cum Laude, Biochemistry, Harvard University, 1996