Ernest Ring, MD

Professor Emeritus


Ernest Ring, MD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He has served in a variety of positions: Chief of Interventional Radiology, Chief of Radiology Service at UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer, and Associate Dean at Mt. Zion; Chief of San Francisco General Hospital Radiology Service and SFGH Vice-Chair, and Chief Medical Center Officer for UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Ring obtained his medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit in 1969, followed by a one-year rotating internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He completed a four-year Diagnostic Radiology residency in 1974 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

From 1974-76 Dr. Ring worked jointly as Chief of Radiology Service at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Ceiba, Puerto Rico, and as Clinical Instructor in Radiology at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Ring retired in 2008, returning on recall to work in the Interventional Radiology Section at SFGH and UCSF Parnassus. In July 2012, Dr. Ring returned to the position of Chief of Radiology at UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion and the Ambulatory Care Clinic.

Dr. Ring is an active member of the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology, the San Francisco Radiological Society, and the American College of Radiology. He has served professional publications such as Radiology, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and the American Journal of Roentgenology. Dr. Ring has 201 published articles, 32 book chapters, and 1 book.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology, cardiovascular, transugular portosystemic shunts

Professional Interests:
Interventional radiology of the liver, gastroenterology, vascular diseases

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit
• Internship: Detroit Receiving Hospital
• Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston - Diagnostic Radiology
• Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston - Cardiovascular Radiology
• Chief Resident: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Department of Radiology

Honors and Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, International Symposium on Endovascular Therapies, 2012
Tegtmeyer Lecturer, University of Virginia Medical School, 2010
Teacher, Leader, and Scholar Award, Vascular and Interventional Society of Radiology, 2010
Outstanding Leadership Award, University of California San Francisco, 2008
Gold Medal Award, Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 2001
Dotter Lecture, Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 1997
Fellow, American College of Radiology, 1993
Keynote Address, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 1993
Keynote Address, Radiologic Society of North America, 1992
Hickey Memorial Lecturer, American Roentgen Ray Society, 1991
John Juhl Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, 1991
Founding President, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Research and Education Foundation, 1990-1991
Eugene P. Pendergrass Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wayne State University Detroit, 1982


Burke C, Taylor AG, Ring EJ, Kerlan RK. Creation of a percutaneous mesocaval shunt to control variceal bleeding in a child. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Sep; 43(9):1218-20.
Fidelman N, Kwan SW, LaBerge JM, Gordon RL, Ring EJ, Kerlan RK. The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt: an update. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Oct; 199(4):746-55.
Durack JC, Hope TA, Seo Y, Saeed M, He J, Wilson MW, Kerlan RK, Ring EJ. Intravenous vasopressin for the prevention of nontarget gastrointestinal embolization during liver-directed cancer treatment: experimental study in a porcine model. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2012 Nov; 23(11):1505-12.
Fidelman N, Bloom AI, Kerlan RK, Laberge JM, Wilson MW, Ring EJ, Gordon RL. Hepatic arterial injuries after percutaneous biliary interventions in the era of laparoscopic surgery and liver transplantation: experience with 930 patients. Radiology. 2008 Jun; 247(3):880-6.
Gotway MB, Araoz PA, Macedo TA, Stanson AW, Higgins CB, Ring EJ, Dawn SK, Webb WR, Leung JW, Reddy GP. Imaging findings in Takayasu's arteritis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Jun; 184(6):1945-50.
Pentecost MJ, Criqui MH, Dorros G, Goldstone J, Johnston KW, Martin EC, Ring EJ, Spies JB. Guidelines for peripheral percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the abdominal aorta and lower extremity vessels. A statement for health professionals from a Special Writing Group of the Councils on Cardiovascular Radiology, Arteriosclerosis, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Clinical Cardiology, and Epidemiology and Prevention, the American Heart Association. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Sep; 14(9 Pt 2):S495-515.
Haskal ZJ, Rees CR, Ring EJ, Saxon R, Sacks D. Reporting standards for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Sep; 14(9 Pt 2):S419-26.
Messina LM, Schneider DB, Chuter TA, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, LaBerge JM, Wilson MW, Ring EJ, Gordon RL. Integrated fellowship in vascular surgery and intervention radiology: a new paradigm in vascular training. Ann Surg. 2002 Oct; 236(4):408-414; discussion 414-5.
Sorantin E, Fotter R, Aigner R, Ring E, Riccabona M. The sonographically thickened wall of the upper urinary tract system: correlation with other imaging methods. Pediatr Radiol. 1997 Aug; 27(8):667-71.
LaBerge JM, Ring EJ, Gordon RL. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystenlic Shunts: TIPS. Surg Technol Int. 1991 Nov; I:300-305.