Joshua Clayton, MD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Clinical Professor


Joshua Clayton, MD is an assistant professor of clinical radiology in the Cardiac and Pulmonary at the San Francisco General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri in 2009. In 2010, he completed a one-year internship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 2010-2014, Dr. Clayton completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency from the same institution, followed by a cardiothoracic radiology fellowship at UCSF in 2015.

Dr. Clayton’s interests include resident education and continued improvement in patient care; specifically regarding risk reduction in percutaneous lung biopsy and optimal use of advanced cardiac imaging techniques. He also has an additional interest in interstitial lung disease and lung transplant complications.

Dr. Clayton looks forward to contributing to the success of UCSF and SFGH through continued service to the community, serving patients at a high level of safety and satisfaction.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging

Thoracic radiology, cardiac CT and MRI, CT guided lung biopsy

Professional Interests:
Cardiothoracic imaging, thoracic trauma, thoracic emergency, pulmonary infectious disease, CT guided chest biopsy, and lung transplantation complications

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri
• Internship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco – Cardiothoracic Radiology

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Fellow Teacher, UCSF, 2015


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.