Susan Wall, MD

Professor Emeritus
Advisor to the Chair, Faculty Development
Advisor to the Chair


Susan D. Wall, MD is a Professor Emeritus of Radiology and Advisor to the Chair for Faculty Development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Wall received her medical degree from UCSF where she completed a residency in Radiology (Chief Resident), a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and during a sabbatical while an Associate Professor also a one year fellowship in Interventional Radiology. She served as the Vice Chair of Radiology from 1988 to 2019.

Dr. Wall held the position of Associate Dean and then Senior Associate Dean for the UCSF School of Medicine for seven years prior to retiring to part-time in 2005. As the Associate Dean she oversaw all of Graduate Medical Education which included 73 nationally accredited programs and more than 1,300 trainees. As the Senior Associate Dean she additionally was responsible for the Medical Education Program at UCSF-Fresno. Dr. Wall has served on and chaired numerous committees both locally and nationally. For Radiology at UCSF she chaired the Merit and Promotions Committee for years. She created and chaired the Human Relations Committee which became a model for the School of Medicine and the University regarding professionalism. Nationally, Dr. Wall is past president of the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists where she was honored as the first woman to become the Annual Visiting Professor. Dr. Wall served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Radiological Society of North America News (RSNA). She served on numerous committees for national academic societies including the Refresher Course Committee and the Publications Council for RSNA, the American College of Radiology Intersociety Conference, and the Steering Committee of the Group on Resident Affairs of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Dr. Wall is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on Interventional Radiology, Abdominal Imaging, and Graduate Medical Education. She has published more than 130 manuscripts.

Academic Affairs

Interventional Radiology, Abdominal imaging, Medical Education

Professional Interests:
Abdominal imaging, interventional techniques, developing junior faculty mentoring program

Education and Training:
• Bachelor of Science: Humboldt State University, California - Nursing Magna Cum Laude
• Bachelor of Science: San Diego State University, California - Chemistry
• Medical Degree: University of California, San Francisco
• Internship: University of California, San Francisco - Pediatrics
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco Department of Radiology - Chief Resident


2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellowship, 1993 - Interventional Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, 1983 - Abdominal Imaging, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, 1982 - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
M.D., 1978 - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
BS, 1974 - Chemistry, San Diego State University
BS, 1967 - Nursing, Humboldt State University

Honors and Awards

Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring, University of California, San Francisco, 2017
Outstanding Alumni Award, UCSF Department of Radiology, 2006
Visiting Professorship Award (1st woman), Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists, 1997
Gold Headed Cane Award (Most Outstanding Graduate), UCSF School of Medicine, 1978
Summa cum Laude, San Diego State University, 1974
Magna cum Laude, Humboldt State University, 1967
Cannon Medal, Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists
Outstanding Alumnus Award, UCSF School of Medicine


Glastonbury CM, Bucknor M, Wall SD, Hess CP. Hiring Through the Lens of Diversity: Strategies to Create Diverse Departments. Acad Radiol. 2021 12; 28(12):1775-1778.
Bucknor MD, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Kumar V, Talbott JF, Wall SD, Glastonbury CM, Dillon WP, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hess CP. Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in University of California, San Francisco Radiology: Reflections on 3 Years of Pipeline, Selection, and Education Initiatives. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Dec; 16(12):1716-1719.
Glastonbury CM, Wall SD, Arenson RL. Gender Issues Persist in Academic Radiology Promotions. Radiology. 2017 04; 283(1):4-6.
Sutliff RL, Walp ER, Kim YH, Walker LA, El-Ali AM, Ma J, Bonsall R, Ramosevac S, Eaton DC, Verlander JW, Hansen L, Gleason RL, Pham TD, Hong S, Pech V, Wall SM. Contractile force is enhanced in Aortas from pendrin null mice due to stimulation of angiotensin II-dependent signaling. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e105101.
Vidyarthi AR, Arora V, Schnipper JL, Wall SD, Wachter RM. Managing discontinuity in academic medical centers: strategies for a safe and effective resident sign-out. J Hosp Med. 2006 Jul; 1(4):257-66.
Vidyarthi AR, Katz PP, Wall SD, Wachter RM, Auerbach AD. Impact of reduced duty hours on residents' educational satisfaction at the University of California, San Francisco. Acad Med. 2006 Jan; 81(1):76-81.
Yee J, Kumar NN, Hung RK, Akerkar GA, Kumar PR, Wall SD. Comparison of supine and prone scanning separately and in combination at CT colonography. Radiology. 2003 Mar; 226(3):653-61.