Tara Morgan, MD

Associate Professor
Director of Learning and Teaching for Ultrasound-Guided Interventions in Abdominal Imaging
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology


Tara Morgan, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound section in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, Dr. Morgan received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She did a one-year internship from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, 2007. From 2008-2012, Dr. Morgan completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency from the University of Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging from UCSF, in 2013. In January 2014, Dr. Morgan accepted the position of Assistant Professor at UCSF.

Dr. Morgan has particular interests in ultrasound-guided interventions, thyroid, musculoskeletal, and obstetrical ultrasound. In 2020, she has given the title of Director of Learning and Teaching of Ultrasound- Guided Interventions in Abdominal Imaging. She has helped expand and launch clinical programs at UCSF including the musculoskeletal ultrasound program and has participating in multiple research projects reviewing efficacy and success of ultrasound-guided procedures. Currently, she is expanding clinical programs and starting new research in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid benign and malignant disease.

Dr. Morgan is a fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, serves as their Social Media Chair, and has served on multiple other committees. She is A member of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine and serves on multiple committees including secretary of the Interventional and Intraoperative Community. She is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the American College of Radiology. She is a member of both the LI-RADS and O-RADS committees for structured reporting for the American College of Radiology. She has written and edited numerous book chapters and coauthored 36 peer reviewed publications.

Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound

Professional Interests:
Ultrasound guided interventions, thyroid, musculoskeletal, and fetal ultrasound

Education and Training:
• Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
• Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington - Internal Medicine
• Residency: University of Maryland, Baltimore - Diagnostic Radiology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Abdominal Imaging
• American Board of Radiology Certification, May 2012
• Maryland License, April 2010
• California License, September 2011

Honors and Awards

Cum Laude Award for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2020
Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2020
Cum Laude Award for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2020
Cum Laude Award for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2018
Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2018
ARRS 2016 Bronze Award Scientific Program, American Roentgen Ray Society, 2016
Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2016
Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2015
Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2015
Research and Education Foundation Resident/Fellow Research Award, Radiological Society of North America, 2012
Editorial Fellowship for Trainees, Radiological Society of North America, 2011
Certificate of Merit Award for an Educational Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2009
Joseph E. Whitley Award for Academic Excellence in Radiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2007
Membership, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2006


Penna R, Poder L, Jha P, Seigel EL, Morgan TA. Transvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Pelvic Lesions. J Ultrasound Med. 2021 May 13.
Chen JV, Morgan TA, Liu C, Khanafshar E, Choi HH. Cervical Lymph Node Features Predictive of Suboptimal Adequacy During Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration in Thyroid Cancer Patients. J Ultrasound Med. 2021 Mar 05.
Strachowski LM, Jha P, Chawla TP, Davis KM, Dove CK, Glanc P, Morgan TA, Andreotti RF. O-RADS for Ultrasound: A User's Guide, From the AJR Special Series on Radiology Reporting and Data Systems. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2021 05; 216(5):1150-1165.
Motamedi D, Bauer AH, Patel R, Morgan TA. Problem Solved: Integral Applications of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. J Ultrasound Med. 2021 Aug; 40(8):1693-1704.
Jha P, Shekhar M, Goldstein R, Morgan T, Poder L. Size threshold for follow-up of postmenopausal adnexal cysts: 1 cm versus 3 cm. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 10; 45(10):3213-3217.
Choi HH, Rodgers SK, Fetzer DT, Wasnik AP, Millet JD, Morgan TA, Dawkins A, Gabriel H, Kamaya A. Ultrasound Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (US LI-RADS): An Overview with Technical and Practical Applications. Acad Radiol. 2020 Jul 24.
Jha P, Morgan TA, Kennedy A. US Evaluation of Twin Pregnancies: Importance of Chorionicity and Amnionicity. Radiographics. 2019 Nov-Dec; 39(7):2146-2166.
Jha P, Rabban J, Chen LM, Goldstein RB, Weinstein S, Morgan TA, Shum D, Hills N, Ohliger MA, Poder L. Placenta accreta spectrum: value of placental bulge as a sign of myometrial invasion on MR imaging. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2019 07; 44(7):2572-2581.
Jha P, Espinoza N, Webb E, Kohli M, Poder L, Morgan T. Single institutional experience with initial ultrasound followed by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging for acute appendicitis in adults. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2019 07; 44(7):2357-2365.
Rodgers SK, Fetzer DT, Gabriel H, Seow JH, Choi HH, Maturen KE, Wasnik AP, Morgan TA, Dahiya N, O'Boyle MK, Kono Y, Sirlin CB, Kamaya A. Role of US LI-RADS in the LI-RADS Algorithm. Radiographics. 2019 May-Jun; 39(3):690-708.
Morgan TA, Motamedi D. Incorporating musculoskeletal ultrasound into your radiology practice: patients, patience, and why your department cannot do without it. Skeletal Radiol. 2019 Feb; 48(2):191-194.
Morgan TA, Jha P, Poder L, Weinstein S. Advanced ultrasound applications in the assessment of renal transplants: contrast-enhanced ultrasound, elastography, and B-flow. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 10; 43(10):2604-2614.
Jha P, Behr S, Morgan T, Washburn E, Lucero J, Chen LM, Poder L. Imaging findings of concealed intra-amniotic hemorrhage in the setting of placenta previa and placenta accreta spectrum disorder. Emerg Radiol. 2018 Oct; 25(5):553-556.
J. Wan, T. Morgan, L. Truong, L. Poder, S. Weinstein, M. Kohi, V. Feldstein. Abstract No. 587 Technical success and diagnostic yield of image-guided percutaneous pancreas transplant biopsy. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2018 Apr 1; 29(4):s245.
Weinstein S, Jordan E, Goldstein R, Yee J, Morgan T. How to set up a contrast-enhanced ultrasound service. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 04; 43(4):808-818.
Morgan TA, Maturen KE, Dahiya N, Sun MRM, Kamaya A, American College of Radiology Ultrasound Liver Imaging and Reporting Data System (US LI-RADS) Workin . US LI-RADS: ultrasound liver imaging reporting and data system for screening and surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 01; 43(1):41-55.
Tang A, Bashir MR, Corwin MT, Cruite I, Dietrich CF, Do RKG, Ehman EC, Fowler KJ, Hussain HK, Jha RC, Karam AR, Mamidipalli A, Marks RM, Mitchell DG, Morgan TA, Ohliger MA, Shah A, Vu KN, Sirlin CB, LI-RADS Evidence Working Group . Evidence Supporting LI-RADS Major Features for CT- and MR Imaging-based Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review. Radiology. 2018 01; 286(1):29-48.
Tara A. Morgan, Dorothy J. Shum, Amaya M. Basta, Roy A. Filly. Prognosis in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Diagnosed During Fetal Life. Journal of Fetal Medicine. 2017 Jun 1; 4(2):57-63.
Morgan TA, Piper SL, Lattanza LL, Goldstein RB, Link T, Motamedi D. Distal Forearm Fracture Open Reduction-Internal Fixation: Sonographic Detection of Hardware Malalignment and Associated Tendon Injuries Missed by Radiography. J Ultrasound Med. 2017 Oct; 36(10):2173-2177.
Morgan TA, Basta A, Filly RA. Fetal stomach and gallbladder in contact with the bladder wall is a common ultrasound sign of stomach-down left congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Clin Ultrasound. 2017 Jan; 45(1):8-13.
Plett SK, Poder L, Brooks RA, Morgan TA. Transvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of Deep Pelvic Masses: How We Do It. J Ultrasound Med. 2016 Jun; 35(6):1113-22.
Morgan TA, Salmeen K, Filly RA. A Benign Anomalous Umbilical Vein: Not All Umbilical Veins That Wander Are Lost. Ultrasound Q. 2016 Mar; 32(1):47-50.
Morgan TA, Smith-Bindman R, Harbell J, Kornak J, Stock PG, Feldstein VA. US Findings in Patients at Risk for Pancreas Transplant Failure. Radiology. 2016 07; 280(1):281-9.
Bolster F, Fardanesh R, Morgan T, Katz DS, Daly B. Cross-sectional imaging of thoracic and abdominal complications of cerebrospinal fluid shunt catheters. Emerg Radiol. 2016 Apr; 23(2):117-25.
Morgan TA, Feldstein VA. In Utero Diagnosis of Unilateral Bronchial Atresia: One Pathologically Proven and 2 Presumed Cases With Similar Sonographic Findings at Presentation. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Aug; 34(8):1501-7.
Weinstein S, Morgan T, Poder L, Shin L, Jeffrey RB, Aslam R, Yee J. Value of Intraoperative Sonography in Pancreatic Surgery. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Jul; 34(7):1307-18.
Morgan TA, Helibrun ME, Kahn CE. Reporting initiative of the Radiological Society of North America: progress and new directions. Radiology. 2014 Dec; 273(3):642-5.
Morgan TA, Rabban JT, Filly RA. Testicular malakoplakia: a rare sonographic mimic of malignancy. J Clin Ultrasound. 2015 Mar; 43(3):199-202.
Chen JJ, Juluru K, Morgan T, Moffitt R, Siddiqui KM, Siegel EL. Implications of surface-rendered facial CT images in patient privacy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun; 202(6):1267-71.
Morgan TA, Avrin DE, Carr CD, Dreyer KJ, Flanders AE, Khorasani R, Langlotz CP, Arenson RL. Meaningful use for radiology: current status and future directions. Radiology. 2013 Nov; 269(2):318-21.
Yee J, Weinstein S, Morgan T, Alore P, Aslam R. Advances in CT Colonography for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. J Cancer. 2013; 4(3):200-9.
Mazura JC, Juluru K, Chen JJ, Morgan TA, John M, Siegel EL. Facial recognition software success rates for the identification of 3D surface reconstructed facial images: implications for patient privacy and security. J Digit Imaging. 2012 Jun; 25(3):347-51.
Morgan TA, Flanders AE, Olmsted WW, Steenburg SD, Siegel EL. Challenges encountered and lessons learned in initial experience with the next generation of interactive radiology literature in RadioGraphics. Radiographics. 2012 May-Jun; 32(3):929-34.
Shah PA, Cunningham SC, Morgan TA, Daly BD. Hepatic gas: widening spectrum of causes detected at CT and US in the interventional era. Radiographics. 2011 Sep-Oct; 31(5):1403-13.
Siegel EL, Flanders AE, Morgan TA, Steenburg SD. Explore the potential next generation of interactive radiology literature in RadioGraphics. Radiographics. 2010 Jul-Aug; 30(4):849-50.
Morgan TA, Steenburg SD, Siegel EL, Mirvis SE. Acute traumatic aortic injuries: posttherapy multidetector CT findings. Radiographics. 2010 Jul-Aug; 30(4):851-67.