December 18, 2020
#UCSFRadGrateful Gives Kudos to Faculty, Staff, and Trainees in 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging launched a gratitude campaign (#UCSFRadGrateful) posted on our social media from December 14 through 22, 2020. This campaign gives UCSF Radiology faculty, staff, and trainees the opportunity to share images and captions to give kudos and appreciation to colleagues. Follow along on Twitter (@UCSFImaging) and Facebook. #UCSFRadGrateful
A Holiday Message

Chancellor Sam Hawgood, Jane Hawgood, and the entire Chancellor’s Cabinet extend their warmest holiday wishes as 2020 comes to a close.

Hear greetings and thanks from the heads of departments, schools, and our own Dr. Sharmila Majumdar. 

New Scan Finds Prostate Cancer Cells Hiding in the Body

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a test that can locate prostate cancer cells wherever they are. Exuberant cancer specialists said the test would alter treatment for patients nationwide. Read the article.

Learn more about PSMA PET.

Dr. Thomas Hope's mentee, Vadim Koshkin, MD, was named the 2020 Peter & Laurie Grauer - a Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Young Investigator Award Winner for project title: Using CDK4/6 Inhibition to Augment PSMA Expression in Advanced Prostate Cancer and Enhance Clinical Responses to PSMA-Targeted Radioligand Therapy.
Neuroimaging Manifestations in Children with SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Camilla Lindan, MD is the first author in a Lancet Child and Adolescent article highlighting "Neuroimaging Manifestations in Children with SARS-CoV-2 infection".
Bhavya Rehani, MD was one of the top influencers of #RSNA20 on Twitter during the week of the RSNA 2020 annual conference that was held virtually this year.

Dr. Bhavya Rehani was recently interviewed for Diagnostic Imaging on 4 Pillars to Building Radiology’s Better Future. Watch the interview.
Dr. Olga Tymofiyeva Presents TEDx Talk on Adolescent Brain

Olga Tymofiyeva, PhD gave a TEDx talk at Lowell High School, San Francisco on Nov. 28, 2020, that discussed how she uses MRI in her daily work as a neurological researcher to study the brain, especially those of teenagers. Her talk titled "Imaging the Brain for Precision Mental Healthexplored how MRI sequences can be applied in preventing mental health disorders from developing and how we can improve the treatment of mental illnesses on a personal level, based on each person's brain structure.
UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach 10-Year Anniversary Video

Matt Bucknor, MD and Kimberly Kallianos, MD appear in UCSF Office of Diversity and Inclusion Video.
Awards and Honors
Sandria Wong, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Coordinator, was awarded the Cathy Garzio Award 2020 as the outstanding UCSF Radiology campus staff employee.
Gloria Gamit, Administrative Assistant, was awarded the Richard Sollitto, MD Award 2020 as the outstanding UCSF Health Radiology staff employee.
Abraham Carillo, RT, Principal Radiologic Technologist, was awarded the Lanna Lee, RT Award 2020 as the outstanding UCSF Health Radiology technologist.
UCSF Radiology Residents Shine at RSNA 2020
UCSF Radiology Residents at RSNA20. Top (L-R): Evan Calabrese, MD, PhD; Maggie Chung, MD; Brian Trinh, MD; Jeannette Mathieu, MD; Karl Grunseich, MD; Kevin Sweetwood, MD. Bottom (L-R): Justin Remer, MD; Michael Khanjyan, MD; Ethan Speir, MD; Andrew Fenster, MD; Yan Li, MD, PhD; Emmanuel Carrodeguas, MD
In 2020, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) held their annual meeting completely virtually. One of the positives of this was that registration was free for all RSNA members. Since RSNA membership is free for all radiology residents, medical students, and fellows, many radiology residents across the world who have not been able to travel to Chicago were able to tune in virtually. Radiology residents at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging had a strong presence at this year’s annual meeting.
Department Update
Department Annual Holiday Party Highlights

Thank you for joining us yesterday at the department’s virtual annual holiday party. Attendees shared their thoughts of gratitude for the past year and looked to the future in these word clouds created at the party. If you missed the event, you can view the recording.
What were you most grateful for in 2020?
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Farewell Maureen Kohi, MD, FSIR, FAHA

We celebrated Dr. Maureen Kohi's accomplishments and wished her well in her new role at the University of North Carolina on Dec. 8, 2020. Here's a highlight of the gathering.
Radiology CME

Radiology had their first live virtual CME course, Thoracic Imaging, on December 12-13, 2020. Stay tuned here for more virtual CME to come in 2021.
Research Initiative to Promote Diversity in Radiology (RIDR Program) - Application Open

The RIDR program provides an opportunity for high school, college, and medical students to participate in basic science, translational, or clinical radiology research projects. The program supports the establishment of a relationship between a student and a talented and successful faculty researcher within the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. Students will spend 8 weeks during the summer working with a faculty mentor on a research project. The application deadline is January 25, 2021. Apply here.
Grand Rounds: "Bias Breaks for Residency Admissions Committees" recording is available

If you missed Dec. 9, 2020, Dr. Sunny Nakae's lecture on "Bias Breaks for Residency Admissions Committees", watch the recording here.
Our People
Congratulations to chief resident Evan Calabrese, MD, PhD and Kimberly Calabrese on the arrival of their twins (left) Cameron and (right) Samantha Calabrese.
November Kudos Recipients

  • Jammie Aguilar
  • Carrie Cheung
  • Mark Montgomery
  • Raquel Strauss

Radiology Campus Staff and faculty that have gone that "extra mile" outside of their daily job responsibilities are eligible for a KUDOS award. We encourage all faculty and campus staff to continue to express your appreciation to your fellow campus staff and radiology coworkers by utilizing our enhanced Kudos Award Program! Submit nomination to

DEA License Renewals

AS UCSF employees, our doctors qualify for an exemption from DEA license fees. When you need to renew, use the online application, select government employee, and list Dr. Hess as the certifying official. 

Christopher P. Hess, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
phone: 415-476-1537
One Medical Membership
If you would like to use One Medical as your primary care provider, you qualify for free membership as a UCSF employee benefit. (Normal cost is $199 per year.) Click here to start your sponsored membership. The activation code is UCXOMG.
Patient Comments
Each month we share a few recent patient comments. They reflect positively on UCSF Radiology's strong focus on excellence in patient care. Thank you to our providers!

  • This was an excellent experience. I was concerned about the entire process as I am older and have not left my home very often since March. I was very comfortable and felt safe. Good job UCSF. – Radiology Mammography, PCMB

  • The entire experience gave me the impression that I could trust the staff to be sensitive and understanding to all of my needs. I was taken care of as a person, not based on any preconceived stereotypes. Thank you for all you do. – Radiology Mammography, Montgomery St.

  • I liked that there was COVID screening, people were asked to use hand sanitizer, surgical masks were provided, chairs were blocked off to encourage social distancing, elevator maximum occupancies and footmarks were clearly labeled, plastic screens placed at counters, the staff was washing hands. It made me feel confident in the staff and safe in being there in person. – Radiology Ultrasound, Parnassus

  • My appointment was originally in the late afternoon, but my doctor's visit was in the morning. I checked with the CT scan registration desk if an earlier appointment was available, she checked with the team leader in charge, and I was being treated immediately! Great service and a great technician. – Radiology CT, Mission Bay
UCSF Updates
Bay Area Stay-at-Home Order
Friday, Dec. 4 announcement by Bay Area health officers to implement the State’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order starting on Sun., Dec. 6, 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021 in San Francisco, will have minimal impact on UCSF’s operations, including research, which continues to operate at reduced density due to the pandemic. Read more.
UCSF's Commitment to Preserving Jobs During the Pandemic
As announced by Chancellor Hawgood, after receiving feedback from the campuses, UC President Michael Drake announced a program to help the UC system preserve jobs and avoid COVID-19-related layoffs where possible. The program offers the campuses the flexibility to use a combination of options, including furloughs and curtailment, to achieve this systemwide goal.  Because of the steps, UCSF has already taken to steward our resources this year, we do not need to implement furloughs or a UCSF-wide mandatory curtailment at this time. Read more.
Holiday Travel and Testing Policy Reminder
UCSF strongly recommends that members of our community avoid all non-essential personal travel during the holiday season in order to help curb the concerning acceleration of infection. Anyone who must travel is advised to follow UCSF’s travel guidance. UCSF offers asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to those returning from travel or concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure. Updated information about how to get tested is available on the UCSF COVID-19 testing webpage.
Founders Day Chancellor Award Nominations Open January 4 February 17
Eligibility requirements, award criteria, and 2021 forms are available online to nominate and support UCSF colleagues and co-workers for the following awards:
Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program
All qualified early-stage research scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with a research focus on substance use are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Weds., Dec. 30, 2020.
Step It Up Challenge
Congratulations to Corby Dale of the MEGalomaniacs Team for winning Week 4 of the Weekly Challenge Goal of 200 points.
Give the Gift of Theater: Broadway SF Discounts
Purchase a gift card now through December 31, 2020, and you'll receive an exclusive promo code that will save you up to 25% on single ticket purchase. Single tickets will go on sale in early 2021. For a complete lineup of current events, visit Broadway SF.
Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Discount
Columbia Employee Store is open to the UCSF community offering an exclusive employee discount. Items are marked with employee prices of 4050% below regular retail pricing. More information.
Winter Holidays: December 24, 25, 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021
Radiology Events
Tues., Dec. 22, 2020 – Chemistry, Probes, and Molecular Therapy (CPMT) Lecture: Opportunities and Directions in Cancer Metabolism Research Enabled by Quantitative Imaging. Speaker, Henry Charles Manning, PhD. Zoom information.
Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 to Fri., Jan. 15, 2021 Live Virtual Annual Radiology Review CME Course. More information.
Thurs., Jan. 19, 2021 – DATE CHANGED! Residents' Visiting Professor Lecture. Speaker, Erik Mittra, MD, PhD. More information.
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2021 – Dr. Earl Miller Memorial Lecture: 'Imaging of the Rectal Cancer Patient: Initial Stage MR'. Speaker, David Kim, MD. More information.
Tues., Jan. 26, 2021 – UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging State of the Department Address. Speaker, Christopher Hess, MD, PhD. More information.
View more Events
UCSF Events
Fri., Dec. 18, 2021 Drag Show @ UCSF: 2020 APOCA-LIPSTICK. More information.
Did You Know?
Lanna Lee's daughter, Svetlana Lee and family December 2007
Did You Know the History of the Lanna Lee Award?

Lanna Lee, RT started her career as an x-ray technologist at Moffitt in the late ’70s. She later specialized in Mammography when Dr. Edward Sickles established the mammography practice at outpatient ACC. Those were the pioneering days before the Mammography Quality Standards Act became law. Lanna had a strong work ethic and knew how to deal with workday challenges. She was well-liked by her co-workers and she was an excellent teacher to new technologists and students. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was always an organizer for the department potluck. Lanna was a recent widow, had three children, and lived in Alameda. On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck northern California. Lanna Lee and her fellow UCSF vanpool riders perished as their van fell from the upper freeway of the Cypress structure.  Fortunately, her sister raised her three children. Her oldest is Svetlana, who graduated with a law degree from USF, one son died of osteosarcoma, and the other son studied Forestry at Humboldt State University. There is a tree planted at Moffitt Circle commemorating Lanna and her vanpool riders who passed away. Lanna’s sister and family have regularly enjoyed attending the Holiday party as a tradition and tribute to Lanna. 
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