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Service, Leadership & Unique Opportunities


UC San Diego RAD-AID Chapter: Residents are involved in both international outreach programs as well as local outreach programs to help improve radiology access in underserved populations.

UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project: The radiology department provides free ultrasound examinations during this medical-student run free clinic on the first Wednesday of every month. This provides an additional opportunity to teach medical students while serving the community.

Health4TheWorld: Residents are involved in radiology education across the globe by giving lectures to audiences spanning 80 countries.

Local Community Service: Residents and faculty volunteer at numerous local charities and organizations throughout the year, such as the San Diego Food Bank, and Father Joe's Villages for people struggling with homelessness.


Resident doing presentation

Our current radiology residents participate in numerous radiology department, UC San Diego, state, and national committees and councils including:


  • UCSD Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), IR Representative
  • UCSD Resident Physician Council (RPC), IR Representative
  • UCSD Radiology Residency Wellness Committee, Committee Members
  • UCSD Health4TheWorld Chapter, Resident Representatives
  • UCSD RAD-AID Chapter, Resident Representative
  • San Diego Radiological Society and California Radiological Society, Representatives of the Resident and Fellow Executive Board


  • RSNA Radiology, Resident Representative
  • RSNA Machine Learning Steering Committee, Committee Member
  • RSNA Case Collection, Resident Representative
  • SIR RFS Vascular Service Line Subcommittee Co-Chairs
  • SIR Residency Essentials Module Development Committee, Committee Member
  • SNMMI Resident Committee, Committee Member
  • ACR Radiology Advocacy Network

Diversity in RadiologyWomen in Radiology holiday party

Women in Radiology: The Women in Radiology Group at UC San Diego Radiology was established by the residents and faculty to provide camaraderie and informal mentorship for female medical students, trainees and faculty. The group strives to strengthen discussion, improve collaboration and create a sense of community among women radiologists through social gatherings and discussions on inclusion, careers in medicine, and recruitment of more women to radiology.

RISE (Residents In Solidarity with Emerging Leaders) Program: This 12-month diversity near-peer mentorship program connects underrepresented/allied residents from Radiology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Med/Peds, and Anesthesia with UC San Diego medical students to "empower and support them throughout their clerkship and beyond."

Howard University Residency Fair: UC San Diego Radiology residents attend the Howard University School of Medicine Residency Fair, providing an opportunity to network with and provide information to a diverse group of medical students from Howard University and neighboring medical schools.

UC San Diego Radiology Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: This initiative includes outreach with local high schools with underrepresented students in medicine, teaching high school and college students from UC San Diego through hands-on ultrasound workshops through various medical career days, leading campus and specialty-wide discussions in diversity and inclusion, and conducting research projects to improve the access of quality healthcare to the local underserved community.

Faculty Awards

Award Awardee
Body Imaging Clinical Care Award Joy Liau, MD PhD
Body Imaging Clinical Teaching Award Paul Murphy, MD PhD
Body Imaging Research Award Katherine Fowler, MD
Breast Imaging
Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award
Vivian Lim, MD
Cardiothoracic Imaging
Outstanding Clinical Thoracic Faculty Award
Sharon Brouha, MD
Cardiothoracic Imaging
Research Award
Lewis Hahn, MD
Cardiothoracic Imaging
Leadership Award
Seth Kligerman, MD
Vascular Interventional Radiology
Clinical Teaching Award
Jonas Redmond, MD
Vascular Interventional Radiology
Clinical Teaching Award
Zach Bergman, MD
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Clinical Care Award
Evelyn Fliszar, MD
Musculoskeletal and ER Imaging
Clinical Teaching Award
Eddie Smitaman, MD
Clinical Service Award
Marin McDonald, MD, PhD
Research Award
Divya Bolar, MD, PhD
Research and Mentoring Award
Jiang Du, PhD
Mentoring Award
Claude Sirlin, MD
Nuclear Medicine
Lifetime Achievement Award
Carl Hoh, MD
MSK Imaging
Lifetime Achievement Award
Mini Pathria, MD
Supporting Clinical Research
Appreciation Award
Michael Middleton, MD, PhD
Whitehill Charitable Trust
Excellence in Teaching Award
Misha Horowitz, MD, PhD

Resident's Awards Selection

  • Clinical Teaching: Erik Bergman
  • Silver Spoon: Marin McDonald
  • Silver Roentgen: Edward Smitaman
  • Board Prep: Sonya Koo
  • Whitehill Prize: Misha Horowitz
  • Breast: Mohammad Eghtedari
  • Body: Meg Richman
  • Chest: Misha Horowitz
  • Interventional: Zach Berman
  • Musculoskeletal: Edward Smitaman
  • Neuro: Marin McDonald
  • Nuclear Medicine: Sonya Koo

Unique Educational Opportunities

ACTRI building

Mini-MBA for Health Sciences Faculty: This course provided by the UCSD Rady School of Management and specifically tailored for healthcare faculty is a great opportunity for residents to explore the healthcare-business-innovations space at a discounted price.

National Imaging Informatics Curriculum and Course: Residents are encouraged to take the Imaging Informatics course through RSNA. The course will be fully funded and residents will get one week off service to take the course.

UC San Diego Annual Radiology Review Course on Coronado Island: Residents will have free access to this annual ABR Core Exam review course held in Spring and attended by residents from across the country.

UC San Diego Post-Graduate Radiology Course on Coronado Island: Residents will have free access to this annual radiology course reviewing the latest and best practices in radiology. This course is held in the Fall and attended by radiologists from across the country.

Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST Program): The Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program is designed to improve the training of clinician investigators and translational researchers by providing a comprehensive, cohesive infrastructure in an environment which promotes interaction between basic scientists and clinical researchers.

Optional Rotations: Optional elective rotations are also offered at Balboa Naval Medical Center as well as electives abroad.

Annual Department Events

Incoming Resident & Fellow Welcome Party at Coronado Cays Yacht Club

Incoming Resident & Fellow Welcome Party at Coronado Cays Yacht Club


Day at the Races at Del Mar Racing

Day at the Races at Del Mar Racing


Holiday Party

holiday party


Picture Day

picture day with 3 smiling residents