Department of Radiology

Urvi Vyas Shares her work in MRgFUS with Vice President Joe Biden

urvi-vyas-joe-biden.jpgVice President Joe Biden delighted attendees with a visit to the 4th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound in Bethesda, MD. Our very own Urvi Vyas, PhD, a research associate in Dr. Kim Butts Pauly's lab, spent a good 5 minutes discussing transcranial MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. Her abstract was, "Acoustic Simulations of tcMRgFUS in Patient Specific Models: Validation with Experiments".

Read the Focused Ultrasound Foundation announcement
Visit the Focused Ultrasound Foundation Web site

2014 Canary Challenge was a Huge Success!!

The 2014 Canary Challenge bike ride surpassed it's goal to raise $1 million to support the important cause of cancer early detection!

"'We’re so happy to see the growth of the fundraiser and dedication from our repeat riders and sponsors over the years,' says Don Listwin, founder of Canary Foundation. 'We’ve created some cycling routes that highlight the best road riding that the Peninsula has to offer, along with distances for everyone, from the 5k to 100 miles.' The ride also has rest stops with gourmet food and espresso.

The Canary Challenge featured over 1000 riders, 108 teams, and nearly 200 volunteers. Many riders have a personal reason for riding in the Canary Challenge and many have been touched by cancer in their lives. Participants understand that early detection offers more opportunity to treat and overcome cancer. Canary Challenge participants on average, fundraise over $1200 each, though the fundraising minimum for individuals is $400." - Emily Smith, Canary Foundation.

Read the Canary Foundation Blog entry
View Action Photos from the Canary Challenge
View Photos from the Canary Challenge Photo Booth

Canary Challenge Fundraiser Sept 27th: Funds raised directly support the Stanford Department of Radiology

2014 Canary Challenge logoDon’t forget about the exciting opportunity to help raise funds for research in the Radiology Department through the Canary Challenge bike ride on September 27th and to support the important cause of cancer early detection. The Canary Challenge is a fundraiser sponsored by the Canary Foundation and the Radiology Department with proceeds benefiting the Radiology Department and the Canary Center at Stanford.

This year's ride promises to be even better than last year with a new start location at HP headquarters next to the Stanford Technology and Innovation Park. The event offers options for every level of participation including bike rides at 50 km, 75 km, 75 miles and 100 miles, a 5K walk/run/family bike, and also volunteer opportunities.

Teams are encouraged for this ride so please join one of the many Radiology department teams or start your own with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you at the finish line and celebrating another great fundraiser with live music, great food, and entertainment.

Please visit to sign up and to obtain more information.

If you cannot participate but would like to make a donation please go to and click donate or search for your favorite team and donate directly to them.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Bree Mitchell, the Deputy Director for the Canary Center at Stanford.

Dr. Larson Received RSNA Honored Educator Award

david-larson.jpgDavid Larson, MD has earned a 2014 RSNA Honored Educator Award. The RSNA Honored Educator Award is awarded to select individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to radiology education through the RSNA. The award serves as a benchmark of academic productivity in support of a meaningful and successful radiology career.

Congratulations, Dr. Larson!

2014 Stanford Radiology ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Photo of Dr Gambhir's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Chair of Radiology at Stanford University, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, accepted the challenge from Stanford Neuroradiology Fellow, Ram Srinivasan, and in turn challenged all the Vice Chairs, Associate Chairs & Section Chiefs of Radiology at Stanford University.

Let the Ice Bucket Challenge begin!

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD [view video]
Richard Barth, MD [view video]
Garry Gold, MD [view video]
Lawrence "Rusty" Hofmann, MD [view video]
Susan Kopiwoda [view video]
David Larson, MD [view video]
Ann Leung, MD [view video]
Jake Mickelsen [view video]
Kim Butts Pauly, PhD [view video]
Sylvia Plevritis, PhD [view video]
Andrew Quon, MD [view video]
Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD [view video]

Dan Feng Awarded TRAM Grant

Photo of Dan FengDan Feng, a Stanford medical student in the Daldrup-Link lab has been awarded a Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM) Program grant for her research proposal, "Evaluate Safety of Ferumoxytol for MR Imaging in Children and Young Adults".

TRAM was established to provide an infrastructure to rapidly translate novel genomic/proteomic, nanoscale and imaging research discoveries from the laboratory to the clinic and facilitate bench-to-bedside development of cellular therapies.

Congratulations, Dan!

Stanford Partnered with Duke and Google X on a New "Baseline Study" to Better Understand Human Health

Stanford has partnered with Duke and Google X on a new "baseline study” to better understand human health. This study will monitor the progression from health to disease and will be the largest study of its kind to look at many different biomarkers over time in a large number of subjects. It should eventually markedly impact the earlier detection of disease as well as our understanding of human health.

Please visit the links below to learn more about the details of this study:

Also, listen to Dr. Sam Gambhir on Science Friday (National Public Radio) as he discusses the baseline study.

Summer Interns Among 15 Global Finalists in Google Science Fair

Photo of Daniela Lee Photo of Sadhika MalladiDaniela Lee and Sadhika Malladi, high school students and Summer interns mentored by Daniel Rubin, MD, MS, are among 15 GLOBAL FINALISTS out of thousands of entries in the 2014 Google Science Fair for their project, "The Non-invasive Search for Optimal Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatment". In their project, they "strive to create a model that can accurately predict triple negative breast cancer's treatment response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy using a special type of MRI scans."

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. In addition to being Global Finalists, their project will be automatically included in the Voters Choice Award decided by public vote. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant from Google to help develop their project. Voting will begin on September 1, 2014 via the website.

Congratulations and good luck!

Read more about their project

Vote now!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Jeremy Dahl, PhD

Photo of Jeremy DahlWe are delighted to announce that Jeremy Dahl, Ph.D., has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Radiology, effective August 1, 2014. He will be a research faculty member of both Pediatric Radiology and Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL). His labs and office will be located at the Technology & Innovation Park (TNI) at Porter Drive.

Dr. Dahl was most recently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, a position he has held since 2007. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Duke in 2004. Dr. Dahl’s research interest is in diagnostic ultrasound imaging. He is PI on two active NIH R01 grants and was Co-PI on a Coulter Foundation grant and PI on an NIH R21. He will be applying his unique knowledge to build bridges between the basis sciences and clinical pediatric imaging, as well as other areas of biomedical imaging (e.g., abdominal imaging, molecular imaging).

We welcome Dr. Dahl to our Department and to the Stanford family!

Max Wintermark, MD, Appointed as New Section Chief of Neuroradiology

Photo of Max WintermarkDr. Max Wintermark has been appointed as Professor of Radiology and section chief of Neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology at Stanford School of Medicine, effective August 1, 2014.

Dr. Wintermark comes from the University of Virginia where he served as the section chief of Neuroradiology. He originally trained in Lausanne, Switzerland and then at UCSF. As the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books and 50 book chapters, he is internationally recognized for his work in cerebrovascular disorders and for MR-guided focused ultrasound. He serves in numerous leadership positions at the American Society of Neuroradiology and the American College of Radiology.

Special thanks to Dr. Nancy Fischbein who has been serving as acting section chief of Neuroradiology and doing a truly terrific job.

We welcome Dr. Wintermark to the Stanford family.

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