University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Edward A. Sickles, MD

Edward A. Sickles, MD

Professor, Department of Radiology; and Section Chief, Breast Imaging, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Edward A. Sickles, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the UCSF School of Medicine and served as Chief of the Breast Imaging Section at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for almost 30 years. Dr. Sickles is a prolific contributor to breast imaging education and the scientific literature. He has provided editorial services to 12 professional journals, has been the author or co-author of 10 books and monographs, more than 250 scientific articles, and almost 100 other scientific communications. He has presented papers at more than 250 scientific meetings and has been an invited speaker at more than 850 educational seminars and medical institutions in 43 states in the United States and in 32 foreign countries. Dr. Sickles has also served on and chaired many breast imaging committees of the American College of Radiology since 1980. In his commitment to improving the science and art of breast imaging, Dr. Sickles has also served in a leadership position in 10 other professional societies and organizations, and on over 40 committees both nationally and internationally. He is a founding member and past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and special recognitions for his dedication, service, and contributions to breast imaging, including the Gold Medal of the Society of Breast Imaging and honorary membership in four international radiological societies.

Education

Columbia University, A.B., 1961-65, Zoology, Chemistry
Cornell University Medical College, M.D., 1965-69, Medicine
Cornell Cooperating Hospitals, Intern & Resident, 1969-71, Internal Medicine
National Cancer Institute, Clinical Associate, 1971-73, Medical Oncology
University of California San Francisco, Residency 1973-75, Diagnostic Radiology
University of California San Francisco, Fellowship, 1976, Acad. trainee in Diagnostic Radiology


Professional Experience

  • January 1976-June 1976
    Clinical Instructor, Radiology, Chief, Mammography & Thermography, UCSF
  • July 1976-December 1976
    Instructor, Radiology; Chief, Mammography & Thermography, UCSF
  • January 1977-June 1978
    Assistant Professor, Radiology; Chief, Mammography & Thermography, UCSF
  • July 1978-June 1982
    Assistant Professor, Radiology; Chief, Breast Imaging Section, UCSF
  • July 1982-June 1987
    Associate Professor, Radiology; Chief, Breast Imaging Section, UCSF
  • July 1987-present
    Professor, Radiology; Chief, Breast Imaging Section, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1965
    A.B., magna cum laude, Columbia University
  • 1965
    Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University
  • 1969
    Alpha Omega Alpha, Cornell University Medical College
  • 1969
    William Mecklenburg Polk Prize for research (Cornell Univ. Med. College)
  • 1977
    Outstanding Paper Award, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
  • 1978
    Cum Laude Award (Scientific Exhibit), Radiological Society of North America
  • 1978-81
    American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Clinical Fellowship
  • 1989
    Fellow, American College of Radiology
  • 1991
    Susan G. Komen Foundation Community Service Award, San Francisco
  • 1998
    Wendell Scott Memorial Lecturer, American College of Radiology
  • 1999
    Gold Medalist, Society of Breast Imaging
  • 2000
    Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Radiology, UCSF School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Callen AL, Lobach I, Mesina O, Marcus S, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Greenwood HI. The Gambler's Fallacy in Screening Mammography. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan 02.
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  2. Lee CS, Sickles EA, Moy L. Risk Stratification for Screening Mammography: Benefits and Harms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Feb; 212(2):250-258.
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  3. Yao MM, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Lee CS. BI-RADS Category 5 Assessments at Diagnostic Breast Imaging:Outcomes Analysis Based on Lesion Descriptors. Acad Radiol. 2018 Sep 05.
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  4. Zuley ML, Nishikawa RM, Lee CS, Burnside E, Rosenberg R, Sickles EA, Berg W, Leung J, Harvey J, Sengupta D, Gur D. Linkage of the ACR National Mammography Database to the Network of State Cancer Registries: Proof of Concept Evaluation by the ACR National Mammography Database Committee. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan; 16(1):8-14.
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  5. Lee CS, Sickles EA, Burnside ES. Data-Driven Mammography Screening Practices-Reply. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Apr 01; 4(4):588-589.
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  6. Monticciolo DL, Newell MS, Moy L, Niell B, Monsees B, Sickles EA. Breast Cancer Screening in Women at Higher-Than-Average Risk: Recommendations From the ACR. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 03; 15(3 Pt A):408-414.
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  7. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Reply to Distinguishing between CISNET model results versus CISNET models. Cancer. 2018 Mar 01; 124(5):1084.
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  8. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Reply to Opportunity cost of annual screening mammography. Cancer. 2018 Mar 15; 124(6):1298-1299.
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  9. Sickles EA, Arleo EK, Monticciolo D, Monsees B, McGinty G. Less-Intensive Screening Does Not Reduce the Frequency of Overdiagnosis. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 12; 14(12):1520-1522.
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  10. Lee CS, Moy L, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Niell BL. Screening for Breast Cancer in Women Age 75 Years and Older. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):256-263.
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  11. Ray KM, Joe BN, Freimanis RI, Sickles EA, Hendrick RE. Screening Mammography in Women 40-49 Years Old: Current Evidence. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):264-270.
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  12. Lee CS, Moy L, Friedewald SM, Sickles EA, Monticciolo DL. Harmonizing Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations: Metrics and Accountability. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):241-245.
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  13. Price ER, Sickles EA, Yitta S, Brasic N, Yeh MJ, Allen IE, Joe BN. Use of the probably benign (BI-RADS category 3) assessment for masses on breast MRI: Is it transferable to general clinical practice? Breast J. 2018 03; 24(2):109-114.
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  14. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Comparison of recommendations for screening mammography using CISNET models. Cancer. 2017 Oct 01; 123(19):3673-3680.
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  15. Lee CS, Sengupta D, Bhargavan-Chatfield M, Sickles EA, Burnside ES, Zuley ML. Association of Patient Age With Outcomes of Current-Era, Large-Scale Screening Mammography: Analysis of Data From the National Mammography Database. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Aug 01; 3(8):1134-1136.
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  16. Monticciolo DL, Newell MS, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Moy L, Monsees B, Kopans DB, Eby PR, Sickles EA. Breast Cancer Screening for Average-Risk Women: Recommendations From the ACR Commission on Breast Imaging. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Sep; 14(9):1137-1143.
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  17. Miglioretti DL, Ichikawa L, Smith RA, Buist DSM, Carney PA, Geller B, Monsees B, Onega T, Rosenberg R, Sickles EA, Yankaskas BC, Kerlikowske K. Correlation Between Screening Mammography Interpretive Performance on a Test Set and Performance in Clinical Practice. Acad Radiol. 2017 10; 24(10):1256-1264.
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  18. Arleo EK, Monticciolo DL, Monsees B, McGinty G, Sickles EA. Persistent Untreated Screening-Detected Breast Cancer: An Argument Against Delaying Screening or Increasing the Interval Between Screenings. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jul; 14(7):863-867.
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  19. D'Orsi CJ, Sickles EA. 2017 Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Reports on Interpretive Performance at Screening and Diagnostic Mammography: Welcome New Data, But Not as Benchmarks for Practice. Radiology. 2017 04; 283(1):7-9.
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  20. Onega T, Smith M, Miglioretti DL, Carney PA, Geller BA, Kerlikowske K, Buist DS, Rosenberg RD, Smith RA, Sickles EA, Haneuse S, Anderson ML, Yankaskas B. Radiologist Agreement for Mammographic Recall by Case Difficulty and Finding Type. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Nov; 13(11S):e72-e79.
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