Edward A. Sickles, MD

Edward A. Sickles, MD

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

Phone: (415) 885-7465 (appts)
Box 1667, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1667

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member » Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Edward A. Sickles, MD, has previously served as Chief of the Breast Imaging Section at the University of California, San Francisco. Presently, he is a Professor Emeritus of Radiology at UCSF School of Medicine and actively a member of the Women’s Imaging Section. Dr. Sickles received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, New York in 1969, and then completed two years of internship and residency in internal medicine at Cornell University Medical College (New York Hospital - Memorial Hospital), then served for two years at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore, and then completed a diagnostic radiology residency at UCSF, followed by an academic radiology fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Sickles has presented papers at more than 250 scientific meetings, and has been invited as a speaker to over 850 educational seminars in 43 states in the United States and 32 foreign countries.  Dr. Sickles continues to serve as a member to many breast imaging committees, and most recently, he chaired the American College of Radiology (ACR) National Mammography Database Committee and the ACR Committee that produced the mammography and auditing portions of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS).

As a prolific contributor to breast imaging education and scientific literature, Dr. Sickles has authored and co-authored 10 books and monographs, more than 260 scientific articles, and almost 100 other scientific communications.

Dr. Sickles is 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.


Breast Imaging


Breast imaging

Professional Interests:

Breast imaging, breast cancer, mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound

Education and Training:

• Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York

• Internship: Cornell Cooperating Hospitals, New York Hospital - Memorial Hospital - Medicine

• Residency: Cornell Cooperating Hospitals, New York Hospital - Memorial Hospital, New York - Medicine

• Residency: University of California, San Francisco - Diagnostic Radiology

• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Diagnostic Radiology


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. Patient and Radiologist Characteristics Associated With Accuracy of Two Types of Diagnostic Mammograms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Aug; 205(2):456-63.
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  2. The Potential Impact of Risk-Based Screening Mammography in Women 40-49 Years Old. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Dec; 205(6):1360-4.
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  3. Suspicious Findings at Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Occult to Conventional Digital Mammography: Imaging Features and Pathology Findings. Breast J. 2015 Sep; 21(5):538-42.
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  4. Criteria for identifying radiologists with acceptable screening mammography interpretive performance on basis of multiple performance measures. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Apr; 204(4):W486-91.
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  5. The developing asymmetry: revisiting a perceptual and diagnostic challenge. Radiology. 2015 Mar; 274(3):642-51.
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  6. The evolution of breast imaging: past to present. Radiology. 2014 Nov; 273(2 Suppl):S23-44.
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  7. Predicting invasive breast cancer versus DCIS in different age groups. BMC Cancer. 2014; 14:584.
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  8. How should screening breast US be audited? The BI-RADS perspective. Radiology. 2014 Aug; 272(2):316-20.
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  9. Effect of radiologists' diagnostic work-up volume on interpretive performance. Radiology. 2014 Nov; 273(2):351-64.
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  10. Educational interventions to improve screening mammography interpretation: a randomized controlled trial. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun; 202(6):W586-96.
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  11. Response. Radiology. 2014 Jun; 271(3):927-8.
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  12. Feasibility and acceptability of conducting a randomized clinical trial designed to improve interpretation of screening mammography. Acad Radiol. 2013 Nov; 20(11):1389-98.
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  13. The California breast density information group: a collaborative response to the issues of breast density, breast cancer risk, and breast density notification legislation. Radiology. 2013 Dec; 269(3):887-92.
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  14. Establishing a gold standard for test sets: variation in interpretive agreement of expert mammographers. Acad Radiol. 2013 Jun; 20(6):731-9.
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  15. Response. Radiology. 2013 Jun; 267(3):968.
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  16. Response. Radiology. 2013 May; 267(2):658-9.
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  17. Density and breast cancer risk. Radiology. 2013 May; 267(2):657-8.
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  18. Large rodlike calcifications at mammography: analysis of morphologic features. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Feb; 200(2):299-303.
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  19. Response. Radiology. 2013 Feb; 266(2):685-6.
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  20. Diagnostic mammography: identifying minimally acceptable interpretive performance criteria. Radiology. 2013 May; 267(2):359-67.
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