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, 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.

Expertise:

Breast Imaging

Specialty:

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

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. 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. 2017 Aug 27.
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  2. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Comparison of recommendations for screening mammography using CISNET models. Cancer. 2017 Aug 21.
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 Apr; 283(1):7-9.
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  7. 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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  8. Hayward JH, Ray KM, Wisner DJ, Kornak J, Lin W, Joe BN, Sickles EA. Improving Screening Mammography Outcomes Through Comparison With Multiple Prior Mammograms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jul 6; 1-7.
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  9. Nayak L, Miyake KK, Leung JW, Price ER, Liu YI, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Thomas WR, Lipson JA, Daniel BL, Hargreaves J, Brenner RJ, Bassett LW, Ojeda-Fournier H, Lindfors KK, Feig SA, Ikeda DM. Impact of Breast Density Legislation on Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Supplemental Screening: A Survey of 110 Radiology Facilities. Breast J. 2016 Sep; 22(5):493-500.
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  10. Burnside ES, Sickles EA, Duffy SW. A Pragmatic Approach to Determine Components of Optimal Screening Mammography Practice. JAMA. 2016 May 10; 315(18):1951-3.
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  11. Lee CS, Bhargavan-Chatfield M, Burnside ES, Nagy P, Sickles EA. The National Mammography Database: Preliminary Data. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Apr; 206(4):883-90.
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  12. Jackson SL, Abraham L, Miglioretti DL, Buist DS, Kerlikowske K, Onega T, Carney PA, Sickles EA, Elmore JG. 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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  13. Price ER, Keedy AW, Gidwaney R, Sickles EA, Joe BN. 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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  14. Ray KM, Turner E, Sickles EA, Joe BN. Suspicious Findings at Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Occult to Conventional Digital Mammography: Imaging Features and Pathology Findings. Breast J. 2015 Sep-Oct; 21(5):538-42.
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  15. Miglioretti DL, Ichikawa L, Smith RA, Bassett LW, Feig SA, Monsees B, Parikh JR, Rosenberg RD, Sickles EA, Carney PA. 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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  16. Price ER, Joe BN, Sickles EA. The developing asymmetry: revisiting a perceptual and diagnostic challenge. Radiology. 2015 Mar; 274(3):642-51.
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  17. Joe BN, Sickles EA. The evolution of breast imaging: past to present. Radiology. 2014 Nov; 273(2 Suppl):S23-44.
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  18. Ayvaci MU, Alagoz O, Chhatwal J, Munoz del Rio A, Sickles EA, Nassif H, Kerlikowske K, Burnside ES. Predicting invasive breast cancer versus DCIS in different age groups. BMC Cancer. 2014; 14:584.
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  19. Sickles EA, D'Orsi CJ. How should screening breast US be audited? The BI-RADS perspective. Radiology. 2014 Aug; 272(2):316-20.
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  20. Buist DS, Anderson ML, Smith RA, Carney PA, Miglioretti DL, Monsees BS, Sickles EA, Taplin SH, Geller BM, Yankaskas BC, Onega TL. Effect of radiologists' diagnostic work-up volume on interpretive performance. Radiology. 2014 Nov; 273(2):351-64.
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