Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD


Professor in Residence, Departments of Radiology, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-2573 (appts)
Box 1667, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1667

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Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, B.S.E., 1985, Architecture/Engineering
Columbia University, New York, NY, 7/85-6/86, Pre-Medical Program
University of California, San Francisco, CA, M.D., 1991, Medicine

Professional Experience

  • 1986-1987
    Research Assistant, Radiology and General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 1991-1992
    Intern, Department of Pathology, UCSF
  • 1992-1996
    Resident, Department of Radiology, UCSF
  • 1996-1997
    Clinical Instructor, Ultrasound, Department of Radiology, UCSF
  • 1996-1998
    Fellow, Women's Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Medicine, UCSF
  • 1998-2000
    Asst. Adjunct Professor of Radiology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
  • 1998-2000
    Asst. Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
  • 1999-2000
    Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Environmental and Preventive Medicine, Wolfson Institute, St. Bartholowmew's and The Royal London School of Medicine
  • 2000-current
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
  • 2000-current
    Director, Radiology Outcomes Research Lab
  • 2003-current
    Associate Professor in Residence, Radiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1985
    Cum laude, Princeton University
  • 1985
    Senior Thesis Prize, Princeton University
  • 1988
    Student Summer Research Fellowship, Institute for Health Policy, UCSF
  • 1999, 2000
    Radiologic Society of North America Nycomed Amersham Fellow

Selected Publications

  1. Hubbard RA, Benjamin-Johnson R, Onega T, Smith-Bindman R, Zhu W, Fenton JJ. Classification accuracy of claims-based methods for identifying providers failing to meet performance targets. Stat Med. 2015 Jan 15; 34(1):93-105.
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  2. Smith-Bindman R, Aubin C, Bailitz J, Bengiamin RN, Camargo CA, Corbo J, Dean AJ, Goldstein RB, Griffey RT, Jay GD, Kang TL, Kriesel DR, Ma OJ, Mallin M, Manson W, Melnikow J, Miglioretti DL, Miller SK, Mills LD, Miner JR, Moghadassi M, Noble VE, Press GM, Stoller ML, Valencia VE, Wang J, Wang RC, Cummings SR. Ultrasonography versus Computed Tomography for Suspected Nephrolithiasis. N Engl J Med. 2014 Sep 18; 371(12):1100-10.
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  3. Fenton JJ, Zhu W, Balch S, Smith-Bindman R, Fishman P, Hubbard RA. Distinguishing screening from diagnostic mammograms using medicare claims data. Med Care. 2014 Jul; 52(7):e44-51.
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  4. Smith-Bindman R. Author's Reply. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Jul; 11(7):746-7.
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  5. Smith-Bindman R. Clinical decision making in patients with thyroid nodules-reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):1006.
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  6. Valencia V, Moghadassi M, Kriesel DR, Cummings S, Smith-Bindman R. Study of Tomography Of Nephrolithiasis Evaluation (STONE): Methodology, approach and rationale. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 May; 38(1):92-101.
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  7. Wilson N, Valencia V, Smith-Bindman R. Virtual Meetings: Improving Impact and Accessibility of CME. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):231-2.
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  8. Smith-Bindman R, Boone JM. Introduction to the Special Issue: Radiation Dose Optimization-Improving the Safety of CT. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):229-30.
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  9. Lee CS, Reinhardt EB, Smith-Bindman R. CTSim: An Interactive Computer Simulation to Learn the Fundamentals of CT Dose Optimization. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):255-6.
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  10. Keegan J, Miglioretti DL, Gould R, Donnelly LF, Wilson ND, Smith-Bindman R. Radiation Dose Metrics in CT: Assessing Dose Using the National Quality Forum CT Patient Safety Measure. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):309-15.
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  11. Miglioretti DL, Zhang Y, Johnson E, Lee C, Morin RL, Vanneman N, Smith-Bindman R. Personalized Technologist Dose Audit Feedback for Reducing Patient Radiation Exposure From CT. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):300-8.
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  12. Smith-Bindman R, Lebda P, Feldstein VA, Sellami D, Goldstein RB, Brasic N, Jin C, Kornak J. Risk of thyroid cancer based on thyroid ultrasound imaging characteristics: results of a population-based study. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Oct 28; 173(19):1788-96.
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  13. Miglioretti DL, Johnson E, Williams A, Greenlee RT, Weinmann S, Solberg LI, Feigelson HS, Roblin D, Flynn MJ, Vanneman N, Smith-Bindman R. The use of computed tomography in pediatrics and the associated radiation exposure and estimated cancer risk. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Aug 1; 167(8):700-7.
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  14. Fazel R, Curtis J, Wang Y, Einstein AJ, Smith-Bindman R, Tsai TT, Chen J, Shah ND, Krumholz HM, Nallamothu BK. Determinants of fluoroscopy time for invasive coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the NCDR(®). Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Dec 1; 82(7):1091-105.
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  15. Smith-Bindman R. Environmental causes of breast cancer and radiation from medical imaging: findings from the Institute of Medicine report. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jul 9; 172(13):1023-7.
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  16. Smith-Bindman R, Miglioretti DL, Johnson E, Lee C, Feigelson HS, Flynn M, Greenlee RT, Kruger RL, Hornbrook MC, Roblin D, Solberg LI, Vanneman N, Weinmann S, Williams AE. Use of diagnostic imaging studies and associated radiation exposure for patients enrolled in large integrated health care systems, 1996-2010. JAMA. 2012 Jun 13; 307(22):2400-9.
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  17. Bach PB, Mirkin JN, Oliver TK, Azzoli CG, Berry DA, Brawley OW, Byers T, Colditz GA, Gould MK, Jett JR, Sabichi AL, Smith-Bindman R, Wood DE, Qaseem A, Detterbeck FC. Benefits and harms of CT screening for lung cancer: a systematic review. JAMA. 2012 Jun 13; 307(22):2418-29.
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  18. Fenton JJ, Zhu W, Balch S, Smith-Bindman R, Lindfors KK, Hubbard RA. External validation of Medicare claims codes for digital mammography and computer-aided detection. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Aug; 21(8):1344-7.
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  19. Goldman LE, Walker R, Miglioretti DL, Smith-Bindman R, Kerlikowske AK. Facility characteristics do not explain higher false-positive rates in diagnostic mammography at facilities serving vulnerable women. Med Care. 2012 Mar; 50(3):210-6.
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  20. Smith-Bindman R, Miglioretti DL. CTDIvol, DLP, and effective dose are excellent measures for use in CT quality improvement. Radiology. 2011 Dec; 261(3):999; author reply 999-1000.
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