Benjamin M. Yeh, MD

Benjamin M. Yeh, MD

Professor, Abdominal Imaging, Department of Radiology, UCSF; Assistant Chief of Radiology, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Phone: (415) 514-9318 (voice)
Box 0628, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0628

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Research Summary

Benjamin M. Yeh, MD, is a Professor in the Abdominal Imaging Section in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, and completed a residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging at UCSF.

Dr. Yeh directs the Contrast and CT Research lab at UCSF which explores novel contrast-enhanced imaging techniques for CT, dual energy CT, and MR imaging. Ongoing projects include the development and testing of novel contrast materials, fibrosis imaging, assessment of contrast material distribution in healthy and diseased tissues, and oncologic imaging. This research group is recognized nationally for mentoring of numerous medical students, residents, and fellows, including five Howard Hughes Medical Student research fellows.


Abdominal Imaging, Adult


Abdominopelvic CT and MRI, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary radiology

Professional Interests:

Development of novel applications for CT and MR imaging, contrast material development for CT and MR imaging, advanced hepatobiliary imaging, Large and small bowel imaging, patient-specific image protocol development

Education and Training:

• Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina

• Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

• Residency: University of California, San Francisco

• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Abdominal Imaging

• Board Certification: Certificate of Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology


Harvard College, AB, 1988-1992, Biochemistry
Duke University Medical School, MD, 1992-1996, Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston, 1996-1997, Medicine Internship
UCSF, Department of Radiology, 1997-2001, Radiology Residency
UCSF, Department of Radiology, 2001-2002, Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

Professional Experience

  • 2002-2007
    Assistant Professor, Abdominal Imaging, UCSF Dept. of Radiology
  • 2007-2011
    Associate Professor, Abdominal Imaging, UCSF Dept. of Radiology
  • 2006-2010
    Vice-Chair, American College of Radiology Imaging Network, Abdominal Imaging committee
  • 2007-2010
    Co-director, MR and CT Contrast Media Development Specialized Resource Group, UCSF Dept of Radiology. This group comprised three laboratories at UCSF and met monthly to explore means to develop new contrast materials and applications for MR and CT imaging.
  • 2008-2011
    Chair, Radiological Society of North America Scientific Program Gastrointestinal Subcommittee
  • 2009-present
    Assistant Chief of Radiology, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • July 2011-
    Professor, Abdominal Imaging, UCSF Dept. of Radiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1995
    Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 2001
    Margulis Society Excellence in Research Award, UCSF Dept. of Radiology
  • 2002
    Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award, UCSF Dept. of Radiology
  • 2005
    UCSF Department of Radiology Hideo Minagi Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2006
    RSNA Trainee Prize for GU Radiology, Resident ZJ Wang, MD. Role: Primary mentor
  • 2007
    RSNA Trainee Prize for GU Radiology, Fellow ZJ Wang, MD. Role: Primary mentor
  • 2007
    RSNA Trainee Prize for GI Radiology, Medical Student Lisa Chu, BA. Role: Primary mentor
  • 2008
    Mentor for Howard Hughes Research Grant for Medical Student, Lisa Chu, BA
  • 2008
    Cum laude Award, Society of Computed Body Tomography / Magnetic Resonance
  • 2008
    Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2009
    Mentor for Howard Hughes Research Grant for Medical Student, Rahi Kumar, BA
  • 2009
    Hounsfield Award, Society of Computed Body Tomography / Magnetic Resonance for best CT paper
  • 2010
    Mentor for Howard Hughes Research Grant for Vanja Varenika, BA & Miguel Cabarrus, BA(RSNA Trainee Prizes are for the single best paper by a trainee in that scientific category at the Radiological Society of North America, the largest annual meeting for the Radiology specialty)
  • 2011
    Society of Gastroenterologists Visiting Professor Award
  • 2011
    Mentor for Howard Hughes Research Grant for Medical Student, Samira Rathnayake, BA
  • 2015
    Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award
  • 2015
    Outstanding Medical Student Mentor Award, UCSF Department of Radiology

Selected Publications

  1. Dhatt HS, Behr SC, Miracle A, Wang ZJ, Yeh BM. Radiological Evaluation of Bowel Ischemia. Radiol Clin North Am. 2015 Nov; 53(6):1241-54.
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  2. Leach JR, Elicker B, Yee J, Puppula S, Wisneski JA, Yeh BM. Clot Through the Heart: Paradoxical Embolism With Thrombus-in-Transit at Multidetector Computed Tomography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2015 Jul-Aug; 39(4):598-600.
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  3. Wu EH, Wojciechowski D, Chandran S, Yeh BM, Park M, Westphalen A, Wang ZJ. Prevalence of abdominal aortic calcifications in older living renal donors and its effect on graft function and histology. Transpl Int. 2015 Oct; 28(10):1172-8.
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  4. Kim SY, Park SH, Wu EH, Wang ZJ, Hope TA, Chang WC, Yeh BM. Transient respiratory motion artifact during arterial phase MRI with gadoxetate disodium: risk factor analyses. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Jun; 204(6):1220-7.
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  5. Hope TA, Fowler KJ, Sirlin CB, Costa EA, Yee J, Yeh BM, Heiken JP. Hepatobiliary agents and their role in LI-RADS. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Mar; 40(3):613-25.
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  6. Lambert JW, Kumar S, Chen JS, Wang ZJ, Gould RG, Yeh BM. Investigating the CT localizer radiograph: acquisition parameters, patient centring and their combined influence on radiation dose. Br J Radiol. 2015 Apr; 88(1048):20140730.
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  7. Tillack AA, Joe BN, Yeh BM, Jun SL, Kornak J, Zhao S, Deng D. Vaginal shape at resting pelvic MRI: predictor of pelvic floor weakness? Clin Imaging. 2015 Mar-Apr; 39(2):285-8.
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  8. Valenzuela DM, Behr SC, Coakley FV, Wang ZJ, Webb EM, Yeh BM. Computed tomography of iatrogenic complications of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, stenting, and intubation. Radiol Clin North Am. 2014 Sep; 52(5):1055-70.
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  9. Jha RC, Mitchell DG, Weinreb JC, Santillan CS, Yeh BM, Francois R, Sirlin CB. LI-RADS categorization of benign and likely benign findings in patients at risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a pictorial atlas. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jul; 203(1):W48-69.
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  10. Somsouk M, To'o K, Ali M, Vittinghoff E, Yeh BM, Yee J, Monto A, Inadomi JM, Aslam R. Esophageal varices on computed tomography and subsequent variceal hemorrhage. Abdom Imaging. 2014 Apr; 39(2):251-6.
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  11. Schneider JG, Wang ZJ, Wang W, Yee J, Fu Y, Yeh BM. Patient-tailored scan delay for multiphase liver CT: improved scan quality and lesion conspicuity with a novel timing bolus method. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Feb; 202(2):318-23.
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  12. Zissen MH, Wang ZJ, Yee J, Aslam R, Monto A, Yeh BM. Contrast-enhanced CT quantification of the hepatic fractional extracellular space: correlation with diffuse liver disease severity. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Dec; 201(6):1204-10.
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  13. Chu LL, Webb EM, Stengel JW, Yeh BM, Lu Y, Coakley FV. CT of acute appendicitis: can diagnostic accuracy serve as a practical performance metric for readers specialized in abdominal imaging? Clin Imaging. 2014 Jan-Feb; 38(1):56-9.
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  14. Kelley RK, Hwang J, Magbanua MJ, Watt L, Beumer JH, Christner SM, Baruchel S, Wu B, Fong L, Yeh BM, Moore AP, Ko AH, Korn WM, Rajpal S, Park JW, Tempero MA, Venook AP, Bergsland EK. A phase 1 trial of imatinib, bevacizumab, and metronomic cyclophosphamide in advanced colorectal cancer. Br J Cancer. 2013 Oct 1; 109(7):1725-34.
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  15. Wang W, Wang ZJ, Webb EM, Westphalen AC, Gross AJ, Yeh BM. Omental infarction preceded by anatomically upturned omentum. Clin Imaging. 2013 Nov-Dec; 37(6):1125-7.
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  16. Zhang LJ, Luo S, Yeh BM, Zhou CS, Tang CX, Zhao Y, Li L, Zheng L, Huang W, Lu GM. Diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR angiography at 3-T for acute pulmonary embolism detection: comparison with multidetector CT angiography. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Oct 12; 168(5):4775-83.
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  17. Penn A, Wang W, Wang ZJ, Yee J, Webb EM, Yeh BM. Demographics and frequency of the intermittently upturned omentum at CT. Eur J Radiol. 2013 Nov; 82(11):e637-40.
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  18. Mongan J, Rathnayake S, Fu Y, Gao DW, Yeh BM. Extravasated contrast material in penetrating abdominopelvic trauma: dual-contrast dual-energy CT for improved diagnosis--preliminary results in an animal model. Radiology. 2013 Sep; 268(3):738-42.
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  19. Keedy AW, Breiman RS, Webb EM, Roberts JP, Coakley FV, Yeh BM. Determinants of second-order bile duct visualization at CT cholangiography in potential living liver donors. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 May; 200(5):1028-33.
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  20. Kelley RK, Nimeiri HS, Munster PN, Vergo MT, Huang Y, Li CM, Hwang J, Mulcahy MF, Yeh BM, Kuhn P, Luttgen MS, Grabowsky JA, Stucky-Marshall L, Korn WM, Ko AH, Bergsland EK, Benson AB, Venook AP. Temsirolimus combined with sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma: a phase I dose-finding trial with pharmacokinetic and biomarker correlates. Ann Oncol. 2013 Jul; 24(7):1900-7.
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