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 his residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in abdominal imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

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, bowel imaging, fibrosis imaging, assessment of contrast material distribution in healthy and diseased tissues, and oncologic imaging. His research group is recognized for mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, including five Howard Hughes Medical Student research fellows, and visiting faculty.


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. Wells ML, Moynagh MR, Carter RE, Childs RA, Leitch CE, Fletcher JG, Yeh BM, Venkatesh SK. Correlation of hepatic fractional extracellular space using gadolinium enhanced MRI with liver stiffness using magnetic resonance elastography. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Aug 10.
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  2. Ehman EC, Umetsu SE, Ohliger MA, Fidelman N, Ferrell LD, Yeh BM, Yee J, Hope TA. Imaging prediction of residual hepatocellular carcinoma after locoregional therapy in patients undergoing liver transplantation or partial hepatectomy. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Aug 3.
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  3. Wang CW, Feng S, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Zhou LQ, Yeh BM, Lai JC. A Comparison of Muscle Function, Mass, and Quality in Liver Transplant Candidates: Results From the Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation Study. Transplantation. 2016 Jun 1.
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  4. Chang WC, Sun Y, Wu EH, Kim SY, Wang ZJ, Huang GS, Yeh BM. CT Findings for Detecting the Presence of Gangrenous Ischemia in Cholecystitis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jun 1; 1-8.
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  5. Cai L, Yeh BM, Westphalen AC, Roberts JP, Wang ZJ. Adult living donor liver imaging. Diagn Interv Radiol. 2016 May-Jun; 22(3):207-14.
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  6. Ehman EC, Behr SC, Umetsu SE, Fidelman N, Yeh BM, Ferrell LD, Hope TA. Rate of observation and inter-observer agreement for LI-RADS major features at CT and MRI in 184 pathology proven hepatocellular carcinomas. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 May; 41(5):963-9.
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  7. FitzGerald PF, Butts MD, Roberts JC, Colborn RE, Torres AS, Lee BD, Yeh BM, Bonitatibus PJ. A Proposed Computed Tomography Contrast Agent Using Carboxybetaine Zwitterionic Tantalum Oxide Nanoparticles: Imaging, Biological, and Physicochemical Performance. Invest Radiol. 2016 Apr 25.
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  8. Winklhofer S, Lambert JW, Wang ZJ, Sun Y, Gould RG, Zagoria RJ, Yeh BM. Reduction of peristalsis-related gastrointestinal streak artifacts with dual-energy CT: a patient and phantom study. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Mar 17.
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  9. Kim SY, Wu EH, Park SH, Wang ZJ, Hope TA, Yee J, Zhao LQ, Chang WC, Yeh BM. Comparison of hepatocellular carcinoma conspicuity on hepatobiliary phase images with gadoxetate disodium vs. delayed phase images with extracellular cellular contrast agent. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Mar 12.
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  10. Rathnayake S, Mongan J, Torres AS, Colborn R, Gao DW, Yeh BM, Fu Y. In vivo comparison of tantalum, tungsten, and bismuth enteric contrast agents to complement intravenous iodine for double-contrast dual-energy CT of the bowel. Contrast Media Mol Imaging. 2016 Feb 18.
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  11. Wu EH, Kim SY, Wang ZJ, Chang WC, Zhao LQ, Yeh BM. Appearance and Frequency of Gas Interface Artifacts Involving Small Bowel on Rapid-Voltage-Switching Dual-Energy CT Iodine-Density Images. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Feb; 206(2):301-6.
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  12. Tong GE, Kumar S, Chong KC, Shah N, Wong MJ, Zimmet JM, Wang ZJ, Yee J, Fu Y, Yeh BM. Risk of contrast-induced nephropathy for patients receiving intravenous vs. intra-arterial iodixanol administration. Abdom Radiol. 2016 Jan; 41(1):91-9.
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  13. 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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  14. Huh J, Kim SY, Yeh BM, Lee SS, Kim KW, Wu EH, Wang ZJ, Zhao LQ, Chang WC. Troubleshooting Arterial-Phase MR Images of Gadoxetate Disodium-Enhanced Liver. Korean J Radiol. 2015 Nov-Dec; 16(6):1207-15.
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  15. Lambert JW, Edic PM, FitzGerald PF, Torres AS, Yeh BM. Complementary contrast media for metal artifact reduction in dual-energy computed tomography. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2015 Jul; 2(3):033503.
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  16. FitzGerald PF, Colborn RE, Edic PM, Lambert JW, Torres AS, Bonitatibus PJ, Yeh BM. CT Image Contrast of High-Z Elements: Phantom Imaging Studies and Clinical Implications. Radiology. 2016 Mar; 278(3):723-33.
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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