Research Summary

Spencer Behr, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology and the Director of the Fellowship for both the Abdominal Imaging subspecialty and for the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He obtained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston in 2005. In 2010, he completed a four-year Diagnostic Radiology residency at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at UCSF.

Dr. Behr has subspecialty training in abdominal imaging and nuclear medicine, and his research interests are focused on molecular and hybrid imaging translational research. He has selectively pursued interdepartmental projects to foster cross-disciplinary discussions and optimize the clinical impact of these projects.

Projects include: FDG PET in breast cancer, comparing breast cancer molecular subtypes with their respective FDG PET and breast MRI findings, CT findings in Celiac Disease, fluoro-18-fluorothymidine (FLT) PET as a potential marker of early response in patients with metastatic melanoma, CT appearance of malabsorption, and clinical applications of iodine-124 PET/CT in thyroid cancer.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, 06/1999, Biology and Chemistry
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, MD, 06/2005, Medicine
Saint Vincent Hospital, Worchester, MA, Intern, 06/2006, Medicine
Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA, Resident & Chief Resident, 06/2010, Diagnostic Radiology
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Fellow, 06/2011, Abdominal Imaging
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Fellow, 06/2012, Nuclear Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2015
    Nominated for "Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring", UCSF
  • 2017
    Hideyo Minagi "Outstanding Teacher Award", UCSF
  • 2017
    Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Honored Educator Award Recipient, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • 2017
    2017 Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Sugi MD, Penna R, Jha P, Poder L, Behr SC, Courtier J, Mok-Lin E, Rabban JT, Choi HH. Müllerian Duct Anomalies: Role in Fertility and Pregnancy. Radiographics. 2021 Oct; 41(6):1857-1875.  View on PubMed
  2. Hope TA, Eiber M, Armstrong WR, Juarez R, Murthy V, Lawhn-Heath C, Behr SC, Zhang L, Barbato F, Ceci F, Farolfi A, Schwarzenböck SM, Unterrainer M, Zacho HD, Nguyen HG, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Reiter RE, Holden S, Herrmann K, Zhu S, Fendler WP, Czernin J, Calais J. Diagnostic Accuracy of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET for Pelvic Nodal Metastasis Detection Prior to Radical Prostatectomy and Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection: A Multicenter Prospective Phase 3 Imaging Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Sep 16.  View on PubMed
  3. Kelley RK, Joseph NM, Nimeiri HS, Hwang J, Kulik LM, Ngo Z, Behr SC, Onodera C, Zhang K, Bocobo AG, Benson AB, Venook AP, Gordan JD. Phase II Trial of the Combination of Temsirolimus and Sorafenib in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Tumor Mutation Profiling. Liver Cancer. 2021 Nov; 10(6):561-571.  View on PubMed
  4. House AE, Zebolsky AL, Jacobs J, Likhterov I, Behr S, Glastonbury C, Seth R, Heaton C, Knott PD. Surveillance Imaging Following Head and Neck Cancer Treatment and Microvascular Reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2021 Jun 22.  View on PubMed
  5. Chen KS, Lawhn-Heath C, Behr S, Juarez R, Whitman J, Paciorek A, Nakakura EK, Fidelman N, Feng MU, Bergsland EK, Anwar M. Outcomes after high-dose radiation in the management of neuroendocrine neoplasms. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0252574.  View on PubMed
  6. Keenan BP, VAN Loon K, Khilnani AD, Fidelman N, Behr SC, Atreya CE, Oh DY. Molecular and Radiological Features of Microsatellite Stable Colorectal Cancer Cases With Dramatic Responses to Immunotherapy. Anticancer Res. 2021 Jun; 41(6):2985-2992.  View on PubMed
  7. Thiruvengadam NR, Miranda J, Kim C, Behr S, Corvera C, Dai SC, Kirkwood K, Harris HW, Hirose K, Nakakura E, Ostroff JW, Kochman ML, Arain MA. Burden of Ionizing Radiation in the Diagnosis and Management of Necrotizing Pancreatitis. Clin Transl Gastroenterol. 2021 04 27; 12(5):e00347.  View on PubMed
  8. Liu G, Mitra D, Jones EF, Franc BL, Behr SC, Nguyen A, Bolouri MS, Wisner DJ, Joe BN, Esserman LJ, Hylton NM, Seo Y. Mask-Guided Convolutional Neural Network for Breast Tumor Prognostic Outcome Prediction on 3D DCE-MR Images. J Digit Imaging. 2021 06; 34(3):630-636.  View on PubMed
  9. Raghavan K, Flavell RR, Westphalen AC, Behr SC. Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Incidentally Detected on 18F-Fluciclovine PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2021 Apr 01; 46(4):345-347.  View on PubMed
  10. Lawhn-Heath C, Salavati A, Behr SC, Rowe SP, Calais J, Fendler WP, Eiber M, Emmett L, Hofman MS, Hope TA. Prostate-specific Membrane Antigen PET in Prostate Cancer. Radiology. 2021 05; 299(2):248-260.  View on PubMed
  11. Susko MS, Lazar AA, Wang CJ, Van Loon K, Feng M, Hope TA, Behr S, Anwar M. Use of advanced PET-volume metrics predicts risk of local recurrence and overall survival in anal cancer. PLoS One. 2021; 16(2):e0246535.  View on PubMed
  12. Sohn JH, Behr SC, Hernandez Pampaloni M, Seo Y. Quantitative Assessment of Myocardial Ischemia With Positron Emission Tomography. J Thorac Imaging. 2021 Jan 22.  View on PubMed
  13. Temple WC, Vo KT, Matthay KK, Balliu B, Coleman C, Michlitsch J, Phelps A, Behr S, Zapala MA. Association of image-defined risk factors with clinical features, histopathology, and outcomes in neuroblastoma. Cancer Med. 2021 04; 10(7):2232-2241.  View on PubMed
  14. Yang J, Sohn JH, Behr SC, Gullberg GT, Seo Y. CT-less Direct Correction of Attenuation and Scatter in the Image Space Using Deep Learning for Whole-Body FDG PET: Potential Benefits and Pitfalls. Radiol Artif Intell. 2021 Mar; 3(2):e200137.  View on PubMed
  15. Lee AY, Lam A, Hicks RM, Isikbay M, Heller MB, Sugi MD, Behr S, Kohi MP. Visceral Aneurysm Formation and Intraabdominal Hemorrhage Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2021 01; 32(1):151-152.  View on PubMed
  16. Merritt BA, Behr SC. Education of prostate MR imaging: commentary. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 12; 45(12):4112-4113.  View on PubMed
  17. Rowe SP, Johnson GB, Pomper MG, Gorin MA, Behr SC. Recent updates and developments in PET imaging of prostate cancer. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 12; 45(12):4063-4072.  View on PubMed
  18. Atreya CE, Collisson EA, Park M, Grenert JP, Behr SC, Gonzalez A, Chou J, Maisel S, Friedlander TW, Freise CE, Shoji J, Semrad TJ, Van Ziffle J, Chin-Hong P. Molecular Insights in Transmission of Cancer From an Organ Donor to Four Transplant Recipients. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2020 11; 18(11):1446-1452.  View on PubMed
  19. Lawhn-Heath C, Yom SS, Liu C, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Aslam M, Smith R, Narwal M, Juarez R, Behr SC, Pampaloni MH, Chan JW, Glastonbury CM, Hope TA, Flavell RR. Gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen ([68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11) PET for imaging of thyroid cancer: a feasibility study. EJNMMI Res. 2020 Oct 22; 10(1):128.  View on PubMed
  20. Li Y, Behr S. Acute Findings on FDG PET/CT: Key Imaging Features and How to Differentiate Them from Malignancy. Curr Radiol Rep. 2020; 8(11):22.  View on PubMed

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