Research Summary

Edward A. Sickles, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the UCSF School of Medicine and served as Chief of the Breast Imaging Section at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for almost 30 years. Dr. Sickles is a prolific contributor to breast imaging education and the scientific literature. He has provided editorial services to 12 professional journals, has been the author or co-author of 10 books and monographs, more than 250 scientific articles, and almost 100 other scientific communications. He has presented papers at more than 250 scientific meetings and has been an invited speaker at more than 850 educational seminars and medical institutions in 43 states in the United States and in 32 foreign countries. Dr. Sickles has also served on and chaired many breast imaging committees of the American College of Radiology since 1980. In his commitment to improving the science and art of breast imaging, Dr. Sickles has also served in a leadership position in 10 other professional societies and organizations, and on over 40 committees both nationally and internationally. He is a founding member and past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. He has been 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.


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

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. Berg WA, Berg JM, Sickles EA, Burnside ES, Zuley ML, Rosenberg RD, Lee CS. Cancer Yield and Patterns of Follow-up for BI-RADS Category 3 after Screening Mammography Recall in the National Mammography Database. Radiology. 2020 07; 296(1):32-41.  View on PubMed
  2. Hayward JH, Ray KM, Price ER, Sickles EA, Conlon K, Lobach I, Joe BN, Lee AY. Performance of screening MRI in high risk patients at initial versus subsequent screen. Clin Imaging. 2020 Oct; 66:87-92.  View on PubMed
  3. Lee CS, Ashih H, Sengupta D, Sickles EA, Zuley M, Pisano E. Risk-Based Screening Mammography for Women Aged <40: Outcomes From the National Mammography Database. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Mar; 17(3):368-376.  View on PubMed
  4. Callen AL, Lobach I, Mesina O, Marcus S, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Greenwood HI. The Gambler's Fallacy in Screening Mammography. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jun; 16(6):830-833.  View on PubMed
  5. Lee CS, Sickles EA, Moy L. Risk Stratification for Screening Mammography: Benefits and Harms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 02; 212(2):250-258.  View on PubMed
  6. Yao MM, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Lee CS. BI-RADS Category 5 Assessments at Diagnostic Breast Imaging:Outcomes Analysis Based on Lesion Descriptors. Acad Radiol. 2019 08; 26(8):1048-1052.  View on PubMed
  7. Zuley ML, Nishikawa RM, Lee CS, Burnside E, Rosenberg R, Sickles EA, Berg W, Leung J, Harvey J, Sengupta D, Gur D. Linkage of the ACR National Mammography Database to the Network of State Cancer Registries: Proof of Concept Evaluation by the ACR National Mammography Database Committee. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan; 16(1):8-14.  View on PubMed
  8. Lee CS, Sickles EA, Burnside ES. Data-Driven Mammography Screening Practices-Reply. JAMA Oncol. 2018 04 01; 4(4):588-589.  View on PubMed
  9. Monticciolo DL, Newell MS, Moy L, Niell B, Monsees B, Sickles EA. Breast Cancer Screening in Women at Higher-Than-Average Risk: Recommendations From the ACR. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 03; 15(3 Pt A):408-414.  View on PubMed
  10. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Reply to Distinguishing between CISNET model results versus CISNET models. Cancer. 2018 03 01; 124(5):1084.  View on PubMed
  11. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Reply to Opportunity cost of annual screening mammography. Cancer. 2018 03 15; 124(6):1298-1299.  View on PubMed
  12. Sickles EA, Arleo EK, Monticciolo D, Monsees B, McGinty G. Less-Intensive Screening Does Not Reduce the Frequency of Overdiagnosis. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 12; 14(12):1520-1522.  View on PubMed
  13. Lee CS, Moy L, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Niell BL. Screening for Breast Cancer in Women Age 75 Years and Older. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):256-263.  View on PubMed
  14. Ray KM, Joe BN, Freimanis RI, Sickles EA, Hendrick RE. Screening Mammography in Women 40-49 Years Old: Current Evidence. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):264-270.  View on PubMed
  15. Lee CS, Moy L, Friedewald SM, Sickles EA, Monticciolo DL. Harmonizing Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations: Metrics and Accountability. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb; 210(2):241-245.  View on PubMed
  16. 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. 2018 03; 24(2):109-114.  View on PubMed
  17. Arleo EK, Hendrick RE, Helvie MA, Sickles EA. Comparison of recommendations for screening mammography using CISNET models. Cancer. 2017 Oct 01; 123(19):3673-3680.  View on PubMed
  18. 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 08 01; 3(8):1134-1136.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. Miglioretti DL, Ichikawa L, Smith RA, Buist DSM, Carney PA, Geller B, Monsees B, Onega T, Rosenberg R, Sickles EA, Yankaskas BC, Kerlikowske K. Correlation Between Screening Mammography Interpretive Performance on a Test Set and Performance in Clinical Practice. Acad Radiol. 2017 10; 24(10):1256-1264.  View on PubMed

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