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

Research Funding

  • May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2023 - Nanoparticle CT Contrast Agent for New Capabilities in Tumor Detection, Staging, and Therapy Planning and Response, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA226868
  • September 16, 2014 - July 31, 2020 - Augmenting Dual Energy CT for Novel Contrast Agents, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDDK, Sponsor Award ID: R42DK104580
  • May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2017 - Nanoparticle CT Contrast Agents for Reduced Radiation Dose and New Imaging Applic, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIBIB, Sponsor Award ID: R01EB015476
  • April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2014 - Complementary Injectable Tungsten Contrast for Dual Contrast Dual Energy CT, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIBIB, Sponsor Award ID: R21EB013816


Harvard College, AB, 06/97, Summa Cum Laude, Biochemical Sciences
Stanford University, MD, 06/06
Stanford University, PhD, 06/06, Biomedical Informatics
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Intern, 06/07, Transitional Internship
University of Washington, Resident, 06/10, Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 06/11, Dermatopathology

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. Harris HW, Primus F, Young C, Carter JT, Lin M, Mukhtar RA, Yeh B, Allen IE, Freise C, Kim E, Sbitany H, Young DM, Hansen S Preventing Recurrence in Clean and Contaminated Hernias Using Biologic Versus Synthetic Mesh in Ventral Hernia Repair: The PRICE Randomized Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  2. Parakh A, Lennartz S, An C, Rajiah P, Yeh BM, Simeone FJ, Sahani DV, Kambadakone AR Dual-Energy CT Images: Pearls and Pitfalls.  View on PubMed
  3. Mileto A, Ananthakrishnan L, Morgan DE, Yeh BM, Marin D, Kambadakone AR Clinical Implementation of Dual-Energy CT for Gastrointestinal Imaging.  View on PubMed
  4. Obmann MM, An C, Schaefer A, Sun Y, Wang ZJ, Yee J, Yeh BM Improved Sensitivity and Reader Confidence in CT Colonography Using Dual-Layer Spectral CT: A Phantom Study.  View on PubMed
  5. Wang ZJ, Zhang TT, An C, Ko AH, Tempero M, Collisson E, Yeh BM Estimation of Fractional Extracellular Space at CT for Predicting Chemotherapy Response and Survival in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.  View on PubMed
  6. Welle CL, Miller FH, Yeh BM Advances in MR Imaging of the Biliary Tract.  View on PubMed
  7. Obmann MM, Cosentino A, Cyriac J, Hofmann V, Stieltjes B, Boll DT, Yeh BM, Benz MR Quantitative enhancement thresholds and machine learning algorithms for the evaluation of renal lesions using single-phase split-filter dual-energy CT.  View on PubMed
  8. Gandhi NS, Dillman JR, Grand DJ, Huang C, Fletcher JG, Al-Hawary MM, Anupindi SA, Baker ME, Bruining DH, Chatterji M, Fidler JL, Gee MS, Grajo JR, Guglielmo FF, Jaffe TA, Park SH, Rimola J, Taouli B, Taylor SA, Yeh B Computed tomography and magnetic resonance enterography protocols and techniques: survey of the Society of Abdominal Radiology Crohn's Disease Disease-Focused Panel.  View on PubMed
  9. Winklhofer S, Lin WC, Wang ZJ, Behr SC, Westphalen AC, Yeh BM Comparison of Positive Oral Contrast Agents for Abdominopelvic CT.  View on PubMed
  10. Huang HC, Srinivasan R, Sun Y, Kazakia GJ, Lin PC, Yeh BM Detection of Lumbar Spine Osseous Metastases Using Dual-Energy CT: Phantom Results and Preliminary Clinical Validation.  View on PubMed
  11. Yeh BM, Obmann MM, Westphalen AC, Ohliger MA, Yee J, Sun Y, Wang ZJ Dual Energy Computed Tomography Scans of the Bowel: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Future Directions.  View on PubMed
  12. Shah R, Khoram R, Lambert JW, Sun Y, Wang ZJ, Webb EM, Yeh BM Effect of gantry rotation speed and scan mode on peristalsis motion artifact frequency and severity at abdominal CT.  View on PubMed
  13. Wang ZJ, Behr S, Consunji MV, Yeh BM, Ohliger MA, Gao K, Ko AH, Cinar P, Tempero MA, Collisson EA Early Response Assessment in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Through Integrated PET/MRI.  View on PubMed
  14. Lambert JW, Sun Y, Stillson C, Li Z, Kumar R, Wang S, FitzGerald PF, Bonitatibus PJ, Colborn RE, Roberts JC, Edic PM, Marino M, Yeh BM An Intravascular Tantalum Oxide-based CT Contrast Agent: Preclinical Evaluation Emulating Overweight and Obese Patient Size.  View on PubMed
  15. Jha P, Yeh BM, Zagoria R, Collisson E, Wang ZJ The Role of MR Imaging in Pancreatic Cancer.  View on PubMed
  16. Lambert JW, Sun Y, Ordovas KG, Gould RG, Wang S, Yeh BM Improved Calcium Scoring at Dual-Energy Computed Tomography Angiography Using a High-Z Contrast Element and Novel Material Separation Technique.  View on PubMed
  17. Torphy RJ, Wang Z, True-Yasaki A, Volmar KE, Rashid N, Yeh B, Anderson JM, Johansen JS, Hollingsworth MA, Yeh JJ, Collisson EA Stromal Content Is Correlated With Tissue Site, Contrast Retention, and Survival in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma.  View on PubMed
  18. Cabarrus MC, Yeh BM, Phelps AS, Ou JJ, Behr SC From Inguinal Hernias to Spermatic Cord Lipomas: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Mimics of Abdominal and Pelvic Hernias.  View on PubMed
  19. Fowler KJ, Tang A, Santillan C, Bhargavan-Chatfield M, Heiken J, Jha RC, Weinreb J, Hussain H, Mitchell DG, Bashir MR, Costa EAC, Cunha GM, Coombs L, Wolfson T, Gamst AC, Brancatelli G, Yeh B, Sirlin CB Interreader Reliability of LI-RADS Version 2014 Algorithm and Imaging Features for Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Large International Multireader Study.  View on PubMed
  20. FitzGerald PF, Colborn RE, Edic PM, Lambert JW, Bonitatibus PJ, Yeh BM Liquid tissue surrogates for X-ray and CT phantom studies.  View on PubMed

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