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Michael Ohliger, MD, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentRadiology
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone415-206-8024
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    University of Calufornia, San FranciscoFellowship2013Abdominal Imaging
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency 2012Radiology
    Harvard Medical SchoolMD2007Medicine
    Massachusetts Institute of TrchnologyPhD2005Medical Physics
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    Radiological Society of North America2014  - 2016Research Scholar Award
    Radiological Society of North America 2011Cum Laude Award
    Radiological Society of North America 2011Molecular Imaging Travel Award
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Radiology, Boston, MA2005Fleischner Research Award

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    Michael Ohliger, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ohliger obtained his PhD in Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 2005, and he received his MD in Medicine from Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2007. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology from UCSF in 2012, followed by a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging from UCSF in 2013. He accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Residence at UCSF and SFGH, in July 2013.

    Dr. Ohliger’s main research interest is the development and clinical translation of new MRI techniques for the abdomen and pelvis, with a focus on molecular imaging with hyperpolarized carbon-13 compounds. He is also interested in providing his expertise in developing new technology for patients with applications to liver, kidney, and prostate cancer. Dr. Ohliger has projects using diffusion tractography to help visualize the prostate capsule and plan to explore the application of new techniques such as (arterial spin labeling) using MRI’s to measure perfusion without intravenous contrast.

    Dr. Ohliger has 13 published articles and he has written 18 peer-reviewed articles and 12 abstracts.

    Expertise:
    Abdominal Imaging

    Specialty:
    Abdomen and pelvis

    Professional Interests:
    Cancer, abdominal imaging, genitourinary imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, physics, radiation, molecular imaging, hyperpolarized carbon, nuclear magnetic resonance, liver, kidney, prostate, bowel

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts - Medicine
    • Internship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts - Medicine
    • Residency: University of California, San Francisco - Diagnostic Radiology
    • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Abdominal Imaging
    • Doctor of Philosophy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard/MIT, Boston, Division of Health Sciences and Technology - Medical Physics
    • California Physician and Surgeon License
    • California X-ray Supervisor and Operator Certificate
    • American Board of Radiology Certificate in Diagnostic Radiology


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    1. Mutch CA, Ordonez AA, Qin H, Parker M, Bambarger LE, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Blecha J, Carroll V, Taglang C, Flavell R, Sriram R, VanBrocklin H, Rosenberg O, Ohliger M, Jain SK, Neumann KD, Wilson DM. [11C]Para-Aminobenzoic Acid: A Positron Emission Tomography Tracer Targeting Bacteria-Specific Metabolism. ACS Infect Dis. 2018 May 08. PMID: 29712422.
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    2. Hicks RM, Loening AM, Ohliger M, Vasanawala SS, Hope TA. Variable refocusing flip angle single-shot fast spin echo imaging of liver lesions: increased speed and lesion contrast. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 Mar; 43(3):593-599. PMID: 28689221.
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    3. von Morze C, Reed GD, Larson PE, Mammoli D, Chen AP, Tropp J, Van Criekinge M, Ohliger M, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Merritt ME. In vivo hyperpolarization transfer in a clinical MRI scanner. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Feb 27. PMID: 29488244.
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    4. Sriram R, Sun J, Villanueva-Meyer J, Mutch C, De Los Santos J, Peters J, Korenchan DE, Neumann K, Van Criekinge M, Kurhanewicz J, Rosenberg O, Wilson D, Ohliger M. Detection of Bacteria-Specific Metabolism Using Hyperpolarized [2-13C]Pyruvate. ACS Infect Dis. 2018 Feb 13. PMID: 29405697.
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    5. Morze CV, Allu PKR, Chang GY, Marco-Rius I, Milshteyn E, Wang ZJ, Ohliger M, Gleason CE, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Pearce D. Non-invasive detection of divergent metabolic signals in insulin deficiency vs. insulin resistance in vivo. Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 01; 8(1):2088. PMID: 29391429.
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    6. von Morze C, Ohliger M, Marco-Rius I, Wilson DM, Flavell RR, Pearce D, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, Wang ZJ. Direct assessment of renal mitochondrial redox state using hyperpolarized 13 C-acetoacetate. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Apr; 79(4):1862-1869. PMID: 29314217.
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    7. Baghdanian AH, Baghdanian AA, Puppala S, Tana M, Ohliger M. Imaging Manifestations of Peptic Ulcer Disease on Computed Tomography. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 Apr; 39(2):183-192. PMID: 29571554.
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    8. von Morze C, Tropp J, Chen AP, Marco-Rius I, Van Criekinge M, Skloss TW, Mammoli D, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Ohliger M, Merritt ME. Sensitivity enhancement for detection of hyperpolarized 13 C MRI probes with 1 H spin coupling introduced by enzymatic transformation in vivo. Magn Reson Med. 2018 Jul; 80(1):36-41. PMID: 29193287.
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    9. Tang A, Bashir MR, Corwin MT, Cruite I, Dietrich CF, Do RKG, Ehman EC, Fowler KJ, Hussain HK, Jha RC, Karam AR, Mamidipalli A, Marks RM, Mitchell DG, Morgan TA, Ohliger M, Shah A, Vu KN, Sirlin CB. Evidence Supporting LI-RADS Major Features for CT- and MR Imaging-based Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review. Radiology. 2018 Jan; 286(1):29-48. PMID: 29166245.
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    10. Neumann KD, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Mutch CA, Flavell RR, Blecha JE, Kwak T, Sriram R, VanBrocklin HF, Rosenberg OS, Ohliger M, Wilson DM. Imaging Active Infection in vivo Using D-Amino Acid Derived PET Radiotracers. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 11; 7(1):7903. PMID: 28801560.
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    11. Horowitz JM, Venkatesh SK, Ehman RL, Jhaveri K, Kamath P, Ohliger M, Samir AE, Silva AC, Taouli B, Torbenson MS, Wells ML, Yeh B, Miller FH. Evaluation of hepatic fibrosis: a review from the society of abdominal radiology disease focus panel. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Aug; 42(8):2037-2053. PMID: 28624924.
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    12. Leelakanok N, Phelps AS, Zapala MA, Kato K, Ohliger M, Li Y, Courtier J. Assessing 3D T2 FSE sequence for identification of the normal appendix: working toward a single-sequence MR appendicitis protocol. Emerg Radiol. 2017 Dec; 24(6):653-660. PMID: 28725923.
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    13. Ohliger M, Hope TA, Chapman JS, Chen LM, Behr SC, Poder L. PET/MR Imaging in Gynecologic Oncology. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2017 Aug; 25(3):667-684. PMID: 28668166.
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    14. Wilson DM, Di Gialleonardo V, Wang ZJ, Carroll V, Von Morze C, Taylor A, Sai V, VanCriekinge M, Bok R, Ohliger M, Keshari KR. Hyperpolarized 13C Spectroscopic Evaluation of Oxidative Stress in a Rodent Model of Steatohepatitis. Sci Rep. 2017 Apr 20; 7:46014. PMID: 28425467.
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    15. Marco-Rius I, Gordon JW, Mattis AN, Bok R, Delos Santos R, Sukumar S, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Ohliger M. Diffusion-weighted imaging of hyperpolarized [13 C]urea in mouse liver. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 Jan; 47(1):141-151. PMID: 28419644.
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    16. Lambert JW, Sun Y, Gould RG, Ohliger M, Li Z, Yeh BM. An Image-Domain Contrast Material Extraction Method for Dual-Energy Computed Tomography. Invest Radiol. 2017 04; 52(4):245-254. PMID: 27875338.
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    17. Dotson B, Lambert JW, Wang ZJ, Sun Y, Ohliger M, Winklhofer S, Yeh BM. Benefit of iodine density images to reduce out-of-field image artifacts at rapid kVp switching dual-energy CT. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Mar; 42(3):735-741. PMID: 27847997.
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    18. Marco-Rius I, von Morze C, Sriram R, Cao P, Chang GY, Milshteyn E, Bok RA, Ohliger M, Pearce D, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PE, Vigneron DB, Merritt M. Monitoring acute metabolic changes in the liver and kidneys induced by fructose and glucose using hyperpolarized [2-13 C]dihydroxyacetone. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Jan; 77(1):65-73. PMID: 27859575.
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    19. Ehman EC, Umetsu SE, Ohliger M, 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 Nov; 41(11):2161-2168. PMID: 27484789.
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    20. Shang H, Sukumar S, von Morze C, Bok RA, Marco-Rius I, Kerr A, Reed GD, Milshteyn E, Ohliger M, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PEZ, Pauly JM, Vigneron DB. Spectrally selective three-dimensional dynamic balanced steady-state free precession for hyperpolarized C-13 metabolic imaging with spectrally selective radiofrequency pulses. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Sep; 78(3):963-975. PMID: 27770458.
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    21. Gordon JW, Milshteyn E, Marco-Rius I, Ohliger M, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. Mis-estimation and bias of hyperpolarized apparent diffusion coefficient measurements due to slice profile effects. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Sep; 78(3):1087-1092. PMID: 27735082.
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    22. Ehman EC, Phelps AS, Ohliger M, Rhee SJ, MacKenzie JD, Courtier JL. Detection of bowel inflammation with fused DWI/T2 images versus contrast-enhanced images in pediatric MR enterography with histopathologic correlation. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1135-1139. PMID: 27497037.
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    23. Ohliger M, von Morze C, Marco-Rius I, Gordon J, Larson PEZ, Bok R, Chen HY, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron D. Combining hyperpolarized 13 C MRI with a liver-specific gadolinium contrast agent for selective assessment of hepatocyte metabolism. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Jun; 77(6):2356-2363. PMID: 27298073.
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    24. Hicks RM, Yee J, Ohliger M, Weinstein S, Kao J, Ikram NS, Hope TA. Comparison of diffusion-weighted imaging and T2-weighted single shot fast spin-echo: Implications for LI-RADS characterization of hepatocellular carcinoma. Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 09; 34(7):915-21. PMID: 27108359.
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    25. Marco-Rius I, Cao P, von Morze C, Merritt M, Moreno KX, Chang GY, Ohliger M, Pearce D, Kurhanewicz J, Larson PE, Vigneron DB. Multiband spectral-spatial RF excitation for hyperpolarized [2-13 C]dihydroxyacetone 13 C-MR metabolism studies. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Apr; 77(4):1419-1428. PMID: 27017966.
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    26. Shang H, Larson PEZ, Kerr A, Reed G, Sukumar S, Elkhaled A, Gordon JW, Ohliger M, Pauly JM, Lustig M, Vigneron DB. Multiband RF pulses with improved performance via convex optimization. J Magn Reson. 2016 Jan; 262:81-90. PMID: 26754063.
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    27. Feng Y, Gordon JW, Shin PJ, von Morze C, Lustig M, Larson PEZ, Ohliger M, Carvajal L, Tropp J, Pauly JM, Vigneron DB. Development and testing of hyperpolarized (13)C MR calibrationless parallel imaging. J Magn Reson. 2016 Jan; 262:1-7. PMID: 26679288; PMCID: PMC4864033 [Available on 01/01/17].
    28. Hope TA, Verdin EF, Bergsland EK, Ohliger M, Corvera CU, Nakakura EK. Correcting for respiratory motion in liver PET/MRI: preliminary evaluation of the utility of bellows and navigated hepatobiliary phase imaging. EJNMMI Phys. 2015 Dec; 2(1):21. PMID: 26501822; PMCID: PMC4573645.
    29. Lee SA, Plett SK, Luetkemeyer AF, Borgo GM, Ohliger M, Conrad MB, Cookson BT, Sengupta DJ, Koehler JE. Bartonella quintana Aortitis in a Man with AIDS, Diagnosed by Needle Biopsy and 16S rRNA Gene Amplification. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Aug; 53(8):2773-6. PMID: 26063867; PMCID: PMC4508458.
    30. von Morze C, Bok RA, Ohliger M, Zhu Z, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J. Hyperpolarized [(13)C]ketobutyrate, a molecular analog of pyruvate with modified specificity for LDH isoforms. Magn Reson Med. 2016 May; 75(5):1894-900. PMID: 26059096; PMCID: PMC4868134 [Available on 05/01/17].
    31. Shin PJ, Larson PE, Uecker M, Reed GD, Kerr AB, Tropp J, Ohliger M, Nelson SJ, Pauly JM, Lustig M, Vigneron DB. Chemical shift separation with controlled aliasing for hyperpolarized (13) C metabolic imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2015 Oct; 74(4):978-89. PMID: 25298086; PMCID: PMC4390401 [Available on 10/01/16].
    32. Hope TA, Ohliger M, Qayyum A. MR imaging of diffuse liver disease: from technique to diagnosis. Radiol Clin North Am. 2014 Jul; 52(4):709-24. PMID: 24889168.
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    33. Shin PJ, Larson PE, Ohliger M, Elad M, Pauly JM, Vigneron DB, Lustig M. Calibrationless parallel imaging reconstruction based on structured low-rank matrix completion. Magn Reson Med. 2014 Oct; 72(4):959-70. PMID: 24248734; PMCID: PMC4025999.
    34. Courtier J, Ohliger M, Rhee SJ, Terreblanche O, Heyman MB, MacKenzie JD. Shooting a moving target: use of real-time cine magnetic resonance imaging in assessment of the small bowel. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Oct; 57(4):426-31. PMID: 24080754.
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    35. Ohliger M, Larson PE, Bok RA, Shin P, Hu S, Tropp J, Robb F, Carvajal L, Nelson SJ, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Combined parallel and partial fourier MR reconstruction for accelerated 8-channel hyperpolarized carbon-13 in vivo magnetic resonance Spectroscopic imaging (MRSI). J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Sep; 38(3):701-13. PMID: 23293097; PMCID: PMC3759833.
    36. Lattanzi R, Grant AK, Polimeni JR, Ohliger M, Wiggins GC, Wald LL, Sodickson DK. Performance evaluation of a 32-element head array with respect to the ultimate intrinsic SNR. NMR Biomed. 2010 Feb; 23(2):142-51. PMID: 19904727; PMCID: PMC2830315.
    37. Ohliger M, Sodickson DK. An introduction to coil array design for parallel MRI. NMR Biomed. 2006 May; 19(3):300-15. PMID: 16705631.
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    38. Ohliger M, Greenman RL, Giaquinto R, McKenzie CA, Wiggins G, Sodickson DK. Concentric coil arrays for parallel MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2005 Nov; 54(5):1248-60. PMID: 16206147.
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    39. Willig-Onwuachi JD, Yeh EN, Grant AK, Ohliger M, McKenzie CA, Sodickson DK. Phase-constrained parallel MR image reconstruction. J Magn Reson. 2005 Oct; 176(2):187-98. PMID: 16027017.
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    40. Yeh EN, Stuber M, McKenzie CA, Botnar RM, Leiner T, Ohliger M, Grant AK, Willig-Onwuachi JD, Sodickson DK. Inherently self-calibrating non-Cartesian parallel imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2005 Jul; 54(1):1-8. PMID: 15968671.
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    41. Yeh EN, McKenzie CA, Ohliger M, Sodickson DK. Parallel magnetic resonance imaging with adaptive radius in k-space (PARS): constrained image reconstruction using k-space locality in radiofrequency coil encoded data. Magn Reson Med. 2005 Jun; 53(6):1383-92. PMID: 15906283.
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    42. Sodickson DK, Hardy CJ, Zhu Y, Giaquinto RO, Gross P, Kenwood G, Niendorf T, Lejay H, McKenzie CA, Ohliger M, Grant AK, Rofsky NM. Rapid volumetric MRI using parallel imaging with order-of-magnitude accelerations and a 32-element RF coil array: feasibility and implications. Acad Radiol. 2005 May; 12(5):626-35. PMID: 15866137; PMCID: PMC2819014.
    43. Zhu Y, Hardy CJ, Sodickson DK, Giaquinto RO, Dumoulin CL, Kenwood G, Niendorf T, Lejay H, McKenzie CA, Ohliger M, Rofsky NM. Highly parallel volumetric imaging with a 32-element RF coil array. Magn Reson Med. 2004 Oct; 52(4):869-77. PMID: 15389961; PMCID: PMC2819016.
    44. Ohliger M, Ledden P, McKenzie CA, Sodickson DK. Effects of inductive coupling on parallel MR image reconstructions. Magn Reson Med. 2004 Sep; 52(3):628-39. PMID: 15334584.
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    45. Ohliger M, Grant AK, Sodickson DK. Ultimate intrinsic signal-to-noise ratio for parallel MRI: electromagnetic field considerations. Magn Reson Med. 2003 Nov; 50(5):1018-30. PMID: 14587013.
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    46. McKenzie CA, Yeh EN, Ohliger M, Price MD, Sodickson DK. Self-calibrating parallel imaging with automatic coil sensitivity extraction. Magn Reson Med. 2002 Mar; 47(3):529-38. PMID: 11870840.
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    47. Sodickson DK, McKenzie CA, Ohliger M, Yeh EN, Price MD. Recent advances in image reconstruction, coil sensitivity calibration, and coil array design for SMASH and generalized parallel MRI. MAGMA. 2002 Jan; 13(3):158-63. PMID: 11755091.
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    48. McKenzie CA, Ohliger M, Yeh EN, Price MD, Sodickson DK. Coil-by-coil image reconstruction with SMASH. Magn Reson Med. 2001 Sep; 46(3):619-23. PMID: 11550258.
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    49. Foster MH, Kieber-Emmons T, Ohliger M, Madaio MP. Molecular and structural analysis of nuclear localizing anti-DNA lupus antibodies. Immunol Res. 1994; 13(2-3):186-206. PMID: 7775809.
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