Ronald Arenson, MD

Title(s)Professor Emeritus, Radiology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)2020Gold Medal
    New York Medical College2020William Cullen Award
    Academy of Radiology Research2018Gold Medal Award
    Int. Society of Strategic Studies in Radiology2017Gold Medal Award
    UCSF2017Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine
    Society of Chairman of Academic Radiology Departments2017Visionary Leadership Award
    European Society of Radiology2016Honorary Membership
    The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Board of Directors2015  - 2016President
    Association of University Radiologists 2013Gold Medal
    The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Board of Directors2013President-Elect
    Stanford CME Radiology Grand Rounds2011Inaugural Guest Speaker
    Oschner Health System, New Orleans, LA2011Seymour Oschner Radiology Lectureship
    American Board of Radiology Foundation Summit2010Keynote Speaker
    AUR-Philips Academic Faculty Development Program, San Diego, CA2010Keynote Speaker
    Case Western Reserve University2010Inaugural Theodore J. Castele Lecturer
    Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine2008Keynote Speaker
    Radiological Society of North America2007Keynote Speaker
    Thomas Jefferson University2005Hodes Lecture
    University of Pennsylvania Medical Center2004Keynote Speaker
    Massachusetts General Hospital2003Aubrey O. Hampton Lecturer
    New York Medical College2001Alumni Medal of Honor
    Symposium for Computer Applications in Radiology, Philadelphia, PA2000Keynote Address
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA1996Sosman Lecture
    American College of Radiology1988Fellow
    American College of Medical Informatics1987Fellow
    Radiology Information Systems1985RISC Award
    University of California, San Francisco 1981  - 1984Outstanding Leadership and Distinguished service as Chairman of the Management Committee

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    Ronald Arenson, MD, served as the Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California San Francisco from 1992-2017. He received his BA in Mathematics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and he obtained his MD from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

    From 1963 to 1970, Dr. Arenson was a systems engineer for IBM. After serving in the Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. At the University Pennsylvania, he served as the Associate Chairman of Clinical Services in Department of Radiology, where he also served as the interim Vice-Provost for Computing and President of the Medical Staff.

    Dr. Arenson has conducted research and written extensively on Radiology Information Systems, Picture Archival, and Communication Systems. His special interests include picture archival and communication systems, workload and finances in radiology, the future of academic radiology and research training. He is a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Radiology, and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.

    In 2015, Dr. Arenson had the honor of serving as the 100th President for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). He recently finished his term on both the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the NIH Council of Councils. He has served as the President of the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Chairman of Academic Radiology Departments, the Board of GE-Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) and the Academy of Radiology Research. He is the past President of the medical staff at UCSF, and also the past Chairman of the Credentials Committee. Dr. Arenson was the recipient of the UCSF Holly Smith Award for faculty in 2017, awarded for his outstanding service to the School of Medicine, the Campus and the Medical Center. Dr. Arenson was awarded the 2020 RSNA Gold Medal for his visionary work leading the early implementation of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) in radiology.


    Computer technology, PACS, RAD13

    Professional Interests:
    PACS, medical informatics, clinical productivity, departmental management, computers, applications of computer technology to imaging

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: New York Medical College, New York
    • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
    • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston - Diagnostic Radiology
    • Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology

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    NIH/NHLBI R01HL033332Mar 1, 1985 - Sep 14, 1992
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Imaging from Hospital Profit Center to Cost Center. Radiology. 2023 03; 306(3):e222266. Arenson RL. PMID: 36255315.
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    2. Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in University of California, San Francisco Radiology: Reflections on 3 Years of Pipeline, Selection, and Education Initiatives. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Dec; 16(12):1716-1719. Bucknor MD, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Kumar V, Talbott JF, Wall SD, Glastonbury CM, Dillon WP, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hess CP. PMID: 31299250.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Building a Better Online Portal for Patients to Obtain Radiologic Results. Radiology. 2019 01; 290(1):144-145. Arenson RL. PMID: 30398434.
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    4. Factors Affecting Interpretative Accuracy: How Can We Reduce Errors? Radiology. 2018 04; 287(1):213-214. Arenson RL. PMID: 29558311.
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    5. Gender Issues Persist in Academic Radiology Promotions. Radiology. 2017 04; 283(1):4-6. Glastonbury CM, Wall SD, Arenson RL. PMID: 28318440.
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    6. Bits and bytes: the future of radiology lies in informatics and information technology. Eur Radiol. 2017 Sep; 27(9):3647-3651. Brink JA, Arenson RL, Grist TM, Lewin JS, Enzmann D. PMID: 28280932.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Endovascular MR-guided Renal Embolization by Using a Magnetically Assisted Remote-controlled Catheter System. Radiology. 2016 10; 281(1):219-28. Lillaney PV, Yang JK, Losey AD, Martin AJ, Cooke DL, Thorne BR, Barry DC, Chu A, Stillson C, Do L, Arenson RL, Saeed M, Wilson MW, Hetts SW. PMID: 27019290; PMCID: PMC5047126.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    8. 2015 RSNA Outstanding Researcher. Radiology. 2015 Dec; 277(3):625-6. Arenson RL. PMID: 26599921.
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    9. Patient-directed Internet-based Medical Image Exchange: Experience from an Initial Multicenter Implementation. Acad Radiol. 2016 Feb; 23(2):237-44. Greco G, Patel AS, Lewis SC, Shi W, Rasul R, Torosyan M, Erickson BJ, Hiremath A, Moskowitz AJ, Tellis WM, Siegel EL, Arenson RL, Mendelson DS. PMID: 26625706; PMCID: PMC4715921.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. When Vision Prevails: A History of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Oct; 12(10):1112-4. Hricak H, Ringertz HG, Thrall JH, Dixon AK, Arenson RL, Bradley WG, Muellner A, Krestin GP. PMID: 26116068.
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    11. New-Generation Laser-lithographed Dual-Axis Magnetically Assisted Remote-controlled Endovascular Catheter for Interventional MR Imaging: In Vitro Multiplanar Navigation at 1.5 T and 3 T versus X-ray Fluoroscopy. Radiology. 2015 Dec; 277(3):842-52. Moftakhar P, Lillaney P, Losey AD, Cooke DL, Martin AJ, Thorne BR, Arenson RL, Saeed M, Wilson MW, Hetts SW. PMID: 26030659; PMCID: PMC4671459.
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    12. Digital subtraction MR angiography roadmapping for magnetic steerable catheter tracking. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Apr; 41(4):1157-62. Martin AJ, Lillaney P, Saeed M, Losey AD, Settecase F, Evans L, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hetts SW. PMID: 24797218; PMCID: PMC4223000.
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    13. Magnetically assisted remote-controlled endovascular catheter for interventional MR imaging: in vitro navigation at 1.5 T versus X-ray fluoroscopy. Radiology. 2014 Jun; 271(3):862-9. Losey AD, Lillaney P, Martin AJ, Cooke DL, Wilson MW, Thorne BR, Sincic RS, Arenson RL, Saeed M, Hetts SW. PMID: 24533872; PMCID: PMC4065602.
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    14. Meaningful use for radiology: current status and future directions. Radiology. 2013 Nov; 269(2):318-21. Morgan TA, Avrin DE, Carr CD, Dreyer KJ, Flanders AE, Khorasani R, Langlotz CP, Arenson RL. PMID: 24009350.
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    15. Magnetic catheter manipulation in the interventional MR imaging environment. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 Jun; 24(6):885-91. Wilson MW, Martin AB, Lillaney P, Losey AD, Yee EJ, Bernhardt A, Malba V, Evans L, Sincic R, Saeed M, Arenson RL, Hetts SW. PMID: 23707097; PMCID: PMC3674851.
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    16. Magnetically-Assisted Remote Controlled Microcatheter Tip Deflection under Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Vis Exp. 2013 Apr 04; (74). Hetts SW, Saeed M, Martin A, Lillaney P, Losey A, Yee EJ, Sincic R, Do L, Evans L, Malba V, Bernhardt AF, Wilson MW, Patel A, Arenson RL, Caton C, Cooke DL. PMID: 23609143; PMCID: PMC3643177.
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    17. CT radiation dose: what can you do right now in your practice? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Mar; 196(3):619-25. Coakley FV, Gould R, Yeh BM, Arenson RL. PMID: 21343506.
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    18. RF Heating of MRI-Assisted Catheter Steering Coils for Interventional MRI. Acad Radiol. 2011 Mar; 18(3):277-85. Settecase F, Hetts SW, Martin AJ, Roberts TP, Bernhardt AF, Evans L, Malba V, Saeed M, Arenson RL, Kucharzyk W, Wilson MW. PMID: 21075019; PMCID: PMC3034801.
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    19. Steerable catheter microcoils for interventional MRI reducing resistive heating. Acad Radiol. 2011 Mar; 18(3):270-6. Bernhardt A, Wilson MW, Settecase F, Evans L, Malba V, Martin AJ, Saeed M, Roberts TP, Arenson RL, Hetts SW. PMID: 21075017; PMCID: PMC3034805.
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    20. "Hyperscrutiny" of academic-industrial relationships: potential for unintended consequences--a response. J Am Coll Radiol. 2010 Jan; 7(1):39-42. Seltzer SE, Menard A, Cruea R, Arenson R. PMID: 20129270.
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    21. Recommendations for additional imaging in radiology reports: radiologists' self-referral or good clinical practice? Radiology. 2009 Nov; 253(2):291-2. Arenson RL. PMID: 19864523.
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    22. An update survey of academic radiologists' clinical productivity. J Am Coll Radiol. 2008 Jul; 5(7):817-26. Lu Y, Zhao S, Chu PW, Arenson RL. PMID: 18585659.
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    23. The disruptive professional case scenarios. Acad Radiol. 2008 Apr; 15(4):494-500. Metter D, Harolds J, Rumack CM, Relyea-Chew A, Arenson R. PMID: 18342775.
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    24. Magnetically-assisted remote control (MARC) steering of endovascular catheters for interventional MRI: a model for deflection and design implications. Med Phys. 2007 Aug; 34(8):3135-42. Settecase F, Sussman MS, Wilson MW, Hetts S, Arenson RL, Malba V, Bernhardt AF, Kucharczyk W, Roberts TP. PMID: 17879774; PMCID: PMC3980585.
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    25. Blueprint for imaging in biomedical research. Radiology. 2007 Jul; 244(1):12-27. Ehman RL, Hendee WR, Welch MJ, Dunnick NR, Bresolin LB, Arenson RL, Baum S, Hricak H, Thrall JH. PMID: 17507725.
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    26. Quality--a radiology imperative: report of the 2006 Intersociety Conference. J Am Coll Radiol. 2007 Mar; 4(3):156-61. Dunnick NR, Applegate KE, Arenson RL. PMID: 17412255.
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    27. Training a better radiologist. J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 Jun; 3(6):389-93. Arenson R, Dunnick NR. PMID: 17412090.
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    28. Training for the future of radiology: a report of the 2005 Intersociety Conference. J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 May; 3(5):319-24. Dunnick NR, Applegate K, Arenson R, Levin D. PMID: 17412074.
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    29. The academic radiologist's clinical productivity: an update. Acad Radiol. 2005 Sep; 12(9):1211-23. Lu Y, Arenson RL. PMID: 16112517.
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    30. The inappropriate use of imaging studies: a report of the 2004 Intersociety Conference. J Am Coll Radiol. 2005 May; 2(5):401-6. Dunnick NR, Applegate KE, Arenson RL. PMID: 17411843.
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    31. Addressing the coming radiology crisis-the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology transforming the radiological interpretation process (TRIP) initiative. J Digit Imaging. 2004 Dec; 17(4):235-43. Andriole KP, Morin RL, Arenson RL, Carrino JA, Erickson BJ, Horii SC, Piraino DW, Reiner BI, Seibert JA, Siegel E, SCAR TRIP Subcommittee, TRIP Subcommittee. PMID: 15692865; PMCID: PMC3047184.
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    32. infoRAD 2004: why you need informatics education at RSNA 2004. Radiographics. 2004 Sep-Oct; 24(5):1491-2. Avrin DE, Arenson RL. PMID: 15371623.
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    33. National radiology fellowship match program: success or failure? J Am Coll Radiol. 2004 Mar; 1(3):188-91. Arenson RL. PMID: 17411557.
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    34. Creative approach to financing a PACS. Acad Radiol. 2004 Jan; 11(1):1-3. Arenson R. PMID: 14746395.
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    35. Informatics at RSNA 2003: evolution and maturation on all fronts. Radiographics. 2003 Sep-Oct; 23(5):1115-6. Avrin DE, Arenson RL. PMID: 12975503.
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    36. The digital imaging workstation. 1990. J Digit Imaging. 2003 Mar; 16(1):142-62; discussion 141. Arenson RL, Chakraborty DP, Seshadri SB, Kundel HL. PMID: 12945823; PMCID: PMC3045123.
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    37. Prototype medical image management system (MIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania: software design considerations. 1987. J Digit Imaging. 2003 Mar; 16(1):96-102; discussion 95. Seshadri SB, Arenson R, Khalsa S, Brikman I, van der Voorde F. PMID: 12945818; PMCID: PMC3045120.
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