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David Naeger, M.D.

Associate Professor of  Radiology
Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

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Brett M. Elicker, M.D.
Department of Radiology
University of California, San Francisco
505 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0628, Room M-392
San Francisco, California 94143-0628
brett.elicker@radiology.ucsf.edu
(415) 476-1397
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  • 1990-1993 Connecticut College, Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, Minor in Music
  • 1996-2000 New York Medical College, M.D.
  • 2000-2001 Internship, Internal Medicine
  • Kaiser Santa Clara Hospital, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2001-2005 Resident, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
  • Yale/New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • 2005-2006  Clinical Fellow in Thoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology,
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Airway disease
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • High-resolution CT of the lung
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Intravenous contrast media
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • MDCT/MRI of pulmonary embolism
  • Thoracic Malignancies
  • Traumatic aortic injury
  • Complications of lung transplantation
  • High resolution CT (HRCT) in the evaluation of diffuse lung disease
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis network
  • Vascular imaging of the thorax

Brett M. Elicker, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology and Chief of Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging Section in the Department of Radiology and & Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. Dr. Elicker is also co-Director of the UCSF Lung Cancer Screening Program, which uses the latest low-dose CT scan technology.

Dr. Elicker is a specialist in thoracic radiology. He earned a medical degree in 2000 from New York Medical College. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California, followed by a diagnostic radiology residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conneticut from 2001-2005. He came to UCSF in 2005 as a Clinical Fellow in Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging and joined the faculty of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in July 2006. Dr. Elicker was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators in 2007.

Dr. Elicker's research interests are in thoracic CT and MRI.  His research is primarily clinical which is a reflection of the strong clinical training during his radiology residency at Yale University and thoracic fellowship at UCSF.  His research interests primarily involve three areas: high resolution CT (HRCT) in the evaluation of diffuse lung disease, imaging in patients with lung transplants and thoracic vascular imaging.  These interests have evolved from the strong training he received during fellowship by leaders in these respective fields.

While HRCT has been used in the evaluation of diffuse lung disease for years, its role in diagnosis is continually evolving.  Dr. Elicker is a participant and radiologist in the nationwide idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis network (IPF-NET).  This is a NIH sponsored cooperative study that investigates different drug treatments' efficacy in arresting the progression of lung fibrosis in patients with IPF.  He is also involved in elucidating the role of HRCT in a variety of other diffuse lung diseases including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, connective tissue disease and smoking related interstitial lung disease.

UCSF is a center for lung transplant imaging providing a variety of unique opportunities for research, namely complications of lung transplantation and assessment of the native (non-transplanted) lung in the setting of more pronounced immunosupression than usually given in the treatment of interstitial lung disease.

  1. Elicker BM, Cypel YS, Weinreb JS. IV contrast administration for CT- a survey of practices for the screening and prevention of contrast nephropathy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2006 June; 186: 1651-1658.
  2. Elicker BM, Lee TJ, Webb WR. Role of multislice computed tomography of the thorax in the evaluation of suspected pulmonary embolism. Clin Pulm Med. 2007 May; 14(3): 157-165.
  3. Elicker BM, Pereira CAC, Webb WR, Leslie KO. High-resolution computed tomography patterns of diffuse interstitial lung disease with clinical and pathological correlation.  J Bras Penumol. 2008; 34(9): 715-44.
  4. Elicker BM, Golden JA, Ordovas KG, Leard L, Golden, TR, Hays SR.  Progression of native lung fibrosis in lung transplant recipients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Respir Med. 2010; 104: 426-433.
  5. Elicker BM, Schwartz BS, Liu C, Chen EC, Miller S, Chiu CY, Webb WR. Thoracic CT Findings of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Infection in Immunocompromised Patients. Emerg Radiol. 2010; 17 (4): 299-307.

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