Susan K. Hobbs, M.D., Ph.D.

Susan K. Hobbs, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-1974
Fax: (585) 276-2851

Professional Bio

Susan K. Hobbs MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at URMC in the Department of Imaging Sciences.

Her undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research focused on tumor angiogenesis. Subsequently, she had the opportunity to conduct post-doctoral research at the Lucas Center for Imaging at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research focused on novel methods to investigate tumor protein biomarkers.

Dr. Hobbs completed her clinical training at St. Vincents Hospital-Manhattan(Transitional), Fairview-University of Minnesota (Radiology Residency), University of California-San Diego (Radiology Residency), and University of California-San Francisco (Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship). Following her training Dr. Hobbs began working at Kaiser Permanente in the Diablo Service Area (Walnut Creek, CA). Prior to her appointment at URMC, she was Chief of CT imaging at Kaiser.

Dr. Hobbs joined the faculty at URMC in 2005 as an Assistant Professor and head of the newly created Cardiothoracic Imaging Section within the Department of Imaging Sciences. Under her direction, the volume of Cardiac MRI has increased, a Lung Cancer Screening Program was begun, cardiothoracic imaging has dedicated involvement in the URMC Valve Clinic with transcatheter valve implantation pre-procedural imaging. She is a member of the LAM clinic, serving as the imaging consultant.

Dr. Hobbs specializes in the diagnostic imaging related to pulmonary diseases, oncologic processes in the thorax, cardiovascular disease, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Hobbs holds a special interest in quality improvement within the field of Imaging Sciences.

Dr. Hobbs is an active member in the Society of Thoracic Radiology, Society for Cardiovascular CT, North American Society of Cardiac imaging, RSNA, ARRS, and ACR. She acts as a reviewer for NIH and Radiology (a journal of RSNA).

Awards & Honors (Local)

Best Conference Teachers - Faculty Award | Dept. of Imaging Sciences, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center 2015
Arvin Robinson Faculty Teaching Award | Dept. of Imaging Sciences, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center 2014 - 2015

Recent Journal Articles

2013 Mar
Guzman R, Ding L, Watson TJ, Hobbs SK, Litle VR. "Spontaneous esophageal hematoma in a patient with atrial fibrillation." The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2013 Mar; 95(3):1089-91.
2011 Oct
Ginat DT, Fong MW, Tuttle DJ, Hobbs SK, Vyas RC. "Cardiac imaging: Part 1, MR pulse sequences, imaging planes, and basic anatomy." AJR. American journal of roentgenology. 2011 Oct; 197(4):808-15.
2003 Nov
Hobbs SK, Shi G, Homer R, Harsh G, Atlas SW, Bednarski MD. "Magnetic resonance image-guided proteomics of human glioblastoma multiforme." Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI. 2003 Nov; 18(5):530-6.
Hobbs SK, Shi G, Bednarski MD. "Synthesis of polymerized thin films for immobilized ligand display in proteomic analysis." Bioconjugate chemistry. 2003 14(3):526-31.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary


Diagnostic Radiology - American Board of Radiology


PhD | Chemical Engineering | Massachusetts Institute of Technology1998
MD | Medicine | Harvard Medical School1998
B Ch E | Chemical Engineering | University of Minnesota1989

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006
Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente07/01/2003 - 06/30/2005
Residency in Radiology at University of Minnesota Medical School03/01/2003 - 06/30/2003
Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center03/01/2001 - 03/01/2003
Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Fairview University Medical Center07/01/1999 - 03/01/2001
Internship in Transitional at St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center- Manhattan07/01/1998 - 06/30/1999