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

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

Imaging Sciences

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About Me

Professional Background

Susan K. Hobbs MD, PhD is a 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 D...
Susan K. Hobbs MD, PhD is a 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 (Diagnostic Radiology Residency), University of California-San Diego (Diagnostic Radiology Residency), and University of California-San Francisco (Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship). Following her training Dr. Hobbs began worked 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 for the Diablo Service Area.

Dr. Hobbs joined the faculty at URMC in 2009 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 increased, the Lung Cancer Screening Program was introduced, and cardiothoracic imaging involvement in the URMC Valve Clinic with transcatheter valve implantation pre-procedural imaging started. 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 resident education within the field of Radiology.

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

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD)

Vice Chair for Education - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine. 2005 - 2006

Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, University of California Medical Center San Diego. 2003 - 2005

Residency, Radiology, General, University of Minnesota Medical School. 2003 - 2003

Fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center. 2001 - 2003

Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, University of Minnesota Medical School. 1999 - 2001

Internship, St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center. 1998 - 1999


MD | Harvard Medical School. 1998

PHD | Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. 1998


Best Conference Teachers - Faculty Award. 2015

Arvin Robinson Faculty Teaching Award. 2014 - 2015

Service Excellence Team Award from the University of Rochester Medical Center Board - Member of the TAVI Team. 2014

Fischer Fund University of Rochester, Department of Imaging Sciences, Recipient. 2013 - 2014

Philips-AUR Faculty Development Program, Association of University Radiologists. 2011

Finalist, W.S. Moore Award, ISMRM Young Investigator Award. 2003

Student Travel Stipend, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISMRM Annual Meeting, Hawaii. 2002

NCI Tumor Imaging Fellowship (Stanford). 2001 - 2003

AACR-AFLAC, Inc. Scholar-In-Training Award, Molecular Targets & Cancer Therapeutics Conference. 2001

Clarence Carter Humanitarian Award, University of Minnesota Foundation. 2000

American Association for Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research. 1998

American Association for Cancer Research Travel Award, Annual Meeting. 1997

National Institutes of Health, Medical Research Fellowship. 1994 - 1998

National Science Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. 1991 - 1994

National Medical Foundation Hugh J. Anderson Scholarship. 1990

NIH Summer Medical Fellowship. 1990

Minnegasco Outstanding Student Award. 1989

University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology Outstanding Community Service Award. 1989

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Inducted. 1988

Honeywell Engineering Scholarship. 1986 - 1989

University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship. 1984

General Mills Scholarship. 1984 - 1988

Xerox National Achievement Scholarship. 1984 - 1988


Journal Articles

Pneumothorax: How to Recognize Subtle Signs and Avoid Pitfalls.

Sur, BW; Wandtke, JC; Hobbs, SK.

Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology. 2015; 38(4): 1-8.

Bone Suppression Technique for Chest Radiographs.

Huo, Z; Xu, F; Zang, J; Zhao, H; Hobbs, SK; Wandtke, J; Sykes, A; Narinder, P; Foos, D.

Proc. SPIE 9037, Medical Imaging 2014: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment. 2014; .

RADPEER Peer Review: Relevance, Use, concerns, Challenges, and Direction Forward.

Abujedeh, H; Pyatt, RS Jr; Bruno, MA; Chetlen, AL; Buck, D; Hobbs, SK, Roth, C; Truwit, C; Agarwal, R; Kennedy, ST; Glenn, L.

J Am Coll Radiol. 2014; .

Looking Beyond the Thrombus: Essentials of Pulmonary Artery Imaging on CT.

Khadir, MM; chaturvedi, A; Nguyen, MS; Wandtke, JC; Hobbs, SK; Chaturvedi, A.

Insights Imaging. 2014; .

Spontaneous esophageal hematoma in a patient with atrial fibrillation.

Guzman R, Ding L, Watson TJ, Hobbs SK, Litle VR

The Annals of thoracic surgery.. 2013 March 95 (3):1089-91. Epub 1900 01 01.

Chest Wall Sarcoma: 18F-FDG PET/CT in a Patient with Li-Fraumani Syndrome.

Chadaz, T; Hobbs, SK; Son, H.

Clin Nucl Med. 2013; 38(10): 818-20.

Imaging Features of Chest Wall Tumors.

Schiffman, SR; Datta, V; Wandtke, J; Hobbs, SK.

Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology. 2012; 35(2): 1-5.

Cardiac imaging: Part 1, MR pulse sequences, imaging planes, and basic anatomy.

Ginat DT, Fong MW, Tuttle DJ, Hobbs SK, Vyas RC

AJR. American journal of roentgenology.. 2011 October 197 (4):808-15. Epub 1900 01 01.

Magnetic resonance image-guided proteomics of human glioblastoma multiforme.

Hobbs SK, Shi G, Homer R, Harsh G, Atlas SW, Bednarski MD

Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI.. 2003 November 18 (5):530-6. Epub 1900 01 01.

Synthesis of polymerized thin films for immobilized ligand display in proteomic analysis.

Hobbs SK, Shi G, Bednarski MD

Bioconjugate chemistry.. 2003 14 (3):526-31. Epub 1900 01 01.

Modulation of Intratumoral Drug Delivery by the Tumor Microenvironment and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor.

Monsky, WL; Hobbs, SK; Yuan, F; Torchillin, VP; Jain, RK.

Proceedings for the International Symposium for Controlled Release and Bioactive Materials. 1998; : 25.

Regulation of Transport Pathways in Tumor Vessels: Role of Tumor Type and Microenvironment.

Hobbs, SK; Monsky, WL; Yuan, F; Roberts, WG; Griffith, L; Torchillin, VP; Jain, RK.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 1998; : 4607-4612.

The Development of an In Situ Assay for bFGF Release. Biomaterials for Drug and Cell Delivery.

Hobbs, SK; Periolat, LM; Cima, LG; Nugent, M; Jain, RK.

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. 1993; 331: 187-191.

Localization of Tc-99m MDP in Cystomsarcoma Phyllodes.

Hobbs, SK; Neumann, RD; Merino, MJ; Gunzenhauser, J; Carrasquillo, JA.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 1992; 17(1): 58-60.