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 (National)

National Institues of Health, Medical Research Fellowship 1994 - 1998
National Science Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 1991 - 1994
National Medical Foundation Hugh J. Anderson Scholarship 1990
Xerox National Achievement Scholarship 1984 - 1988

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
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
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

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 14 available »

Sur, BW; Wandtke, JC; Hobbs, SK. "Pneumothorax: How to Recognize Subtle Signs and Avoid Pitfalls." Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology. 2015; 38(4): 1-8.
2014 May
Abujedeh, H; Pyatt, RS Jr; Bruno, MA; Chetlen, AL; Buck, D; Hobbs, SK, Roth, C; Truwit, C; Agarwal, R; Kennedy, ST; Glenn, L. "RADPEER Peer Review: Relevance, Use, concerns, Challenges, and Direction Forward." J Am Coll Radiol. 2014; .
Huo, Z; Xu, F; Zang, J; Zhao, H; Hobbs, SK; Wandtke, J; Sykes, A; Narinder, P; Foos, D. "Bone Suppression Technique for Chest Radiographs." Proc. SPIE 9037, Medical Imaging 2014: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment. 2014; .
Khadir, MM; chaturvedi, A; Nguyen, MS; Wandtke, JC; Hobbs, SK; Chaturvedi, A. "Looking Beyond the Thrombus: Essentials of Pulmonary Artery Imaging on CT." Insights Imaging. 2014; .
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.

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