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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 784-2985

Administrative: (585) 273-1971

Fax: (585) 276-2851

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assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Imaging Sciences


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 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).



MD | Harvard Medical School

PHD | Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006
Fellowship at University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2005
Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of California Medical Center San Diego

03/01/2003 - 06/30/2003
Residency in Radiology, General at University of Minnesota Medical School

03/01/2001 - 03/01/2003
Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center

07/01/1999 - 03/01/2001
Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of Minnesota Medical School

07/01/1998 - 06/30/1999
Internship at St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center

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Best Conference Teachers - Faculty Award
Location: Dept. of Imaging Sciences, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center

2014 - 2015
Arvin Robinson Faculty Teaching Award
Location: Dept. of Imaging Sciences, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center

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

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

Philips-AUR Faculty Development Program, Association of University Radiologists

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

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

2001 - 2003
NCI Tumor Imaging Fellowship (Stanford)

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

Clarence Carter Humanitarian Award, University of Minnesota Foundation

American Association for Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research

American Association for Cancer Research Travel Award, Annual Meeting

1994 - 1998
National Institutes of Health, Medical Research Fellowship

1991 - 1994
National Science Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

NIH Summer Medical Fellowship

National Medical Foundation Hugh J. Anderson Scholarship

University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology Outstanding Community Service Award

Minnegasco Outstanding Student Award

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Inducted

1986 - 1989
Honeywell Engineering Scholarship

1984 - 1988
General Mills Scholarship

1984 - 1988
Xerox National Achievement Scholarship

University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship

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Journal Articles

Sur, BW; Wandtke, JC; Hobbs, SK. "Pneumothorax: How to Recognize Subtle Signs and Avoid Pitfalls." Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology. 2015; 38(4): 1-8.

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; .