The Margulis Society

The Margulis Society was created in 1991 as a fund-raising organization of UCSF Radiology alumni and faculty. The Society lends financial support to many aspects of the Department's residency teaching programs while fostering a continuing relationship among alumni, present trainees and the radiology faculty. The Margulis Society was named for Alexander R. Margulis, MD, former chairman of the Department, in recognition of his many years of leadership and innovation at UCSF.

Since its inception, the Margulis Society has grown substantially and its role in underwriting the radiology training program has become firmly established. The primary source of funds for this effort has been the yearly donations of Margulis Society members.

The Margulis Society underwrites most of the registration fees, travel and housing costs required for UCSF residents to attend courses at the Armed Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Washington, D.C., during elective training months.

Special projects have also received funding. These include substantial donations of teaching materials, audiovisual and computer equipment for the libraries and learning centers of Moffitt-Long and San Francisco General Hospitals, the renovation of Stone Library, the purchase of an audience response system for teaching conferences; and the 2013 Physics Course which brought UC Davis faculty to UCSF for a comprehensive one-day physics intensive geared to residents' needs. Yearly research grants are funded to promote resident and fellow researchers in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

About Alexander R. Margulis, MD

Alexander R. Margulis, MDAlexander R. Margulis, MD was born in 1921 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with M.D. in 1950, and completed a radiology residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Margulis served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps, Chief of Radiology Service, and Head of Medical Education at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC, from 1957-59. At Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Dr. Margulis was Assistant, Associate and Full Professor before coming to the University of California, San Francisco in 1963 where he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology from 1963-1989. He was subsequently a Professor of Radiology, and Associate Chancellor of Special Projects, Director of the Magnetic Resonance Science Center (1993-2000), and a Special Consultant to the Vice Chancellor for UCSF Advancement and Planning (Mission Bay Campus). Since 2000, Dr. Margulis has served as a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY. He holds eight honorary doctorates, and has received numerous medals and awards from prestigious societies and institutions, including the University of California Medal, 2000, and the Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine 1989.

Margulis Society Board Members

Derk Purcell, MD

Immediate Past-President:
Diego E. Ruiz, MD

Board Members:
Ronald L. Arenson, MD
Soonmee Cha, MD
James S. Chen, MD, PhD
Nick G. Costouros, MD
Erik H.L. Gaensler, MD
Michael Gotway, MD
Christopher Hess, MD, PhD
Donna Hoghooghi, MD
Jane Kim, MD
Naveen Kumar, MD
Vincent D. McCormick, MD
Peter S. Moskowitz, MD
Gautham P. Reddy, MD, MPH
Christopher J. Schultz, MD
Volney F. Van Dalsem, III, MD
Benjamin M. Yeh, MD

Membership Information

Friends, faculty and alumni of the UCSF Department of Radiology are invited continue their involvement with the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging through support of The Margulis Society. Your input is appreciated, and will benefit a growing number of educational programs while providing an easy way to stay in touch with past and current members of the Department. The suggested yearly donation remains $300 and $150 for members in their first three years after graduation.  For membership infomramtion, please contact Katie Murphy at

Research Support

The Margulis Society offers annual research grant funding for up to three UCSF resident or fellow applicants to pursue their research. The 2012 grant submissions have been solicited, and recipient(s) will be selected by committee and announced in the spring.