Bonnie Joe, MD, PhD


Dr. Bonnie N. Joe is chief of Women's Imaging in Radiology at UCSF Medical Center. Her expertise includes breast imaging such as mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); abdominal and pelvic MRI; and MR spectroscopy and perfusion.

Joe earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and a medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in body MRI at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.


Breast Imaging
1600 Divisadero St., Room H-2906
San Francisco, CA 94115
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Phone: (415) 353-9800
Fax: (415) 353-9910

Hours: Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Radiology at Divisadero St.
1600 Divisadero St., Room A-142 and A-219
San Francisco, CA 94115
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
CT, MRI and Bone Densitometry: (415) 885-7282
X-Ray and Nuclear Medicine:
(415) 885-3822
Interventional Radiology:
(415) 885-3578
Fax: (415) 353-7299

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Radiology at the Women's Health Center
2356 Sutter St., Room J-146 and J-226
San Francisco, CA 94115
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Fax: (415) 353-7299

Hours: Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

UCSF Imaging Center at Montgomery Street
1725 Montgomery St., Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Phone: (415) 502-1330
Fax: (415) 986-2213

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 1997


Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Radiology 2002


Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, MRI 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee AY, Nguyen VT, Arasu VA, Greenwood HI, Ray KM, Joe BN, Price ER. Sonographic-MRI Correlation After Percutaneous Sampling of Targeted Breast Ultrasound Lesions: Initial Experiences With Limited-Sequence Unenhanced MRI for Postprocedural Clip Localization. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Feb 28; 1-8.
  2. Ray KM, Kerlikowske K, Lobach IV, Hofmann MB, Greenwood HI, Arasu VA, Hylton NM, Joe BN. Effect of Background Parenchymal Enhancement on Breast MR Imaging Interpretive Performance in Community-based Practices. Radiology. 2017 Oct 25; 170811.
  3. Lee AY, Joe BN, Price ER. The Predicament of the Probably Benign Breast MRI: Should We Rely on Intuition? Breast J. 2017 Sep; 23(5):501-503.
  4. Price ER, Sickles EA, Yitta S, Brasic N, Yeh MJ, Allen IE, Joe BN. Use of the probably benign (BI-RADS category 3) assessment for masses on breast MRI: Is it transferable to general clinical practice? Breast J. 2017 Aug 27.
  5. Greenwood HI, Freimanis RI, Carpentier BM, Joe BN. Clinical Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Technique, Indications, and Future Applications. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 Feb; 39(1):45-59.
  6. Foo ET, Lee AY, Ray KM, Woodard GA, Freimanis RI, Joe BN. Value of diagnostic imaging for the symptomatic male breast: Can we avoid unnecessary biopsies? Clin Imaging. 2017 Sep - Oct; 45:86-91.
  7. Maglione KD, Lee AY, Ray KM, Joe BN, Balassanian R. Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation for Benign Results After MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug; 209(2):442-453.
  8. Aminololama-Shakeri S, Flowers CI, McLaren CE, Wisner DJ, de Guzman J, Campbell JE, Bassett LW, Ojeda-Fournier H, Gerlach K, Hargreaves J, Elson SL, Retallack H, Joe BN, Feig SA, Wells CJ. Can Radiologists Predict the Presence of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ and Invasive Breast Cancer? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Apr; 208(4):933-939.
  9. Jones EF, Ray KM, Li W, Seo Y, Franc BL, Chien AJ, Esserman LJ, Pampaloni MH, Joe BN, Hylton NM. Dedicated Breast Positron Emission Tomography for the Evaluation of Early Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer. Clin Breast Cancer. 2017 Jun; 17(3):e155-e159.
  10. Li W, Arasu V, Newitt DC, Jones EF, Wilmes L, Gibbs J, Kornak J, Joe BN, Esserman LJ, Hylton NM. Effect of MR Imaging Contrast Thresholds on Prediction of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Response in Breast Cancer Subtypes: A Subgroup Analysis of the ACRIN 6657/I-SPY 1 TRIAL. Tomography. 2016 Dec; 2(4):378-387.
  11. Lee AY, Wisner DJ, Aminololama-Shakeri S, Arasu VA, Feig SA, Hargreaves J, Ojeda-Fournier H, Bassett LW, Wells CJ, De Guzman J, Flowers CI, Campbell JE, Elson SL, Retallack H, Joe BN. Inter-reader Variability in the Use of BI-RADS Descriptors for Suspicious Findings on Diagnostic Mammography: A Multi-institution Study of 10 Academic Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2017 Jan; 24(1):60-66.
  12. Hayward JH, Ray KM, Wisner DJ, Kornak J, Lin W, Joe BN, Sickles EA. Improving Screening Mammography Outcomes Through Comparison With Multiple Prior Mammograms. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jul 06; 1-7.
  13. Hayward JH, Ray KM, Wisner DJ, Joe BN. Follow-up outcomes after benign concordant MRI-guided breast biopsy. Clin Imaging. 2016 Sep-Oct; 40(5):1034-9.
  14. Nayak L, Miyake KK, Leung JW, Price ER, Liu YI, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Thomas WR, Lipson JA, Daniel BL, Hargreaves J, Brenner RJ, Bassett LW, Ojeda-Fournier H, Lindfors KK, Feig SA, Ikeda DM. Impact of Breast Density Legislation on Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Supplemental Screening: A Survey of 110 Radiology Facilities. Breast J. 2016 Sep; 22(5):493-500.
  15. Lee AY, Ichikawa L, Lee JM, Lee CI, DeMartini WB, Joe BN, Wernli KJ, Sprague BL, Herschorn SD, Lehman CD. Concordance of BI-RADS Assessments and Management Recommendations for Breast MRI in Community Practice. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jan; 206(1):211-6.
  16. Price ER, Keedy AW, Gidwaney R, Sickles EA, Joe BN. The Potential Impact of Risk-Based Screening Mammography in Women 40-49 Years Old. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Dec; 205(6):1360-4.
  17. Ray KM, Turner E, Sickles EA, Joe BN. Suspicious Findings at Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Occult to Conventional Digital Mammography: Imaging Features and Pathology Findings. Breast J. 2015 Sep-Oct; 21(5):538-42.
  18. Ray KM, Munir R, Wisner DJ, Azziz A, Holland BC, Kornak J, Joe BN. Internal mammary lymph nodes as incidental findings at screening breast MRI. Clin Imaging. 2015 Sep-Oct; 39(5):791-3.
  19. Price ER, Joe BN, Sickles EA. The developing asymmetry: revisiting a perceptual and diagnostic challenge. Radiology. 2015 Mar; 274(3):642-51.
  20. Karp NL, Price ER, Wisner DJ, Chang CB, Hylton NM, Joe BN. Extra-mammary findings on breast MRI: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2015 Jul-Aug; 39(4):547-52.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.