Fergus Coakley, M.D.

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Dr. Coakley is the Chair of Diagnostic Radiology. He joined OHSU in August 2012 from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he was a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in the UCSF School of Medicine. He was also Chief of the Abdominal Imaging Section and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He holds a concurrent honorary appointment as a Professor in Residence in the Department of Urology.

Dr. Coakley received his medical degree in 1988 from the School of Medicine, University College Cork, Ireland. His postgraduate training is diverse and included an internship at Mercy Hospital in Cork; medical residency at Mater and St. Vincent’s Hospitals in Dublin; and radiology residency at Leicester teaching Hospitals in Leicester, England. Dr. Coakley was a Fellow in Body Imaging at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before joining UCSF in 1997. During a year away from UCSF in 2000–2001, he was Assistant Professor and Director, Body MRI, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Coakley has been an active clinician, teacher and researcher. He is involved in teaching at all levels, from medical students to postgraduate trainees. He was Program Director of two postgraduate training programs at UCSF – a joint Abdominal Imaging Fellowship between UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital and San Francisco VA Medical Center, and a T32 Training Grant from the NIH, which he secured in 2005 and which was renewed through 2015.

One of Dr. Coakley’s main research interests is the potential of MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound for cancer therapy and tumor ablation. His department chair at UCSF credits Dr. Coakley for bringing this technology and technique to UCSF Medical Center. He is widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a frequent lecturer and sought after expert in CT radiation dose, MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound and MRI of prostate cancer.

Summary of Current Research


Selected Publications

"CT of acute appendicitis: Can diagnostic accuracy serve as a practical performance metric for readers specialized in abdominal imaging?," Clinical Imaging (Vol: 38, Issue: 1, Page 56-59) - 2014

"Role of endorectal MR imaging and MR spectroscopic imaging in defining treatable intraprostatic tumor foci in prostate cancer: Quantitative analysis of imaging contour compared to whole-mount histopathology," Radiotherapy and Oncology - 2014

"Suprarenal retroperitoneal liposarcoma with intracaval tumor thrombus: An imaging mimic of adrenocortical carcinoma," Clinical Imaging (Vol: 38, Issue: 1, Page 75-77) - 2014

"Can CT features differentiate between inferior vena cava leiomyosarcomas and primary retroperitoneal masses?," American Journal of Roentgenology (Vol: 200, Issue: 1, Page 205-209) - 2013

"Clinical utility of endorectal MRI-guided prostate biopsy: Preliminary experience," Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging - 2013


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