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Fergus Coakley M.B. B.Ch

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 includes 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.

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  • M.B.B.C.H., School of Medicine, University College, Cork Ireland 1988
  • Internship:

    • Mercy Hospital, Cork, Ireland 1988–1989
  • Residency:

    • Medical Resident- Mater and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Dublin, Ireland 1989–1991
    • Radiology Resident- Leicester teaching Hospitals, Leicester, England 1991- 1996
  • Fellowship:

    • Body Imaging Fellowship- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York 1996-1997
    • Postgraduate Research Fellow- Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis Sept 1995 - December 1995
  • Certifications:

    • FMGEMS 1988
    • Member, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 1990
    • Fellow, Royal College of Radiologists, London 1994
    • MD - Post-doctoral medical degree of the National University of Ireland for thesis entitled “The detection of pulmonary metastases by spiral CT” 2001
    • American Board of Radiology- Diagnostic Radiology 2001


  • "Multimodality imaging of fat-containing adrenal metastasis from hepatocellular carcinoma" Clinical Nuclear Medicine June 2012
  • "Atypical cases of gallstone ileus evaluated with multidetector computed tomography" Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography July 2004
  • "Peritoneal Calcification" AJR. American journal of roentgenology February 2004
  • "Use of MRI and spectroscopy in evaluation of external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer" International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics November 15 2004
  • "Prognostic importance of superior diaphragmatic adenopathy at computed tomography in patients with resectable hepatic metastases from colorectal carcinoma" Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography March 2008
  • "Optical imaging of the peri-tumoral inflammatory response in breast cancer" Journal of Translational Medicine November 11 2009
  • "Interpretation, accuracy and management implications of FDG PET/CT in cutaneous malignant melanoma" Nuclear Medicine Communications April 2007
  • "3D MR spectroscopic imaging in the evaluation of prostate cancer" Clinical Radiology October 2007
  • "Normal and hypoplastic fetal lungs" Radiology  2000
  • "Peripheral zone prostate cancer" Radiology January 2008
  • "Prostate depiction at endorectal MR spectroscopic imaging" Radiology December 2004
  • "Magnetic resonance imaging of massive ovarian edema in pregnancy" Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography November 2010
  • "A study of osteochondral bodies behind the posterior cruciate ligament of the knee" Knee July 1996
  • "Prenatal tracheal obstruction due to double aortic arch" AJR. American journal of roentgenology January 2007
  • "The role of preoperative endorectal magnetic resonance imaging in the decision regarding whether to preserve or resect neurovascular bundles during radical retropubic prostatectomy" Cancer June 15 2004
  • "Case 51" Radiology October 1 2002
  • "Inferior vena cava filling defects on CT and MRI" AJR. American journal of roentgenology  2005
  • "Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging of benign prostatic tissue" Clinical Imaging July 2011
  • "Detection of hepatocellular carcinoma by ferumoxides-enahanced MR imaging in cirrhosis" Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging January 2006
  • "Prenatal diagnosis of bilateral diaphragmatic hernia" Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine  2000
  • "Pictorial essay" AJR. American journal of roentgenology June 2000
  • "Detection of pulmonary metastases with pathological correlation" Pediatric Radiology July 1997
  • "Three-dimensional conformal external beam radiotherapy compared with permanent prostate implantation in low-risk prostate cancer based on endorectal magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging and prostate-specific antigen level" International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics May 1 2006
  • "Supplemental value of MRI in fetal abdominal disease detected on prenatal sonography" AJR. American journal of roentgenology  2005
  • "Direct MRI-guided biopsy of the prostate" Abdominal Radiology February 17 2015
  • "Solitary fibrous tumor of the male pelvis" Clinical Imaging September 2008
  • "Pancreatic imaging mimics" AJR. American journal of roentgenology August 2012
  • "Case 51" Radiology  2002
  • "Sextant localization of prostate cancer" Journal of Urology August 2000
  • "Complex adnexal masses" Radiology  2000

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