Fergus Coakley, MD, new Diagnostic Radiology Chair

Dr. CoakleyDean Mark Richardson has announced that Fergus Coakley, MD, will serve as the new Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, effective August 2012.

Dr. Coakley joins OHSU from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in the UCSF School of Medicine. He is 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.

At UCSF, Dr. Coakley has been an active clinician, teacher and researcher. As Vice Chair for Clinical Services, his accomplishments have been numerous. They include improving the quality of clinical services, overseeing administration of the clinical sections, and supervising safety and quality initiatives in the department. As Section Chief, he is also responsible for mentoring the abdominal imaging faculty and staff, and provides career guidance, assistance and feedback on clinical, teaching, research and administrative activities.

Dr. Coakley is involved in teaching at all levels, from medical students to postgraduate trainees. He is 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.

“At OHSU, Dr. Coakley will work closely with current faculty to bring opportunities to the Department of Diagnostic Radiology,” said Dean Richardson. “In part, Dr. Coakley was attracted to OHSU because of the collegiality among faculty that he witnessed during his visits here.”

He will leverage the strong clinical component of the department to foster research collaboration with existing OHSU entities like the Knight, OCTRI, AIRC and the ONPRC, and ensure the department’s reputation for strong clinical performance and excellent training programs continues to grow.

Dean Richardson also thanked Steven L. Primack, MD, for his exemplary leadership of the department as Interim Chair since Jan. 1, 2011. His service to the School of Medicine has been invaluable during this time. Finally, he thanked the search committee, co-chaired by John Ma, MD, and Charles Thomas, MD, for their assistance in the national search process.


Pictured: Fergus Coakley, MD