Meet Our Faculty

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Rochester General Hospital's Department of Diagnostic Imaging is proud to have the talented physicians of Rochester Radiology Associates on staff to educate our residents. The Radiologists are all board-certified, and the vast majority are fellowship trained in their respective field, including:

  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Body Imaging
  • Neuroradiology
  • Mammography
  • Vascular
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Thoracic Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging

The residency program has a 22:17 faculty to resident ratio, ensuring that the residents receive dedicated, individualized teaching and feedback. 

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 Martine S. Backentoss, MD

Dr. Backenstoss is fellowship-trained and an expert in the field of the women’s imaging, performing all modalities ranging from mammography to biopsies to needle localizations prior to surgery to advanced breast MRI. Under her direction, the Women’s Imaging section at Rochester General has been recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence since 2007, utilizing the latest state-of-the-art digital mammography, minimally-invasive techniques, and breast MRI to help achieve the correct diagnosis.

Dr. Backenstoss is fluent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Undergraduate Education: Mount Holyoke College

Medical School: Université de Montpellier I, Faculté de Médecine, Montpellier, France

Internship: OB/GYN and Internal Medicine, Sinai-Samaritan Medical Center, Milwaukee

Nuclear Medicine Residency: Temple University Hospital 

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: The Reading Hospital and Medical Center 

Fellowship Training: Mammography, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2002 

MQSA certified in MammographyBoard Certification in Subspecialty Training:

 

BowenWilliam2 William D. Bowen, MD, MS

 Dr. Bowen performs and reads the full gamut of imaging modalities, with his expertise and clinical interests in cardiac imaging and advanced CT modalities such as virtual colonoscopy, CT enterography, and coronary CTA. He also is very active in women’s imaging and minimally invasive procedures and serves as the Section Chief for Women’s Imaging. Dr. Bowen was a nominee for the Rochester General Hospital Physician Excellence Award in 2007 and 2009.

Undergraduate Education: Stanford University

Graduate Education: Masters Degree, Stanford University

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Internship/Other Residency: Froedtert Memorial and Clement Zablocki VA Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2008

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: MQSA certified in Mammography

 

 HicksScott2 R. Scott Hicks, MD

 Dr. Scott Hicks is fellowship-trained radiologist in body imaging, including expertise in MRI, and is the Section Chief of Ultrasound. After completing his residency at Rochester General Hospital and serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Hicks spent the next 3 years in active duty for the Army, stationed at Heidelberg, Germany. He served as the chief of the department at the Army base in Germany from July, 2008 until September, 2010. He then returned to the Rochester area to complete a Body Imaging fellowship at URMC prior to coming back to Rochester Regional Health System.

Undergraduate Education: University of Florida

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Internship: Lehigh Valley Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: Body Imaging, University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2007

 

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Sarah Ifthikharuddin, MD, FRCR

 As a fellowship-trained radiologist for over 25 years in three continents, to Dr. Ifthikharuddin radiology is more than just a job, it is a passion. An expert in all aspects of neuroimaging, Dr. Ifthikharuddin has been Section Chief of Neuroradiology for years, teaching numerous residents over the years. She also serves as the director for MRI Services Co-Director. In addition to her own research and publications, she has helped guide residents in their research endeavors as well. She has presented at national radiology conferences on neuroradiology topics, and enjoys being at the center of the rapid advancements in MRI neuroimaging over the past decade.

Medical School: Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom; University of Rochester Medical Center

Fellowship Training: Neuroradiology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2000

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology, 2002

 

 JacobsonDaniel Daniel Jacobson, MD, MS

Dr. Dan Jacobson is a board certified radiologist who specializes in abdominal/gastrointestinal imaging and women’s imaging. He has been an integral part of the prestigious radiology program for over 25 years both as a resident and then as an attending. Known for his humor, he is also a favorite teacher to the residents and previously served in leadership roles including the residency program directory for 11 years, being voted the “Attending Teacher of the Year” twice by the residents over the years. Besides being an expert in body CT and abdominal imaging, he interprets CT colonography/virtual colonoscopy as well as mammography and breast MRI.

Undergraduate Education: University of Buffalo

Graduate Education: University of Buffalo

Medical School: Albany Medical College 

Internship: University of Buffalo Millard Fillmore Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1995

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: MQSA certified in Mammography

 

 KowalchukRoman2 Roman M. Kowalchuk, MD, PhD

Dr. Kowalchuk has been at Rochester General Hospital for over 15 years and is a recognized expert in the field of musculoskeletal imaging. He has served as the Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging for years in addition to being the MRI Services Co-Director. A distinguished administrator, Dr. Kowalchuk was previously served as the Chairman of Radiology at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and the Associate Chief at Rochester General Hospital. He has been awarded the ‘Attending Teacher of the Year’ in 2001 and has always been known as an excellent mentor to the residents.

Undergraduate Education: Duke University

Graduate Education: PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Internship: Strong Memorial Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship Training: Musculoskeletal Imaging, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1997

 

 LernerRobert Robert M. Lerner, MD, PhD, FACR

Dr. Lerner is an authority in the field of ultrasound. He received his PhD in electrical engineering research that involved new engineering concepts to improve the capability of ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical conditions. He then translated that clinically by completing medical school, internship, and a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Rochester. He then joined Rochester General Hospital in 1989. An accomplished author, Dr. Lerner was the Section Chief of Ultrasound for years, expanding the clinical use of ultrasound, training and teaching countless residents, and guiding countless ultrasound technologists. He was involved in writing some of the early standards for the American College of Radiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR). He is also an expert in minimally invasive ultrasound-guided procedures, including prostate biopsies and thyroid biopsies. Dr. Lerner is still pushing the boundaries of the field of sonography with his latest research on sonoelasticity, utilizing the way certain lesions compress on ultrasound to better help diagnose them noninvasively for the purpose of characterizing tissue with potential to decrease the need for biopsies.

Undergraduate Education: Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute)

Graduate Education: PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester; Masters Degree, University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Rochester

Internship: University of Rochester Medical Center

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1981

 

 ManelisJoshua2 Joshua B. Manelis, MD

Dr. Josh Manelis is a fellowship-trained radiologist who specializes in MRI imaging. His expertise involves musculoskeletal MRI, neuroradiology MRI, and body/pelvic MRI. Known for his humor, Dr. Manelis’ lectures and conferences are well attended by faculty and residents.

Undergraduate Education: Pace University

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Internship: St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Fellowship Training: MRI, University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2007

 

 OherrionTimothy2 Timothy M. O’Herron, MD

Dr. O’Herron is a fellowship-trained thoracic radiologist with expertise in the imaging of lung malignancies and interstitial disease. He is the Section Chief of Thoracic Imaging. Dr. O’Herron also has a special interest in women’s imaging and has expertise in the imaging of breast cancer as well as various procedures such as ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies as well as needle localization.

Undergraduate Education: Nazareth College of Rochester

Medical School: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry

Internship/Other Residency: Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: Thoracic Imaging, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2009

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: MQSA certified in Mammography

 

 RussoNicholas2 Nicholas C. Russo, MD

Dr. Nick Russo is a board certified radiologist with expertise in many modalities including women’s imaging, PET/CT imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and general diagnostic radiology.

Undergraduate Education: Harvard University

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Internship: Highland Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1973

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: MQSA certified in Mammography

 

 ScottBrian2 Bryan E. Scott, MD

Dr. Scott is a fellowship trained neuroradiologist with expertise in brain tumors, spinal tumors, multiple sclerosis, and phakomatoses. Dr. Scott heads up the MRI imaging division in the Rochester General radiology department. He has numerous publications and presentations to his credit on his work in the field of neuroradiology.

Undergraduate Education: Canisius College

Medical School: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry

Internship: Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital

Fellowship Training: Neuroradiology, Cleveland Clinic; Oncologic Neurosurgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2006

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology, 2008

 

  SpitzerEric2 Eric M. Spitzer, MD

Dr. Spitzer is a fellowship trained neuroradiologist with clinical expertise in interpretation of MRI and CT examinations of the brain, spine, and neck. Dr. Spitzer has contributed to a book chapter on spine pathology and participated in several scientific posters at national society meetings. He was voted ‘Attending Teacher of the Year’ in 2006 by the radiology residents and currently serves on the executive committee of the Rochester General Hospital Medical and Dental staff as an elected representative. Dr. Spitzer has also served in multiple leadership roles in the radiology group.

Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Internship: Washington Hospital Center

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Minnesota

Fellowship Training: Neuroradiology, Northwestern University

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2003

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology, 2005

 

 VanSickelKenneth2 Kenneth N. Van Sickel, MD

Dr. Van Sickel completed both his medicine and radiology training in Rochester at Rochester General Hospital and was Chief Resident in Radiology the final year of his residency training. As the past Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program at RGH and the course director of Radiology for RIT, Dr. Van Sickel has spent countless hours involved in the training of future radiologists and physician’s assistants. He is greatly admired by the trainees as an excellent educator, voted ‘Attending Teacher of the Year’ in 2009. He also currently serves as the President of Rochester Radiology Associates. Although Dr. Van Sickel’s main focus is breast imaging and intervention, he has a broad range of specialty interests within the field of radiology, including specialized ultrasound, image-guided procedures, women’s imaging, and abdominal/body imaging including CT colonography/virtual colonoscopy.

Undergraduate Education: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Internship: Rochester General Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2007

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: MQSA certified in Mammography

 

 ZinkinAdam2 Adam S. Zinkin, MD

Dr. Adam Zinkin is the Chairman of Diagnostic Imaging at Rochester General Hospital. He has been a well-known musculoskeletal imager in the community for years. In addition to being a distinguished MRI and musculoskeletal radiologist, Dr. Zinkin is the Director of CT Imaging at Rochester General Hospital. He has been a dedicated teacher and mentor to many radiology residents over the years.

Medical School: University of Rochester

Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship Training: Musculoskeletal Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2002

 

 ZinkinEdward2 Edward B. Zinkin, MD, FACR

Dr. Edward Zinkin has been a radiologist and Section Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging at Rochester General Hospital for over 30 years, during which time he has gained national recognition for his diagnostic expertise in the field of gastrointestinal imaging. His unmatched expertise in all modalities of gastrointestinal imaging, from fluoroscopic upper GI studies and barium enemas to advanced CT imaging, has provided countless patients with valuable diagnoses and led to his receiving the prestigious honor of becoming a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR). He has also been a beloved teacher to hundreds of residents over the years. A favorite of the referring physicians, residents, and all of the departmental staff, his smile and presence has been a constant in the radiology department for over three decades.

Undergraduate Education: Queens College

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Internship: Meadowbrook Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1974

 

 generic avatar Manuel Rodriguez, MD

Dr. Manny Rodriguez is a fellowship-trained radiologist with special expertise in neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiac imaging as well as body MRI and MRA.  He also performs minimally invasive musculoskeletal therapeutic and diagnostic joint injections. After serving as Chief Resident for the RGH Diagnostic Radiology program, he completed a fellowship in MRI before joining the staff. 

Undergraduate Education:  University of California, Berkeley

Medical School:  Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Internship: New York Medical College, Montefiore North Division Diagnostic Radiology

Residency:  Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Board Certification in Radiology:  American Board of Radiology, 2014

 

 generic avatar Meghan Single, MD

Dr. Single is a fellowship-trained radiologist with special expertise in the field of abdominal body imaging, especially in MRI. She also has special interest in advanced imaging in gastrointestinal and genitourinary pathology.  

Undergraduate Education: University of Notre Dame

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Internship/Other Residency: Riverside Methodist Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center

Fellowship Training: MRI Imaging, Northwestern University

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2013

 

 generic avatar Parul Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a fellowship-trained radiologist with specialized training in neurological, musculoskeletal, and body MRI.  She is additionally qualified for invasive musculoskeletal procedures including joint injections and aspirations. She served as Chief Resident at University of Rochester before completing a fellowship and then joining the staff. She has been awarded the Teacher of the Year award by the residents.

Undergraduate Education: Stony Brook University

Medical School: Upstate Medical University            

Internship/Other Residency: Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: MRI Imaging, University Medical Imaging, URMC

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2012

 

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Raj Pyne, MD
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency


Dr. Devaraj Pyne is a board-certified interventional radiologist, and the Program Director for the IR/DR residency program and the Associate Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology residency. He has been passionate about resident education for years and is thrilled to have developed the new Interventional Residency from the ground up and now integrated it into Rochester General Hospital’s busy IR practice. His main clinical interests and expertise involve venous work (including varicose vein and venous thromboembolism treatments), interventional oncology, endoleak repair, kyphoplasty, arteriovenous malformation embolization, and women’s health (including uterine fibroid embolization and postpartum hemorrhage). He recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology entitled “Uterine Artery Embolization in the Treatment of Postpartum Uterine Hemorrhage” and is currently involved with research regarding chronic venous insufficiency and percutaneous Type 1 and Type 2 endoleak repair. Dr. Pyne has received the Teaching Award by the radiology residents.

Undergraduate Education: Union College

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Internship/Other Residency: Albany Medical Center

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2008

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2010 

Rivero Michael J. Rivero, MD
Section Chief, Division of Interventional Radiology

Dr. Mike Rivero is a board certified interventional radiologist who is the Section Chief of Interventional Radiology at Rochester General Hospital. His main clinical interests and expertise involve treating varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, TIPS, balloon kyphoplasty, and uterine fibroid embolization. He is also experienced in women’s imaging and procedures, a rare feat given the demands of both subspecialties.

Undergraduate Education: University at Buffalo

Medical School: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry

Internship/Other Residency: Unity Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology:
American Board of Radiology, 2009

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training:
Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2011; MQSA certified in Mammography

Broder Jonathan D. Broder, MD
Past Chairman, Rochester General Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Jonathan Broder is the past Chairman of Radiology at Rochester General Health System and an accomplished board certified interventional radiologist. His clinical and administrative leadership in his tenure as Chairman of Diagnostic Imaging led to advances in image quality, departmental efficiency and patient safety in the busy and rapidly growing radiology department. The combination of over 15 years of experience in interventional radiology and his leadership experience as one of Rochester General Hospital’s chiefs of service allow Dr. Broder to offer a unique perspective.

Undergraduate Education: Cornell University

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center

Fellowship Training: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Albany Medical Center

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 1999

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training:
Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2001; recertified 2011

Gupta Atul K. Gupta, MD
Chairman, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital Department of Radiology

Dr. Atul Gupta is an accomplished board certified interventional radiologist who specializes in minimally invasive procedures. His clinical expertise in procedures, especially with balloon kyphoplasty, peripheral vascular angioplasty and stenting, uterine fibroid embolization, and varicose vein ablation treatment, has earned Dr. Gupta the reputation as a well-respected interventional radiologist in the Rochester region. He is now the Chairman of Radiology at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Internship: General Surgery, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry

Diagnostic Radiology Residency:
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry

Fellowship Training: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, The Washington Hospital Center

Board Certification in Radiology:
American Board of Radiology, 2003

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2005; recertified 2014

Dabydeen Donnette Dabydeen, MD

Dr. Dabydeen is a board certified interventional radiologist who specializes in minimally invasive procedures and breast imaging. Throughout her undergraduate and medical education, her amazing path has always been highlighted by her research endeavors at esteemed medical centers such as Stony Brook University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Institut de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale, National Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. As a result, her prolific research has been published in multiple radiology, biomedical, cancer and pharmacology journals. Her main clinical interests and expertise involve treating tumor ablation, chronic venous insufficiency, interventional oncology, and breast imaging.

Undergraduate Education: Stony Brook University

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Internship/Other Residency: Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Fellowship Training: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2012

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2014; MQSA certified in Mammography
Lightner Kevin A. Lightner, MD
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Associate Program Director, Interventional Radiology Residency
Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine


Dr. Lightner is a board certified radiologist who is the Section Chief of Nuclear Medicine. He is the Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology residency and was also instrumental in developing the new Interventional Radiology residency, of which he is now the Associate Program Director. His clinical expertise includes advanced PET/CT imaging, nuclear medicine imaging, iodine-based therapeutic treatments, and Y90 radioembolization therapy. He leads the dedicated PET/CT center that opened in 2012.

Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, University of Leeds (England), Juniata College

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

Internship: Western Pennsylvania Hospital

Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Rochester General Hospital (Chief Resident)

Fellowship Training: Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Board Certification in Radiology: American Board of Radiology, 2011

Board Certification in Subspecialty Training: Nuclear Medicine