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Suzanne Palmer, MD
Professor of Clinical Radiology
Division Chief of Body Imaging
UNH 2nd Floor Imaging Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8541


A native of Southern California, Dr. Palmer received her BA from Vassar College and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California and passed the American Board of Internal Medicine before completing her Radiology residency at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Palmer joined the USC Department of Radiology in 1997, where she completed her Body Imaging and Interventional Fellowship. She is currently an associate professor of Clinical Radiology, Chief of the Body Imaging Division and the director of the Advanced Body Imaging Fellowship. Although she has advanced training in computerized tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, Dr. Palmer’s main area of interest is abdominal MRI with special focus on transplant imaging, dynamic pelvic imaging, enterography and prostate imaging. Dr. Palmer is board certified in radiology and is active in local, national and international radiology societies.


Matsugasumi T, Fujihara A, Ushijima S, Kanazawa M, Yamada Y, Shiraishi T, Hongo F, Kamoi K, Okihara K, de Castro Abreu AL, Oishi M, Shin T, Palmer S, Gill IS, Ukimura O. Morphometric Analysis of Prostate Zonal Anatomy using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): The Impact on Age-related Changes in Japanese and American Populations. BJU Int. 2017 Feb 20. View in: PubMed

Ukimura O, Marien A, Palmer S, Villers A, Aron M, de Castro Abreu AL, Leslie S, Shoji S, Matsugasumi T, Gross M, Dasgupta P, Gill IS. Trans-rectal ultrasound visibility of prostate lesions identified by magnetic resonance imaging increases accuracy of image-fusion targeted biopsies. World J Urol. 2015 Nov; 33(11):1669-76. View in: PubMed

Burke LM, Bashir MR, Miller FH, Siegelman ES, Brown M, Alobaidy M, Jaffe TA, Hussain SM, Palmer SL, Garon BL, Oto A, Reinhold C, Ascher SM, Demulder DK, Thomas S, Best S, Borer J, Zhao K, Pinel-Giroux F, De Oliveira I, Resende D, Semelka RC. Magnetic resonance imaging of acute appendicitis in pregnancy: a 5-year multiinstitutional study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov; 213(5):693. e1-6. View in: PubMed

Matsugasumi T, Baco E, Palmer S, Aron M, Sato Y, Fukuda N, Süer E, Bernhard JC, Nakagawa H, Azhar RA, Gill IS, Ukimura O. Prostate Cancer Volume Estimation by Combining Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Targeted Biopsy Proven Cancer Core Length: Correlation with Cancer Volume. J Urol. 2015 Oct; 194(4):957-65. View in: PubMed

Buxbaum J, Nguyen N, Kulkarni S, Palmer S, Rao A, Selby R. Multidisciplinary Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Recurrent Pyogenic Cholangitis (CF-RPC). Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Jun; 60(6):1801-4. View in: PubMed

Baco E, Ukimura O, Rud E, Vlatkovic L, Svindland A, Aron M, Palmer S, Matsugasumi T, Marien A, Bernhard JC, Rewcastle JC, Eggesbø HB, Gill IS. Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Transectal Ultrasound Image-fusion Biopsies Accurately Characterize the Index Tumor: Correlation with Step-sectioned Radical Prostatectomy Specimens in 135 Patients. Eur Urol. 2015 Apr; 67(4):787-94. View in: PubMed

Noureddin M, Khoyilar C, Palmer SL. MRI, CT Scan, and Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2015 Apr; 49(4):351-2. View in: PubMed

Romero M, Palmer SL, Kahn JA, Ihde L, Lin LM, Kosco A, Shinar R, Ghandforoush A, Chan LS, Petrovic LM, Sher LS, Fong TL. Imaging Appearance in Acute Liver Failure: Correlation with Clinical and Pathology Findings. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Apr 2. View in: PubMed

Romero M, Buxbaum JL, Palmer SL. Magnetic resonance imaging of the gut: a primer for the luminal gastroenterologist. Am J Gastroenterol. 2014 Apr; 109(4):497-509. View in: PubMed

Moore CM, Kasivisvanathan V, Eggener S, Emberton M, Fütterer JJ, Gill IS, Grubb Iii RL, Hadaschik B, Klotz L, Margolis DJ, Marks LS, Melamed J, Oto A, Palmer SL, Pinto P, Puech P, Punwani S, Rosenkrantz AB, Schoots IG, Simon R, Taneja SS, Turkbey B, Ukimura O, van der Meulen J, Villers A, Watanabe Y. Standards of reporting for MRI-targeted biopsy studies (START) of the prostate: recommendations from an International Working Group. Eur Urol. 2013 Oct; 64(4):544-52. View in: PubMed

Dandapani SV, Mhawech-Fauceglia P, Palmer S, Senikowich M, Lin YG. Lower extremity pain as initial presentation of cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol Case Rep. 2013; 5:13-5. View in: PubMed

Katz MD, Sugay SB, Walker DK, Palmer SL, Marx MV. Beyond hemostasis: spectrum of gynecologic and obstetric indications for transcatheter embolization. Radiographics. 2012 Oct; 32(6):1713-31. View in: PubMed

Borzutzky C, Palmer S. Acute neck pain following a large meal and vomiting. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2012 Aug; 23(2):240-7. View in: PubMed

Ukimura O, Desai MM, Palmer S, Valencerina S, Gross M, Abreu AL, Aron M, Gill IS. 3-dimensional elastic registration system of prostate biopsy location by real-time 3-dimensional transrectal ultrasound guidance with magnetic resonance/transrectal ultrasound image fusion. J Urol. 2012 Mar; 187(3):1080-6. View in: PubMed

Walker DK, Salibian RA, Salibian AD, Belen KM, Palmer SL. Overlooked diseases of the vagina: a directed anatomic-pathologic approach for imaging assessment. Radiographics. 2011 Oct; 31(6):1583-98. View in: PubMed

Petrovic LM, Palmer SL, Fong TL. A patient with Crohn's disease and portal hypertension. Nodular regenerative hyperplasia. Gastroenterology. 2011 Mar; 140(3):e3-4. View in: PubMed

Whang G, Mogel GT, Tsai J, Palmer SL. Left behind: unintentionally retained surgically placed foreign bodies and how to reduce their incidence--pictorial review. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Dec; 193(6 Suppl):S79-89. View in: PubMed

Whang G, Mogel GT, Tsai J, Palmer SL. Left behind: unintentionally retained surgically placed foreign bodies and how to reduce their incidence--self-assessment module. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Dec; 193(6 Suppl):S90-3. View in: PubMed

Palmer SL, Kelly PD, Schenkel FA, Barr ML. CT-guided tube pericardiostomy: a safe and effective technique in the management of postsurgical pericardial effusion. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Oct; 193(4):W314-20. View in: PubMed

Hom BK, Shrestha R, Palmer SL, Katz MD, Selby RR, Asatryan Z, Wells JK, Grant EG. Prospective evaluation of vascular complications after liver transplantation: comparison of conventional and microbubble contrast-enhanced US. Radiology. 2006 Oct; 241(1):267-74. View in: PubMed

Heestand G, Morrison B, Correa A, Palmer S, Mateo R, Hagen J, Genyk Y, Selby R, Sher L. Gallstone-induced inflammatory fibrosis: a relentless clinical course of retained gallstones after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Am Surg. 2006 Apr; 72(4):303-6. View in: PubMed

Grubb K, Gagandeep S, Chatzoulis G, Basa N, Palmer S, Correa A, Jabbour N. Surgical clips: a nidus for foreign body reaction after hepatic resection. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2005 Dec; 15(6):363-5. View in: PubMed

Mateo R, Singh G, Jabbour N, Palmer S, Genyk Y, Roman L. Optimal cytoreduction after combined resection and radiofrequency ablation of hepatic metastases from recurrent malignant ovarian tumors. Gynecol Oncol. 2005 Apr; 97(1):266-70. View in: PubMed

Young R, Gagandeep S, Grant E, Palmer S, Mateo R, Selby R, Genyk Y, Jabbour N. Gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm secondary to pancreatic head biopsy. J Ultrasound Med. 2004 Jul; 23(7):997-1001. View in: PubMed

Heestand G, Sher L, Lightfoote J, Palmer S, Mateo R, Singh G, Moser J, Selby R, Genyk Y, Jabbour N. Characteristics and management of splenic artery aneurysm in liver transplant candidates and recipients. Am Surg. 2003 Nov; 69(11):933-40. View in: PubMed

Malas MB, Barr ML, Starnes VA, Shapiro S, Palmer S, Schwartz DS. Dyspnea lusoria: compression of the pulmonary artery by a Kommerell's diverticulum. Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Jan; 73(1):312-3. View in: PubMed

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