Alan Chiang, MD, PhD

Division Chief, Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Program Director, Breast Imaging Fellowship
Site Director, Advanced Breast Imaging Center
Modality Director, Mammography

Alan Chiang, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and the Chief of the Breast Imaging Division.  Dr. Chiang graduated with distinction from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he simultaneously earned his MD and PhD in Molecular Biology. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern, Dr. Chiang completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of California at San Diego where he was presented the Elliott C. Lasser Award for Excellence in Research.

Before beginning Fellowship training, Dr. Chiang volunteered as a civilian radiologist as a member of the Pacific Partnership mission to Cambodia aboard the USNS Mercy.  Subsequently, Dr. Chiang completed his Breast Imaging Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco.

With special interest in the early detection of breast cancer, Dr. Chiang served as the Lead Interpreting Radiologist for Colorado Breast Care, a multi-center breast imaging network in southeast Denver.   In addition to the Society for Breast Imaging, Dr. Chiang is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He has authored a number of peer reviewed publications and educational exhibits in Ultrashort TE, an advanced MR imaging technique. 

When he is not working, Dr. Chiang is an outdoor sports enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and camping.

  • MD and PhD: Molecultar Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2007
  • BS: Physics with Chairman's Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
Honors and Awards
  • Elliott C. Lasser Award for Excellence in Research, UCSD, 2013
  • ISMRM Educational Travel Award, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
  • Dean’s Scholar of Natural Sciences, University of Texas, 1994-1998
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2007-2008
  • University of California San Diego, Diagnostic Radiology - Research Track, 2008-2013
  • University of California San Francisco, Breast Imaging, 2013-2014
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology, 2013
  • Practitioner Certificate, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, 2013
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2CS, 2CK, and 3, 2000, 2006-2008

Select Publications


Larsen, T., H. Wu Tseng, R. Trinate, Z. Fu, J-T. Alan Chiang, A. Karellas, and S. Vedantham, "Maximizing microcalcification detectability in low-dose dedicated cone-beam breast CT: parallel cascades-based theoretical analysis.", J Med Imaging (Bellingham), vol. 11, issue 3, pp. 033501, 2024 May. PMCID: PMC11095120 


Chiang, J-T. Alan, M. Carl, and J. Du, "Signal and contrast effects due to T2 decay during k-space readout of UTE (ultrashort TE) sequences.", Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 32, issue 3, pp. 259-69, 2014 Apr. PMCID: PMC4118680  PMID: 24457160
Carl, M., J-T. Alan Chiang, and J. Du, "Maximizing MR signal for 2D UTE slice selection in the presence of rapid transverse relaxation.", Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 32, issue 8, pp. 1006-11, 2014 Oct. PMCID: PMC4134980  PMID: 24814323


Carl, M., and J-T. Alan Chiang, "Investigations of the origin of phase differences seen with ultrashort TE imaging of short T2 meniscal tissue.", Magn Reson Med, vol. 67, issue 4, pp. 991-1003, 2012 Apr.


Du, J., A. Jing- Tzyh Chiang, C. B. Chung, S. Statum, R. Znamirowski, A. Takahashi, and G. M. Bydder, "Orientational analysis of the Achilles tendon and enthesis using an ultrashort echo time spectroscopic imaging sequence.", Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 28, issue 2, pp. 178-84, 2010 Feb.