Pamela Otto, M.D., named chair of Department of Radiology

SAN ANTONIO (May 8, 2014) – Pamela Otto, M.D., FACR, has been named chair of the Department of Radiology by Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

“Dr. Otto has been the interim chair of the department for the past two years, and she has steered the department superbly in this role,” Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano said. “She is consistently listed among America’s Top Doctors (by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.) and is one of the outstanding breast radiologists in the country.”

Dr. Otto obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia in 1988. She completed residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Florida in Gainesville and at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Otto completed fellowships in chest and breast imaging at the Health Science Center.

Following her training, she joined the faculty in the Department of Radiology as director of breast imaging and intervention. Dr. Otto has served on several university and School of Medicine committees including Faculty Senate, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the School of Medicine’s Executive Committee. She is a professor of radiology at the Health Science Center.

She has held multiple roles such as director of radiology for University Health System (UHS), chief of staff for UHS, and chair of quality risk management for UHS. Dr. Otto is a councilor for the Texas Radiological Society and program director for the 2015 Texas Radiological Society annual scientific meeting.

Dr. Otto’s research is on breast health and breast imaging and intervention, and she has been the principal investigator on multiple grants in this area. She also is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as in continuing medical education and in community education, having given numerous educational and scientific presentations locally, nationally and internationally.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards honoring her passion for patient care and advocacy, including the Susan G. Komen Award from the San Antonio Affiliate and UHS Physician of the Year.


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