Eric Salvador Diaz, M.D.

Director, Pediatric CT

Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship

Interim Division Co-Chief, Pediatric Radiology

Assistant Professor

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Pediatric Radiology



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UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My focus is to anticipate and meet the needs of all patients, and to go the extra mile to provide the finest patient-centered, professional service. In order to achieve this service excellence, I have committed myself to monitoring details in the quality of care at every step in the imaging process, reviewing every case in detail and adding value with my subspecialty expertise, and always striving to achieve quality improvement in our practice. As a reflection on my personality, my desire to constantly learn in every aspect of my personal life also manifests itself in my commitments at the professional level. At the end of the day, my philosophy could be summarized by saying that I want to treat everyone as I would treat my own family.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Diaz is a pediatric radiologist with subspecialty training in pediatric cardiac imaging. Over the course of his training and during his time as a practicing clinical radiologist, he has interpreted tens of thousands of pediatric imaging exams. He has also overseen several thousand pediatric, congenital heart, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging exams in patients of varying ages covering a broad spectrum of congenital heart disease. Dr. Diaz has been invited multiple times to lecture at national conferences with topics focused on advanced radiological imaging of the heart. During his time as a clinician, he has also served as a professor, clinical consult, and supervisor providing education to residents, clinical staff, and technologists on congenital heart imaging and various other pediatric imaging exams.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Diaz has a strong academic focus in doing research involving medical imaging processes and systems, particularly in technical aspects of imaging such as protocols, standardization, sequences, acquisition techniques, machine learning, and more. He is always working to translate this research into improved diagnostics for pediatric and cardiac imaging applications.


Pediatric Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2007

Medical School

M.D., UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2012


Transitional Internship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance CA 2012-2013


Diagnostic Radiology, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH 2013-2017


Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH 2017-2018


Pediatric Cardiac Radiology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston TX 2018-2019

President of UCSD SOM Radiology Interest Group, 2011

RSNA Research Medical Student Grant, 2009

UCSD International Clinical Experiences Grant, 2008

Cum Laude B.S. Biomedical Engineering at UCSD, 2006

Diaz ES, Dillman JR, Veldtman GR, Trout AT. MRI measured liver stiffness does not predict focal liver lesions after the Fontan operation. Pediatr Radiol. 2019 Jan;49(1):99-104. doi:10.1007/s00247-018-4264-z. Epub 2018 Sep 29. PMID:30269160.

Omoumi P, Bae WC, Du J, Diaz E, Statum S, Bydder GM, Chung CB. Meniscal calcifications: morphologic and quantitative evaluation by using 2D inversion-recovery ultrashort echo time and 3D ultrashort echo time 3.0-T MR imaging techniques--feasibility study. Radiology. 2012 Jul;264(1):260-8. doi:10.1148/radiol.12111439. PMID:22723564.

Bae WC, Chen PC, Chung CB, Masuda K, D'Lima D, Du J. Quantitative ultrashort echo time (UTE) MRI of human cortical bone: correlation with porosity and biomechanical properties. J Bone Miner Res. 2012 Apr;27(4):848-57. doi:10.1002/jbmr.1535. PMID:22190232.

Biswas R, Bae W, Diaz E, Masuda K, Chung CB, Bydder GM, Du J. Ultrashort echo time (UTE) imaging with bi-component analysis: bound and free water evaluation of bovine cortical bone subject to sequential drying. Bone. 2012 Mar;50(3):749-55. doi:10.1016/j.bone.2011.11.029. Epub 2011 Dec 10. PMID:22178540.

Diaz E, Chung CB, Bae WC, Statum S, Znamirowski R, Bydder GM, Du J. Ultrashort echo time spectroscopic imaging (UTESI): an efficient method for quantifying bound and free water. NMR Biomed. 2012 Jan;25(1):161-8. doi:10.1002/nbm.1728. Epub 2011 Jul 15. PMID:21766381.

Carl M, Sanal HT, Diaz E, Du J, Girard O, Statum S, Znamirowski R, Chung CB. Optimizing MR signal contrast of the temporomandibular joint disk. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Dec;34(6):1458-64. doi:10.1002/jmri.22810. Epub 2011 Oct 3. PMID:21972123.

Kokabi N, Bae W, Diaz E, Chung CB, Bydder GM, Du J. Ultrashort TE MR imaging of bovine cortical bone: the effect of water loss on the T1 and T2* relaxation times. Magn Reson Med. 2011 Aug;66(2):476-82. doi:10.1002/mrm.22859. Epub 2011 Feb 28. PMID:21360749.

Buck FM, Bae WC, Diaz E, Du J, Statum S, Han ET, Chung CB. Comparison of T1rho measurements in agarose phantoms and human patellar cartilage using 2D multislice spiral and 3D magnetization prepared partitioned k-space spoiled gradient-echo snapshot techniques at 3 T. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Feb;196(2):W174-9. doi:10.2214/AJR.10.4570. PMID:21257859.

Diaz E, Chung CB. Comparison of Quantification Techniques for T2 Components in Phantoms at 3 Tesla: Multi-Echo Spin Echo (ME-SE), 2D Spiral Chopped Magnetization Prep (2D-SCMP) and T2 Prep with Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) Acquisition. RSNA Research Medical Student Grant. 2010 Dec.

Du J, Carl M, Diaz E, Takahashi A, Han E, Szeverenyi NM, Chung CB, Bydder GM. Ultrashort TE T1rho (UTE T1rho) imaging of the Achilles tendon and meniscus. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Sep;64(3):834-42. doi:10.1002/mrm.22474. PMID:20535810.