Ghaneh Fananapazir, M.D., F.S.A.R., F.S.R.U., F.S.A.B.I. for UC Davis Health

Ghaneh Fananapazir, M.D., F.S.A.R., F.S.R.U., F.S.A.B.I.

Professor, Department of Radiology

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Abdominal Radiology



Locations and Contact

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

To provide compassionate and high level care to all.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fananapazir is an abdominal radiologist who practices MRI, CT, and ultrasound, as well as nonvascular interventional procedures.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Fananapazir's research focus is on advancing the radiologic assessment of transplanted kidneys and vascular structures.


Abdominal Imaging

Undergraduate School

B.S., Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 2000

Medical School

M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore MD 2007


Transitional Program, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC 2007-2008


Radiology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC 2008-2012


Abdominal Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Washington DC 2012-2013

Educator of the Year Award, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, 2022

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education Teacher of the Year, 2022

Educator of the Year Award, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, 2021

Sacramento Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2020

Carnahan MB, Kunzelman J, Kawashima A, Patel BN, Menias CO, Fananapazir G. Acquired cystic disease subtype renal cell carcinoma (ACD-RCC): prevalence and imaging features at a single institution. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Aug;47(8):2858-2866. doi:10.1007/s00261-022-03566-6. Epub 2022 Jun 8. PMID:35674787.

Shah A, Cohen K, Patel B, Dahiya N, Fananapazir G. Optimizing anxiolysis and analgesia for percutaneous intervention by the abdominal radiologist. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Aug;47(8):2721-2729. doi:10.1007/s00261-022-03417-4. Epub 2022 Jan 24. PMID:35072783.

Schesser M, Naderi S, Fananapazir G. Utilizing advanced practice providers in the paracentesis/thoracentesis clinic. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Aug;47(8):2712-2716. doi:10.1007/s00261-022-03469-6. Epub 2022 Mar 8. PMID:35258668.

Planz V, Huang J, Galgano SJ, Brook OR, Fananapazir G. Variability in personal protective equipment in cross-sectional interventional abdominal radiology practices. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2022 Mar;47(3):1167-1176. doi:10.1007/s00261-021-03406-z. Epub 2022 Jan 10. PMID:35013750.

Cho MT, Gholami S, Gui D, Tejaswi SL, Fananapazir G, Abi-Jaoudeh N, Jutric Z, Samarasena JB, Li X, Valerin JB, Mercer J, Dayyani F. Optimizing the Diagnosis and Biomarker Testing for Patients with Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jan 13;14(2):392. doi:10.3390/cancers14020392. PMID:35053557.

Noblett D, Kwong A, Corwin MT, Fananapazir G. Prevalence of Malignancy on Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography of the Abdomen and Pelvis in Patients With Unexplained, Unintentional Weight Loss. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2021 Sep-Oct 01;45(5):663-668. doi:10.1097/RCT.0000000000001217. PMID:34407062.

Koh DM, Ba-Ssalamah A, Brancatelli G, Fananapazir G, Fiel MI, Goshima S, Ju SH, Kartalis N, Kudo M, Lee JM, Murakami T, Seidensticker M, Sirlin CB, Tan CH, Wang J, Yoon JH, Zeng M, Zhou J, Taouli B. Consensus report from the 9th International Forum for Liver Magnetic Resonance Imaging: applications of gadoxetic acid-enhanced imaging. Eur Radiol. 2021 Aug;31(8):5615-5628. doi:10.1007/s00330-020-07637-4. Epub 2021 Feb 1. PMID:33523304.

Corwin MT, DiGeronimo RT, Navarro SM, Fananapazir G, Wilson M, Loehfelm TW. Clinical Importance of Incidentally Detected Hyperenhancing Liver Observations on Portal Venous Phase Computed Tomography in Patients Without Known Malignancy or Liver Disease. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2021 Jul-Aug 01;45(4):516-521. doi:10.1097/RCT.0000000000001154. PMID:34519450.

Corwin MT, Altinmakas E, Asch D, Bishop KA, Boge M, Curci NE, Ebada M, Elkassem AA, Fananapazir G, Fetzer DT, Gaballah AH, Gandhi D, Kampalath R, Lee S, Markese M, McInnes MDF, Patel NU, Remer EM, Rosasco S, Schieda N, Sweet DE, Smith AD, Taylor E, Silverman SG, Davenport MS. Clinical Importance of Incidental Homogeneous Renal Masses That Measure 10-40 mm and 21-39 HU at Portal Venous Phase CT: A 12-Institution Retrospective Cohort Study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2021 Jul;217(1):135-140. doi:10.2214/AJR.20.24245. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID:32845714.

Skaggs AW, Loehfelm TW, Fananapazir G, Dall'Era M, Corwin MT. Utilization and Yield of CT Urography: Are the American Urological Association Guidelines for Imaging of Patients With Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria Being Followed? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2021 Jan;216(1):106-110. doi:10.2214/AJR.20.22998. Epub 2020 Nov 5. PMID:32755213.