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Christopher J. Friend

Christopher J. Friend


  • MD

  • MBA

Current Position(s): 

  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology Staff, VA

  • Associate Professor of Radiology, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Dr. Christopher Friend grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Juniata College where he majored in Chemistry and minored in Art History. He attended medical school at University of Pittsburgh and also earned his MBA from University of Pittsburgh. After his general surgery internship at Emory University, he completed his radiology residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is fellowship trained in both musculoskeletal imaging (University of Arizona) and vascular and interventional radiology (Emory University).

Professional History:

  • Interventional Radiologist, April 2018 to present at VASDHCS, San Diego, CA

  • Interventional Radiologist, April 2018 to present at UCSD, San Diego, CA

  • Chair, Clinical Competency Committee, UCSD IR Residency Program

  • Member, Program Evaluation Committee, USCD IR Residency Program

  • Interventional Radiologist, July 2015 to present at Baylor Scott & White, Round Rock, TX

  • Director of Interventional Radiology (2016- January 2018)

  • Member of the Radiation Safety Committee

  • Interventional Radiologist, July 2011 to May 2015 at UPMC/University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Staff Radiologist, July 2007 to July 2010 at Inland Imaging, Gilbert, AZ

  • Medical Director of Inland Imaging Arizona

  • Clinical Instructor/Radiologist, July 2006 to June 2007 at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

  • Staff Radiologist, July 2006 to 2007 at the University Physicians Healthcare, Tucson, AZ


  • 2014, Master of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

  • 2001, Doctor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

  • 1997, Bachelor of Science, Juniata College

Awards and Honors: 

  • Physician Leadership and Management Certificate Program, University of Pittsburgh-Katz School of Business and UPMC. 2013

  • Introduction to Research Program sponsored by the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Radiological Society of North America. 2004


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