• Michelle L. Robbin, MD, MS, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic, followed by an adult internal medicine internship at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Robbin completed a radiology residency and ultrasound fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Thereafter, she joined the faculty in the abdominal imaging section of the Department of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as chief of ultrasound.

    Dr. Robbin has authored or coauthored more than 80 articles, 18 book chapters, and has given well over 250 presentations at national and international conferences. A fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and American College of Radiology, she received the Larry Mack award in 1999 for the best research paper presented at the SRU.

    Dr. Robbin has been a PI, CoPI or Investigator on 35 NIH and industry grants, including her R01 entitled "Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Dialysis Graft Stenosis". She has recently completed her role as Director of the Ultrasound Core on the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study, a multicenter U01 NIH trial. The US Core read approximately 2,800 preoperative mapping and postoperative AVF ultrasounds from 7 clinical centers during the course of the 5-year study. Multiple manuscripts are in preparation from this wealth of data.

    Dr. Robbin has served on the AIUM Board of Governors, and on the Board of Directors of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). She is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Ultrasound Quarterly, and previously served on Radiology's editorial Board and as Consultant to the Editor (Radiology).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Mineral Metabolism Disturbances and Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation 2019
    2018 Erratum: Prediction of arteriovenous fistula clinical maturation from postoperative ultrasound measurements: Findings from the hemodialysis fistula maturation study (Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2018) 29 (2735-2744)DOI:10.1681/ASN.2017111225) 2018
    2018 Prediction of arteriovenous fistula clinical maturation from postoperative ultrasound measurements: Findings from the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study 2018
    2018 Postoperative ultrasound, unassisted maturation, and subsequent primary patency of arteriovenous fistulas 2018
    2018 Relationships Between Clinical Processes and Arteriovenous Fistula Cannulation and Maturation: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study 2018
    2018 Contrast-enhanced ultrasound of benign liver lesions 2018
    2018 Practical advantages of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in abdominopelvic radiology 2018
    2018 Comparison of postoperative ultrasound criteria to predict unassisted use of arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis 2018
    2018 Focal liver lesions: Computer-aided diagnosis by using contrast-enhanced us cine recordings 2018
    2017 Intimal hyperplasia, stenosis, and arteriovenous fistula maturation failure in the hemodialysis fistula maturation study 2017
    2017 A Case of a Chorionic Bump: New Sonographic-Histopathologic Findings With Review of the Literature 2017
    2017 Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Classification of Previously Indeterminate Renal Lesions 2017
    2017 Sonography of Arteriovenous Fistulas and Grafts 2017
    2016 Association between preoperative vascular function and postoperative arteriovenous fistula development 2016
    2016 Ultrasound vascular mapping for preoperative planning of dialysis access 2016
    2016 Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound: Practical Review for the Assessment of Hepatic and Renal Lesions 2016
    2016 Arteriovenous Fistula Development in the First 6 Weeks after creation 2016
    2016 Scanner-based protocol-driven ultrasound: An effective METHOD to improve efficiency in an ultrasound department 2016
    2016 Preoperative vascular medial fibrosis and arteriovenous fistula development 2016
    2015 Ultrasound Imaging of Breast Tumor Perfusion and Neovascular Morphology 2015
    2015 Preoperative arterial microcalcification and clinical outcomes of arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis 2015
    2015 Risk evaluation of immediate surgical failure during thigh hemodialysis graft placement by sonographic screening 2015
    2014 Objectives and design of the hemodialysis fistula maturation study 2014
    2013 Correlation of pre-existing vascular pathology with arteriovenous graft outcomes in hemodialysis patients 2013
    2013 Preoperative venous intimal hyperplasia, postoperative arteriovenous fistula stenosis, and clinical fistula outcomes 2013
    2013 The common duct dilates after cholecystectomy and with advancing age reality or myth? 2013
    2013 ACCF/ACR/AIUM/ASE/ASN/ICAVL/SCAI/SCCT/SIR/SVM/SVS 2012 appropriate use criteria for peripheral vascular ultrasound and physiological testing Part I: Arterial ultrasound and physiological testing 2013
    2012 Ultrasound measurement of brachial artery elasticity prior to hemodialysis access placement: A pilot study 2012
    2011 High venous pressure in the main renal vein causing development of peritransplant venous collaterals in renal transplant patients: A rare finding 2011
    2011 Medial fibrosis, vascular calcification, intimal hyperplasia, and arteriovenous fistula maturation 2011
    2011 Contrast enhanced ultrasound in the detection of liver metastases: A prospective multi-centre dose testing study using a perfluorobutane microbubble contrast agent (NC100100) 2011
    2011 Ultrasound quality and efficiency: How to make your practice flourish 2011
    2011 Dialysis grafts and fistulae: Planning and assessment 2011
    2010 Determination of breast cancer response to bevacizumab therapy using contrast-enhanced ultrasound and artificial neural networks 2010
    2009 Accuracy of volumetric flow rate measurements: An in vitro study using modern ultrasound scanners 2009
    2009 Hemodialysis vascular access monitoring: Current concepts 2009
    2009 Upper Extremity Venous Doppler Ultrasound 2009
    2009 AIUM practice guideline for documentation of an ultrasound examination 2009
    2009 AIUM practice guideline for the performance of a breast ultrasound examination 2009
    2009 AIUM practice guideline for the performance of an ultrasound examination for detection and assessment of developmental dysplasia of the hip 2009
    2009 AIUM practice guideline for the performance of renal artery duplex sonography 2009
    2009 AIUM practice guideline for ultrasonography in reproductive medicine 2009
    2008 Reply 2008
    2008 Resolved: Fistulas are preferred to grafts as initial vascular access for dialysis 2008
    2008 Resolved: Fistulas are preferred to grafts as initial vascular access for dialysis. Con. 2008
    2008 Retraction: Peritransplant tolerance induction with anti-CD3-immunotoxin: A matter of proinflammatory cytokine control (Transplantation (1998) 65, 9, (1159-1169)) 2008
    2008 Reversed diastolic flow in the renal transplant: Perioperative implications versus transplants older than 1 month 2008
    2008 AIUM practice guideline for the performance of an ultrasound examination of the abdomen and/or retroperitoneum 2008
    2008 Clinically immature arteriovenous hemodialysis fistulas: Effect of US on salvage 2008
    2008 Transplant Ultrasound of the Kidney, Liver, and Pancreas 2008
    2007 Renal vascular imaging: Ultrasound and other modalities 2007
    2007 Upper Extremity Venous Doppler Ultrasound 2007
    2007 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine recommendations for contrast-enhanced liver ultrasound imaging clinical trials 2007
    2006 Response to 'Ultrasound surveillance and graft patency' [11] 2006
    2006 Randomized comparison of ultrasound surveillance and clinical monitoring on arteriovenous graft outcomes 2006
    2006 Carotid Artery Ultrasound Interpretation Using a Pattern Recognition Approach 2006
    2006 Cephalic vein measurement before forearm fistula creation: Does use of a tourniquet to meet the venous diameter threshold increase the number of usable fistulas? 2006
    2005 Sonographic assessment of the severity and progression of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: The Consortium of Renal Imaging Studies in Polycystic Kidney Disease (CRISP) 2005
    2005 Questions about graft surveillance [3] 2005
    2005 Augmentation in lower extremity sonography for the detection of deep venous thrombosis 2005
    2004 Association of pelvic arterial calcification with arteriovenous thigh graft failure in haemodialysis patients 2004
    2004 Emergency Doppler evaluation of the liver and kidneys 2004
    2004 Preoperative Sonographic Radial Artery Evaluation and Correlation with Subsequent Radiocephalic Fistula Outcome 2004
    2003 Comparison of Arteriovenous Grafts in the Thigh and Upper Extremities in Hemodialysis Patients 2003
    2003 Renal structure in early autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD): The Consortium for Radiologic Imaging Studies of Polycystic Kidney Disease (CRISP) cohort 2003
    2003 The sonographer practitioner: One piece to the radiologist shortage puzzle 2003
    2003 Radial artery injury from a catfish sting. 2003
    2003 Hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula maturity: US evaluation [4] (multiple letters) 2003
    2003 Case 58: Giant cell arteritis 2003
    2003 Case 58 2003
    2003 Gender differences in outcomes of arteriovenous fistulas in hemodialysis patients 2003
    2003 Renal imaging with ultrasound contrast: Current status 2003
    2002 Hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula maturity: US evaluation 2002
    2002 Increasing arteriovenous fistulas in hemodialysis patients: problems and solutions. 2002
    2002 Increasing arteriovenous fistulas in hemodialysis patients: Problems and solutions 2002
    2002 Ultrasonography 2002
    2001 Effect of preoperative sonographic mapping on vascular access outcomes in hemodialysis patients 2001
    2001 Hemodialysis access ultrasound 2001
    2001 Ultrasound contrast agents: A promising future 2001
    2000 Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder localized near the allograft in renal transplantation 2000
    2000 Focal posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorder at the renal allograft hilum 2000
    2000 US vascular mapping before hemodialysis access placement 2000
    2000 Ultrasound evaluation of flexor tendon lacerations 2000
    1999 Tolerability and side effects of anti-CD3-immunotoxin in preclinical testing in kidney and pancreatic islet transplant recipients 1999
    1999 Doppler sonographic enhancement of hepatic hemangiomas and hepatocellular carcinomas after perflenapent emulsion: Preliminary study 1999
    1998 Perflenapent emulsion: a US contrast agent for diagnostic radiology--multicenter, double-blind comparison with a placebo. EchoGen Contrast Ultrasound Study Group. 1998
    1998 Peritransplant tolerance induction with anti-CD3 immunotoxin: A matter of proinflammatory cytokine control 1998
    1998 A multidisciplinary approach to hemodialysis access: Prospective evaluation 1998
    1998 Hemodialysis access graft stenosis: US detection 1998
    1998 Perflenapent emulsion: A US contrast agent for diagnostic radiology- multicenter, double-blind comparison with a placebo 1998
    1998 Ultrasound for the diagnosis of retained splinters in the soft tissue of the hand. 1998
    1997 The potential role of ultrasound contrast agents in the liver 1997
    1997 Carotid artery stents: Early and intermediate follow-up with Doppler US 1997
    1997 Dominantly transmitted glomerulocystic kidney disease A distinct genetic entity 1997
    1997 Pancreatic fluid collections prior to intervention: Evaluation with MR imaging compared with CT and US 1997
    1997 Predicting drainability of pancreatic collections: Prospective comparison of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound (US) 1997
    1994 The normal location of the fetal conus medullaris 1994
    1993 Elevated levels of amniotic fluid α-fetoprotein: Sonographic evaluation 1993
    1993 The association between ‘faint‐positive’ amniotic fluid acetylcholinesterase and fetal malformations 1993
    1986 Anatomic and kinematic analysis of the human forearm using high-speed computed tomography 1986


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    2012 Renal and vascular ultrasonography for general nephrologists.  121-143. 2012
    2009 Diagnostic Sonography.  3083-3112. 2009
    2007 Doppler of the Hemodialysis Fistula.  160-172. 2007

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Robbin’s research interests focus on vascular ultrasound in the hemodialysis patient, applications of contrast enhanced ultrasound in the liver and kidney, and increasing diagnostic confidence in the ultrasound examination, as well as expanding the breadth and depth of ultrasound applications.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by PHILIPS HEALTHCARE 2017 - 2021
  • Private Grant  awarded by PHILIPS ELECTRONICS 2014 - 2016
  • Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Consortium - DCC  awarded by CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION 2009 - 2014
  • Private Grant  awarded by BRACCO DIAGNOSTICS, INC. 2010 - 2013
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School 1985
  • California Pacific Medical Center, Internship 1986
  • UCSF Medical Center, Residency 1990
  • UCSF Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship 1991
  • Full Name

  • Michelle Robbin