Dr. Cynthia Sawhney Santillan, MD

Dr. Cynthia Sawhney Santillan, MD


17 Years of Experience

Accepting patients


    Dr. Santillan is a body imager who interprets computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US) of the abdomen and pelvis. She strives to provide excellent patient care by working as a team with physicians throughout the medical center to diagnose and treat complicated medical problems. As Chief of Body CT, she is constantly working to improve the quality of CT imaging at UCSD.{line break}Dr. Santillan lectures and serves as a moderator at national meetings, including the meetings of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America and Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists. She is actively involved in resident education. Her research interests include liver imaging and cost-effectiveness analysis.

    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise


    Education & Training

    Forest Park Hosp (Internship)

    Mallinckrodt Inst Radiol (Residency)

    Medical Degree - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

    Other Degree - Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, Mo

    Other Degree - UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego

    Medical Degree - Vice Chief of the Body Imaging Section, Chief of Body Computed Tomography

    Medical Degree - Assistant Clinical Professor

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Radiology



    Medical Procedures Performed

    procedures performed by a Radiologist, like Dr. Cynthia Santillan, may include:

    CT Scan - Lungs, CT Scan - Heart (Coronary CTA), CT Scan - Head, CT Scan - Teeth (Dental Scan), CT Scan - Virtual Colonoscopy, CT Scan - Whole Body Scan, CT Scan - Other, MRI - Brain, MRI - Breast, MRI - Back / Spine, MRI - Other, PET / CT Scan, X-ray, Mammography - No Breast Cancer History, Bone Density Measurement / DXA Scan, Sonography, Radiology Consultation, MRI - Brain, Mammography - With Breast Cancer History, SPECT Scan, PET Scan, Interventional Radiology Treatment, Angiography, Embolization, IVC Filter Insertion, MRI - Spinal Cord, CT Scan - Spinal Cord, MRI Angiography, CT Angiography, Mesenteric Angiography, Barium Swallow, Calcium CT Scan, Leg Venous Doppler, KG Arterial Doppler, Neurosonology Consultation, Myelogram, TIPS / Biliary Interventions, Ventilation / Perfusion Scan, CT Scan - Abdominal / Pelvic, CT Scan - Chest, Dialysis Catheter Placement, Drainage of Abscess, Feeding Tube Placement, Fluoroscopy, Line Insertion, MRI - Abdomen / Pelvis, MRI - Head, MRI - Knee, MRI - Shoulder, Bone Scan, Brain / Spinal Cord Biopsy, Pelvic Ultrasound, Radiofrequency Ablation, Radioimmunotherapy, Cryoablation, Interventional Radiology Consultation, Cone Beam CT, Arthrography, Sialography, Skeletal Imaging, Hybrid Imaging, Renal Function Imaging, Urinary Tract Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Chemoembolization, Digital Radiography, Radioembolization, Image-Guided Cancer Therapy, Thrombectomy, Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Diagnostic Radiology, EOS Imaging, Drug-Eluting Bead Therapy, Abdominal Radiology Consultation, Intravascular Ultrasound, Interventional Radiology Follow Up, Needle Biopsy, Lung Biopsy, Bone Biopsy, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening, Fistulagram and Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

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    Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health

    9300 Campus Point Drive

    La Jolla, CA 92037

    (858) 657-7000

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    UC San Diego Health

    200 West Arbor Dr

    San Diego, CA 92103

    (858) 657-7000

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    UC San Diego Health - Hillcrest UC San Diego Medical Center

    200 West Arbor Drive

    San Diego, CA 92103

    (619) 543-6222

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Cynthia Santillan accepting new patients?

    Yes, Cynthia Santillan is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Cynthia Santillan offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Santillan's office at (858) 657-7000 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Cynthia Santillan offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Santillan's office at (858) 657-7000 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Cynthia Santillan speak?

    Cynthia Santillan speaks English and Spanish.

    Which board certifications does Cynthia Santillan have?

    Cynthia Santillan is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

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