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Jorge Alvarado, MD
Jorge Alvarado, MD
Graduated - Class of 2018
Faculty Position - UCSD
Research/Clinical Interests: Reproductive rights, LGBT Health, HIV/AIDS



Institution Degree Field of Study
2018 University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2014 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center MD Medicine
2009 Boston University Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical
2008 Harvard University Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical
2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology SB Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Research & Professional Experience



Clinic Volunteer: Worked in the Clínica Pop Wuj in Xela, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala providing primary care to women and children of surrounding villages who are unable to access care in their communities.
2011, 2013 Medical staff at Camp Sweeney: served as junior (2011) and senior (2013) medical staff for a summer camp for diabetic children, caring for campers' day-to-day insulin dosing and their other medical needs.
2006-2010 Research Assistant at the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory of the Brigham & Women's Hospital: analyzed brain abnormalities in schizophrenia patients using structural and diffusion-weighted MRIs. In particular, compared the differences in morphology of brain structures and the integrity of the axonal paths between these structures.
2006 Student Researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Cardiac MR Department: Using time-course MRIs of the heart, determined the optimal scanning time window during the cardiac cycle for which motion artifacts of the left atrium would be minimized to assess the success of RF ablation as treatment for chronic atrial fibrillation.
2005 Junior Electrical Engineer at General Electric Healthcare: developed and tested circuitry to improve x-ray acquisition to yield higher quality images of an existing computed tomography system.

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2010 Induction to the Southwestern Medical Student Research Society, an organization that fosters the personal and professional development of medical student researchers through an educational and collaborative community.


Kubicki M, Alvarado JL, Westin C-F, Tate DF, Markant D, Terry DP, Whitford TJ, De Siebenthal J, Bouix S, McCarley RW, Kikinis R, Shenton ME. Study of Language Related White Matter Fiber Tract Projections in Schizophrenia Using Diffusion Stochastic Tractography. Poster presentation at the 2009 Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

J. Alvarado, C. Davidson, M. Niethammer, R. McCarley, M. Kubicki, M. E. Shenton, J. Levitt. Sobel Filter Segmentation of the Globus Pallidus in Schizophrenics. Poster presentation at the 2008 Mysell Harvard Research Day, Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

J. Alvarado, J. Levitt, U. Khan, D. Markant, M. Niznikiewicz, R. McCarley, M. E. Shenton. Abnormalities in the Anterior Limb of the Internal Capsule in Schizophrenia using Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Poster presentation at the 2007 Mysell Harvard Research Day, Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.


Romo-Nava F, Hoogenboom WS, Pelavin PE, Alvarado JL, Bobrow LH, Macmaster FP, Keshavan M, McCarley RW, Shenton ME. Pituitary volume in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophr Res. 2013 May;146(1-3):301-7. PMID 23522905.

Levitt JJ, Alvarado JL, Nestor PG, Rosow L, Pelavin PE, McCarley RW, Kubicki M, Shenton ME. Fractional anisotropy and radial diffusivity: diffusion measures of white matter abnormalities in the anterior limb of the internal capsule in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2012 Apr;136(1-3):55-62. PMID 22019073.

Mulert C, Kirsch V, Whitford TJ, Alvarado J, Pelavin P, McCarley RW, Kubicki M, Salisbury DF, Shenton ME. Hearing voices: a role of interhemispheric auditory connectivity? World J Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Feb;13(2):153-8. PMID 21623667.

Davidson CA, Kuroki N, Alvarado JL, Niznikiewicz MA, McCarley RW, Levitt JJ. An MRI study of septi pellucidi in relation to hippocampus volume and fornix integrity in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2012 Feb;134(2-3):165-70. PMID 22177349.

Choi H, Kubicki M, Whitford J, Alvarado JL, Terry DP, Niznikiewicz M, McCarley RW, Kwon JS, Shenton ME. Diffusion Tensor Imaging of anterior commissural fibers in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2011 Aug;130(1-3):78-85. PMID 21561738.

Kubicki M, Alvarado JL, Westin C-F, Tate DF, Markant D, Terry DP, Whitford TJ, De Siebenthal J, Bouix S, McCarley RW, Kikinis R, Shenton ME. Stochastic tractography study of Inferior Frontal Gyrus anatomical connectivity in schizophrenia. Neuroimage. 2011 Apr;55(4):1657-64. PMID 21256966.

Levitt JJ, Kubicki M, Nestor PG, Ersner-Hershfield H, Westin C-F, Alvarado JL, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW, Shenton ME. A diffusion tensor imaging study of the anterior limb of the internal capsule in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimage. 2010 Dec;184(3):143-50. PMID 21055906.

Whitford TJ, Kubicki M, Schneiderman J, OʼDonnell L, King R, Alvarado JL, Khan U, Markant D, Nestor P, Niznikiewicz M, McCarley MW, Westin C-F, Shenton ME. Corpus callosum abnormalities and their association with psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;68(1):70-7. PMID 20494336.