Frederick Kelcz MD, PhD, FACR

Associate Professor

Abdominal Imaging and Intervention

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  • Undergraduate: The Cooper Union (New York, NY)
  • Graduate: University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Miami, FL)
  • Internship: Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Residency: University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison, WI)



Frederick Kelcz, MD, PhD, FACR is an Associate Professor of Radiology (tenure) within the Abdominal Imaging and Intervention (80%) and Breast Imaging (20%) sections of the UW Department of Radiology. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his thesis focused on the theory and development of dual energy x-ray imaging. Prior to medical school, Dr. Kelcz was a medical physicist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY, where he developed technical aspects of dual energy X-ray imaging, and his publications on dual energy CT still get referenced as of today. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami, Miami, FL, (PhD to MD program), and proceeded to complete a Radiology Residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. He returned to Wisconsin in 1986 for an Abdominal Imaging fellowship, and subsequently, in 1987, joined the UW Department of Radiology faculty. During his tenure in the Dept. of Radiology, he has served as Section Head of the Abdominal Imaging Section and Co-Section Head of Breast Imaging, as well as head of the MR Imaging within the Abdominal Imaging section. He has also been a member of the UW Radiology Finance Committee, the University Hospital Compliance Committee, the UW Hospital Radiation Safety Committee and most recently, the MR Safety Committee. Dr. Kelcz initiated and was successful in convincing the University Hospital administrative and medical leadership that improved histories should be required for ordering radiological imaging studies. With his growing confidence in the use of MRI within the Abdominal Imaging section, Dr. Kelcz initiated use of MRI for breast imaging, an effort that ultimately resulted in today’s established clinical and research breast MRI program. Dr. Kelcz was also instrumental in bringing the benefits of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to both abdominal and breast MRI. He initiated prostate MRI at UW, and has most recently worked with the Department of Urology on bringing MR/US fusion biopsy to men with abnormal prostate MR examinations. Dr. Kelcz’s current research interests include determining whether use of finasteride can help differentiate prostate cancer from benign prostatic hypertrophy during prostate MRI, overcoming DWI distortion and spatial shift during breast MRI. Also, Dr. Kelcz is interested in trying ultrasound microbubble contrast for breast imaging to permit visualization of lesions discovered during breast MRI to be more reliably detected by ultrasound. If successful, this would allow ultrasound biopsy to replace many of the more complex MR guided biopsies. He also enjoys teaching residents and fellows the intricacies involved with MR diagnosis.