Jim Barkovich

Profile Updated: September 24, 2023
Residing In: Mill Valley, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Karen Jernstedt, PhD; met as Grad students in Berkeley; married May 24, 1986
Occupation: Physician/Scientist at UC San Francisco;retired 2021
Children: Matthew was born in 1987. He is currently a faculty physician at UCSF. Married Mai Le in 2020, first More…child (a boy, Andrew) was born in March 2021. Second child on the way ...

Krister was born in 1989. He did his undergraduate studies at Berkeley where he won an undergraduate research fellowship from the American Association of Cancer Research. Finished MD/PhD program at UCSF. Trained at UCSD Medical School, where he is now on the faculty as a Neuroradiologist/scientist. Still together with his girlfriend, Misty, now for almost 15 years. No Grandchildren yet.

Emil was born in 1992. He graduated with honors in Physics at UC Berkeley, and went to medical school at George Washington University (GWU); After training in Radiology at GWU, he is now a member of the faculty there.
Military Service: Army 1976-1989. Highest rank: Major  
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Undergraduate (B.S. Chemistry) at U.C. Davis 1970-1974
Graduate school (M.S. Chemistry) at U.C. Berkeley 1974-1976
Medical School (MD) at GWU in Washington, DC 1976-1980
Specialty training (Radiology) at U.C. San Francisco 1980-1984
Specialty training (Neuroradiology) in Washington DC and Toronto Hospital for Sick Children 1984-1986
Practiced at Letterman Army Medical Center 1986-1989
Practiced at University of California, San Francisco 1989-2021
Retired in 2022
Retired from active practice of medicine on June 30, 2020. Currently engaged only in occasionally helping former students in their research on normal and abnormal brain development.

Living in Mill Valley since 1989.

School Story:

Wonderful memories of my friends, teachers, coaches (including Stan Buchanan who was both my (freshman) basketball coach and my (sophomore) English teacher; he was a very strong role model for me...
Also, great memories of Sylvia Jones, Doug Basham (who was also my track coach, and another strong role model), and many others. My teachers at Redwood were outstanding, setting me up for what seemed to be relatively easy work at UC Davis, UC Berkeley (graduate school; M.S. in Chemistry) and George Washington University Medical School (MD, with focus on normal and abnormal brain development and its effects on the developmental outcomes of the children).

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Jun 09, 2023 at 10:42 PM

I had a great medical career as a Neuroradiologist (a doctor who uses MRI and other techniques to evaluate reasons for/causes of abnormal brain function) at University of California, San Francisco. I published more than 200 papers and 5 text books and gave many lectures in nearly all countries in Europe and South America, as well as in Japan, Russia, China, Australia, and many countries in Africa. I retired at age 70, and am currently enjoying reading new books, spending most of my days walking in the hills of Marin County and spending time with family (particularly my wife, Karen Jernstedt, who was a Neuroscientist before we had a family) and friends. Our three sons are all physicians specializing in Radiology in California.