Suzanne L. Palmer

Professor of Clinical Radiology and Medicine Chief, Body Imaging Division
Suzanne L. Palmer, MD

Areas of treatment:

Body Imaging
Chronic liver disease
Gynecological diseases
Inflammatory bowel diseases
Minimally invasive procedures
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Prostate cancer
Transplant radiology


  • Radiology


  • Department of Radiology


  • English
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Suzanne L. Palmer, MD

Professor of Clinical Radiology and Medicine
Chief, Body Imaging Division

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • LAC+USC Medical Center
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

A native of Southern California, Dr. Palmer received her BA from Vassar College and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California and passed the American Board of Internal Medicine before completing her Radiology residency at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Palmer joined the USC Department of Radiology in 1997, where she completed her Body Imaging and Interventional Fellowship. She is currently Professor of Clinical Radiology and Medicine and Chief of the Body Imaging Division. Although she has advanced training in computerized tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, Dr. Palmer’s main area of interest is MRI with special focus on chronic liver disease, including MR elastography and fat quantification; prostate imaging for early diagnosis of high grade prostate cancer; bowel imaging, including enterography for inflammatory bowel disease; and dynamic pelvic floor imaging, enterography and prostate imaging. Dr. Palmer is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and is active in local, national and international radiology societies.


Doctor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, 1989


West Los Angeles VA Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1989 - 1990


St. Mary Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1990 - 1992
University of California, Irvine, Radiology, 1993 - 1997


Keck School of Medicine of USC, Body Imaging and Interventional, 1997 - 1998


American Board of Radiology

Professional society memberships:

American College of Radiology
American College of Physicians
Los Angeles Radiology Society
Radiological Society of North America
American Roentgen Ray Society
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
European Society of Radiology


Dr. Palmer was voted a Southern California Super Doctors by Los Angeles Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Dr. Palmer was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.