Michelle Sakala, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
Division of Abdominal Radiology
Division of Breast Imaging
Michigan Medicine
Taubman Center, 2910
1500 E. Medical Center Dr, SPC 5326
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5326

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Dr. Sakala is an Associate Professor of Radiology with sub specialization in abdominopelvic and breast imaging. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2006 and Medical Doctorate from Wayne State University in 2011. She then completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina in 2016 before returning to Michigan to complete two fellowships in Abdominal and Breast imaging in 2017 and 2018. She is the Chair of the Women in Radiology group at Michigan Medicine and Course Director for the department’s annual Contrast Reaction Course. As an educator and content expert, she has been involved in several local and national committees, written multiple peer-reviewed articles, and given multiple presentations on imaging of endometriosis, female pelvic malignancy, breast cancer, and contrast media. She is an active member of the Radiological Society of North America, Society of Abdominal Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, and Society of Breast Imaging.

Areas of Interest

Benign and malignant gynecologic imaging, endometriosis, breast MRI, pregnancy-associated breast cancer, contrast media.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of Radiology.

Clinical Interests

Abdominal and pelvic imaging with CT, MRI, US, Radiographs, and Fluoroscopy.

Breast imaging with Mammography, US, MRI, and procedures (including ultrasound-guided biopsy, stereotactic or tomosynthesis guided biopsy, MRI guided biopsy, lesion localization, and cryoablation).


Medical School

  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2011


  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, MI, Internal Medicine, 2012
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, NC, Diagnostic Radiology, 2016


  • Abdominal Imaging, University of Michigan, 2017
  • Breast Imaging, University of Michigan, 2018

Board Certification

  • Diagnostic Radiology