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Esther Yuh, M.D.


Dr, Esther Yu is a neuroradiologist at UCSF Medical Center who uses imaging technology to diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spine, neck and central and peripheral nervous systems. Her expertise includes image-guided spine treatments and computer-aided detection of head trauma and other neurological disorders. She is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Yu earned a medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine internship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. At UCSF, she completed a diagnostic radiology residency and a clinical fellowship in neuroradiology. She has received several honors, including the General Electric Association of University Radiologists Research Academic Fellowship, UCSF Department of Radiology's Outstanding Teaching Fellow and a nomination for UCSF Medical Center's Exceptional Physician Award. Yu is an assistant professor of neuroradiology at UCSF.


Imaging Center at China Basin
185 Berry St., Lobby 6, Suite 190
San Francisco, CA 94107
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Phone: (415) 353-4500
Fax: (415) 353-7140

Hours: Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Stanford University School of Medicine 2002


UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 2007


UCSF Medical Center, Neuroradiology 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Yuh EL, Hawryluk GW, Manley GT. Imaging concussion: a review. Neurosurgery. 2014 Oct; 75 Suppl 4:S50-63.
  2. McMahon PJ, Panczykowski D, Yue JK, Puccio AM, Inoue T, Sorani MD, Lingsma H, Maas A, Valadka A, Yuh EL, Mukherjee P, Manley GT, Okonkwo DO. Measurement of the GFAP-BDP Biomarker for the Detection of Traumatic Brain Injury Compared to CT and MRI. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Sep 29.
  3. Lingsma H, Yue JK, Maas A, Steyerberg EW, Manley GT, Cooper SR, Dams-O'Connor K, Menon D, Mukherjee P, Okonkwo DO, Puccio AM, Schnyer DM, Valadka A, Vassar MJ, Yuh EL. Outcome Prediction After Mild and Complicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: External Validation of Existing Models and Identification of New Predictors Using the TRACK-TBI Pilot Study. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Jul 15.
  4. Talbott JF, Gean A, Yuh EL, Stiver SI. Calvarial Fracture Patterns on CT Imaging Predict Risk of a Delayed Epidural Hematoma following Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Brain Injury. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Oct; 35(10):1930-5.
  5. Yuh EL, Cooper SR, Mukherjee P, Yue JK, Lingsma HF, Gordon WA, Valadka AB, Okonkwo DO, Schnyer DM, Vassar MJ, Maas AIR, Manley GT, Casey SS, Cheong M, Dams-O'Connor K, Hricik AJ, Inoue T, Menon DK, Morabito DJ, Pacheco JL, Puccio AM, and Sinha TK. . Diffusion tensor imaging for outcome prediction in mild traumatic brain injury: A TRACK-TBI study. J Neurotrauma, 17 Apr. 2014.
  6. Yuh EL, Jain Palrecha S, Lagemann GM, Kliot M, Weinstein PR, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. Diffusivity measurements differentiate benign from malignant lesions in patients presenting with peripheral neuropathy or plexopathy. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. In press, 2014 Jun. 2014.
  7. Steinbach S, Yuh EL, Burbelko M, Hundt W. Detection of micrometastases of squamous cell carcinoma tumor cells in muscle tissue. Anticancer Res. 2013 Dec; 33(12):5213-21.
  8. McMahon P, Hricik A, Yue JK, Puccio AM, Inoue T, Lingsma HF, Beers SR, Gordon WA, Valadka AB, Manley GT, Okonkwo And The Track-Tbi Investigators Including DO, Casey SS, Cooper SR, Dams-O'Connor K, Menon DK, Sorani MD, Yuh EL, Mukherjee P, Schnyer DM, Vassar MJ. Symptomatology and Functional Outcome in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Results from the Prospective TRACK-TBI Study. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Jan 1; 31(1):26-33.
  9. Dams-O'Connor K, Spielman L, Singh A, Gordon WA, Lingsma HF, Maas AI, Manley GT, Mukherjee P, Okonkwo DO, Puccio AM, Schnyer DM, Valadka AB, Yue JK, Yuh EL, Casey AT, Cooper SR, Cheong M, Hricik AJ, Knight EE, Menon DK, Morabito DJ, Pacheco JL, Sinha TK, Vassar MJ. The Impact of Previous Traumatic Brain Injury on Health and Functioning: A TRACK-TBI Study. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Dec 15; 30(24):2014-20.
  10. Diaz-Arrastia R, Wang KK, Papa L, Sorani MD, Yue JK, Puccio AM, McMahon PJ, Inoue T, Yuh EL, Lingsma HF, Maas AI, Valadka AB, Okonkwo DO, Manley And The Track-Tbi Investigators GT, Casey IS, Cheong M, Cooper SR, Dams-O'Connor K, Gordon WA, Hricik AJ, Menon DK, Mukherjee P, Schnyer DM, Sinha TK, Vassar MJ. Acute Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury: Relationship between Plasma Levels of Ubiquitin C-Terminal Hydrolase-L1 and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Jan 1; 31(1):19-25.
  11. Yue JK, Vassar MJ, Lingsma HF, Cooper SR, Okonkwo DO, Valadka AB, Gordon WA, Maas AI, Mukherjee P, Yuh EL, Puccio AM, Schnyer DM, Manley GT. Transforming research and clinical knowledge in traumatic brain injury pilot: multicenter implementation of the common data elements for traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Nov 15; 30(22):1831-44.
  12. Okonkwo DO, Yue JK, Puccio AM, Panczykowski DM, Inoue T, McMahon PJ, Sorani MD, Yuh EL, Lingsma HF, Maas AI, Valadka AB, Manley GT. GFAP-BDP as an acute diagnostic marker in traumatic brain injury: results from the prospective transforming research and clinical knowledge in traumatic brain injury study. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Sep 1; 30(17):1490-7.
  13. Yuh EL, Mukherjee P, Lingsma HF, Yue JK, Ferguson AR, Gordon WA, Valadka AB, Schnyer DM, Okonkwo DO, Maas AI, Manley GT. Magnetic resonance imaging improves 3-month outcome prediction in mild traumatic brain injury. Ann Neurol. 2013 Feb; 73(2):224-35.
  14. Yuh EL, Cooper SR, Ferguson AR, Manley GT. Quantitative CT improves outcome prediction in acute traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2012 Mar 20; 29(5):735-46.
  15. Hundt W, Yuh EL, Burbelko M, Kiessling A, Bednarski MD, Steinbach S. Gene expression analysis of SCC tumor cells in muscle tissue. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Jun; 269(6):1653-63.
  16. Yuh EL, Dillon WP. Intracranial hypotension and intracranial hypertension. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2010 Nov; 20(4):597-617.
  17. Hundt W, Yuh EL, Steinbach S, Bednarski MD, Guccione S. Mechanic effect of pulsed focused ultrasound in tumor and muscle tissue evaluated by MRI, histology, and microarray analysis. Eur J Radiol. 2010 Nov; 76(2):279-87.
  18. Yuh EL, Barkovich AJ, Gupta N. Imaging of ependymomas: MRI and CT. Childs Nerv Syst. 2009 Oct; 25(10):1203-13.
  19. Hundt W, Yuh EL, Steinbach S, Bednarski MD. Effect of continuous high intensity focused ultrasound in a squamous cell carcinoma tumor model compared to muscle tissue evaluated by MRI, histology, and gene expression. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Apr; 8(2):85-98.
  20. Yuh EL, Gean AD, Manley GT, Callen AL, Wintermark M. Computer-aided assessment of head computed tomography (CT) studies in patients with suspected traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2008 Oct; 25(10):1163-72.

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