University of California San Francisco | About UCSF | UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
Search Site | Find a Doctor

Lewis Blevins, M.D.


Dr. Lewis Blevins is an endocrinologist specializing in the evaluation and management of pituitary and hypothalamus disorders, including acromegaly, prolactinoma, other pituitary tumors, diabetes insipidus, hypopituitarism and growth hormone deficiencies. As medical director of the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF Medical Center, Blevins directs a team providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. He has a special interest in Cushing's syndrome and has edited a book on the subject.

In his research, he is interested in evaluating new diagnostics for hypercortisolism and Cushing's syndrome, and the clinical predictors of surgical and medical successes with pituitary tumors. Blevins earned a medical degree at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and completed a residency in internal medicine at University of Alabama Hospitals. After completing a fellowship in endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served on the faculty at Emory University for four years and at Vanderbilt University for nine years.

  • Hear an interview with Blevins, who talks about benign pituitary tumors, the wide range of health problems they cause and why they may be difficult to diagnose.


California Center for Pituitary Disorders
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (866) 559-5543

Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neuro-Oncology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Lewis Blevins


Quillen College of Medicine 1987


University of Alabama Hospitals, Internal Medicine 1990


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Endocrinology 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Potts MB, Shah JK, Molinaro AM, Blevins LS, Tyrrell JB, Kunwar S, Dowd CF, Hetts SW, Aghi MK. Cavernous and inferior petrosal sinus sampling and dynamic magnetic resonance imaging in the preoperative evaluation of Cushing's disease. J Neurooncol. 2014 Feb; 116(3):593-600.
  2. Jahangiri A, Potts M, Kunwar S, Blevins L, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Extended endoscopic endonasal approach for suprasellar Rathke's cleft cysts. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 May; 21(5):779-85.
  3. Breshears JD, Jiang B, Rowland NC, Kunwar S, Blevins LS. Use of conivaptan for management of hyponatremia following surgery for Cushing's disease. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Nov; 115(11):2358-61.
  4. Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Tran MT, Miller LM, Tom MW, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Factors predicting postoperative hyponatremia and efficacy of hyponatremia management strategies after more than 1000 pituitary operations. J Neurosurg. 2013 Dec; 119(6):1478-83.
  5. Jahangiri A, Clark AJ, Han SJ, Kunwar S, Blevins LS, Aghi MK. Socioeconomic factors associated with pituitary apoplexy. J Neurosurg. 2013 Dec; 119(6):1432-6.
  6. Jahangiri A, Wagner JR, Pekmezci M, Hiniker A, Chang EF, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. A comprehensive long-term retrospective analysis of silent corticotrophic adenomas vs hormone-negative adenomas. Neurosurgery. 2013 Jul; 73(1):8-17; discussion 17-8.
  7. Oh MC, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Medical versus surgical management of prolactinomas. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 23(4):669-78.
  8. Oh MC, Tihan T, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Clinical management of pituitary carcinomas. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 23(4):595-606.
  9. Aghi MK, Blevins LS. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. Management of pituitary tumors. Preface. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 23(4):ix.
  10. Rolston JD, Blevins LS. Gamma knife radiosurgery for acromegaly. Int J Endocrinol. 2012; 2012:821579.
  11. Potts MB, Jahangiri A, Lamborn KR, Blevins LS, Kunwar S, Aghi MK. Suprasellar Rathke cleft cysts: clinical presentation and treatment outcomes. Neurosurgery. 2011 Nov; 69(5):1058-68; discussion 1068-7.
  12. Sughrue ME, Chang EF, Gabriel RA, Aghi MK, Blevins LS. Excess mortality for patients with residual disease following resection of pituitary adenomas. Pituitary. 2011 Sep; 14(3):276-83.
  13. Potts MB, DeGiacomo AF, Deragopian L, Blevins LS. Use of intravenous conivaptan in neurosurgical patients with hyponatremia from syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug; 69(2):268-73.
  14. Jahangiri A, Lamborn KR, Blevins L, Kunwar S, Aghi MK. Factors associated with delay to pituitary adenoma diagnosis in patients with visual loss. J Neurosurg. 2012 Feb; 116(2):283-9.
  15. Jahangiri A, Molinaro AM, Tarapore PE, Blevins L, Auguste KI, Gupta N, Kunwar S, Aghi MK. Rathke cleft cysts in pediatric patients: presentation, surgical management, and postoperative outcomes. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Jul; 31(1):E3.
  16. Tarapore PE, Sughrue ME, Blevins L, Auguste KI, Gupta N, Kunwar S. Microscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary adenomectomy in the pediatric population. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 May; 7(5):501-9.
  17. Sughrue ME, Shah JK, Devin JK, Kunwar S, Blevins LS. Utility of the immediate postoperative cortisol concentrations in patients with Cushing's disease. Neurosurgery. 2010 Sep; 67(3):688-95; discussion 695.
  18. Tate MC, Jahangiri A, Blevins L, Kunwar S, Aghi MK. Infected Rathke cleft cysts: distinguishing factors and factors predicting recurrence. Neurosurgery. 2010 Sep; 67(3):762-9; discussion 769.
  19. Chang EF, Sughrue ME, Zada G, Wilson CB, Blevins LS, Kunwar S. Long term outcome following repeat transsphenoidal surgery for recurrent endocrine-inactive pituitary adenomas. Pituitary. 2010 Sep; 13(3):223-9.
  20. Sughrue ME, McDermott M, Blevins LS. Extreme correction of hyponatremia in a patient treated with intravenous conivaptan. J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Oct; 17(10):1331-4.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.