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Christopher Hess, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Neuroradiologist

Dr. Christopher Hess is a neuroradiologist at UCSF Medical Center who is trained in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose and monitor neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. He also has expertise in diagnosing vascular anomalies and in CT-guided spinal procedures.

Hess earned a medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a master of science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a residency in radiology and a fellowship in neuroradiology at UCSF. He is an associate professor of radiology at UCSF and chief of Neuroradiology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.

Clinics

Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center
1701 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Appointments: (415) 353–7823
Clinic: (415) 353–7800
Fax: (415) 353–7478

Hours: First Friday of the month, 8 a.m. – noon

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.

Precision Spine and Peripheral Nerve Center
185 Berry St. Lobby 6, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94107
Main Phone: (415) 353-4500
Appointments: (415) 353-2573
Center Nurse: (415) 353-3717
Fax: (415) 353-7140

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

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

University of Illinois School of Medicine 2002

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 2007

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Neuroradiology 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ziv E, Tymofiyeva O, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Hess CP, Xu D. A machine learning approach to automated structural network analysis: application to neonatal encephalopathy. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e78824.
  2. Desikan RS, Thompson WK, Holland D, Hess CP, Brewer JB, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Andreassen OA, McEvoy LK, Hyman BT, Dale AM. Heart fatty acid binding protein and Aß-associated Alzheimer's neurodegeneration. Mol Neurodegener. 2013; 8(1):39.
  3. Wu YW, Hess CP, Singhal NS, Groden C, Toro C. Idiopathic basal ganglia calcifications: an atypical presentation of PKAN. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Nov; 49(5):351-4.
  4. Desikan RS, Rafii MS, Brewer JB, Hess CP. An expanded role for neuroimaging in the evaluation of memory impairment. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Nov; 34(11):2075-82.
  5. Vogel SA, Hess CP, Dowd CF, Hoffman WY, Kane AJ, Rajaii R, Frieden IJ. Early versus later presentations of venous malformations: where and why? Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Sep-Oct; 30(5):534-40.
  6. Tymofiyeva O, Hess CP, Ziv E, Lee PN, Glass HC, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. A DTI-based template-free cortical connectome study of brain maturation. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e63310.
  7. Barajas RF, Hess CP, Phillips JJ, Von Morze CJ, Yu JP, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Cha S. Super-resolution track density imaging of glioblastoma: histopathologic correlation. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Jul; 34(7):1319-25.
  8. Bian W, Hess CP, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Lupo JM. Computer-aided detection of radiation-induced cerebral microbleeds on susceptibility-weighted MR images. Neuroimage Clin. 2013; 2:282-90.
  9. Karampinos DC, Melkus G, Shepherd TM, Banerjee S, Saritas EU, Shankaranarayanan A, Hess CP, Link TM, Dillon WP, Majumdar S. Diffusion tensor imaging and T2 relaxometry of bilateral lumbar nerve roots: feasibility of in-plane imaging. NMR Biomed. 2013 Jun; 26(6):630-7.
  10. Hegde M, Santos-Sanchez C, Hess CP, Kabir AA, Garcia PA. Seizure exacerbation in two patients with focal epilepsy following marijuana cessation. Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Dec; 25(4):563-6.
  11. Hess CP, Dillon WP. Imaging the pituitary and parasellar region. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 23(4):529-42.
  12. Tangtiphaiboontana J, Hess CP, Bayer M, Drolet BA, Nassif LM, Metry DW, Barkovich AJ, Frieden IJ, Fullerton HJ. Neurodevelopmental abnormalities in children with PHACE syndrome. J Child Neurol. 2013 May; 28(5):608-14.
  13. Tymofiyeva O, Hess CP, Ziv E, Tian N, Bonifacio SL, McQuillen PS, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Towards the "baby connectome": mapping the structural connectivity of the newborn brain. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e31029.
  14. Guo Y, Saunders T, Su H, Kim H, Akkoc D, Saloner DA, Hetts SW, Hess C, Lawton MT, Bollen AW, Pourmohamad T, McCulloch CE, Tihan T, Young WL. Silent intralesional microhemorrhage as a risk factor for brain arteriovenous malformation rupture. Stroke. 2012 May; 43(5):1240-6.
  15. Lupo JM, Li Y, Hess CP, Nelson SJ. Advances in ultra-high field MRI for the clinical management of patients with brain tumors. Curr Opin Neurol. 2011 Dec; 24(6):605-15.
  16. Lupo JM, Chuang CF, Chang SM, Barani IJ, Jimenez B, Hess CP, Nelson SJ. 7-Tesla susceptibility-weighted imaging to assess the effects of radiotherapy on normal-appearing brain in patients with glioma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Mar 1; 82(3):e493-500.
  17. Shepherd TM, Hess CP, Chin CT, Gould R, Dillon WP. Reducing patient radiation dose during CT-guided procedures: demonstration in spinal injections for pain. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Nov-Dec; 32(10):1776-82.
  18. Adler F, Gupta N, Hess CP, Dowd CF, Dillon WP. Intraosseous CSF fistula in a patient with Gorham disease resulting in intracranial hypotension. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Dec; 32(11):E198-200.
  19. Nabatian AS, Milgraum SS, Hess CP, Mancini AJ, Krol A, Frieden IJ. PHACE without face? Infantile hemangiomas of the upper body region with minimal or absent facial hemangiomas and associated structural malformations. Pediatr Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun; 28(3):235-41.
  20. Hess CP, Mukherjee P, Barbaro NM. Epileptic foci. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jun; 114(6):1691-2; discussion 1692.

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.