Christopher Hess, MD, MS, PhD

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 a 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

Board Certification

Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology

Academic Title

Professor

More about Christopher Hess

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. Bonham LW, Karch CM, Fan CC, Tan C, Geier EG, Wang Y, Wen N, Broce IJ, Li Y, Barkovich MJ, Ferrari R, Hardy J, Momeni P, Höglinger G, Müller U, Hess CP, Sugrue LP, Dillon WP, Schellenberg GD, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Barkovich AJ, Yokoyama JS, Desikan RS. CXCR4 involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. Transl Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 11; 8(1):73.
  2. Nordstrom M, Felton E, Sear K, Tamrazi B, Torkildson J, Gauvain K, Haas-Kogan DA, Chen J, Buono BD, Banerjee A, Samuel D, Saloner D, Tian B, Roddy E, Hess C, Fullerton H, Mueller S. Large Vessel Arteriopathy After Cranial Radiation Therapy in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors. J Child Neurol. 2018 Apr; 33(5):359-366.
  3. Broce I, Karch CM, Wen N, Fan CC, Wang Y, Tan CH, Kouri N, Ross OA, Höglinger GU, Muller U, Hardy J. Correction: Immune-related genetic enrichment in frontotemporal dementia: An analysis of genome-wide association studies. PLoS Med. 2018 Jan; 15(1):e1002504.
  4. Broce I, Karch CM, Wen N, Fan CC, Wang Y, Tan CH, Kouri N, Ross OA, Höglinger GU, Muller U, Hardy J. Immune-related genetic enrichment in frontotemporal dementia: An analysis of genome-wide association studies. PLoS Med. 2018 01; 15(1):e1002487.
  5. Zhu C, Tian B, Chen L, Eisenmenger L, Raithel E, Forman C, Ahn S, Laub G, Liu Q, Lu J, Liu J, Hess C, Saloner D. Accelerated whole brain intracranial vessel wall imaging using black blood fast spin echo with compressed sensing (CS-SPACE). MAGMA. 2017 Dec 05.
  6. Staffaroni AM, Elahi FM, McDermott D, Marton K, Karageorgiou E, Sacco S, Paoletti M, Caverzasi E, Hess CP, Rosen HJ, Geschwind MD. Neuroimaging in Dementia. Semin Neurol. 2017 Oct; 37(5):510-537.
  7. Steiner JE, McCoy GN, Hess CP, Dobyns WB, Metry DW, Drolet BA, Maheshwari M, Siegel DH. Structural malformations of the brain, eye, and pituitary gland in PHACE syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2018 Jan; 176(1):48-55.
  8. Shah VN, von Fischer ND, Chin CT, Yuh EL, Amans MR, Dillon WP, Hess CP. Long-Term Effectiveness of Direct CT-Guided Aspiration and Fenestration of Symptomatic Lumbar Facet Synovial Cysts. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 Jan; 39(1):193-198.
  9. Chen X, Cooke DL, Saloner D, Nelson J, Su H, Lawton MT, Hess C, Tihan T, Zhao Y, Kim H. Higher Flow Is Present in Unruptured Arteriovenous Malformations With Silent Intralesional Microhemorrhages. Stroke. 2017 10; 48(10):2881-2884.
  10. Wahl M, Anwar M, Hess CP, Chang SM, Lupo JM. Relationship between radiation dose and microbleed formation in patients with malignant glioma. Radiat Oncol. 2017 Aug 10; 12(1):126.
  11. Mamlouk MD, Nicholson AD, Cooke DL, Hess CP. Diffusion-weighted imaging for cutaneous vascular anomalies. Clin Imaging. 2017 Nov - Dec; 46:121-122.
  12. Mamlouk MD, Maheshwari M, Burrows PE, Siegel DH, Frieden IJ, Drolet BA, Hess CP. PHACE syndrome and cerebral cavernous malformations: association or simply microhemorrhages? Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Sep; 33(9):1421-1422.
  13. Mamlouk MD, Nicholson AD, Cooke DL, Hess CP. Tips and tricks to optimize MRI protocols for cutaneous vascular anomalies. Clin Imaging. 2017 Sep - Oct; 45:71-80.
  14. Zou X, Hart BL, Mabray M, Bartlett MR, Bian W, Nelson J, Morrison LA, McCulloch CE, Hess CP, Lupo JM, Kim H. Automated algorithm for counting microbleeds in patients with familial cerebral cavernous malformations. Neuroradiology. 2017 Jul; 59(7):685-690.
  15. Possin KL, Kim H, Geschwind MD, Moskowitz T, Johnson ET, Sha SJ, Apple A, Xu D, Miller BL, Finkbeiner S, Hess CP, Kramer JH. Egocentric and allocentric visuospatial working memory in premotor Huntington's disease: A double dissociation with caudate and hippocampal volumes. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Jul 01; 101:57-64.
  16. Desikan RS, Fan CC, Wang Y, Schork AJ, Cabral HJ, Cupples LA, Thompson WK, Besser L, Kukull WA, Holland D, Chen CH, Brewer JB, Karow DS, Kauppi K, Witoelar A, Karch CM, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Dillon WP, Wilson DM, Hess CP, Pericak-Vance M, Haines JL, Farrer LA, Mayeux R, Hardy J, Goate AM, Hyman BT, Schellenberg GD, McEvoy LK, Andreassen OA, Dale AM. Genetic assessment of age-associated Alzheimer disease risk: Development and validation of a polygenic hazard score. PLoS Med. 2017 Mar; 14(3):e1002258.
  17. Yokoyama JS, Karch CM, Fan CC, Bonham LW, Kouri N, Ross OA, Rademakers R, Kim J, Wang Y, Höglinger GU, Müller U, Ferrari R, Hardy J. Shared genetic risk between corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, and frontotemporal dementia. Acta Neuropathol. 2017 May; 133(5):825-837.
  18. Whitman IR, Gladstone RA, Badhwar N, Hsia HH, Lee BK, Josephson SA, Meisel KM, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Gerstenfeld EP, Marcus GM. Brain Emboli After Left Ventricular Endocardial Ablation. Circulation. 2017 Feb 28; 135(9):867-877.
  19. Ferrari R, Wang Y, Vandrovcova J, Guelfi S, Witeolar A, Karch CM, Schork AJ, Fan CC, Brewer JB. Genetic architecture of sporadic frontotemporal dementia and overlap with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2017 02; 88(2):152-164.
  20. Cui J, Tymofiyeva O, Desikan R, Flynn T, Kim H, Gano D, Hess CP, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Microstructure of the Default Mode Network in Preterm Infants. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Feb; 38(2):343-348.

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.