Christopher Hess, MD, MS, PhD


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.


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


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University of Illinois School of Medicine 2002


UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 2007


UCSF Medical Center, Neuroradiology 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Broce I, Karch CM, Wen N, Fan CC, Wang Y, Hong Tan C, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Oct; 48(10):2881-2884.
  5. 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.
  6. Mamlouk MD, Nicholson AD, Cooke DL, Hess CP. Diffusion-weighted imaging for cutaneous vascular anomalies. Clin Imaging. 2017 Jul 28.
  7. 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 Jun 16.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Kim H, Kim JH, Possin KL, Winer J, Geschwind MD, Xu D, Hess CP. Surface-based morphometry reveals caudate subnuclear structural damage in patients with premotor Huntington disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2016 Oct 11.
  14. Chen CC, Carter BS, Wang R, Patel KS, Hess C, Bodach ME, Tumialan LM, Oyesiku NM, Patil CG, Litvack Z, Zada G, Aghi MK. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on Preoperative Imaging Assessment of Patients With Suspected Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas. Neurosurgery. 2016 Oct; 79(4):E524-6.
  15. Ziu M, Dunn IF, Hess C, Fleseriu M, Bodach ME, Tumialan LM, Oyesiku NM, Patel KS, Wang R, Carter BS, Chen JY, Chen CC, Patil CG, Litvack Z, Zada G, Aghi MK. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on Posttreatment Follow-up Evaluation of Patients With Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas. Neurosurgery. 2016 Oct; 79(4):E541-3.
  16. Garzon MC, Epstein LG, Heyer GL, Frommelt PC, Orbach DB, Baylis AL, Blei F, Burrows PE, Chamlin SL, Chun RH, Hess CP, Joachim S, Johnson K, Kim W, Liang MG, Maheshwari M, McCoy GN, Metry DW, Monrad PA, Pope E, Powell J, Shwayder TA, Siegel DH, Tollefson MM, Vadivelu S, Lew SM, Frieden IJ, Drolet BA. PHACE Syndrome: Consensus-Derived Diagnosis and Care Recommendations. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:24-33.e2.
  17. Bonham LW, Geier EG, Fan CC, Leong JK, Besser L, Kukull WA, Kornak J, Andreassen OA, Schellenberg GD, Rosen HJ, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Miller BL, Dale AM, Desikan RS, Yokoyama JS. Age-dependent effects of APOE e4 in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Sep; 3(9):668-77.
  18. Mandell DM, Mossa-Basha M, Qiao Y, Hess CP, Hui F, Matouk C, Johnson MH, Daemen MJ, Vossough A, Edjlali M, Saloner D, Ansari SA, Wasserman BA, Mikulis DJ. Intracranial Vessel Wall MRI: Principles and Expert Consensus Recommendations of the American Society of Neuroradiology. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Feb; 38(2):218-229.
  19. Garcia MA, Lazar A, Duriseti S, Raleigh DR, Hess CP, Fogh SE, Barani IJ, Nakamura JL, Larson DA, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Sneed PK, Braunstein S. Discovery of additional brain metastases on the day of stereotactic radiosurgery: risk factors and outcomes. J Neurosurg. 2017 Jun; 126(6):1756-1763.
  20. Mamlouk MD, Hess CP. Arterial spin-labeled perfusion for vascular anomalies in the pediatric head and neck. Clin Imaging. 2016 Sep-Oct; 40(5):1040-6.

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