Lewis Blevins, MD

Neuro-endocrinologist

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.

Clinics

Brain Tumor Center
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.

California Center for Pituitary Disorders
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (866) 559-5543
or (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

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

Endocrinology Clinic at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2350
Fax: (415) 353–2337

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 pm.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Professor

More about Lewis Blevins

Education

Quillen College of Medicine 1987

Residencies

University of Alabama Hospitals, Internal Medicine 1990

Fellowships

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Endocrinology 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rutkowski MJ, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Surgical intervention for pituitary apoplexy: an analysis of functional outcomes. J Neurosurg. 2017 Sep 15; 1-8.
  2. Rutkowski MJ, Alward RM, Chen R, Wagner J, Jahangiri A, Southwell DG, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Lee H, Aghi MK. Atypical pituitary adenoma: a clinicopathologic case series. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr; 128(4):1058-1065.
  3. Zygourakis CC, Imber BS, Chen R, Han SJ, Blevins L, Molinaro A, Kahn JG, Aghi MK. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Surgical versus Medical Treatment of Prolactinomas. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2017 Apr; 78(2):125-131.
  4. Safaee MM, Blevins L, Liverman CS, Theodosopoulos PV. Abscess Formation in a Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma. World Neurosurg. 2016 Jun; 90:703.e15-703.e18.
  5. Imber BS, Lee HS, Kunwar S, Blevins LS, Aghi MK. Hypophysitis: a single-center case series. Pituitary. 2015 Oct; 18(5):630-41.
  6. Jahangiri A, Wagner JR, Han SW, Tran MT, Miller LM, Chen R, Tom MW, Ostling LR, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Improved versus worsened endocrine function after transsphenoidal surgery for nonfunctional pituitary adenomas: rate, time course, and radiological analysis. J Neurosurg. 2016 Mar; 124(3):589-95.
  7. Rutkowski MJ, Breshears JD, Kunwar S, Aghi MK, Blevins LS. Approach to the postoperative patient with Cushing's disease. Pituitary. 2015 Apr; 18(2):232-7.
  8. Blevins LS. The art of medicine. Neurosurgery. 2015 Mar; 11 Suppl 2:1-2.
  9. Jahangiri A, Wagner JR, Chin AT, Han SW, Tran MT, Miller LM, Tom MW, Chen R, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Incidence of headache as a presenting complaint in over 1000 patients with sellar lesions and factors predicting postoperative improvement. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 May; 132:16-20.
  10. Cheng JS, Salinas R, Molinaro A, Chang EF, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. A predictive algorithm for evaluating elevated serum prolactin in patients with a sellar mass. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):155-60.
  11. Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Han SW, Tran MT, Miller LM, Tom MW, Ostling LR, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Rate and time course of improvement in endocrine function after more than 1000 pituitary operations. Neurosurgery. 2014 Aug; 61 Suppl 1:163-6.
  12. Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Han SW, Zygourakis CC, Han SJ, Tran MT, Miller LM, Tom MW, Kunwar S, Blevins LS, Aghi MK. Morbidity of repeat transsphenoidal surgery assessed in more than 1000 operations. J Neurosurg. 2014 Jul; 121(1):67-74.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Oh MC, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. Medical versus surgical management of prolactinomas. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 23(4):669-78.

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