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Steven W. Hetts


Co-director, HHT Center of Excellence
Neurointerventional radiologist

Dr. Steven Hetts specializes in neurointerventional radiology, the minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving blood vessels of the brain and spine. He cares for patients with conditions including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, atherosclerosis and tumors. He is also chief of neuroradiology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

In his research, Hetts studies pediatric brain aneurysms and vascular malformations, spinal vascular malformations and interventional MRI.

Hetts earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology as well as a fellowship in diagnostic and neurointerventional radiology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Harvard School of Medicine, 2000

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology, 2005

  • Board Certifications

    Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology

    Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology

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  • Languages


Where I see patients (3)

    My work

    After a-fib and a stroke, he’s back on his bike

    When Gary – with a history of atrial fibrillation – had a life-threatening stroke, his care team performed an embolectomy. Dr. Hetts helped support Gary's full recovery.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    48 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 15, 2023
    I am impressed at how the doctor gives you facts in a simple manner. He doesn't make you worry and is just very informative overall.
    Nov 04, 2023
    Very helpful
    Oct 19, 2023
    Dr. Hetts is one of my best providers. He addresses all my concerns & questions in a way that I can easily understand him. He has given me a lot of relief since my diagnosis 3 years ago. UCSF is amazing.
    Aug 25, 2023
    Dr. Hetts is an absolute class act physician. He methodically walked me through a set of data-driven treatment options for AVM. I was probably his last appointment of the day. Yet he was just as energetic personable and pleasant as if I was his first appointment of the day. Physicians ultimately define the character of their institution. Physicians like Dr. Hetts are the reason why patients continue to return to USCF for their healthcare needs.
    Aug 18, 2023
    I had no bad experience at all the staff made me feel very comfortable
    Aug 13, 2023
    Dr. Hetts is as friendly and comfortable to talk to as any reasonable person could expect. He always seems to be genuinely interested in me and what I have to say.
    Aug 08, 2023
    Love Dr Hetts! Easy to communicate with and a joy to have appointments with.
    Apr 25, 2023
    Doctor Hetts was very personable and caring. I was impressed.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Enormous respect for Dr. Hetts and his professionalism and work.
    Apr 08, 2023
    Nov 11, 2022
    Could not ask for better was even patient as I was late
    Oct 10, 2022
    Dr. Hetts is the consummate professional. His expertise manner care and kindness were exceptional during my visit. He explained my condition and options and recommended next steps In a thorough manner which I could understand. It never felt hurried and I left fully confident I have a doctor who Is the best of the best and is fully invested in my condition and treatment.
    May 07, 2022
    Dr. Hetts is an extremely kind caring and professional practicioner. What a great world this would be if all health care providers were like him. It is always a pleasure to interact with him.
    Feb 06, 2022
    I can't say enough good things about Dr. Hetts. He's just awesome. He's brilliant and generally an awesome doctor.
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