Robert Kerlan, MD

Chief of interventional radiology

Dr. Robert K. Kerlan is chief of Interventional Radiology at UCSF Medical Center. He is particularly interested in the management of liver disease, including biliary disease, portal hypertension and hepatic malignancy. In his research, he is working to devleop new procedures to diagnose and treat patients with problems related to living donor organ transplants.

Kerlan earned a medical degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed a radiology residency at UCSF and served as chief radiology resident. He is a member of several professional organizations, including his election as a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He is a professor of clinical radiology at UCSF.


Interventional Radiology
505 Parnassus Ave., Room M-361
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1300
Appointments: (415) 353-2573
Billing: 415) 514-8888
Fax: (415) 353-8570

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

Liver Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1888
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Radiology at Divisadero St.
1600 Divisadero St., Room A-142 and A-219
San Francisco, CA 94115
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
CT, MRI and Bone Densitometry: (415) 885-7282
X-Ray and Nuclear Medicine:
(415) 885-3822
Interventional Radiology:
(415) 885-3578
Fax: (415) 353-7299

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

Radiology at the Ambulatory Care Center
400 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Scheduling: (415) 353-2666
Phone (Interventional Radiology): (415) 353-1300
Fax: (415) 353-7299

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

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Professor Emeritus

More about Robert Kerlan


University of Southern California School of Medicine 1977


UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 1981

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kohi MP, Poder L, Thiet MP, Kerlan RK. Uterine Artery Embolization prior to Gravid Hysterectomy in the Setting of Invasive Placenta. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Sep; 28(9):1295-1297.
  2. Lehrman ED, Heller M, Poder L, Kerlan R, Huddleston HG, Kohi MP. Transvaginal Obliteration of a Complex Uterine Arteriovenous Fistula Using Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Jun; 28(6):842-843.
  3. Peter Lokken R, Fidelman N, Pallav Kolli K, Kerlan RK. Letters to the Editor. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 12; 27(12):1938-1939.
  4. Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Hawkins RA, Pampaloni M, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Atreya CE, Bergsland EK, Kelley RK, Ko AH, Korn WM, Van Loon K, McWhirter RM, Luan J, Johanson C, Venook AP. Radioembolization with 90Y glass microspheres for the treatment of unresectable metastatic liver disease from chemotherapy-refractory gastrointestinal cancers: final report of a prospective pilot study. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):860-874.
  5. Lokken RP, Fidelman N, Kolli KP, Kerlan RK. Safety and Efficacy of Doxorubicin Drug-Eluting Embolic Chemoembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Supplied by Extrahepatic Collateral Arteries. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Nov; 27(11):1698-1704.
  6. Rafiei P, Walser EM, Duncan JR, Rana H, Ross JR, Kerlan RK, Gross KA, Balter S, Bartal G, Abi-Jaoudeh N, Stecker MS, Cohen AM, Dixon RG, Thornton RH, Nikolic B. Society of Interventional Radiology IR Pre-Procedure Patient Safety Checklist by the Safety and Health Committee. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 May; 27(5):695-9.
  7. Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Kerlan RK. Techniques for Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Reduction and Occlusion. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Mar; 19(1):74-81.
  8. Conrad MB, Ishaque BM, Surman AM, Kerlan RK, Hope MD, Dickey MA, Hetts SW, Wilson MW. Intraprocedural Safety and Technical Success of the MVP Micro Vascular Plug for Embolization of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Nov; 26(11):1735-9.
  9. Pasternak JD, Epelboym I, Seiser N, Wingo M, Herman M, Cowan V, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Kerlan RK, Lee JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Diagnostic utility of data from adrenal venous sampling for primary aldosteronism despite failed cannulation of the right adrenal vein. Surgery. 2016 Jan; 159(1):267-73.
  10. Fidelman N, Kerlan RK. Transarterial Chemoembolization and (90)Y Radioembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Review of Current Applications Beyond Intermediate-Stage Disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Oct; 205(4):742-52.
  11. Olorunsola OG, Kohi MP, Behr SC, Kolli PK, Taylor AG, Tong RT, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK, Fidelman N. Imaging Predictors of Elevated Lung Shunt Fraction in Patients Being Considered for Yttrium-90 Radioembolization. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Oct; 26(10):1472-8.
  12. Kohlbrenner R, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Fidelman N, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK, Agarwal VK, Lehrman ED, Nanavati S, Avrin DE, Gould R. Patient Radiation Dose Reduction during Transarterial Chemoembolization Using a Novel X-Ray Imaging Platform. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Sep; 26(9):1331-8.
  13. Kohi MP, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK. Crossed legs: an unexpected occurrence during an ALN filter placement. Clin Imaging. 2015 Nov-Dec; 39(6):1128-9.
  14. Young K, Fidelman N, Yao FY, Hills NK, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, Kerlan RK. Implications of discordant findings between hepatic angiography and cross-sectional imaging in transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2015 Apr; 21(4):454-67.
  15. Bartolome B, Kohi MP, Fidelman N, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK. Hemothorax resulting from injury to the right inferior phrenic artery following transhepatic procedures. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Apr; 26(4):600-1.
  16. Yao FY, Mehta N, Flemming J, Dodge J, Hameed B, Fix O, Hirose R, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Roberts JP. Downstaging of hepatocellular cancer before liver transplant: long-term outcome compared to tumors within Milan criteria. Hepatology. 2015 Jun; 61(6):1968-77.
  17. Kohi MP, Naeger DM, Lorenson MJ, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK. Hook, line, and sinker: hook wire localization of a retained suture needle in the perineum. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Sep; 25(9):1479-80.
  18. Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Hawkins RA, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Bergsland EK, Kelley RK, Ko AH, Korn WM, McWhirter RM, Luan J, Venook AP. 90Y glass microspheres for the treatment of unresectable metastatic liver disease from chemotherapy-refractory gastrointestinal cancers: a pilot study. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2014 Jun; 45(2):168-80.
  19. Kohi MP, Agarwal VK, Naeger DM, Taylor AG, Kolli KP, Fidelman N, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK. The inferior emissary vein: a reliable landmark for right adrenal vein sampling. Acta Radiol. 2015 Apr; 56(4):454-7.
  20. Price AJ, Fidelman N, Wilson MW, Kerlan RK. Percutaneous interventions in failing "necklace" hemodialysis grafts: long-term outcomes. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Feb; 25(2):199-205.

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