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Steven Hetts, M.D.

Neurointerventional radiologist

Dr. Steven Hetts specializes in interventional neuroradiology, the minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spine, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, atherosclerosis and tumors.

Hetts earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology at UCSF. In his research, he studies pediatric brain aneurysms and vascular malformations, spinal vascular malformations and interventional MRI. He also is chief of neuroradiology at San Francisco General Hospital and an assistant professor of radiology at UCSF.


HHT Center of Excellence
185 Berry St., Suite 180, Lobby 6
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 353-8867
Fax: (415) 353-3158

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Neurointerventional Radiology
505 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor, Room M-327
San Francisco, CA 94143
Consultation: (415) 353-1863
Scheduling: (415) 353-1869
Fax: (415) 353-8606

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

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Harvard School of Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Saeed M, Van TA, Krug R, Hetts SW, Wilson MW. Cardiac MR imaging: current status and future direction. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther. 2015 Aug; 5(4):290-310.
  2. Do L, Wilson MW, Krug R, Hetts SW, Saeed M. MRI monitoring of function, perfusion and viability in microembolized moderately ischemic myocardium. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Aug; 31(6):1179-90.
  3. Jayaraman MV, Hussain MS, Abruzzo T, Albani B, Albuquerque FC, Alexander MJ, Ansari SA, Arthur AS, Baxter B, Bulsara KR, Chen M, Delgado-Almandoz JA, Fraser JF, Heck DV, Hetts SW, Kelly M, Lee SK, Leslie-Mawzi T, McTaggart RA, Meyers PM, Prestigiacomo C, Pride GL, Patsalides A, Starke RM, Tarr RW, Frei D, Rasmussen P. Embolectomy for stroke with emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO): report of the Standards and Guidelines Committee of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 May; 7(5):316-21.
  4. Cooke DL, Bauer D, Sun Z, Stillson C, Nelson J, Barry D, Hetts SW, Higashida RT, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Su H, Saeed MM. Endovascular biopsy: Technical feasibility of novel endothelial cell harvesting devices assessed in a rabbit aneurysm model. Interv Neuroradiol. 2015 Feb; 21(1):120-8.
  5. Alexander MD, Cooke DL, Nelson J, Guo DE, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Lawton MT, Kim H, Hetts SW. Association between Venous Angioarchitectural Features of Sporadic Brain Arteriovenous Malformations and Intracranial Hemorrhage. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Jan 29.
  6. Moftakhar P, Cooke DL, Fullerton HJ, Ko NU, Amans MR, Narvid JA, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Hetts SW. Extent of collateralization predicting symptomatic cerebral vasospasm among pediatric patients: correlations among angiography, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, and clinical findings. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Mar; 15(3):282-90.
  7. Sun Z, Su H, Long B, Sinclair E, Hetts SW, Higashida RT, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Cooke DL. Endothelial cell high-enrichment from endovascular biopsy sample by laser capture microdissection and fluorescence activated cell sorting. J Biotechnol. 2014 Dec 20; 192 Pt A:34-9.
  8. Saeed M, Hetts SW, Jablonowski R, Wilson MW. Magnetic resonance imaging and multi-detector computed tomography assessment of extracellular compartment in ischemic and non-ischemic myocardial pathologies. World J Cardiol. 2014 Nov 26; 6(11):1192-208.
  9. Jablonowski R, Wilson MW, Do L, Hetts SW, Saeed M. Multidetector CT Measurement of Myocardial Extracellular Volume in Acute Patchy and Contiguous Infarction: Validation with Microscopic Measurement. Radiology. 2015 Feb; 274(2):370-8.
  10. Jablonowski R, Wilson MW, Joudi N, Hetts SW, Saeed M. Three-dimensional MRI assessments of patchy and large myocardial infarction in beating and nonbeating swine hearts: validation with microscopy. Acad Radiol. 2014 Aug; 21(8):1048-55.
  11. Gandhi CD, Bulsara KR, Fifi J, Kass-Hout T, Grant RA, Delgado Almandoz JE, English J, Meyers PM, Abruzzo T, Prestigiacomo CJ, Powers CJ, Lee SK, Albani B, Do HM, Eskey CJ, Patsalides A, Hetts S, Hussain MS, Ansari SA, Hirsch JA, Kelly M, Rasmussen P, Mack W, Pride GL, Alexander MJ, Jayaraman MV. Platelet function inhibitors and platelet function testing in neurointerventional procedures. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Oct; 6(8):567-77.
  12. Cooke DL, Stout CE, Kim WT, Kansagra AP, Yu JP, Gu A, Jewell NP, Hetts SW, Higashida RT, Dowd CF, Halbach VV. Cerebral arterial fenestrations. Interv Neuroradiol. 2014 May-Jun; 20(3):261-74.
  13. Martin AJ, Lillaney P, Saeed M, Losey AD, Settecase F, Evans L, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hetts SW. Digital subtraction MR angiography roadmapping for magnetic steerable catheter tracking. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Apr; 41(4):1157-62.
  14. Chow ML, Cooke DL, Fullerton HJ, Amans MR, Narvid J, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Hetts SW. Radiological and clinical features of vein of Galen malformations. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Apr 30.
  15. Bendjilali N, Nelson J, Weinsheimer S, Sidney S, Zaroff JG, Hetts SW, Segal M, Pawlikowska L, McCulloch CE, Young WL, Kim H. Common variants on 9p21.3 are associated with brain arteriovenous malformations with accompanying arterial aneurysms. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 85(11):1280-3.
  16. Potts MB, Sheth SA, Louie J, Smyth MD, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Lawton MT, Young WL, Hetts SW, Fullerton HJ, Gupta N. Stereotactic radiosurgery at a low marginal dose for the treatment of pediatric arteriovenous malformations: obliteration, complications, and functional outcomes. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Jul; 14(1):1-11.
  17. English JD, Hetts SW, El-Ali A, Kolli P, Do L, Wilson MW, Saeed M. A novel model of large vessel ischemic stroke in rabbits: microcatheter occlusion of the posterior cerebral artery. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 May; 7(5):363-6.
  18. Alexander MD, Meyers PM, English JD, Stradford TR, Sung S, Smith WS, Halbach VV, Higashida RT, Dowd CF, Cooke DL, Hetts SW. Symptom differences and pretreatment asymptomatic interval affect outcomes of stenting for intracranial atherosclerotic disease. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Jun; 35(6):1157-62.
  19. Potts MB, Jahangiri A, Jen M, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Gupta N, Hetts SW, Young WL, Lawton MT. Deep arteriovenous malformations in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and insula: multimodality management, patient selection, and results. World Neurosurg. 2014 Sep-Oct; 82(3-4):386-94.
  20. Hetts SW, Cooke DL, Nelson J, Gupta N, Fullerton H, Amans MR, Narvid JA, Moftakhar P, McSwain H, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Lawton MT, Kim H. Influence of patient age on angioarchitecture of brain arteriovenous malformations. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Jul; 35(7):1376-80.

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