Van Halbach, MD

Neurointerventional radiologist

Dr. Van Halbach is a leader in neurointerventional radiology, specializing in the endovascular treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, dural fistulae and cerebrovascular malformations. He earned a medical degree and completed an internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA Medical Center.

Halbach was the fifth president of the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, which is now the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, and has held numerous positions in national and international societies. He has coauthored more than 200 peer reviewed articles. Halbach received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Member Teaching Award from the UCSF Department of Radiology in 1999. He is a clinical professor of radiology, neurological surgery, neurology and anesthesia.


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.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology

Academic Title


More about Van Halbach


UC Los Angeles 1981


Sepulveda Veteran Hospital, Internal Medicine 1982


UCLA Hospital, Diagnostic Radiology 1985
UCLA Hospital, Interventional Neuroradiology 1986

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kondapavulur S, Cooke DL, Kao A, Amans MR, Alexander M, Darflinger R, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Damato B, Halbach VV, Matthay KK, Hetts SW. Estimation of intra-arterial chemotherapy distribution to the retina in pediatric retinoblastoma patients using quantitative digital subtraction angiography. Interv Neuroradiol. 2018 Apr; 24(2):214-219.
  2. Ammanuel S, Alexander MD, Damato B, Cooke DL, Halbach VV, Amans MR, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Hetts SW. Improved procedural safety following protocol changes for selective ophthalmic arterial infusion of chemotherapy for treatment of ocular retinoblastoma. Interv Neuroradiol. 2018 Jan 01; 1591019918755088.
  3. Alexander MD, Rebhun JM, Hetts SW, Amans MR, Settecase F, Darflinger RJ, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Higashida RT, Cooke DL. Technical factors affecting outcomes following endovascular treatment of posterior circulation atherosclerotic lesions. Surg Neurol Int. 2017; 8:284.

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