University of California San Francisco
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William P. Dillon, MD

William P. Dillon, MD

Professor, Departments of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery, UCSF
Elizabeth A. Guillaumin Endowed Chair, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

William P. Dillon, MD, is the Interim Chair of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco and the Elizabeth A. Guillaumin Professor of Radiology in the section of Neuroradiology. Dr. Dillon received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his residency at the University of Utah, followed by a fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982. In 1992, he was appointed Chief of the the Neuroradiology section UCSF.

Dr. Dillon is past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) and the American Society of Neuroradiology. Dr. Dillon received the Gold Medal from the ASHNR in 2008 and the Gold Medal from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2015. He was a Senior Editor for the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1998 to 2011, and has been a co-investigator in 25 funded projects and 10 clinical trials. He has published 230 articles, 23 book chapters, and 3 books.

Dr. Dillon received the Francis A. Sooy, MD teaching award for Clinical Excellence from the Department of Otolaryngology, UCSF in 1993, and the J. Elliott Royer award for contributions to clinical neurology in 2011. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2014. He has been elected as one of the Best Doctors of America every year since 1995.

His interests are varied and include imaging of the head and neck, spinal pain management, imaging of stroke, vascular diseases of the brain, and imaging of brain tumors.

Expertise:

Neuroradiology, Adult

Specialty:

Head and Neck Neuroradiology, Spine Radiology

Professional Interests:

MRI and CT imaging of stroke, imaging of brain tumors, head and neck imaging, imaging and pain management of spine disorders

Education and Training:

• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles - Medical Degree

• Internship: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle - Internal Medicine

• Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City - Diagnostic Radiology

• Fellowship: University of Utah, Salt Lake City - Neuroradiology, Six Months (1982)

• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Neuroradiology, Six Months (1982–1983)

• Medical License Utah (1979-1982, inactive)

• Medical License California (1982-Present)

• American Board of Radiology (1982-Present)

• Medical License Ohio (1996-2001, inactive)

• Medical License Arizona (1998-2001, inactive)

• Medical License New York State (2000-2002, inactive)

• American Board of Radiology (1982-Present)

Education

University of Santa Clara, CA, B.S., 1970-74, Biology
University of CA at Los Angeles, CA, M.D., 1974-78, Medicine
Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA, Intern, 1978-79, Internal Medicine
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Resident, 1979-82, Diagnostic Radiology
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 1/82-6/82, Neuroradiology


Professional Experience

  • 1982-1983
    University of California, San Francisco-- Clinical Instructor in Neuroradiology
  • 1983-1987
    San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center -- Chief, Neuroradiology Service
  • 1983-1987
    University of California, San Francisco -- Assistant Professor of Radiology in Residence
  • 1987-1993
    University of California, San Francisco -- Associate Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Neurological Surgery in Residence
  • 1993-present
    University of California, San Francisco -- Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Neurological Surgery
  • 1992 -- present
    Chief, Neuroradiology Section, Vice Chairman, UCSF Department of Radiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    Francis A. Sooy, M.D. Award for clinical excellence, Otolaryngology
  • 1993-1994
    President, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
  • 1998-present
    Senior Editor, American Journal of Neuroradiology

Selected Publications

  1. Tan CH, Hyman BT, Tan JJX, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Schellenberg GD, Besser LM, Kukull WA, Kauppi K, McEvoy LK, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Fan CC, Desikan RS. Polygenic hazard scores in preclinical Alzheimer disease. Ann Neurol. 2017 Sep; 82(3):484-488.
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  2. Jenkins NW, Talbott JF, Shah V, Pandit P, Seo Y, Dillon WP, Majumdar S. [18F]-Sodium Fluoride PET MR-Based Localization and Quantification of Bone Turnover as a Biomarker for Facet Joint-Induced Disability. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Aug 31.
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  3. Olney NT, Alquezar C, Ramos EM, Nana AL, Fong JC, Karydas AM, Taylor JB, Stephens ML, Argouarch AR, Van Berlo VA, Dokuru DR, Sherr EH, Jicha GA, Dillon WP, Desikan RS, De May M, Seeley WW, Coppola G, Miller BL, Kao AW. Linking tuberous sclerosis complex, excessive mTOR signaling, and age-related neurodegeneration: a new association between TSC1 mutation and frontotemporal dementia. Acta Neuropathol. 2017 Aug 21.
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  4. Desikan RS, Fan CC, Wang Y, Schork AJ, Cabral HJ, Cupples LA, Thompson WK, Besser L, Kukull WA, Holland D, Chen CH, Brewer JB, Karow DS, Kauppi K, Witoelar A, Karch CM, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Dillon WP, Wilson DM, Hess CP, Pericak-Vance M, Haines JL, Farrer LA, Mayeux R, Hardy J, Goate AM, Hyman BT, Schellenberg GD, McEvoy LK, Andreassen OA, Dale AM. Genetic assessment of age-associated Alzheimer disease risk: Development and validation of a polygenic hazard score. PLoS Med. 2017 Mar; 14(3):e1002258.
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  5. Thaker AA, Weinberg BD, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Cabral HJ, Fleischman DA, Leurgans SE, Bennett DA, Hyman BT, Albert MS, Killiany RJ, Fischl B, Dale AM, Desikan RS. Entorhinal Cortex: Antemortem Cortical Thickness and Postmortem Neurofibrillary Tangles and Amyloid Pathology. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 May; 38(5):961-965.
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  6. Rehani B, Zhang YC, Rehani MM, Palkó A, Lau L, Lette MN, Dillon WP. Radiology education in Europe: Analysis of results from 22 European countries. World J Radiol. 2017 Feb 28; 9(2):55-62.
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  7. Whitman IR, Gladstone RA, Badhwar N, Hsia HH, Lee BK, Josephson SA, Meisel KM, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Gerstenfeld EP, Marcus GM. Brain Emboli After Left Ventricular Endocardial Ablation. Circulation. 2017 Feb 28; 135(9):867-877.
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  8. Rehani B, Gao KT, Lau L, Rehani MM, Zhang YC, Dillon WP. Radiology Education in Asia: Differences, Similarities, and Opportunities. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 01; 14(1):111-118.
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  9. Rehani B, Zhang YC, Gao KT, Soto Giordani G, Lau L, Rehani MM, Dillon WP. Radiology Education in Latin America. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 03; 14(3):397-403.
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  10. Ferrari R, Wang Y, Vandrovcova J, Guelfi S, Witeolar A, Karch CM, Schork AJ, Fan CC, Brewer JB, Momeni P, Schellenberg GD, Dillon WP, Sugrue LP, Hess CP, Yokoyama JS, Bonham LW, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Hardy J, Desikan RS. Genetic architecture of sporadic frontotemporal dementia and overlap with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2017 02; 88(2):152-164.
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  11. Rehani B, Brown I, Dandekar S, Sarkodie B, Mwango G, Rehani MM, Lau L, Zhang YC, Dillon WP. Radiology Education in Africa: Analysis of Results From 13 African Countries. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 02; 14(2):247-252.
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  12. Bonham LW, Geier EG, Fan CC, Leong JK, Besser L, Kukull WA, Kornak J, Andreassen OA, Schellenberg GD, Rosen HJ, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Miller BL, Dale AM, Desikan RS, Yokoyama JS. Age-dependent effects of APOE e4 in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Sep; 3(9):668-77.
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  13. Al-Ali F, Berkhemer OA, Yousman WP, Elias JJ, Bender EN, Lingsma HF, van der Lugt A, Dippel DW, Roos YB, van Oostenbrugge RJ, van Zwam WH, Dillon WP, Majoie CB. The Capillary Index Score as a Marker of Viable Cerebral Tissue: Proof of Concept-The Capillary Index Score in the MR CLEAN (Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial of Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Netherlands) Trial. Stroke. 2016 Sep; 47(9):2286-91.
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  14. Pandit P, Talbott JF, Pedoia V, Dillon W, Majumdar S. T1? and T2 -based characterization of regional variations in intervertebral discs to detect early degenerative changes. J Orthop Res. 2016 Aug; 34(8):1373-81.
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  15. Mabray MC, Brus-Ramer M, Behr SC, Pampaloni MH, Majumdar S, Dillon WP, Talbott JF. (18)F-Sodium Fluoride PET-CT Hybrid Imaging of the Lumbar Facet Joints: Tracer Uptake and Degree of Correlation to CT-graded Arthropathy. World J Nucl Med. 2016 May-Aug; 15(2):85-90.
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  16. Monteith TS, Kralik SF, Dillon WP, Hawkins RA, Goadsby PJ. The utility of radioisotope cisternography in low CSF/volume syndromes compared to myelography. Cephalalgia. 2016 Jan 27.
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  17. Amans MR, Dillon WP. Cerebral parenchymal cyst: A rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction in an adult. Radiol Case Rep. 2013; 8(1):784.
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  18. Jun P, Russell M, El-Sayed I, Dillon W, Glastonbury C. Invasive facial fungal infections: Orofacial soft-tissue infiltration in immunocompromised patients. Radiol Case Rep. 2013; 8(2):813.
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  19. Rehani B, Hirsch JA, Dillon WP, González RG, Lev MH, Schaefer PW. Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction: Health Policy Update. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Nov; 36(11):2007-9.
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  20. Brown JD, Saeed M, Do L, Braz J, Basbaum AI, Iadarola MJ, Wilson DM, Dillon WP. CT-guided injection of a TRPV1 agonist around dorsal root ganglia decreases pain transmission in swine. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Sep 16; 7(305):305ra145.
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