University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD

Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

Javier Villanueva­-Meyer, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Neuroradiology subspecialty section in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and he completed his one-year internship at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. Dr. Villanueva-­Meyer completed his four-year diagnostic radiology residency at the UCSF, followed by a Neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF. He also completed a NIH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

Dr. Villanueva-Meyer’s interests focus on advanced MR imaging and imaging based tools to better delineate and characterize brain tumors. His research also involves molecular imaging where he works with collaborators within and outside of our department to develop and implement the use of PET radiotracers in both brain tumors and spinal infection.

Dr. Villanueva­-Meyer has experience in CT, MRI and plain film radiography of the brain, head and neck, spine, and peripheral nervous system in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. As well as diagnostic and therapeutic neuroradiology procedures, including percutaneous biopsy, lumbar puncture, myelography, cisternography, epidural and selective nerve root injection.

Expertise:

Neuroradiology

Specialty:

Brain Tumor Radiology

Professional Interests:

MRI of brain tumors, imaging of infection, molecular imaging

Education

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, B.B.A., 06/2007, Management
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, M.D., 06/2011, Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion, Roanoke VA, 06/2012, Internship
  • Dept of Radiology, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 06/2016, Radiology Residency
  • Dept of Radiology, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 06/2017, Neuroradiology Fellowship

Honors & Awards

  • 2007
    Summa cum laude, Texas Tech University
  • 2007
    Full merit scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2013
    Margulis Society Resident Research Award, UCSF
  • 2014
    AUR Radiology Resident Academic Leadership Development Grant
  • 2015
    Chief Resident, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, UCSF
  • 2016
    ACR - AUR Research Scholar
  • 2016
    NIH - NIBIB T32 Research Grant Fellow
  • 2016
    Outstanding Podium Presentation, Imaging Research Symposium, UCSF
  • 2016
    Elmer Ng MD Award for Outstanding Resident in Diagnostic Radiology, UCSF
  • 2017
    Trainee Award, American Society of Neuroradiology
  • 2018
    John A. Watson Scholar, UCSF
  • 2020
    Diane D. Ralston Neuroscience Clinical and Basic Neuroscience Teaching Award, UCSF Neurological Surgery

Selected Publications

  1. Mueller S, Taitt JM, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Bonner ER, Nejo T, Lulla RR, Goldman S, Banerjee A, Chi SN, Whipple NS, Crawford JR, Gauvain K, Nazemi KJ, Watchmaker PB, Almeida ND, Okada K, Salazar AM, Gilbert RD, Nazarian J, Molinaro AM, Butterfield LH, Prados MD, Okada H. Mass cytometry detects H3.3K27M-specific vaccine responses in diffuse midline glioma. J Clin Invest. 2020 Oct 26.
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  2. Lawhn-Heath C, Yom SS, Liu C, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Aslam M, Smith R, Narwal M, Juarez R, Behr SC, Pampaloni MH, Chan JW, Glastonbury CM, Hope TA, Flavell RR. Gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen ([68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11) PET for imaging of thyroid cancer: a feasibility study. EJNMMI Res. 2020 Oct 22; 10(1):128.
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  3. Vasudevan HN, Lucas CG, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR. Genetic Events and Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Schwann Cell Fate in Development and Cancer. Neurosurgery. 2020 Oct 22.
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  4. Alcaide-Leon P, Cluceru J, Lupo JM, Yu TJ, Luks TL, Tihan T, Bush NA, Villanueva-Meyer JE. Centrally Reduced Diffusion Sign for Differentiation between Treatment-Related Lesions and Glioma Progression: A Validation Study. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2020 Oct 15.
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  5. Cluceru J, Nelson SJ, Wen Q, Phillips JJ, Shai A, Molinaro AM, Alcaide-Leon P, Olson MP, Nair D, LaFontaine M, Chunduru P, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S, Chang SM, Berger MS, Lupo JM. Recurrent tumor and treatment-induced effects have different MR signatures in contrast enhancing and non-enhancing lesions of high-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2020 Oct 14; 22(10):1516-1526.
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  6. Magill ST, Vasudevan HN, Seo K, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Choudhury A, John Liu S, Pekmezci M, Findakly S, Hilz S, Lastella S, Demaree B, Braunstein SE, Bush NAO, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Sneed PK, Abate AR, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Lim DA, Ullian EM, Costello JF, Raleigh DR. Multiplatform genomic profiling and magnetic resonance imaging identify mechanisms underlying intratumor heterogeneity in meningioma. Nat Commun. 2020 09 23; 11(1):4803.
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  7. Drocton GT, Copelan A, Eisenmenger L, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Dillon WP, Shah VN, Meisel K, Amans M. Venous sinus stenting as a treatment approach in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension and encephaloceles. Interv Neuroradiol. 2020 Sep 20; 1591019920956860.
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  8. Callen AL, Caton MT, Rutledge C, Raper D, Narvid J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Abla A. The Effect of Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass on Cerebral Vasoreactivity: A 4D Flow MRI Pilot Study. J Neuroimaging. 2020 Sep; 30(5):587-592.
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  9. Chen WC, Vasudevan HN, Choudhury A, Pekmezci M, Lucas CG, Phillips J, Magill ST, Susko MS, Braunstein SE, Oberheim Bush NA, Boreta L, Nakamura JL, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Sneed PK, Perry A, McDermott MW, Solomon DA, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR. A Prognostic Gene-Expression Signature and Risk Score for Meningioma Recurrence After Resection. Neurosurgery. 2020 Aug 29.
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  10. Han M, Yang B, Fernandez B, Lafontaine M, Alcaide-Leon P, Jakary A, Burns BL, Morrison MA, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Chang SM, Banerjee S, Lupo JM. Simultaneous multi-slice spin- and gradient-echo dynamic susceptibility-contrast perfusion-weighted MRI of gliomas. NMR Biomed. 2020 Aug 25; e4399.
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  11. Gordon JW, Autry AW, Tang S, Graham JY, Bok RA, Zhu X, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Li Y, Ohilger MA, Abraham MR, Xu D, Vigneron DB, Larson PEZ. A variable resolution approach for improved acquisition of hyperpolarized 13 C metabolic MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Jul 22.
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  12. Calabrese E, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S. A fully automated artificial intelligence method for non-invasive, imaging-based identification of genetic alterations in glioblastomas. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul 16; 10(1):11852.
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  13. Autry AW, Gordon JW, Chen HY, LaFontaine M, Bok R, Van Criekinge M, Slater JB, Carvajal L, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Lupo JM, Xu D, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Li Y. Characterization of serial hyperpolarized 13C metabolic imaging in patients with glioma. Neuroimage Clin. 2020; 27:102323.
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  14. Flavell RR, Evans MJ, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Yom SS. Understanding Response to Immunotherapy Using Standard of Care and Experimental Imaging Approaches. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Sep 01; 108(1):242-257.
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  15. Vasudevan HN, Castro MRH, Lee JC, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Bush NAO, McDermott MW, Solomon DA, Perry A, Magill ST, Raleigh DR. DNA methylation profiling demonstrates superior diagnostic classification to RNA-sequencing in a case of metastatic meningioma. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2020 06 09; 8(1):82.
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  16. Roberts JT, Villanueva-Meyer J, Bezold S, Krider SO, Nguyen QD. F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/CT Effectively Identifying Source of Infection in a Patient With Multiple Dialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Access Points. Cureus. 2020 Jun 08; 12(6):e8516.
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  17. Gogos AJ, Young JS, Morshed RA, Avalos LN, Noss RS, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS. Triple motor mapping: transcranial, bipolar, and monopolar mapping for supratentorial glioma resection adjacent to motor pathways. J Neurosurg. 2020 Jun 05; 1-10.
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  18. Mondal G, Lee JC, Ravindranathan A, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Tran QT, Allen SJ, Barreto J, Gupta R, Doo P, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Devine P, Grenert JP, Samuel D, Li R, Metrock LK, Jin LW, Antony R, Alashari M, Cheshier S, Whipple NS, Bruggers C, Raffel C, Gupta N, Kline CN, Reddy A, Banerjee A, Hall MD, Mehta MP, Khatib Z, Maher OM, Brathwaite C, Pekmezci M, Phillips JJ, Bollen AW, Tihan T, Lucas JT, Broniscer A, Berger MS, Perry A, Orr BA, Solomon DA. Pediatric bithalamic gliomas have a distinct epigenetic signature and frequent EGFR exon 20 insertions resulting in potential sensitivity to targeted kinase inhibition. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 06; 139(6):1071-1088.
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  19. Huang Y, Zhao N, Wang YH, Truillet C, Wei J, Blecha JE, VanBrocklin HF, Seo Y, Sayeed M, Feldman BJ, Aggarwal R, Behr SC, Shao H, Wilson DM, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Gestwicki JE, Evans MJ. A Novel Radioligand Reveals Tissue Specific Pharmacological Modulation of Glucocorticoid Receptor Expression with Positron Emission Tomography. ACS Chem Biol. 2020 06 19; 15(6):1381-1391.
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  20. Molinaro AM, Hervey-Jumper S, Morshed RA, Young J, Han SJ, Chunduru P, Zhang Y, Phillips JJ, Shai A, Lafontaine M, Crane J, Chandra A, Flanigan P, Jahangiri A, Cioffi G, Ostrom Q, Anderson JE, Badve C, Barnholtz-Sloan J, Sloan AE, Erickson BJ, Decker PA, Kosel ML, LaChance D, Eckel-Passow J, Jenkins R, Villanueva-Meyer J, Rice T, Wrensch M, Wiencke JK, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor J, Butowski N, Prados M, Clarke J, Chang S, Chang E, Aghi M, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Berger MS. Association of Maximal Extent of Resection of Contrast-Enhanced and Non-Contrast-Enhanced Tumor With Survival Within Molecular Subgroups of Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. JAMA Oncol. 2020 Apr 01; 6(4):495-503.
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