Research Summary

William P. Dillon, MD, is the Elizabeth A. Guillaumin Professor of Radiology and Executive Vice-Chair in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging where clinically he serves 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. From 1992 to 2013, he was Chief of 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 (ASNR). Dr. Dillon received the Gold Medal from the ASHNR in 2008 and the Gold Medal from the ASNR in 2015. He was also the recipient of the ASNR Outstanding Researcher Award in 2014. 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 over 300 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 has been elected as one of the Best Doctors of America every year since 1995 and had been nominated several times for the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award.

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.

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

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    Francis A. Sooy, M.D. Award for clinical excellence, Otolaryngology
  • 1993-1994
    President, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
  • 1998-2011
    Senior Editor, American Journal of Neuroradiology
  • 2011
    J. Elliott Royer Award

Selected Publications

  1. Soderlund KA, Mamlouk MD, Shah VN, Roland JL, Dillon WP. Cerebrospinal fluid-lymphatic fistula causing spontaneous intracranial hypotension in a child with kaposiform lymphangiomatosis. Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Jul 20.  View on PubMed
  2. Davogustto GE, Salazar RL, Vasquez HG, Karlstaedt A, Dillon WP, Guthrie PH, Martin JR, Vitrac H, De La Guardia G, Vela D, Ribas-Latre A, Baumgartner C, Eckel-Mahan K, Taegtmeyer H. Metabolic remodeling precedes mTORC1-mediated cardiac hypertrophy. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2021 09; 158:115-127.  View on PubMed
  3. Amans MR, Smith E, Narsinh KH, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Hetts SW, Cooke DL, Nelson J, Mccoy D, Ciano M, Dillon WP, Copelan AZ, Drocton GT, Khangura RS, Murph D, Hartley ZJ, Abla AA. Reply. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2021 08; 42(8):E58-E59.  View on PubMed
  4. Rehani B, Rodriguez JA, Nguyen JK, Patel MM, Ammanuel SG, Winford E, Dillon WP. COVID-19 Radiology Preparedness, Challenges & Opportunities: Responses From 18 Countries. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2021 Apr 24.  View on PubMed
  5. Shlobin NA, Shah VN, Chin CT, Dillon WP, Tan LA. Cerebrospinal Fluid-Venous Fistulas: A Systematic Review and Examination of Individual Patient Data. Neurosurgery. 2021 04 15; 88(5):931-941.  View on PubMed
  6. Mamlouk MD, Shen PY, Sedrak MF, Dillon WP. CT-guided Fibrin Glue Occlusion of Cerebrospinal Fluid-Venous Fistulas. Radiology. 2021 05; 299(2):409-418.  View on PubMed
  7. Caton MT, Laguna B, Soderlund KA, Dillon WP, Shah VN. Spinal Compliance Curves: Preliminary Experience with a New Tool for Evaluating Suspected CSF Venous Fistulas on CT Myelography in Patients with Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2021 05; 42(5):986-992.  View on PubMed
  8. Copelan AZ, Smith ER, Drocton GT, Narsinh KH, Murph D, Khangura RS, Hartley ZJ, Abla AA, Dillon WP, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Hetts SW, Cooke DL, Keenan K, Nelson J, Mccoy D, Ciano M, Amans MR. Recent Administration of Iodinated Contrast Renders Core Infarct Estimation Inaccurate Using RAPID Software. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2020 12; 41(12):2235-2242.  View on PubMed
  9. Shah VN, Dillon WP. Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension With Brain Sagging Attributable to a Cerebrospinal Fluid-Venous Fistula. JAMA Neurol. 2020 10 01; 77(10):1320-1321.  View on PubMed
  10. 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. 2021 Feb; 27(1):129-136.  View on PubMed
  11. Shahlaee A, Hennein LM, Winn BJ, Dillon WP, Rasool N. Bilateral superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis associated with high altitude. Orbit. 2021 Oct; 40(5):407-411.  View on PubMed
  12. Dillon WP. MRI Biomarkers of Bevacizumab Therapy Correlate with Progression-Free Survival but Not Overall Survival in Recurrent Glioblastoma. Radiology. 2020 10; 297(1):176-177.  View on PubMed
  13. Hellmuth J, Casaletto K, Cuneo R, Possin KL, Dillon W, Geschwind MD. Bilateral basal ganglia infarcts presenting as rapid onset cognitive and behavioral disturbance. Neurocase. 2020 04; 26(2):115-119.  View on PubMed
  14. Rehani B, Ammanuel SG, Zhang Y, Smith W, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Josephson SA, Kim A, Hemphill JC, Dillon W. A New Era of Extended Time Window Acute Stroke Interventions Guided by Imaging. Neurohospitalist. 2020 Jan; 10(1):29-37.  View on PubMed
  15. Jenkins NW, Iriondo C, Shah V, Bahroos E, Ravanfar V, Regan M, Seo Y, Dillon WP, Majumdar S, Talbott JF. Quantitative [18F]-Naf-PET-MRI Analysis for the Evaluation of Dynamic Bone Turnover in a Patient with Facetogenic Low Back Pain. J Vis Exp. 2019 08 08; (150).  View on PubMed
  16. Bucknor MD, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Kumar V, Talbott JF, Wall SD, Glastonbury CM, Dillon WP, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hess CP. Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in University of California, San Francisco Radiology: Reflections on 3 Years of Pipeline, Selection, and Education Initiatives. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Dec; 16(12):1716-1719.  View on PubMed
  17. Kim S, Dillon WP, Hope TA, El-Sayed IH, van Zante A, Wu K, Masharani U. Ectopic Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma of the Nasopharynx Diagnosed by Gallium 68 DOTATATE Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography. World Neurosurg. 2019 05; 125:400-404.  View on PubMed
  18. Rehani B, Zhang Y, Ammanuel S, Smith W, Gonzalez RG, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Josephson SA, Kim A, Hemphill JC, Dillon W. Imaging in neurointerventional stroke treatment: review of the recent trials and what your neurointerventionalist wants to know from emergency radiologists. Emerg Radiol. 2019 Apr; 26(2):195-203.  View on PubMed
  19. Broce IJ, Tan CH, Fan CC, Jansen I, Savage JE, Witoelar A, Wen N, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Glastonbury CM, Glymour M, Yokoyama JS, Elahi FM, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Mormino EC, Sperling RA, Bennett DA, McEvoy LK, Brewer JB, Feldman HH, Hyman BT, Pericak-Vance M, Haines JL, Farrer LA, Mayeux R, Schellenberg GD, Yaffe K, Sugrue LP, Dale AM, Posthuma D, Andreassen OA, Karch CM, Desikan RS. Dissecting the genetic relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and Alzheimer's disease. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 02; 137(2):209-226.  View on PubMed
  20. Dillon WP. Challenges in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension. Radiology. 2018 12; 289(3):773-774.  View on PubMed

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