Research Summary

Steven Hetts, MD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology in Residence at the University of California, San Francisco, and he is Chief of Neuroradiology at the San Francisco General Hospital where he has established a new clinical Interventional Neuroradiology service, providing cutting edge minimally invasive endovascular therapy. Dr. Hetts received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000, and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology from UCSF.

Dr. Hetts is involved in translational research as Co-Director of the Interventional Radiology Laboratory at China Basin, including the conception, performance, and management of research projects translating basic science and engineering research into clinical applicability. One of his projects is Magnetic Catheter Navigation and Microinfarction Evaluation in the Brain and Heart. Dr. Hetts also implements many clinical research projects involving retrospective and prospective patient data. The main focus of his clinical research is endovascular therapy for cerebrovascular disease, spinal vascular disease, and neurooncology.

Research Funding

  • June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2020 - Endovascular Chemofiltration: Optimizing Removal of Chemotherapeutics and Nanoparticles from the Blood to Reduce Toxicity, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA194533
  • February 1, 2016 - January 31, 2018 - Improved sensitivity and safety for endovascular MR imaging at 3T, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIBIB, Sponsor Award ID: R21EB020283
  • August 1, 2011 - May 31, 2015 - Endovascular Interventional MRI: Optimizing Tools and Techniques at 3T, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIBIB, Sponsor Award ID: R01EB012031
  • June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2020 - Endovascular Chemofiltration: Optimizing Removal of Chemotherapeutics and Nanoparticles from the Blood to Reduce Toxicity, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA194533


Harvard College, Boston, MA, AB summa cum laude, 06/1996, Biology
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, 06/2000, Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, Internship, 06/2001, Internal Medicine
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, Residency, 06/2005, Diagnostic Radiology
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 06/2006, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship, 02/2008, Interventional Neuroradiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    United States Presidential Scholar, highest academic honor for US high school students
  • 1993-1996
    John Harvard Scholarship and Dean’s List, Harvard College
  • 1995
    Phi Beta Kappa, elected in Senior 45, Harvard College
  • 1996
    Biology Undergraduate Honors Thesis, summa cum laude
  • 1997
    Finalist, Rhodes Scholarship, California Nominee to Region VIII Competition
  • 1999
    Aesculapian Club, Harvard Medical School
  • 2001
    Nominee, Resident Teaching Award, Department of Internal Medicine, Stanford Hospital
  • 2002, 2003
    Margulis Society Radiology Resident Research Award
  • 2003
    American Roentgen Ray Society Introduction to Research Program
  • 2004
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Amersham Fellowship
  • 2004
    American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology Annual Research Award
  • 2005
    Executive Council Award, Residents in Radiology Competition, American Roentgen Ray Society
  • 2010, 2011
    American Society of Neuroradiology, Neuroradiology Research and Education Foundation Scholar Award in Neuroradiology Research
  • 2012
    Visiting Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2015
    Nominee, QB3 Award for Startup of the Year, ChemoFilter
  • 2015
    Fellow, Rosenman Institute, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Caldwell J, McGuinness B, Lee SS, Barber PA, Holden A, Wu T, Krauss M, Laing A, Collecutt W, Liebeskind DS, Hetts SW, Brew S. Aspiration thrombectomy using a novel 088 catheter and specialized delivery catheter. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Dec 14.  View on PubMed
  2. Narsinh KH, Narsinh K, McCoy DB, Sun Z, Halabi C, Meisel K, Tihan T, Chaganti K, Amans MR, Halbach VV, Higashida RT, Hetts SW, Dowd CF, Winkler EA, Abla AA, Nowakowski TJ, Cooke DL. Endovascular Biopsy of Vertebrobasilar Aneurysm in Patient With Polyarteritis Nodosa. Front Neurol. 2021; 12:697105.  View on PubMed
  3. Malisch TW, Ansari SA, Duckwiler GR, Fargen KM, Hetts SW, Marden FA, Patsalides A, Schirmer CM, Brook A, Fraser JF. Cessation and resumption of elective neurointerventional procedures during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and future pandemics. Interv Neuroradiol. 2021 Oct; 27(1_suppl):30-35.  View on PubMed
  4. Hak JF, Boulouis G, Kerleroux B, Benichi S, Stricker S, Gariel F, Garzelli L, Meyer P, Kossorotoff M, Boddaert N, Vidal V, Girard N, Dangouloff-Ros V, Brunelle F, Fullerton H, Hetts SW, Blauwblomme T, Naggara O. Pediatric brain arteriovenous malformation recurrence: a cohort study, systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Sep 28.  View on PubMed
  5. Garcia JH, Winkler EA, Morshed RA, Lu A, Ammanuel SG, Saggi S, Wang EJ, Braunstein S, Fox CK, Fullerton HJ, Kim H, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Lawton MT, Abla AA, Gupta N. Factors associated with seizures at initial presentation in pediatric patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Sep 24; 1-6.  View on PubMed
  6. Narsinh KH, Mirza MH, Duvvuri M, Caton MT, Baker A, Winkler EA, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Amans MR, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Abla AA, Dowd CF. Radial artery access anatomy: considerations for neuroendovascular procedures. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Sep 22.  View on PubMed
  7. Narsinh KH, Mirza MH, Caton MT, Baker A, Winkler E, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Amans MR, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Abla AA, Dowd CF. Radial artery access for neuroendovascular procedures: safety review and complications. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Sep 22.  View on PubMed
  8. Garcia JH, Morshed RA, Winkler EA, Li Y, Fox CK, Fullerton HJ, Rutledge C, Beniwal AS, Lawton MT, Abla AA, Gupta N, Hetts SW. Pediatric moyamoya MRI score: an imaging-based scale to predict outcomes in surgically treated pediatric patients with moyamoya. Neurosurg Focus. 2021 09; 51(3):E8.  View on PubMed
  9. Narsinh KH, Paez R, Mueller K, Caton MT, Baker A, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Dowd CF, Amans MR, Hetts SW, Norbash AM, Cooke DL. Robotics for neuroendovascular intervention: Background and primer. Neuroradiol J. 2021 Aug 16; 19714009211034829.  View on PubMed
  10. Yue JK, Chang D, Oh T, Winkler EA, Lu AY, Hetts SW, Young EP, Reddy AT, Fox CK, Abla AA, Roland JL. Multiple Tumor-Associated Intracranial Aneurysms Adjacent to a Suprasellar Germ Cell Tumor: Case Report and Review of Literature. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2021; 56(5):482-491.  View on PubMed
  11. Eisenmenger LB, Junn JC, Cooke D, Hetts S, Zhu C, Johnson KM, Manunga JM, Saloner D, Hess C, Kim H. Presence of Vessel Wall Hyperintensity in Unruptured Arteriovenous Malformations on Vessel Wall Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Pilot Study of AVM Vessel Wall "Enhancement". Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:697432.  View on PubMed
  12. McDougall CG, Diaz O, Boulos A, Siddiqui AH, Caplan J, Fifi JT, Turk AS, Kayan Y, Jabbour P, Kim LJ, Hetts SW, Cooke DL, Dowd CF. Safety and efficacy results of the Flow Redirection Endoluminal Device (FRED) stent system in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms: US pivotal trial. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Jul 19.  View on PubMed
  13. Mekonnen ZK, Everett LA, Hetts SW, Afshar AR. Retinal emboli after cervicopetrous junction internal carotid artery pseudoaneurysm stenting. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2021 Sep; 23:101164.  View on PubMed
  14. Al-Mufti F, Schirmer CM, Starke RM, Chaudhary N, De Leacy R, Tjoumakaris SI, Haranhalli N, Abecassis IJ, Amuluru K, Bulsara KR, Hetts SW, SNIS Standards and Guidelines Committee and SNIS Board of Directors. Thrombectomy in special populations: report of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery Standards and Guidelines Committee. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Jul 08.  View on PubMed
  15. Gao S, Nelson J, Weinsheimer S, Winkler EA, Rutledge C, Abla AA, Gupta N, Shieh JT, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Tihan T, Hess CP, Ko N, Walcott BP, McCulloch CE, Lawton MT, Su H, Pawlikowska L, Kim H. Somatic mosaicism in the MAPK pathway in sporadic brain arteriovenous malformation and association with phenotype. J Neurosurg. 2021 Jul 02; 1-8.  View on PubMed
  16. Faughnan ME, Mager JJ, Hetts SW, Palda VA, Ratjen F. Second International Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. Ann Intern Med. 2021 07; 174(7):1035-1036.  View on PubMed
  17. Hanel RA, Yoon N, Sauvageau E, Aghaebrahim A, Lin E, Jadhav AP, Jovin TG, Khaldi A, Gupta RG, Johnson A, Frei D, Loy D, Malek A, Toth G, Siddiqui A, Reavey-Cantwell J, Thomas A, Hetts SW, Jankowitz BT, Zaidat OO. Neuroform Atlas Stent for Treatment of Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysms: 1-Year Outcomes From Neuroform Atlas Stent Pivotal Trial. Neurosurgery. 2021 06 15; 89(1):102-108.  View on PubMed
  18. Yee DW, Hetts SW, Greer JR. 3D-Printed Drug Capture Materials Based on Genomic DNA Coatings. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2021 Sep 08; 13(35):41424-41434.  View on PubMed
  19. Caton MT, Narsinh KH, Baker A, Hetts SW, Cooke DL, Higashida RT, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Amans MR. Endovascular treatment strategy, technique, and outcomes for dural arteriovenous fistulas of the marginal sinus region. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 May 26.  View on PubMed
  20. 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

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