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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 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. 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 68Ga-DOTA-TATE PET/CT. World Neurosurg. 2019 Feb 21.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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 Feb; 137(2):209-226.
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  4. Dillon WP. Alexander R. Margulis, MD. Radiology. 2018 Dec; 289(3):884.
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  5. Dillon WP. Challenges in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension. Radiology. 2018 Dec; 289(3):773-774.
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  6. Li Y, Barkovich MJ, Karch CM, Nillo RM, Fan CC, Broce IJ, Tan CH, Cuneo D, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Glenn OA, Glastonbury CM, Olney N, Yokoyama JS, Bonham LW, Miller B, Kao A, Schmansky N, Fischl B, Andreassen OA, Jernigan T, Dale A, Barkovich AJ, Desikan RS, Sugrue LP. Regionally specific TSC1 and TSC2 gene expression in tuberous sclerosis complex. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 06; 8(1):13373.
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  7. Barkovich MJ, Tan CH, Nillo RM, Li Y, Xu D, Glastonbury CM, Glenn OA, Dillon WP, Hess CP, Mueller S, Kline C, Dale AM, Jernigan TL, Sugrue LP, Barkovich AJ, Desikan RS. Abnormal Morphology of Select Cortical and Subcortical Regions in Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Radiology. 2018 Nov; 289(2):499-508.
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  8. Wintermark M, Lee Y, Kerr A, Hess C, Dillon WP, Mukherji SK, Norbash A, Seidenwurm D, Law M. Impact of Neuroradiology Staffing on Academic Hospital Level Quality and Cost Measures for the Neuroscience Service Line. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Nov; 15(11):1609-1612.
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  9. Bonham LW, Karch CM, Fan CC, Tan C, Geier EG, Wang Y, Wen N, Broce IJ, Li Y, Barkovich MJ, Ferrari R, Hardy J, Momeni P, Höglinger G, Müller U, Hess CP, Sugrue LP, Dillon WP, Schellenberg GD, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Barkovich AJ, Yokoyama JS, Desikan RS. CXCR4 involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. Transl Psychiatry. 2018 04 11; 8(1):73.
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  10. Aboian MS, Kline CN, Li Y, Solomon DA, Felton E, Banerjee A, Braunstein SE, Mueller S, Dillon WP, Cha S. Early detection of recurrent medulloblastoma: the critical role of diffusion-weighted imaging. Neurooncol Pract. 2018 Nov; 5(4):234-240.
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  11. Broce I, Karch CM, Wen N, Fan CC, Wang Y, Tan CH, Kouri N, Ross OA, Höglinger GU, Muller U, Hardy J, Momeni P, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Miller ZA, Bonham LW, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Schellenberg GD, Franke A, Karlsen TH, Veldink JH, Ferrari R, Yokoyama JS, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Desikan RS, Sugrue LP. Correction: Immune-related genetic enrichment in frontotemporal dementia: An analysis of genome-wide association studies. PLoS Med. 2018 01; 15(1):e1002504.
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  12. Broce I, Karch CM, Wen N, Fan CC, Wang Y, Tan CH, Kouri N, Ross OA, Höglinger GU, Muller U, Hardy J, Momeni P, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Miller ZA, Bonham LW, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Schellenberg GD, Franke A, Karlsen TH, Veldink JH, Ferrari R, Yokoyama JS, Miller BL, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Desikan RS, Sugrue LP. Immune-related genetic enrichment in frontotemporal dementia: An analysis of genome-wide association studies. PLoS Med. 2018 01; 15(1):e1002487.
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  13. Tan CH, Fan CC, Mormino EC, Sugrue LP, Broce IJ, Hess CP, Dillon WP, Bonham LW, Yokoyama JS, Karch CM, Brewer JB, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Schellenberg GD, Kauppi K, Feldman HA, Holland D, McEvoy LK, Hyman BT, Bennett DA, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Desikan RS. Polygenic hazard score: an enrichment marker for Alzheimer's associated amyloid and tau deposition. Acta Neuropathol. 2018 01; 135(1):85-93.
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  14. Shah VN, von Fischer ND, Chin CT, Yuh EL, Amans MR, Dillon WP, Hess CP. Long-Term Effectiveness of Direct CT-Guided Aspiration and Fenestration of Symptomatic Lumbar Facet Synovial Cysts. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 Jan; 39(1):193-198.
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  15. 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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  16. 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 Oct; 38(10):2028-2031.
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  17. 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 11; 134(5):813-816.
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  18. 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 03; 14(3):e1002258.
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  19. 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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  20. 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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