University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Steven Hetts, MD

Steven Hetts, MD

Associate Professor in Residence of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Pediatric Malignancies

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.

Education

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


Professional Experience

  • 1991-1992
    Research Associate, Department of Cell Genetics, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
  • 1993
    Research Associate, UCSF Department of Radiology
  • 1993
    Research Associate, UCSF Center for Medical Technology Assessment
  • 1994
    Research Associate, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale, CA
  • 1994-1996
    Research Associate, Department of Neurology, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1997
    Research Associate, Department of Biology, Tularik, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
  • 2000-2001
    Intern Physician in Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital
  • 2001-2005
    Resident Physician in Diagnostic Radiology, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2003-2007
    Co-Investigator, NIH R01 HL076486 (Wilson), UCSF Medical Center 
  • 2005-2006
    Clinical Fellow in Diagnostic Neuroradiology, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2006-2008
    Clinical Fellow in Interventional Neuroradiology, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2008-2013
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiology, UCSF
  • 2008-2015
    Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology, San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2008-2015
    Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • 2008-current
    Attending Interventional Neuroradiologist, UCSF Medical Center
  • 2009-current
    Co-Director, UCSF/SFGH Interventional Radiology Research Laboratory
  • 2009-2010
    Co-Director, Neurovascular/Neurointerventional Research Interest Group, UCSF Radiology
  • 2010-current
    Co-Director, Image-Guided Therapy Specialized Resource Group, UCSF Radiology
  • 2013-current
    Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, ChemoFilter, Inc., Hillsborough, CA
  • 2013-current
    Associate Professor in Residence, Radiology, UCSF 
  • 2014-current
    Co-Director, UCSF Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Center of Excellence
  • 2015-current
    Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, and UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital

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. Jordan CD, Throne BRH, Wadhwa A, Losey AD, Ozhinsky E, Kondapavulur S, Fratello V, Moore T, Stillson C, Yee C, Watkins RD, Scott GC, Martin A, Zhang X, Wilson MW, Hetts SW. Wireless Resonant Circuits Printed Using Aerosol Jet Deposition for MRI Catheter Tracking. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2019 Jun 21.
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  2. Donzelli GF, Nelson J, McCoy D, McCulloch CE, Hetts SW, Amans MR, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Higashida RT, Lawton MT, Kim H, Cooke DL. The effect of preoperative embolization and flow dynamics on resection of brain arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg. 2019 May 17; 1-9.
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  3. Rutledge C, Jonzzon S, Winkler EA, Hetts SW, Abla AA. Transcortical transventricular transchoroidal-fissure approach to distal fusiform hyperplastic anterior choroidal artery aneurysms. Br J Neurosurg. 2019 04 22; 1-5.
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  4. Hetts SW. Diving into a Shallow Pool: Endovascular Treatment for Basilar Artery Occlusion. Radiology. 2019 Jun; 291(3):738-739.
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  5. Alexander MD, Halbach VV, Hallam DK, Cooke DL, Ghodke B, Dowd CF, Amans MR, Hetts SW, Higashida RT, Meyers PM. Relationship of clinical presentation and angiographic findings in patients with indirect cavernous carotid fistulae. J Neurointerv Surg. 2019 Feb 18.
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  6. Liu X, Gadhoumi K, Xiao R, Tran N, Smielewski P, Czosnyka M, Hetts SW, Ko N, Hu X. Continuous monitoring of cerebrovascular reactivity through pulse transit time and intracranial pressure. Physiol Meas. 2019 Jan 23; 40(1):01LT01.
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  7. Jankowitz BT, Hanel R, Jadhav AP, Loy DN, Frei D, Siddiqui AH, Puri AS, Khaldi A, Turk AS, Malek AM, Sauvageau E, Hetts SW, Zaidat OO. Neuroform Atlas Stent System for the treatment of intracranial aneurysm: primary results of the Atlas Humanitarian Device Exemption cohort. J Neurointerv Surg. 2019 Jan 22.
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  8. Oh HJ, Aboian MS, Yi MYJ, Maslyn JA, Loo WS, Jiang X, Parkinson DY, Wilson MW, Moore T, Yee CR, Robbins GR, Barth FM, DeSimone JM, Hetts SW, Balsara NP. 3D Printed Absorber for Capturing Chemotherapy Drugs before They Spread through the Body. ACS Cent Sci. 2019 Mar 27; 5(3):419-427.
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  9. 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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  10. Alexander MD, Halbach VV, Hallam DK, Cooke DL, Ghodke BV, Dowd CF, Amans MR, Hetts SW, Higashida RT, Meyers PM. Long-Term Outcomes of Endovascular Treatment of Indirect Carotid Cavernous Fistulae: Superior Efficacy, Safety, and Durability of Transvenous Coiling Over Other Techniques. Neurosurgery. 2018 Nov 10.
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  11. Maani N, Hetts SW, Rayz VL. A two-scale approach for CFD modeling of endovascular Chemofilter device. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2018 Dec; 17(6):1811-1820.
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  12. Blumenfeld CM, Schulz MD, Aboian MS, Wilson MW, Moore T, Hetts SW, Grubbs RH. Drug capture materials based on genomic DNA-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles. Nat Commun. 2018 07 20; 9(1):2870.
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  13. Damato B, Afshar AR, Everett L, Banerjee A, Hetts SW. The University of California, San Francisco Documentation System for Retinoblastoma: Preparing to Improve Staging Methods for This Disease. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2019 Jan; 5(1):36-45.
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  14. Lee SK, Mokin M, Hetts SW, Fifi JT, Bousser MG, Fraser JF. Current endovascular strategies for cerebral venous thrombosis: report of the SNIS Standards and Guidelines Committee. J Neurointerv Surg. 2018 Aug; 10(8):803-810.
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  15. Jordan CD, Han M, Kondapavulur S, Vera DB, Neumann KD, Moore T, Stillson C, Krug R, Behr S, Seo Y, VanBrocklin HF, Larson PEZ, Wilson M, Martin AJ, Hetts SW. Quantification of 89 Zr-Iron oxide nanoparticle biodistribution using PET-MR and ultrashort TE sequences. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 Dec; 48(6):1717-1720.
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  16. Talbott JF, Cooke DL, Mabray MC, Larson PS, Amans MR, Hetts SW, Wilson MW, Moore T, Salegio EA. Accuracy of image-guided percutaneous injection into a phantom spinal cord utilizing flat panel detector CT with MR fusion and integrated navigational software. J Neurointerv Surg. 2018 Dec; 10(12):e37.
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  17. LaHue SC, Kim H, Pawlikowska L, Nelson J, Cooke DL, Hetts SW, Singh V. Frequency and characteristics associated with inherited thrombophilia in patients with intracranial dural arteriovenous fistula. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 01; 1-5.
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  18. Alexander MD, Hippe DS, Cooke DL, Hallam DK, Hetts SW, Kim H, Lawton MT, Sekhar LN, Kim LJ, Ghodke BV. Targeted Embolization of Aneurysms Associated With Brain Arteriovenous Malformations at High Risk for Surgical Resection: A Case-Control Study. Neurosurgery. 2018 Mar 01; 82(3):343-349.
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  19. Ammanuel S, Alexander MD, Damato B, Cooke DL, Halbach VV, Amans MR, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Hetts SW. Improved procedural safety following protocol changes for selective ophthalmic arterial infusion of chemotherapy for treatment of ocular retinoblastoma. Interv Neuroradiol. 2018 Jun; 24(3):345-350.
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  20. McGregor HCJ, Surman A, Fernandez A, Saeed M, Wilson M, Hetts S, Conrad M. Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Gallbladder Cryoablation in a Porcine Model: Midterm Results. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2018 03; 29(3):340-344.
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