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. Magill ST, Nguyen MP, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Villanueva-Meyer JE, McDermott MW Postoperative diffusion-weighted imaging and neurological outcome after convexity meningioma resection.  View on PubMed
  2. Vasudevan HN, Lucas CG, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR Genetic Events and Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Schwann Cell Fate in Development and Cancer.  View on PubMed
  3. 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.  View on PubMed
  4. Kalita M, Villanueva-Meyer J, Ohkawa Y, Kalyanaraman C, Chen K, Mohamed E, Parker MFL, Jacobson MP, Phillips JJ, Evans MJ, Wilson DM Synthesis and Screening of α-Xylosides in Human Glioblastoma Cells.  View on PubMed
  5. 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.  View on PubMed
  6. Agrawal P, Roberts JT, Bezold S, Villanueva-Meyer J, Nguyen QD Effective Use of F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography to Rule Out Prosthetic Aortic Valve as the Source of Infection.  View on PubMed
  7. Sloan EA, Chiang J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Alexandrescu S, Eschbacher JM, Wang W, Mafra M, Ud Din N, Carr-Boyd E, Watson M, Punsoni M, Oviedo A, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Coss DJ, Lopes MB, Raffel C, Berger MS, Chang S, Reddy A, Ramani B, Ferris SP, Lee JC, Hofmann JW, Cho SJ, Horvai AE, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Rodriguez F, Ellison DW, Perry A, Solomon DA Intracranial mesenchymal tumor with FET-CREB fusion - a unifying diagnosis for the spectrum of intracranial myxoid mesenchymal tumors and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma-like neoplasms.  View on PubMed
  8. Schulte JD, Buerki RA, Lapointe S, Molinaro AM, Zhang Y, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Pekmezci M, Butowski N, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Chang SM, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi MK, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS, Solomon DA, Clarke JL Clinical, radiologic, and genetic characteristics of histone H3 K27M-mutant diffuse midline gliomas in adults.  View on PubMed
  9. 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.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. 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.  View on PubMed
  12. 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.  View on PubMed
  13. 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.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. Calabrese E, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S A fully automated artificial intelligence method for non-invasive, imaging-based identification of genetic alterations in glioblastomas.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. Flavell RR, Evans MJ, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Yom SS Understanding Response to Immunotherapy Using Standard of Care and Experimental Imaging Approaches.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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