Vinil Shah, MD

Associate Professor
Division Chief, Neuroradiology
Assoc Professor Clin Radiology


Vinil Shah, MD, is Associate Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He specializes in imaging and targeted treatment of spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. He is also the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director.

Dr. Shah received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed a one-year internship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 2007. Dr. Shah did his Radiology residency from 2007-2011 at UCSF, serving as chief resident in 2010. From 2011-2013, he completed a clinical fellowship and a Chief fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. From 2013-2014, Dr. Shah was a clinical fellow in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention at the same institution. In August 2014, Dr. Shah accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in Neuroradiology at UCSF.

Dr. Shah’s research interests include studying spinal imaging biomarkers to help guide intervention and assessing clinical outcomes of spine intervention. Other interests include structured reporting, teaching, and radiology curricula development.


Spine Radiology, Spine Intervention

Professional Interests:
Spine pain management, MR neurography, MRI of brachial plexus, thoracic outlet syndrome, stroke, brain tumors

Education and Training:
• Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
• Internship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco
• Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA – Neuroradiology & Musculoskeletal Radiology
• Chief Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA – Neuroradiology
• Medical License California, Massachusetts
• American Board of Radiology Certificate in Diagnostic Radiology
• Neuroradiology Certificate of Added Qualification


06/2014 - Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
06/2013 - Neuroradiology Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
06/2011 - Diagnostic Radiology Residency, University of California San Francisco
06/2007 - Medicine Internship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
MD, 05/2006 - Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Honors and Awards

Elmer Ng Outstanding Resident Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
Chief Resident, University of California, San Francisco, 2010-2011
Clinical Educator Track Recipient, University of California, San Francisco, 2009-2010
Brinton Prize, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2006
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 2004


Semonche A, Scheer JK, Shah VN, Fung M, Tan LA, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Berven SH, Ames CP, Deviren V, Theologis AA, Clark AJ. Duration of neurological deficit and outcomes in the surgical treatment of spinal coccidioidomycosis. J Neurosurg Spine. 2023 09 01; 39(3):419-426.
Callen AL, Dillon WP, Shah VN. Correction to: Unusual neuroimaging findings in spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Neuroradiology. 2023 May; 65(5):883.
Callen AL, Dillon WP, Shah VN. Unusual neuroimaging findings in spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Neuroradiology. 2023 May; 65(5):875-882.
Smith ER, Caton MT, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Remer J, Eisenmenger LB, Baker A, Shah VN, Tu-Chan A, Meisel K, Amans MR. Brain herniation (encephalocele) into arachnoid granulations: prevalence and association with pulsatile tinnitus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Neuroradiology. 2022 Sep; 64(9):1747-1754.
Expert Panel on Neurological Imaging, Ortiz AO, Levitt A, Shah LM, Parsons MS, Agarwal V, Baldwin K, Bhattacharyya S, Boulter DJ, Burns J, Fink KR, Hunt CH, Hutchins TA, Kao LS, Khan MA, Lo BM, Moritani T, Reitman C, Repplinger MD, Shah VN, Singh S, Timpone VM, Corey AS. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Suspected Spine Infection. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 11; 18(11S):S488-S501.
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 Oct; 51(11):2093-2097.
Expert Panel on Neurological Imaging, Agarwal V, Shah LM, Parsons MS, Boulter DJ, Cassidy RC, Hutchins TA, Kendi AT, Khan MA, Liebeskind DS, Moritani T, Ortiz AO, Reitman C, Shah VN, Snyder LA, Timpone VM, Corey AS. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Myelopathy: 2021 Update. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 May; 18(5S):S73-S82.
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.
Binler D, House LM, Mattie R, Saltychev M, Nagao M, Pekmeczi M, Metz L, O'Neil C, Shah V, McCormick ZL. The Reliability of a Grading System for Digital Subtraction Imaging Quality During Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection. Pain Med. 2020 11 01; 21(11):3126-3132.
Conger A, Shah L, Shah V, McCormick Z. Cone Beam Tomosynthesis: An Emerging Technology for Procedural Image Guidance. Pain Med. 2020 10 01; 21(10):2610-2613.
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.
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.
Jack AS, Shah V, Jacques LG. Foraminal Origin of the Dorsal Scapular Nerve: An Anatomical Study. World Neurosurg. 2020 12; 144:e341-e346.
Safaee MM, Shah V, Tenorio A, Uribe JS, Clark AJ. Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Fixation With Indirect Decompression by Ligamentotaxis in Pathological Fractures. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2020 08 01; 19(2):210-217.
Sloan EA, Cooney T, Oberheim Bush NA, Buerki R, Taylor J, Clarke JL, Torkildson J, Kline C, Reddy A, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Butowski N, Chang S, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Tan L, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Berger M, Raffel C, Gupta N, Sun PP, Li Y, Shah V, Cha S, Braunstein S, Raleigh DR, Samuel D, Scharnhorst D, Fata C, Guo H, Moes G, Kim JYH, Koschmann C, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Devine P, Grenert JP, Lee JC, Pekmezci M, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Recurrent non-canonical histone H3 mutations in spinal cord diffuse gliomas. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 11; 138(5):877-881.
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).
Li Z, Chen YA, Chow D, Talbott J, Glastonbury C, Shah V. Practical applications of CISS MRI in spine imaging. Eur J Radiol Open. 2019; 6:231-242.
Eisenmenger L, Clark AJ, Shah VN. Postoperative Spine: What the Surgeon Wants to Know. Radiol Clin North Am. 2019 Mar; 57(2):415-438.
Brodie FL, Nattagh K, Shah V, Swarnakar V, Lin S, Kelil T, Gillan D, Romero D, de Alba Campomanes AG. Computed tomography-based 3D modeling to provide custom 3D-printed glasses for children with craniofacial abnormalities. J AAPOS. 2019 06; 23(3):165-167.e1.
Li Y, Li Z, Ammanuel S, Gillan D, Shah V. Efficacy of using a 3D printed lumbosacral spine phantom in improving trainee proficiency and confidence in CT-guided spine procedures. 3D Print Med. 2018 Oct 10; 4(1):7.
Talbott JF, Shah VN, Uzelac A, Narvid J, Dumont RA, Chin CT, Wilson DM. Imaging-Based Approach to Extradural Infections of the Spine. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 12; 39(6):570-586.
Weinberg BD, Amans M, Deviren S, Berger T, Shah V. Brachioradial pruritus treated with computed tomography-guided cervical nerve root block: A case series. JAAD Case Rep. 2018 Aug; 4(7):640-644.
McCormick ZL, Shah VN. Objective Technical Considerations for Appropriate Digital Subtraction Imaging During Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection. PM R. 2018 10; 10(10):1130-1133.
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.
Gadde JA, Shah V, Liebo GB, Ringstad GA, Pomeraniec IJ, Bakke SJ, Fric R, Ksendzovsky A, Jane JA, Schwartz ES, Haughton V. Anatomical features of the cervical spinal canal in Chiari I deformity with presyrinx: A case-control study. Neuroradiol J. 2017 Oct; 30(5):405-409.
Robbins NM, Shah V, Benedetti N, Talbott JF, Chin CT, Douglas VC. Magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of neuropathies of the lumbosacral plexus: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1118-1130.
Talbott JF, Narvid J, Chazen JL, Chin CT, Shah V. An Imaging-Based Approach to Spinal Cord Infection. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2016 Oct; 37(5):411-30.
Struck AF, Carr CM, Shah V, Hesselink JR, Haughton VM. Cervical spinal canal narrowing in idiopathic syringomyelia. Neuroradiology. 2016 Aug; 58(8):771-5.
Mehan WA, González RG, Buchbinder BR, Chen JW, Copen WA, Gupta R, Hirsch JA, Hunter GJ, Hunter S, Johnson JM, Kelly HR, Larvie M, Lev MH, Pomerantz SR, Rapalino O, Rincon S, Romero JM, Schaefer PW, Shah V. Optimal brain MRI protocol for new neurological complaint. PLoS One. 2014; 9(10):e110803.
Naeger DM, Phelps A, Shah V, Avrin D, Qayyum A. Clinician-educator pathway for radiology residents. Acad Radiol. 2011 May; 18(5):640-4.
Salavati A, Shah V, Wang ZJ, Yeh BM, Costouros NG, Coakley FV. F-18 FDG PET/CT findings in postradiation pelvic insufficiency fracture. Clin Imaging. 2011 Mar-Apr; 35(2):139-42.
McShane JM, Shah VN, Nazarian LN. Sonographically guided percutaneous needle tenotomy for treatment of common extensor tendinosis in the elbow: is a corticosteroid necessary? J Ultrasound Med. 2008 Aug; 27(8):1137-44.
Shah VN, Branstetter BF. Oncocytoma of the parotid gland: a potential false-positive finding on 18F-FDG PET. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Oct; 189(4):W212-4.