Vinil Shah, MD

Assistant Professor
Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
Assoc Professor Clin Radiology


Vinil Shah, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Neuroradiology subspecialty in the 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. Dr. Shah is also involved in global health and international outreach efforts and is an active member of the International Collaborations Committee of the ASNR. 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

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


Shah VN, Dillon WP. Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension With Brain Sagging Attributable to a Cerebrospinal Fluid-Venous Fistula. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Jul 20.
Eisenmenger L, Clark AJ, Shah VN. Postoperative Spine: What the Surgeon Wants to Know. Radiol Clin North Am. 2019 Mar; 57(2):415-438.
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.
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.