Vishal Kumar, MD

Associate Professor
Associate Program Director of the Interventional Radiology Residency
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology


Vishal Kumar, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Interventional Radiology section at the University of California, San Francisco and at the San Francisco General Hospital. He received his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a one-year internal medicine internship at Olive­View UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, California. In 2009, Dr. Kumar completed one year of his Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Harbor­-UCLA in Torrance, California. In 2012, he finished the remainder of his Diagnostic Radiology residency at UCSF, followed by a Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship at UCSF, completed in 2013.

Dr. Kumar joins the faculty of UCSF with a commitment to delivering the highest level of clinical excellence, professionalism and patient safety. His research interests include educating medical students about the field of interventional radiology, implementing emerging technologies to assess and improve patient outcomes, and comparative effectiveness/cost efficiency.

Interventional Radiology

Management of oncologic disease, including hepatic, biliary and renal malignancies. Dialysis interventions and venous access

Professional Interests:
Interventional oncology, venous access, percutaneous drainage and biopsy, medical education, workflow efficiency, informatics

Education and Training:
• Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
• Internship: Olive­View UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, California
• Residency: Harbor­UCLA, Torrance, California
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco – Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Honors and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha, UCLA Medical School, 2007


Knox JA, Kumar V, Conrad MB, Nanavati S, Moore T, Wilson M. Synergy in IR-Hybrid CT/C-arm in the setting of critical trauma. Emerg Radiol. 2022 Jun; 29(3):605-609.
Wisneski AD, Kumar V, Vartanian SM, Oskowitz AZ. Toward endovascular treatment of type A aortic dissection with smaller landing zones and more patient eligibility. J Vasc Surg. 2022 01; 75(1):47-55.e1.
Kohlbrenner R, Fidelman N, Kohi MP, Kumar V, Kolli KP. Onyx embolization of an enlarging arterioportal pancreatic AVM using a balloon-occlusion microcatheter. Diagn Interv Radiol. 2021 05; 27(3):458-459.
Kumar V, West DL. Bridging the Equity Gap. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 10; 213(4):785-791.
Bucknor MD, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Kumar V, Talbott JF, Wall SD, Glastonbury CM, Dillon WP, Arenson RL, Wilson MW, Hess CP. Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in University of California, San Francisco Radiology: Reflections on 3 Years of Pipeline, Selection, and Education Initiatives. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Dec; 16(12):1716-1719.
Kumar V, Szeto H, Lehrman ED, Kohlbrenner RM, Kolli PK, Wilson MW, Kohi MP. Expanding the Teaching Toolbox: Characterizing Utility of a Web-Based Lecture Series in Educating Future Colleagues and Referrers about the Field of IR. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2019 Apr; 30(4):589-593.e3.
McGregor H, Sun Z, McCoy D, Kumar V, Conrad M, Wilson M, Cooke D. Endovascular Biopsy and Endothelial Cell Gene Expression Analysis of Dialysis Arteriovenous Fistulas: A Feasibility Study. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2018 10; 29(10):1403-1409.e2.
Foo ET, Kumar V, Nanavati SM, Huo E, Wilson MW, Conrad MB. Percutaneous embolization of post traumatic splenic pseudoaneurysm. Emerg Radiol. 2018 Dec; 25(6):719-722.
Kohlbrenner R, Lehrman ED, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Fidelman N, Kumar V, Conrad M, Kolli KP. Operator Dose Reduction during Transjugular Liver Biopsy Using a Radiation-Attenuating Drape: A Prospective, Randomized Study. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2018 09; 29(9):1248-1253.
Kumar V, Diab N, Jefferson JM, Lehrman ED, LaBerge JM, Wilson MW. Characterizing IR Exposure at US Medical Schools with the Highest Percentage of Enrolled Underrepresented Minority Medical Students. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 12; 28(12):1751-1753.
Fernandez A, Conrad M, Gill RM, Choi WT, Kumar V, Behr S. Solitary fibrous tumor in the abdomen and pelvis: A case series with radiological findings and treatment recommendations. Clin Imaging. 2018 Mar - Apr; 48:48-54.
Kumar MH, Kumar MS, Kumar VS, Kumar SH. Nager acrofacial dysostosis: a rare genetic disorder causing bilateral temperomandibular joint ankylosis in a 10-year-old girl. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Dec 23; 2015.
Kumar MH, Kumar MS, Kumar VS, Kumar SH. Non-syndromic primary maxillary peg central incisors with multiple wormian bones in a 6-year-old boy: an unusual presentation. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Dec 23; 2015.
Velez E, Surman AM, Nanavati SM, Kumar V, Lehrman E, Wilson MW, Conrad MB. CT-detected traumatic small artery extremity injuries: surgery, embolize, or watch? A 10-year experience. Emerg Radiol. 2016 Feb; 23(1):57-61.
Kumar SM, Kumar HM, Kumar VS, Kumar SH. Herpes-associated erythema multiforme worsened by a Siddha drug, Alpinia galanga, in an 18-year-old man. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Sep 21; 2015.
Kumar MH, Kumar MS, Kumar VS, Kumar SH. An adult with 3-M syndrome. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Jul 17; 2015.