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    Cynthia Chin, MD

    TitleProfessor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentRadiology
    Address505 Parnassus Ave, Moffitt
    San Francisco CA 94143
    Phone415-353-2564

       Biography 
       Awards and Honors
      2013Best Doctors in America 2013
      2011Best Doctors in America 2011
      American Society of Spine Radiology2011First Place Mentor Research Award
      2010America's Top Radiologists
      Radiological Society of North America2010Trainee Research Award
      UCSF Medical Center2010Exceptional Physician Award nominee
      Western Neuroradiology Society2010GH Wilson Award Best Paper
      UCSF Medical Center 2007Exceptional Physician Award nominee
      UCSF2006Margulis Society Research Award
      Tufts University School of Medicine1996WC Widrich Radiology Resident Award
      California Pacific Medical Center1992FJ Rigney Scholarship Intern of the Year
      Tufts University School of Medicine19911st place Basic Science Research Award
      University of California1984Honor Society

       Overview 
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      Cynthia Chin, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Radiology and Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and she is a faculty member of the neuroradiology subspecialty in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Chin introduced and developed CT-guided spine injections at UCSF. She is the Director of the UCSF Spinal Pain Management, and her interests include the spine and peripheral nervous system, magnetic resonance neurography, spinal injections, and spinal and nerve diffusion imaging. Dr. Chin received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston in Massachusetts where she returned to complete a Radiology residency program. She completed an Internal Medicine internship at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Chin advanced her training by completing a Neuroradiology fellowship from UCSF.

      Throughout Dr. Chin's medical career, she has been the recipient of many distinguished awards. These include the 2007 and 2010 UCSF Medical Center Exceptional Physician Award nomination, 2010 America's Top Radiologists, Margulis Society Research Grant award, Tufts University School of Medicine Warren C. Widrich, MD Radiology Resident Award, and others. She is a member of many organizations including the American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, and American Society of Spine Radiology. Dr. Chin is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Neuroradiology, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, Muscle and Nerve, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

      Dr. Chin continues to develop research in advanced imaging of the spine and nerves and the latest techniques in spine interventions for patient treatment. As a former member of the MRI Safety Committee and current member of the Radiation Safety Committee, Dr. Chin is dedicated to optimizing patient safety.

      Expertise:
      Neuroradiology

      Specialty:
      Spine and peripheral nerves

      Professional Interests:
      Spine, peripheral nerve, magnetic resonance neurography, spinal injections, spine diffusion imaging

      Education and Training:
      • Medical School: Tuffs University School of Medicine, Boston
      • Internship: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco - Internal Medicine
      • Residency: Tuffs University New England Medical Center, Boston - Radiology
      • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Neuroradiology
      • National Board of Medical Examiners
      • American Board of Radiology
      • Medical Board of California
      • Medical Board of Ohio
      • Certificate of Added Qualification, Neuroradiology
      • New York State

       Interests
      Spine, peripheral nerve, magnetic resonance neurography, spinal injections, spine diffusion imaging.

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      1. Trattner S, Pearson GD, Chin C, Cody DD, Gupta R, Hess CP, Kalra MK, Kofler JM, Krishnam MS, Einstein AJ. Standardization and Optimization of CT Protocols to Achieve Low Dose. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):271-8.
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      2. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas VC. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 3; 79(1):25-30.
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      3. Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Chin CT, Balamurali G, Mummaneni PV. Avoidance of wrong-level thoracic spine surgery: intraoperative localization with preoperative percutaneous fiducial screw placement. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Mar; 16(3):280-4.
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      4. Shepherd TM, Hess CP, Chin CT, Gould R, Dillon WP. Reducing patient radiation dose during CT-guided procedures: demonstration in spinal injections for pain. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Nov-Dec; 32(10):1776-82.
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      5. Keen NN, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Saloner D, Steinbach LS. Diagnosing ulnar neuropathy at the elbow using magnetic resonance neurography. Skeletal Radiol. 2012 Apr; 41(4):401-7.
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      6. Virayavanich W, Ringler MD, Chin CT, Baum T, Giaconi JC, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Jones KD, Link TM. CT-guided biopsy of bone and soft-tissue lesions: role of on-site immediate cytologic evaluation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2011 Jul; 22(7):1024-30.
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      7. Zaharchuk G, Saritas EU, Andre JB, Chin CT, Rosenberg J, Brosnan TJ, Shankaranarayan A, Nishimura DG, Fischbein NJ. Reduced field-of-view diffusion imaging of the human spinal cord: comparison with conventional single-shot echo-planar imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 May; 32(5):813-20.
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      8. Wang VY, Chou D, Chin C. Spine and spinal cord emergencies: vascular and infectious causes. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2010 Nov; 20(4):639-50.
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      9. Gelfand JM, Duncan JL, Racine CA, Gillum LA, Chin CT, Zhang Y, Zhang Q, Wong LJ, Roorda A, Green AJ. Heterogeneous patterns of tissue injury in NARP syndrome. J Neurol. 2011 Mar; 258(3):440-8.
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      10. Wang VY, Chin CT, Lu DC, Smith JS, Chou D. Free-hand thoracic pedicle screws placed by neurosurgery residents: a CT analysis. Eur Spine J. 2010 May; 19(5):821-7.
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      11. Du R, Auguste KI, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Weinstein PR. Magnetic resonance neurography for the evaluation of peripheral nerve, brachial plexus, and nerve root disorders. J Neurosurg. 2010 Feb; 112(2):362-71.
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      12. Sahgal A, Ames C, Chou D, Ma L, Huang K, Xu W, Chin C, Weinberg V, Chuang C, Weinstein P, Larson DA. Stereotactic body radiotherapy is effective salvage therapy for patients with prior radiation of spinal metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Jul 1; 74(3):723-31.
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      13. Acosta FL, Sanai N, Chi JH, Dowd CF, Chin C, Tihan T, Chou D, Weinstein PR, Ames CP. Comprehensive management of symptomatic and aggressive vertebral hemangiomas. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2008 Jan; 19(1):17-29.
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      14. Smith AB, Gupta N, Strober J, Chin C. Magnetic resonance neurography in children with birth-related brachial plexus injury. Pediatr Radiol. 2008 Feb; 38(2):159-63.
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      15. Liao YJ, Dillon WP, Chin CT, McDermott MW, Horton JC. Intracranial hypotension caused by leakage of cerebrospinal fluid from the thecal sac after lumboperitoneal shunt placement. Case report. J Neurosurg. 2007 Jul; 107(1):173-7.
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      16. Chou D, Smith JS, Chin CT. Spontaneous regression of a discal cyst. Case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2007 Jan; 6(1):81-4.
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      17. Lewis AM, Layzer R, Engstrom JW, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. Magnetic resonance neurography in extraspinal sciatica. Arch Neurol. 2006 Oct; 63(10):1469-72.
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      18. Auguste KI, Chin C, Acosta FL, Ames CP. Expandable cylindrical cages in the cervical spine: a review of 22 cases. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Apr; 4(4):285-91.
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      19. Acosta FL, Dowd CF, Chin C, Tihan T, Ames CP, Weinstein PR. Current treatment strategies and outcomes in the management of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas. Neurosurgery. 2006 Feb; 58(2):287-95; discussion 287-95.
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      20. Okuda DT, Chyung AS, Chin CT, Waubant E. Acute pathological laughter. Mov Disord. 2005 Oct; 20(10):1389-90.
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      21. Acosta FL, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gadkary CA, Schmidt MH, Chin CT, Ames CP, Rosenberg WS, Weinstein P. Frameless stereotactic image-guided C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial instability: review of 20 patients. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005 Oct; 18(5):385-91.
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      22. Acosta FL, Chin CT, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Ames CP, Weinstein PR, Chou D. Diagnosis and management of adult pyogenic osteomyelitis of the cervical spine. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Dec 15; 17(6):E2.
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      23. O'Neill CW, Liu JJ, Leibenberg E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Tay BK, Chin CT, Lotz JC. Percutaneous plasma decompression alters cytokine expression in injured porcine intervertebral discs. Spine J. 2004 Jan-Feb; 4(1):88-98.
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      24. Mohr DC, Epstein L, Luks TL, Goodkin D, Cox D, Goldberg A, Chin C, Nelson S. Brain lesion volume and neuropsychological function predict efficacy of treatment for depression in multiple sclerosis. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Dec; 71(6):1017-24.
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      25. von Koch CS, Young G, Chin CT, Lawton MT. Magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy of an intraaxial epidermoid: similarity to an abscess. Case illustration. J Neurosurg. 2002 Aug; 97(2):492.
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      26. Chin CT. Spine imaging. Semin Neurol. 2002 Jun; 22(2):205-20.
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      27. Wu YW, Chin CT, Chan KM, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Pediatric Chiari I malformations: do clinical and radiologic features correlate? Neurology. 1999 Oct 12; 53(6):1271-6.
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      28. Bonawitz C, Castillo M, Chin CT, Mukherji SK, Barkovich AJ. Usefulness of contrast material in MR of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1998 Mar; 19(3):541-6.
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      29. Oates E, Selland DL, Chin CT, Achong DM. Gallbladder nonvisualization with pericholecystic rim sign: morphine-augmentation optimizes diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. J Nucl Med. 1996 Feb; 37(2):267-9.
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      30. Chin CT, Sarno RC. Images in clinical medicine. Corticosteroid osteonecrosis. N Engl J Med. 1995 Feb 23; 332(8):511.
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