Terry Desser

Radiologist

Associate Professor of Radiology (General Radiology) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Imaging Clinic at Blake Wilbur Outpatient Clinic in Palo Alto

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-723-6855
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Imaging Clinic at Stanford Hospital

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6855
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Imaging Clinic at Stanford Medicine Imaging Center in Palo Alto

  • 451 Sherman Avenue
  • Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Phone: 650-723-6855
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Professional Education

AB magna cum laude, Princeton University (1979)

Medical Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1984) NJ

MD, Columbia University, Medicine (1984)

Internship: St Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center (1985) NY

Residency: Yale - New Haven Hospital (1989) CT

Board Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology (1989)

Administrative Appointments

Residency Program Director, Stanford Radiology (2004 - Present)

Member, GME committee, Stanford Hospital (2002 - Present)

Chair, Department of Radiology Education Committee, Stanford (2002 - Present)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

New technologies in clinical ultrasound.
Kamaya, A., Machtaler, S., Safari Sanjani, S., Nikoozadeh, A., Graham Sommer, F., & Desser, T. S. (2013). New technologies in clinical ultrasound. Seminars in roentgenology, 48(3), 214-223.

Pitfalls in Sonographic Evaluation of Thyroid Abnormalities
Patel, B. N., Kamaya, A., & Desser, T. S. (2013). Pitfalls in Sonographic Evaluation of Thyroid Abnormalities. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 34(3), 226-235.

Physiologic, Histologic, and Imaging Features of Retained Products of Conception
Sellmyer, M. A., Desser, T. S., Maturen, K. E., Jeffrey, R. B., & Kamaya, A. (2013). Physiologic, Histologic, and Imaging Features of Retained Products of Conception. RADIOGRAPHICS, 33(3), 781-796.

Sonographic Evaluation of Cervical Lymph Nodes in Papillary Thyroid Cancer
Shin, L. K., Olcott, E. W., Jeffrey, R. B., & Desser, T. S. (2013). Sonographic Evaluation of Cervical Lymph Nodes in Papillary Thyroid Cancer. ULTRASOUND QUARTERLY, 29(1), 25-32.

Imaging Manifestations of Abdominal Fat Necrosis and Its Mimics
Kamaya, A., Federle, M. P., & Desser, T. S. (2011). Imaging Manifestations of Abdominal Fat Necrosis and Its Mimics. RADIOGRAPHICS, 31(7), 2021-2034.

A Bayesian Network for Differentiating Benign From Malignant Thyroid Nodules Using Sonographic and Demographic Features
Liu, Y. I., Kamaya, A., Desser, T. S., & Rubin, D. L. (2011). A Bayesian Network for Differentiating Benign From Malignant Thyroid Nodules Using Sonographic and Demographic Features. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 196(5), W598-W605.

Renewing Focus on Resident Education: Increased Responsibility and Ownership in Interventional Radiology Rotations Improves the Educational Experience
Kothary, N., Ghatan, C. E., Hwang, G. L., Kuo, W. T., Louie, J. D., & Hofmann, L. V. (2010). Renewing Focus on Resident Education: Increased Responsibility and Ownership in Interventional Radiology Rotations Improves the Educational Experience. JOURNAL OF VASCULAR AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY, 21(11), 1697-1702.

Learning a Bayesian Classifier for Thyroid Nodule Evaluation
Liu, Y., Kamaya, A., Desser, T., & Rubin, D. (2010). Learning a Bayesian Classifier for Thyroid Nodule Evaluation. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 194(5).

A Systemic Search for Patterns for Thyroid Nodule Evaluation Using a Bayesian Classifier
Liu, Y., Kamaya, A., Desser, T., & Rubin, D. (2010). A Systemic Search for Patterns for Thyroid Nodule Evaluation Using a Bayesian Classifier. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 194(5).

Pearls and Pitfalls in Hepatic Ultrasonography
Shin, D. S., Jeffrey, R. B., & Desser, T. S. (2010). Pearls and Pitfalls in Hepatic Ultrasonography. ULTRASOUND QUARTERLY, 26(1), 17-25.

The dangling diaphragm sign: sensitivity and comparison with existing CT signs of blunt traumatic diaphragmatic rupture.
Desser, T. S., Edwards, B., Hunt, S., Rosenberg, J., Purtill, M. A., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2010). The dangling diaphragm sign: sensitivity and comparison with existing CT signs of blunt traumatic diaphragmatic rupture. Emergency radiology, 17(1), 37-44.

Understanding Transient Hepatic Attenuation Differences
Desser, T. S. (2009). Understanding Transient Hepatic Attenuation Differences. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 30(5), 408-417.

Hypervascular Liver Lesions
Kamaya, A., Maturen, K. E., Tye, G. A., Liu, Y. I., Parti, N. N., & Desser, T. S. (2009). Hypervascular Liver Lesions. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 30(5), 387-407.

Imaging and Diagnosis of Postpartum Complications Sonography and Other Imaging Modalities
Kamaya, A., Ro, K., Benedetti, N. J., Chang, P. L., & Desser, T. S. (2009). Imaging and Diagnosis of Postpartum Complications Sonography and Other Imaging Modalities. ULTRASOUND QUARTERLY, 25(3), 151-162.

A Controlled Vocabulary to Represent Sonographic Features of the Thyroid and its Application in a Bayesian Network to Predict Thyroid Nodule Malignancy
Liu, Y., Kamaya, A., Desser, T., & Rubin, D. (2009). A Controlled Vocabulary to Represent Sonographic Features of the Thyroid and its Application in a Bayesian Network to Predict Thyroid Nodule Malignancy. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 192(5).

Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Unresectable Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas
Chang, D. T., Schellenberg, D., Shen, J., Kim, J., Goodman, K. A., & Koong, A. C. (2009). Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Unresectable Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas. CANCER, 115(3), 665-672.

A Controlled Vocabulary to Represent Sonographic Features of the Thyroid and its application in a Bayesian Network to Predict Thyroid Nodule Malignancy.
Liu, Y. I., Kamaya, A., Desser, T. S., & Rubin, D. L. (2009). A Controlled Vocabulary to Represent Sonographic Features of the Thyroid and its application in a Bayesian Network to Predict Thyroid Nodule Malignancy. Summit on translational bioinformatics, 2009, 68-72.

Imaging of hepatic infections.
Benedetti, N. J., Desser, T. S., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2008). Imaging of hepatic infections. Ultrasound quarterly, 24(4), 267-278.

Gemcitabine chemotherapy and single-fraction stereotactic body radiotherapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer
Schellenberg, D., Goodman, K. A., Lee, F., Chang, S., Kuo, T., & Koong, A. C. (2008). Gemcitabine chemotherapy and single-fraction stereotactic body radiotherapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 72(3), 678-686.

Multidetector Row Computed Tomography of Small Bowel Obstruction
Desser, T. S., & Gross, M. (2008). Multidetector Row Computed Tomography of Small Bowel Obstruction. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 29(5), 308-321.

Emergency Gynecologic Imaging
Kamaya, A., Shin, L., Chen, B., & Desser, T. S. (2008). Emergency Gynecologic Imaging. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 29(5), 353-368.

Ultrasound of thyroid nodules
Desser, T. S., & Kamaya, A. (2008). Ultrasound of thyroid nodules. NEUROIMAGING CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 18(3), 463-478.

A data warehouse for integrating radiologic and pathologic data.
Rubin, D. L., & Desser, T. S. (2008). A data warehouse for integrating radiologic and pathologic data. Journal of the American College of Radiology , 5(3), 210-217.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy for unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
Chang, D. T., Schellenberg, D., Shen, J., Kim, J., Goodman, K., & Koong, A. (2008). Stereotactic body radiotherapy for unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 72(1), S249-S249.

A Bayesian classifier for differentiating benign versus malignant thyroid nodules using sonographic features.
Liu, Y. I., Kamaya, A., Desser, T. S., & Rubin, D. L. (2008). A Bayesian classifier for differentiating benign versus malignant thyroid nodules using sonographic features. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium, 419-423.

Simulation-based training: the next revolution in radiology education?
Desser, T. S. (2007). Simulation-based training: the next revolution in radiology education?. Journal of the American College of Radiology , 4(11), 816-824.

Small cystic lesions of the pancreas: clinical significance and findings at follow-up
Kirkpatrick, I. Dc., Desser, T. S., Nino-Murcia, M., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2007). Small cystic lesions of the pancreas: clinical significance and findings at follow-up. ABDOMINAL IMAGING, 32(1), 119-125.

Multiple lesions of the spleen: Differential diagnosis of cystic and solid lesions
Kamaya, A., Weinstein, S., & Desser, T. S. (2006). Multiple lesions of the spleen: Differential diagnosis of cystic and solid lesions. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 27(5), 389-403.

Value of delayed imaging in MDCT of the abdomen and pelvis
Vasanawala, S. S., & Desser, T. (2006). Value of delayed imaging in MDCT of the abdomen and pelvis. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 187(1), 154-163.

Software tools for interactive instruction in radiologic anatomy.
Alvarez, A., Gold, G. E., Tobin, B., & Desser, T. S. (2006). Software tools for interactive instruction in radiologic anatomy. Academic radiology, 13(4), 512-517.

Coverage of emergency after-hours ultrasound cases: Survey of practices at US teaching hospitals
Desser, T. S., Rubin, D. L., & Schraedley-Desmond, P. (2006). Coverage of emergency after-hours ultrasound cases: Survey of practices at US teaching hospitals. ACADEMIC RADIOLOGY, 13(2), 249-253.

Computed tomography, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and intra-operative sonography for assessing resectability of pancreatic cancer
Long, E. E., Van Dam, J., Weinstein, S., Jeffrey, B., Desser, T., & Norton, J. A. (2005). Computed tomography, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and intra-operative sonography for assessing resectability of pancreatic cancer. SURGICAL ONCOLOGY-OXFORD, 14(2), 105-113.

Accommodation of requests for emergency US and CT: Applications of queueing theory to scheduling of urgent studies
Vasanawala, S. S., & Desser, T. S. (2005). Accommodation of requests for emergency US and CT: Applications of queueing theory to scheduling of urgent studies. RADIOLOGY, 235(1), 244-249.

Automatic detection and classification of hypodense hepatic lesions on contrast-enhanced venous-phase CT
Bilello, M., Gokturk, S. B., Desser, T., Napel, S., Jeffrey, R. B., & Beaulieu, C. F. (2004). Automatic detection and classification of hypodense hepatic lesions on contrast-enhanced venous-phase CT. MEDICAL PHYSICS, 31(9), 2584-2593.

MDCT of intraluminal "windsock" duodenal diverticulum with surgical correlation and multiplanar reconstruction
Johnston, P., Desser, T. S., Bastidas, J. A., Linda, L., & Harvin, H. (2004). MDCT of intraluminal "windsock" duodenal diverticulum with surgical correlation and multiplanar reconstruction. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 183(1), 249-250.

Value of curved planar reformations in MDCT of abdominal pathology
Desser, T. S., Sommer, F. G., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2004). Value of curved planar reformations in MDCT of abdominal pathology. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 182(6), 1477-1484.

Increased through-transmission in abdominal tuberculous lymphadenitis
Ghazinoor, S., Desser, T., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2004). Increased through-transmission in abdominal tuberculous lymphadenitis. JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE, 23(6), 837-841.

Common and uncommon sonographic features of papillary thyroid carcinoma
Chan, B. K., Desser, T. S., McDougall, I. R., Weigel, R. J., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2003). Common and uncommon sonographic features of papillary thyroid carcinoma. JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE, 22(10), 1083-1090.

Imaging and intervention in the hepatic veins
Desser, T. S., Sze, D. Y., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2003). Imaging and intervention in the hepatic veins. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 180(6), 1583-1591.

Preoperative CT diagnosis of primary fallopian tube carcinoma in a patient with a history of total abdominal hysterectomy
Santana, P., Desser, T. S., & Teng, N. (2003). Preoperative CT diagnosis of primary fallopian tube carcinoma in a patient with a history of total abdominal hysterectomy. JOURNAL OF COMPUTER ASSISTED TOMOGRAPHY, 27(3), 361-363.

Sonographic diagnosis of traumatic gallbladder rupture
Kao, E. Y., Desser, T. S., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2002). Sonographic diagnosis of traumatic gallbladder rupture. JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE, 21(11), 1295-1297.

Sonography in primary hyperparathyroidism - Review with emphasis on scanning technique
Reeder, S. B., Desser, T. S., Weigel, R. J., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2002). Sonography in primary hyperparathyroidism - Review with emphasis on scanning technique. JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE, 21(5), 539-552.

Tissue harmonic imaging techniques: Physical principles and clinical applications
Desser, T. S., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2001). Tissue harmonic imaging techniques: Physical principles and clinical applications. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 22(1), 1-10.

Thickened submucosal layer: a sonographic sign of acute gastrointestinal abnormality representing submucosal edema or hemorrhage. 2000 ARRS Executive Council Award II. American Roentgen Ray Society.
Frisoli, J. K., Desser, T. S., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2000). Thickened submucosal layer: a sonographic sign of acute gastrointestinal abnormality representing submucosal edema or hemorrhage. 2000 ARRS Executive Council Award II. American Roentgen Ray Society. AJR. American journal of roentgenology, 175(6), 1595-1599.

Parathyroid localization with high-resolution ultrasound and technetium Tc 99m sestamibi
Purcell, G. P., Dirbas, F. M., Jeffrey, R. B., Lane, M. J., Desser, T., & Weigel, R. J. (1999). Parathyroid localization with high-resolution ultrasound and technetium Tc 99m sestamibi. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 134(8), 824-828.

Advantages bf performing sonourethrography with lidocaine hydrochloride jelly in a prepackaged delivery system
Desser, T. S., Nino-Murcia, M., Olcott, E. W., & Terris, M. K. (1999). Advantages bf performing sonourethrography with lidocaine hydrochloride jelly in a prepackaged delivery system. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 173(1), 39-40.

Polymeric gadolinium chelate magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents: Design, synthesis, and properties
Ladd, D. L., Hollister, R., Peng, X., Wei, D., Wu, G., & Rubin, D. L. (1999). Polymeric gadolinium chelate magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents: Design, synthesis, and properties. BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY, 10(3), 361-370.

Blood pool and liver enhancement in CT with liposomal iodixanol: Comparison with iohexol
Desser, T. S., Rubin, D. L., Muller, H., McIntire, G. L., Bacon, E. R., & Toner, J. L. (1999). Blood pool and liver enhancement in CT with liposomal iodixanol: Comparison with iohexol. ACADEMIC RADIOLOGY, 6(3), 176-183.

Tissue harmonic imaging: Utility in abdominal and pelvic sonography
Desser, T. S., Jeffrey, R. B., Lane, M. J., & Ralls, P. W. (1999). Tissue harmonic imaging: Utility in abdominal and pelvic sonography. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ULTRASOUND, 27(3), 135-142.

Interstitial MR and CT lymphography with Gd-DTPA-co-alpha,omega-diaminoPEG(1450) and Gd-DTPA-co-1,6-diaminohexane polymers: Preliminary experience
Desser, T. S., Rubin, D. L., Muller, H., McIntire, G. L., Bacon, E. R., & Hollister, K. R. (1999). Interstitial MR and CT lymphography with Gd-DTPA-co-alpha,omega-diaminoPEG(1450) and Gd-DTPA-co-1,6-diaminohexane polymers: Preliminary experience. ACADEMIC RADIOLOGY, 6(2), 112-118.

A multicenter, randomized, double-blind study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of OptiMARK (gadoversetamide injection) compared with magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) in patients with liver pathology: Results of a phase III clinical trial
Rubin, D. L., Desser, T. S., Semelka, R., Brown, J., Nghiem, H. V., & Pierro, J. A. (1999). A multicenter, randomized, double-blind study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of OptiMARK (gadoversetamide injection) compared with magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine) in patients with liver pathology: Results of a phase III clinical trial. JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, 9(2), 240-250.

Use of color and power Doppler sonography to identify feeding arteries associated with parathyroid adenomas
Lane, M. J., Desser, T. S., Weigel, R. J., & Jeffrey, R. B. (1998). Use of color and power Doppler sonography to identify feeding arteries associated with parathyroid adenomas. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 171(3), 819-823.

Color and Power Doppler Sonography: Techniques, Clinical Applications, and Trade-offs for Image Optimization
Desser TS, Jedrzejewicz, & Haller M. (1998). Color and Power Doppler Sonography: Techniques, Clinical Applications, and Trade-offs for Image Optimization. Ultrasound Quarterly, 14(3).

Pictorial essay: Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura
Desser, T. S., & Stark, P. (1998). Pictorial essay: Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura. JOURNAL OF THORACIC IMAGING, 13(1), 27-35.

NANOPARTICULATE CONTRAST-MEDIA - BLOOD-POOL AND LIVER-SPLEEN IMAGING
Rubin, D. L., Desser, T. S., Qing, F., Muller, H. H., Young, S. W., & Toner, J. (1994). NANOPARTICULATE CONTRAST-MEDIA - BLOOD-POOL AND LIVER-SPLEEN IMAGING. INVESTIGATIVE RADIOLOGY, 29, S280-S283.

QUANTITATION OF SATURATION EFFECTS VERSUS DOSE IN 3-DIMENSIONAL TIME-OF-FLIGHT MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ANGIOGRAPHY WITH BLOOD-POOL CONTRAST AGENTS
Desser, T. S., Rubin, D. L., Fan, Q., Muller, H. H., Young, S. W., & Snow, R. A. (1994). QUANTITATION OF SATURATION EFFECTS VERSUS DOSE IN 3-DIMENSIONAL TIME-OF-FLIGHT MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ANGIOGRAPHY WITH BLOOD-POOL CONTRAST AGENTS. INVESTIGATIVE RADIOLOGY, 29, S65-S68.

DYNAMICS OF TUMOR IMAGING WITH GD-DTPA POLYETHYLENE-GLYCOL POLYMERS - DEPENDENCE ON MOLECULAR-WEIGHT
Desser, T. S., Rubin, D. L., Muller, H. H., Qing, F., KHODOR, S., & Snow, R. A. (1994). DYNAMICS OF TUMOR IMAGING WITH GD-DTPA POLYETHYLENE-GLYCOL POLYMERS - DEPENDENCE ON MOLECULAR-WEIGHT. JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, 4(3), 467-472.

SCAPHOID FRACTURES AND KIENBOCKS DISEASE OF THE LUNATE - MR IMAGING WITH HISTOPATHOLOGIC CORRELATION
Desser, T. S., McCarthy, S., & Trumble, T. (1990). SCAPHOID FRACTURES AND KIENBOCKS DISEASE OF THE LUNATE - MR IMAGING WITH HISTOPATHOLOGIC CORRELATION. MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, 8(4), 357-361.

BRACHIAL-PLEXUS - CORRELATION OF MR IMAGING WITH CT AND PATHOLOGIC FINDINGS
Rapoport, S., Blair, D. N., McCarthy, S. M., Desser, T. S., Hammers, L. W., & Sostman, H. D. (1988). BRACHIAL-PLEXUS - CORRELATION OF MR IMAGING WITH CT AND PATHOLOGIC FINDINGS. RADIOLOGY, 167(1), 161-165.