Richard Latchaw, M.D.

Richard E. Latchaw, M.D.




Radiology - Diagnostic Radiology

Radiology - Neuroradiology

Vascular and Endovascular Care




  • Professor
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Clinical Interests

Richard E. Latchaw, M.D., Professor of Radiology at the UC Davis Medical Center since 2002, has been a practitioner of diagnostic and interventional Neuroradiology for the past 38 years.

Dr. Latchaw has been a leader in the development of Diagnostic Neuroradiology throughout his career. He is internationally known for his work in the diagnosis and treatment of acute ischemic stroke, including the evaluation of cerebral perfusion.

He has performed all forms of image-guided procedures in the head, neck, and spine, including recanalization of acutely occluded vessels; intracranial and extracranial angioplasty and stenting; pre-operative embolization of intracranial and extracranial tumors; and ablation of aneurysms, vascular malformations and arteriovenous fistulae of the head, neck and spine.

His current research interests are the development of thrombectomy devices for the entire body, both arterial and venous; catheter-based systems for the infusion of chemotherapy and stem cells to treat brain tumors and other abnormalities; and catheter-based systems to monitor the traumatized brain.



Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1968

B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1966


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1969-1971


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , Michigan, 1971-1973

Board Certifications

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, 1973

American Board of Radiology, Neuroradiology, 1995

American Board of Radiology, Neuroradiology, 2007

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology, Fellow

American Society of Neuroradiology

American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology

American Stroke Association

Cardiovascular Council, American Heart Association

Fred Jenner Hodges Society (Alumni, University of Michigan Department of Radiology)

International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Radiological Society of North America

Society of Neurointerventional Surgery

Stroke Council, American Heart Association

Honors and Awards

Radiology Editor's Recognition Award for Reviewing, w/Distinction, 1999

Honorary Member, Neuroradiology Association of Columbia, 1999

Honorary Member, Mexican Neuroradiology Society, 1996

Honorary Member, Radiology Society of Chile, 1994

Radiology Editor's Recognition Award for reviewing, w/Distinction, 1991

Honorary Member, French Canadian Society of Radiology, 1987

Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1968

Scholarship for three months foreign study under Student Project for Amity among Nations. Thesis: Medicine in a Developing Country: A Survey of the Medical System of Tanganyika, 1963

Select Recent Publications

Latchaw RE, Alberts MJ, Lev MH, et al. Recommendations for imaging of acute ischemic stroke: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Stroke. Nov 2009; 40(11):3646-3678.

Shahlaie K, Boggan JE, Latchaw RE, Ji C, Muizelaar JP. Posttraumatic vasospasm detected by continuous brain tissue oxygen monitoring: treatment with intraarterial verapamil and balloon angioplasty. Neurocrit Care. 2009; 10(1):61-69.

Kile SJ, Camilleri CC, Latchaw RE, Tharp BR. Bithalamic lesions of butane encephalopathy. Pediatr Neurol. Dec 2006; 35(6):439-441.

Latchaw RE, Kucharczyk J, Moseley ME (eds), Imaging of the Nervous System: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications. Elsevier-Mosby Co. (Philadelphia, PA) 2005.

Alberts MJ, Latchaw RE, Selman WR, et al. Recommendations for comprehensive stroke centers: a consensus statement from the Brain Attack Coalition. Stroke. Jul 2005; 36(7): 1597-1616.

Dublin AB, Hartman J, Latchaw RE, Hald JK, Reid MH. The vertebral body fracture in osteoporosis: restoration of height using percutaneous vertebroplasty. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. Mar 2005; 26(3):489-492.

Bader LJ, Carter KD, Latchaw RE, Ellis WG, Wexler JA, Watson JC. Simultaneous symptomatic Rathke's cleft cyst and GH secreting pituitary adenoma: a case report. Pituitary. 2004; 7(1):39-44.

Latchaw RE. Cerebral perfusion imaging in acute stroke. J Vase Interv Radiol. Jan 2004; 15(1 Pt 2):S29-46.

Kapoor V, Rothfus WE, Grahovac SZ, Latchaw RE. Radicular pain avoidance during needle placement in lumbar diskography. AJR Am J Roentgenol. Oct 2003; 181(4):1149-1154.

Latchaw RE, Yonas H, Hunter GJ, et al. Guidelines and recommendations for perfusion imaging in cerebral ischemia: A scientific statement for healthcare professionals by the writing group on perfusion imaging, from the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology of the American Heart Association. Stroke. Apr 2003; 34(4):1084-1104.