Thomas Hans Newton, M.D. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 6, 2010. Hans was born May 9, 1925 in Berlin, Germany. His father was an ENT surgeon, and his mother ran a family business. The family escaped Nazi Germany before World War II, first to Palestine, and then to the United States, initially settling in Portland, Oregon. Hans entered grade school at the age of 11, speaking very little English. Like many immigrants he excelled through hard work and was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate years at Cal were interrupted by military service in the Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater as a radiology technologist. Hans graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, and then attended UCSF School of Medicine, where he received his MD degree in 1952. He interned at the University of Wisconsin, spent a year as a resident in medicine at UCSF, and then entered a residency in radiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital under Dr. Merrill Sosman. As was common at the time, Hans spent one and a half years as a fellow in Stockholm, Zurich, and London, where he trained in Neuroradiology at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens Square. It was in Stockholm that he learned the new Seldinger technique for endovascular access, and then with a series of innovative guide wires, perfected endovascular access to the cerebral arteries, which up to that time was performed using direct puncture. In 1959, he returned to UCSF, where he remained on the faculty for 50 distinguished years.

Dr. Newton’s academic accomplishments and awards are myriad. He founded the section of Neuroradiology at UCSF, and trained over 160 fellows over a span of 40 years. He published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and his multi-volume text “Radiology of the Skull and Brain,” otherwise known as “Newton and Potts” was the “Red-Bible” of Neuroradiology for decades. With the advent of CT and MR, he continued his contributions with “Modern Neuroradiology,” a four-volume series still considered a standard. He was one of thirteen founding members of the American Society of Neuroradiology, was its president in 1973-74, and received the ASNR,s first gold medal. He was an honorary member of the European Society of Neuroradiology’ a president of the Western Neuroradiologic Society, and served on the editorial boards of many of the leading journals in radiology. More…

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