The mission of the Interventional Radiology Division at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is to provide the best care to our patients, using innovative techniques across highly diversified medical and surgical subspecialties.
We have a deep commitment to trainee education at all levels, with a focus on developing future leaders in Interventional Radiology (IR). We have aligned clinical, translational, and basic science research interests to support
our mission of scientific inquiry and discovery.
Division Leadership & Faculty
Vice Chair of Clinical Research
Charles De Pena, MD
Director of Medical Student Education
Director of IR Quality and Patient Safety
Medical Director, Interventional Radiology
Integrated IR Residency Program Director
Director, Noninvasive Vascular Imaging
Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Co-Director, HHT Center of Excellence
Director, Health Services Research
Medical Director of Highlands Ranch Hospital
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The IR section, which performs approximately 9,000 procedures each year, consists of nine fellowship-trained interventional and neuro interventional radiologists, and three dedicated mid-level providers. The IR service provides formal consultative services and an inpatient admission service, for adults as well as pediatric patients at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado (also on the Anschutz Medical Campus). In addition to performing the image-guided procedures, each IR physician runs a weekly outpatient clinic. Finally, the IR section participates in several weekly multidisciplinary conferences and clinics on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Research & Academics
The IR Division has an active and productive clinical, basic science, and translational research program, with significant intra- and extramural grant support. The research enterprise is under the direction of Dr. Thor Johnson. Specific areas of research include interventional oncology, portal hypertension management, intra/extracranial vascular malformation therapies, venous interventions, and hepatic transplant interventions. IR faculty also hold many leadership positions in national and regional societies, including presidency in three major professional organizations, as well as serving on many university and hospital committees.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30728660 -- Lindquist J, Schramm K. Drug-Eluting Balloons and Drug-Eluting Stents in the Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2018 Dec;35(5):443-452
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28624300 -- Hoffmann JC, Singh A, Szaflarski D, Chick JFB, Azimov N, Mittal S, Flug J, Rochon PJ. Evaluating current and recent fellows' perceptions on the interventional radiology residency: Results of a United States survey. Diagn Interv Imaging. 2018 Jan;99(1):9-14.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30245218 -- Goldman DT, Magnowski A, Rochon PJ, Bream PR Jr, Kondo KL, Peters G, Martin JG, Fischman AM. The State of Medical Student Teaching of Interventional Radiology: Implications for the Future. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Dec;15(12):1761-1764.
Ray CE, Edwards A, Smith MS, Leong S, Gipson M, Rochon PJ, Kondo K, Gupta R, Messersmith W, Purcell T, Durham JD. A meta-analysis of survival, complications, and RECIST response following chemotherapy-based transarterial therapy in patients with unresectable cholangiocarcinoma. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2013;25:58-62
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Hayashi PH, Ludkowski M, Forman LM, Osgood M, Johnson S, Kugelmas M, Trotter JF, Bak T, Wachs M, Kam I, Durham J,Everson GT. Hepatic artery chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients listed for liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2004 May;4:782-7.
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