The Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) Division faculty currently consists of six full-time fellowship-trained, CAQ Board Certified Interventional Radiologists and two full-time Nurse Practitioners.
We have a well-rounded clinical practice covering the full spectrum of Vascular Interventional Radiology managed by five registered nurses. We have an active outpatient clinical practice where we see ~50 new patients monthly. Our outpatients are seen in the Vascular Interventional Radiology Clinic located on the 3rd floor of the Specialty Clinics Building and in our VIR Oncology Clinic located on the 2nd floor of the Clinical Cancer Center in the Courage Clinic. All patients are evaluated by faculty physicians in clinic and may be presented at multidisciplinary clinical conference to determine the best possible course of action for the patient.
Our practice has many unique qualities, not the least of which is its relationship with the Division of Vascular Surgery. This relationship allows for the collegial combined medical and procedural care of patients with peripheral vascular disease. We have recently opened a hybrid operating room that allows us to perform combined vascular surgery/interventional radiology cases in an operating room setting, while maintaining high quality imaging. In addition to performing endovascular vascular procedures, such as EVARs and TEVARs, carotid stents, we also use this room for interventional radiology procedures that require anesthesia support.
We perform all other diagnostic and endovascular procedures, except cardiac catheterizations and intracranial neuro-interventions in Interventional Radiology. Examples of such procedures include visceral and renal angiography and interventions, lower extremity revascularization procedures including thrombolysis. We offer other Interventional radiology procedures such as inferior vena cava filter placement as well as retrievals, foreign body retrieval, TIPS, transvenous liver biopsies and uterine fibroid embolization.
We have developed a very active interventional oncology service providing primary patient-centered evaluation and image-guided therapies including chemoembolization, TheraSphere and SIR-Sphere radioembolizations, drug eluting bead (DEB) transarterial chemoembolization, radiofrequency and microwave ablation and cryoablation procedures.
Our division is fully integrated with the other subspecialties within the Department of Radiology such as digital imaging, chest and GI radiology. We have an active nonvascular service, which performs all percutaneous liver procedures including transhepatic cholangiography, biliary drainage, biliary/ductal dilatation/stenting, as well as percutaneous genitourinary procedures.
At the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Division of Interventional Radiology is active in clinical research trials with enrollment in several clinical trials. We have a dedicated research coordinator that helps recruit for and run these trials. Because research is so critical to the advancement of our specialty, one of our six faculty member spends 50% of her time on research endeavors.