Raymond H. Thornton, MD

Vice Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, Department of Radiology
Raymond H. Thornton, MD -- Vice Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, Department of Radiology

I am an interventional radiologist, a physician who specializes in image-guided therapies. Using x-rays, CT scans, or ultrasound, we are able to perform procedures inside the body through very small holes in the skin — thanks to the miracles of modern medical imaging technology.

For example, certain tumors can be treated by steering a catheter through the arteries until it is very close to the tumor and then injecting particles that stop blood flow through the catheter. We also do many procedures through veins, such as the placement of venous access devices, including chest ports, and the placement of filters in the large vein in the abdomen (the inferior vena cava) to protect against the potentially dangerous migration of blood clots.

When organs such as kidneys or livers become obstructed, we have techniques to relieve the blockages using specially placed catheters and stents. Likewise, abnormal fluid collections in almost any location can be removed with our tools and expertise.

Location
Phone
212-639-2463
Clinical Expertise

Interventional Radiology

Languages Spoken
English
Education

MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Residencies

University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

Fellowships

University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

Board Certifications

Diagnostic Radiology

Publications by Raymond H. Thornton

Thornton R., Optimization of protocols for computed tomography coronary angiography. Applied radiology June 2002 (supplement): 54-62.

Thornton RH, Yee J. Esophagus Carcinoma. www.emedicine.com 2001:2(10)

Yee J, Thornton R. “Imaging Studies in gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases.” in Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Gastroenterology. Appleton and Lange, 2nd Edition, 2001.

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