I am an interventional radiologist, a doctor who uses image guidance with ultrasound, x-ray, or CT to perform minimally invasive procedures. These procedures include organ biopsies, drainages, ablations using probes to heat or freeze tumors, catheter-directed arterial embolization for tumor control and for bleeding, and placement of central venous access devices such as ports.
I earned my medical degree from Northwestern University, completed my residency in Diagnostic Radiology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and then completed three subspecialty fellowships. Two were at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: one in diagnostic pediatric radiology and another in pediatric interventional radiology. Here at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I also completed a fellowship in adult interventional radiology. This unique combination of training has provided me with the expertise to offer minimally invasive, image-guided treatments to both children and adults with cancer.
My research interests center upon evaluating the safety and effectiveness of interventional radiology therapies for children with cancer. Examples include targeted delivery of drugs and particles directly into tumors, achieved by placing a catheter into the blood vessels that supply them; and the use of special needles that can kill tumors by heating or cooling them.