I am an interventional radiologist who uses CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and other image guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures. I am passionate about using imaging to avoid the need for an operation. This lets people with cancer have faster recoveries and enhances their quality of life. The procedures I can perform include venous access; drainages of abscesses, fluid collections, and obstructed systems; peripheral angiography; and tumor embolization. I have been practicing radiology at MSK since 2000.
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My primary focus is the minimally invasive treatment of tumors involving the liver and bile ducts. This includes embolotherapy — killing the tumor by blocking the arteries that supply it — and ablation — the application of extreme heat or cold directly into tumors to kill tumor cells — for primary and metastatic liver tumors. I also perform procedures to treat blocked bile ducts in the liver that can cause symptoms of jaundice, infection, and itching. As a member of the Hepatobiliary Disease Management Team, I work with my colleagues from different specialties to provide the best cancer care possible. My research interests include hepatocellular carcinoma and biliary intervention.
I am a trustee of the American Board of Radiology. This position involves creating and delivering the certifying exam for diagnostic radiologists and the new interventional radiology residency.
I also serve on the hepatobiliary panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which guides patient care. I co-wrote its principles of locoregional therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma.
Working at MSK is extremely rewarding because of the shared mission of all our staff to deliver top-notch care. I enjoy working with people with cancer because we have the same goal: beating cancer. I am proud to work here and am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with an outstanding team of doctors, nurses, and technologists.
- Clinical Expertise: Minimally Invasive Interventional Procedures
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Residencies: Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Fellowships: Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Board Certifications: Diagnostic Radiology; Interventional Radiology
Covey AM, Sofocleous CT. Radiofrequency ablation as a treatment strategy for liver metastases from breast cancer. Sem Interv Radiol 2008;25:406-412
Covey AM. Invited commentary: MDCT/CTA for suspected vascular trauma of the extremities: Evolving role of multiplanar reformations and 3D rendering. Radiographics
Covey AM, Fong Y. Approach to metastatic liver cancer. In: Gastrointestinal Oncology: A Critical MDT Approach. Blackwell Publishing. In press 2008.
Brody LA, Covey AM. Biopsy of the liver and bile duct. In: Surgery of the Liver and Biliary Tract, 4th Edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Editor: Blumgart. W.B. Saunders Co. January 2006 p.354-361
Covey AM, Brown KT. Interventional Oncology In: CANCER: Principles and Practice of Oncology 7th edition. Editors Hellman and Devita. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2004 p.617-636
Covey AM, Getrajdman G. Mediport placement. In: Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. Martin Dunitz 2003 p. 247-252
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