Etay Ziv, MD, PhD

About Me

As an interventional radiologist, I use image guidance (x-rays, ultrasound, CT, PET, or MRI) to perform minimally invasive procedures. The images are used to direct tiny catheters, wires, and needles in order to diagnose and treat tumors. Using image guidance allows us to perform a wide variety of procedures without making large incisions, leading to shorter recovery times and fewer complications. We can also treat tumors by burning or freezing them (ablation) or clogging the arteries that supply them with different materials (embolization). Other procedures we perform include biopsies, opening an obstructed channel (for example, a vessel, a bile duct, or a ureter), or stopping a bleeding vessel.

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I am also trained as a computational biologist, which means I develop, adapt, and apply algorithms from machine learning and information theory to biology. Some of my previous work focused on building mathematical models of biological networks such as gene networks and structural brain networks. Currently I am working on applying these same tools to analyzing genomic data from tumors to better predict and ultimately better tailor treatments to individual patients.

  • Clinical Expertise: Percutaneous tumor ablation; tumor embolization; image-guided biopsy (including PET and MRI); biliary interventions; venous thrombolyis; filter retrieval
  • Languages Spoken: English; Hebrew; Spanish
  • Education: MD, PhD, Columbia University
  • Residencies: Mount Sinai Hospital; University of California, San Francisco
  • Fellowships: University of California, San Francisco
  • Board Certifications: Radiology


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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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Most major health insurers offer plans that include MSK as one of their in-network providers. If MSK is in-network, it means all our doctors are too. Medicaid and New York State Medicare also provide benefits for care at MSK.

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