I am an interventional oncologist, a type of interventional radiologist who uses image-guided, minimally invasive techniques to perform procedures to treat cancer. Rather than making a surgical incision, I perform procedures using miniaturized instruments, many of which are small enough to be used through a needle or catheter. Because of these innovations, many of the procedures I perform use only sedation, without the need of a breathing tube or an overnight stay.
The first experience most patients have with an interventional radiologist is during either a biopsy (to diagnose cancer) or a mediport placement (to begin chemotherapy). Unlike open surgical biopsies, which require a surgical incision, the biopsies I perform are done using a tiny acupuncture-like needle. Nearly all patients go home the same day, and a diagnosis is usually made within two to three days after the biopsy. During mediport placement, I work with each individual’s body and needs to place a mediport that allows effective delivery of chemotherapy through a small, cosmetically pleasing device.
I am recognized nationally and internationally for my expertise in image-guided thermal ablation of tumors, a technique that involves heating or cooling tumors to temperatures that kill tumor cells while preserving the surrounding normal tissue. I lecture extensively on thermal ablation, and have published papers on the subject. In addition, I am the principal investigator on a study investigating the mechanisms by which thermal ablation kills tumor cells. I have a particular interest in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, and am a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Soft Tissue Sarcoma Disease Management Team. As a member of this team, I collaborate with the best minds at Memorial Sloan Kettering to ensure I am providing the optimal therapy for sarcoma patients.
My goal as an interventional oncologist is to provide the best patient-care experience possible. Because interventional radiology procedures are performed using image guidance, an important component of each clinic visit is to review the new scans that guide your care. I demand excellence of myself and my staff, and I focus on providing care that is appropriate, thoughtful, and best serves the needs of my patient.
- Clinical Expertise: Thermal Ablation of Tumors; Tumor Embolization; Mediport Placement; Image Guided Biopsy; Central Venous Access Placement
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis)
- Residencies: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine
- Fellowships: Weill Cornell Medical College; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Board Certifications: Interventional Radiology; Diagnostic Radiology
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Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Joseph P. Erinjeri
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