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Interventional Radiology – Connecting Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Hammelman-FabrizioInterventional Radiology (IR) is a medical specialty that employs image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques to treat a wide variety of diseases – often as an alternative to traditional surgery. Interventional radiologists are highly trained physicians in imaging, radiation safety, procedural technique, and patient management. They treat diseases using small catheters or other devices and tools guided by imaging such as fluoroscopy, computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. Procedures performed by IRs are generally less costly and less stressful for patients than more traditional surgical procedures, involving fewer and much smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery periods. 

PAH Interventional Radiologists Dr. Ray Fabrizio, section chief, and Dr. Ben Hammelman

Over a half a century ago, Dr. Charles T. Dotter at the University of Oregon Medical School, widely recognized as the “Father of Intervention,” proposed the potential of catheters to be used in performing intravascular surgery. By the mid-1970s transcatheter therapeutic procedures were common in the U.S. and by the mid-1980s a wide array of therapeutic interventions and devices had been developed.

While IR is widely accepted as a clinical specialty today, that that wasn’t always the case. A few decades ago, IR was considered part of the radiology department and therefore, just a hospital-based diagnostic specialty. IR physicians usually didn’t perform patient evaluations or manage treatment. Now, IRs are bridging the gap between hospital-based diagnostics and interventional therapeutics to treat underlying diseases.

A little over a year ago, PAH welcomed its first in-house, staff interventional radiologists, Raymond M. Fabrizio, MDchief of Interventional Radiology and assistant professor of Radiology, and Ben Hammelman, MD, assistant professor of Radiology.

“Since the arrival of Dr. Fabrizio and Dr. Hammelman, they have partnered with every service here at Pennsylvania Hospital to be available for consults and caring for their patients,” said Susan Horne, RN, CNOR, Interventional Radiology and Orthopeadic Surgery OR clinical coordinator.

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Penn Leads National Effort to Treat Memory Loss

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A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from...Full story

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PAH Nephrologist, K. Adu Ntoso, MD, FACP, Receives National Honor

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The Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) Education Center (DPCEdCenter.org) has named PAH nephrologist K. Adu Ntoso, MD, FACP, as its 2014 Willem J. Kolff Award recipient.This award – named after the inventor of kidney dialysis – recognizes a ...Full story

Listen to What I Say

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Establishing a Strong Nurse-Patient Connection Advances in health treatment and technology have improved patient outcomes but this fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment can take a toll on the nurse-patient relationship. More of nu...Full story

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

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Pastoral Care’s Spirit of Caring Winners “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote by the late Maya Angelou, American author and...Full story

Penn Medicine Hospitals Named Among Top Ten in the Nation and #1 in Philadelphia By U.S. News & World Report

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Penn Medicine hospitals have been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News World Report. With the newly combined results for HUP and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, we were ranked as the 7th best hospital in the United S...Full story

PAH Launches ICN Family Advisory Council, Hosts Parents of Preemies Day

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Pennsylvania Hospital founded a new Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Family Advisory Council this year as a way for former patient families to work with current patient families and inter-disciplinary hospital staff members to promote patient a...Full story

Alana Carter: An “Awesome” CNA

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A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a critical component of inpatient care. As Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, HUP’s chief nursing executive, noted at the annual CNA award ceremony, “The CNA’s relationship with patients has a huge impact on ...Full story

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