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Salem Named Chief of Interventional Radiology

Salem Named Chief of Interventional Radiology

June 2012

Riad Salem, MD, professor of radiology, medicine, and surgery, and director of the Division of Interventional Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will become vice-chair of image guided therapy and chief of interventional radiology (IR), effective July 1.

"This is a new, vice-chair level role created specifically to take advantage of Dr. Salem's skills bridging clinical excellence, innovation in programmatic development, research, and administrative expertise," said Eric Russell, MD, Department of Radiology chair. "The Divisions of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology have grown rapidly over the past five years and Dr. Salem will be responsible for coordinating a large group of faculty and staff as we focus on quality, safety, and further building of our research portfolio."

An internationally recognized expert in interventional oncology and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center, Salem helped develop radioembolization, a technique targeting the local treatment of tumors with radiation, sparing the harmful effects of radiation on non-targeted tissues. His current research focus is on innovative Ytrium-90 radioembolization treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. His new responsibilities include oversight of all IR activities in collaboration with Russell.

After arriving at the Feinberg School in 2003, Salem helped build the Division of Interventional Oncology. His research has resulted in more than 145 peer reviewed papers, and he recently assumed the role of global principal investigator of a 400 patient, international, randomized phase III trial comparing radioembolization with the standard of care.

Robert Vogelzang, MD, professor in radiology, under whose expert guidance the IR division rose to international prominence, will take on a broader administrative role in the department, related to his current role as chair of the appointment, promotions, and tenure committee.

(Last updated on June 25, 2013 )