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New association for interventional radiology chiefs in the USA formed at SIR

 Published in Interventional News, May 16, 2014

 “In a follow-up to a successful meeting of interventional radiology division chiefs in 2013, the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) promoted a session exclusively for the chiefs at SIR’s 39th Annual Scientific Meeting 22–27 March 2014, in San Diego, USA, in which a new professional society, the Association of Chiefs of Interventional Radiology (ACIR) was formed.

At the session, a steering committee had helped develop a set of bylaws and a vote was called for establishing the Association of Chiefs of Interventional Radiology (ACIR). This was carried by unanimous voice. Bayne Selby, director of Interventional Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina was named the inaugural president and Michael Darcy, chief, Interventional Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, USA, the first vice-president.” Read the whole story.


New interventional radiology group names first president

Published in MUSC Catalyst  May 5, 2014
By Mike Hayes

Bayne Selby, M.D. director of MUSC Interventional Radiology, was named the inaugural president of a new professional society, the Association of Chiefs of Interventional Radiologists at the 39th convergence of the Society of Interventional Radiology held March 22 to March 27 in San Diego.

Selby said, “It is an honor to be elected the first president by your peers in IR leadership, but I feel my main role now will be to keep the momentum. There were many younger IR chiefs present who have a lot of ideas and energy. We will only be successful if we older chiefs can blend our experience with their new ideas and knowledge of modern communication to help IR chiefs make their divisions the best they can be.” Read the full story.


Hybrid OR: New Options for Treating Complex Cardiovascular Conditions

Published in MUSC Progress Notes  Spring 2014
By Lindy Keane Carter

“The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has opened the state’s first hybrid operating room (OR) equipped with cutting-edge technology that gives cardiac and vascular surgeons dynamic, real-time, three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of a patient’s vascular anatomy. As a result, surgeons are able to combine endovascular procedures with conventional open surgery in one OR to treat even the most complex cardiac and vascular conditions.” Read the full story.

“It’s definitely a game changer for South Carolina,” explains Joshua D. Adams, M.D., Chief of Endovascular Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Radiology at MUSC. “This hybrid OR is a step ahead of other systems in that it gives us live 3-D angiographic guidance.” With this addition of imaging technology to MUSC clinicians’ technical expertise and quality postoperative follow-up care, MUSC has rounded out a comprehensive package of elite care available to the region’s heart and vascular patients.


Division unveils portrait, pays tribute to colleague

Published in the Catalyst   February 27, 2014
By Mikie Hayes, Public Relations

Colleagues of Renan Uflacker, M.D., hosted a special reception during the Feb. 20 Sanctuary of Endovascular Therapy meeting, to celebrate his life and accomplishments. Dr. Uflacker was a beloved MUSC physician and researcher who passed away in 2011 and his family and friends joined colleagues to honor him. Read the full story.



MUSC first in clinical trial to study new stent for CAD

From MUSC News (November 2013):

Endovascular Today spoke with Dr. Schönholz and the other specialists involved in the creation of this lifesaving treatment technique.

Claudio Schonholz, M.D., and his team successful treated the first patient enrolled in the Gore Carotid Stent Clinical Study for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis in patients at increased risk for adverse events from carotid endarterectomy (called Scaffold).

"We have many reasons to be proud of this study.  We have a close collaboration between vascular surgery, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology," he said of a team of physicians who meet weekly to collaborate on cases.  "A couple of things helped to put us in the front of the line.  We were ready before other institutions to enroll the first patient.  We got it because we did things right." Read the whole story here.

Specialist recognized 20 years later for his first endovascular technique

We congratulate Dr. Claudio Schönholz on this recognition of his work!

From Endovascular Today (February 2013):

Endovascular Today spoke with Dr. Schönholz and the other specialists involved in the creation of this lifesaving treatment technique.

"The bottom line is that EVAR is less invasive and better tolerated by patients. "Of course, there are still some anatomic limitations," said Schönholz, "but even ruptured AAAs are being treated more and more by the endovascular approach." In Schönholz's group at MUSC, 80% of cases are treated with EVAR, "and this is not unique to just the United States -- it is around the world. Many practitioners are using just EVAR whenever they can."'  Read the whole story here. 

Also, from MUSC's Catalyst newspaper (February 2013):

"The first endovascular treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (EVAR) in North America was celebrated during the 39th annual VEITH symposium, a conference supporting vascular surgeons and other specialists recognizing new developments in clinical practice and research. The procedure was performed Nov. 23, 1992. Schönholz was joined by the procedure team of Juan Parodi, M.D., Frank J. Veith, M.D., Michael L. Marin, M.D., and 
Jacob Cynamon, M.D.

The story of how this technique was developed and adopted in the U.S. is a testament to the forward thinking and collaborative investigators who sought to expand the treatment options available to their patients." Read the whole story here.

Technique Treats Central Venous Occlusion in Dialysis Patients

Published in Renal & Urology News at

March 29, 2012 A radiofrequency (RF) wire technique appears to be a safe alternative for managing benign chronic central venous occlusions when conventional techniques have failed, according to findings presented at the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.  "We have been the pioneers on this," stated study investigator Marcelo Guimaraes, MD, Associate Professor of Vascular and Interventional Radiolgy at the Medical Unviersity o fSouth Carolina in Charleston.  "We have been doing this now for four years and probably this is the largest experience in the world with this procedure.  We only treat symptomatic patients or patients who are on dialysis and the AV [arteriovenous] graft or fistula is showing malfunction."  Read the entire article.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Andrew's Story

When Andrew Chambers began to feel excruciating pain, he had no idea that a cataloupe sized abdominal aortic aneurysm was the cause. It had ruptured and was leaking. Emergency doctors in Myrtle Beach had him flown by helicopter to the MUSC Heart and Vascular Center where a team of vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists was assembled and waiting for his arrival. To hear his story and find out how MUSC's technology is helping change what's possible for patients with life-threatening issues like AAA, click on the photo above.
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Next-generation EVAR devices hold promise

Published in Vascular News at

January 19, 2012  The Tuesday morning session "Extreme EVAR and TEVAR:  Exploring the limits of endovascular technology" was full of "great cutting -edge stuff." said course director Shawn Samuels. "It is where we would all like to be in a few years."  

Claudio J Schonholz, began the session with a discussion of chimneys, snorkels and periscopes. These techniques are an alternative to stent grafts with fenestrations or branches, and preserve blood flow to side branches in the sealing zones of aortic stent grafts.“ They were developed by the same people that pioneered fenestration and branch grafting technology,” Schonholz said.

Read the entire article.   Type in EVAR devices hold promise in search field when you get to website if the link doesn't take you directly to the article.

Interventional radiology director passes away June 12 

Published in the Catalyst  June 17, 2011

Renan P. Uflacker, M.D., 62, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, died on June 12. 

A physician, teacher and researcher, Uflacker practiced vascular and interventional radiology medicine for 34 years. He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1949 and finished medical school and his residency at the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and completed his fellowship training in interventional radiology in Oslo, Norway and Pittsburgh, Pa.

He did extensive work in peripheral vascular diseases and gastrointestinal diseases before completing his Master of Science degree in medicine-gastroenterology.He joined MUSC as a vascular radiologist and director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 1993, transforming the division into a major national center for interventional radiology. Uflacker did pioneering work in the areas of liver disease, portal hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms and interventional oncology. In research, he was the owner of multiple patents for innovative medical devices. 
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New outpatient VIR clinic offers convenience

Published in the Catalyst   April 8, 2011
by Cindy Abole, Public Relations

Pictured: VIR clinic physician Dr. Marcelo Guimaraes checks the lungs of patient Gail Kemp.

A month ago, Lisa Miles struggled to do simple chores around her country home in Cordova, just miles outside of Orangeburg. Years earlier when Miles underwent a successful double bypass heart surgery at MUSC she entrusted the physicians and staff for her specialized care. Recently, Miles returned to MUSC to help manage other medical complications and was guided to the care of physicians at Ashley River Tower's new Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) outpatient clinic. 

The VIR clinic was established to provide quality comprehensive medical care and expertise in a visible and accessible location for patients. The weekly clinic, located in the same first-floor clinical area shared by cardiology, vascular and gastrointestinal surgery, opened its doors last November. Since 1993, the division established themselves by performing about 1,300 minimally-invasive procedures. Today, thanks to advances in technology and patient outcomes, that number has almost quadrupled to more than 7,500 specialty procedures in 2009.  
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First successful cases of patients treated using Gore C3 delivery system

Published in Vascular News at

Friday, 14 Jan 2011     Gore reported the first clinical uses of the Gore C3 delivery system to deploy the Gore Excluder AAA endoprosthesis as a minimally invasive treatment for patients suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The device received approval from the FDA at the beginning of January 2011. The first procedures were successfully performed by vascular surgeons and interventionalists at medical centers around the USA few days later after its approval. This new technology allows physicians to position the device to the specific anatomy of each individual patient.

Read the entire article.  Type in Gore C3 delivery system in search field when you get to website.

Islet cell transplant offers promising lifeline

Published in the Catalyst, February 4, 2011
by Dawn Brazell
Public Relations

MUSC holds the distinction of being the second busiest autologous islet cell transplant center in the country, behind the University of Minnesota, which started doing the procedure in the 1970s. MUSC, the only place in the state to offer the procedure, treated its first patient March 2009, and performs about 25 cases a year to treat chronic pancreatitis.

Read the entire article or watch a video about the procedure.


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