What We Do
The Division of Interventional Radiology at Rochester General Hospital is a fully functioning, busy practice performing the full spectrum of IR. We are comprised of five fellowship-trained interventional radiologists, three of whom are covering IR services each day; we also cover diagnostic rotations. In addition, we have an absolutely amazing support staff including three physician assistants, IR technologists, dedicated ultrasound technologists, nurses, CT technologists, and administrative staff. We are fully supported by and are complementary to the Diagnostic Radiology department and their training program.
The IR division and IR/DR residency are centered at the flagship location of Rochester General Hospital, which is a 528-bed tertiary care center affiliated with the University of Rochester and Cleveland Clinic. Rochester General Hospital has active medical and surgical services including the largest cardiothoracic service in the region. Other sites include a dedicated outpatient IR Clinic, separate busy stand-alone vein clinic called The Vein Institute, and other satellite hospitals.
The IR division at Rochester General Hospital houses state-of-the-art equipment, including a single-plane Angio suite as well as a bi-plane Angio suite, both of which were installed less then 2 years ago and feature all high-end features such as with CT reconstruction, CT guidance and MR fusion software, and other advanced guidance software. Our third and oldest Angio suite is set to be completely renovated to a new single-plan room in 2017. Each room has a dedicated, high performance US machine. In addition, we have a Minor Procedures room with C-arm and dedicated ultrasound for US-guided procedures and minor fluoroscopic procedures. We also have a dedicated CT procedure suite with CT technologist for CT-guided procedures (equipped with new live CT-fluoro). There is a dedicated brand new 7 bed IR recovery area staffed with dedicated IR nursing staff as well as combined Workup/Holding area. Finally, there is a dedicated IR meeting space for rounds and inpatient consults with plans for new, expanded dedicated space to house 3 additional workstations and a large screen “scheduling” board.
Our division performs the full spectrum of Interventional Radiology procedures, including using fluoroscopy in the Angio suites, ultrasound, and CT-guidance, or a combination of the aforementioned. We also have a fully functioning, stand-alone IR clinic in a separate building to see patients for consultation and follow-up. The Vein Institute is located in the same building down the street from the hospital and also fully sees all patients from initial consult to final follow-ups. All IR physicians have full admitting privileges at Rochester General Hospital. We also are an integral part of multiple multidisciplinary conferences and actively take a role in giving educational lectures and talks across the entire health system. Finally, we also have a monthly IR Grand Rounds to discuss quality issues, M&M, interesting cases, and to have residents present interesting IR topics to help foster peer-to-peer education, with senior IR resident learning how to teach junior residents.