Interventional Oncology Service Line


Interventional Oncology (IO) is a rapidly developing field among physicians trained as Interventional Radiologists. These physicians are trained to be the experts in image-guided and minimally invasive procedures. They use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, molecular imaging, and non-invasive therapies to directly target, treat and manage many difficult-to-treat cancers and related disorders. Using a multidisciplinary approach, they work with other specialists including medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology to provide comprehensive cancer care.

Some of the minimally invasive therapies utilized by Interventional radiologists in IO include: chemoembolization, radioembolization, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), cryoablation and more. Many of these procedures are done on an outpatient or overnight basis. In many situations, this can be an alternative to or supplement surgical treatment for many conditions and can result in shorter recovery times, fewer side effects and decreased hospitalizations. There are also many other new and developing technologies that have the potential to manage cancer in a more focused, effective, economical, and less invasive manner.


Interventional Oncology Service Line

Service Line Chair:
Jeffrey Farrell

Vice Chairs:
Shanchita Ghosh – Survival Guide / Procedural Education
Jeffrey Sung – Wikipedia Enrichment
Omar Zuberi – Practice Building / Referral Education
Justin Shafa – Journal Primer

Active Service Line Members:
Alex Sheu
Dave Sarver
Erica Alexander
Jeffrey Farrell
Derek Khorsand
Rana Hunaid
Michael Hsu
Mina Makary
Myles Nightingale
Justin Shafa
Omar Szube
Jordan Fenlon
Jeffrey Sung
Shanchita Ghosh
Yosef Frenkel
Omar Zuberi
Nicholas Cleveland
Elena Violari
Daryl Goldman
Sukjin Koh
Jacob Grant
Andrew Perez
Marco Ertreo

Former Service Line Chairs:
Alexander Sheu (2016-2017)
Sam McMurray (2016-2017)
Kevin Anton (2016-2017)
Gabe Fine (2015-2016)
DJ Perry (2014-2015)

Faculty Advisor:
Robert Lewandowski

Survival Guide

SIR-RFS Survival Guide

Interventional Oncology: The Survival Guide provides interventional radiology practitioners, fellows, residents and students with clear step by step guidance on the most commonly performed Interventional Oncology procedures. The text is broken up into 6-8 sections per IO procedure, including indications, contraindications, pre-op preparations, summary of the procedure, post op management, acute and delayed complications, and follow up. Each section provides general step-by-step instructions to teach the fundamental skills necessary to understand and manage the selected IO procedure. Instructions are easy to understand, focusing on the essential knowledge needed to fully understand the procedure in a safe and successful fashion.  We hope that this guide can serve not only those training to become future Interventionalists, but practitioners as well.

Journal Primer

SIR-RFS Journal Primer

SIR-RFS envisioned creating a medium where the most important IR topics could be discussed amongst practitioners, fellows, residents and students in a concise manner. We believed this was essential to all maturing in the field of IR — and the Journal Primer has provided the means to discuss this information in an educational fashion.

Click here for IO Journal Primers

Suggested Reading


  • Interventional Oncology: Principles and Practice by Jean-François H. Geschwind, and Michael C. Soulen
  • Interventional Oncology: A Practical Guide for the Interventional Radiologist by Peter Mueller, Andreas Adam

General Reference

  • Abrams’ Angiography: Interventional Radiology by Jeffrey Geschwind MD, Michael Dake
  • The Requisites Vascular and Interventional Radiology by John A Kaufman and Michael Lee
  • Handbook of Interventional Radiologic Procedures by Krishna Kandarpa MD PhD, Lindsay Machan MD
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Interventional Procedures by T Gregory Walker

Dedicated Articles

  • JVIR dedicated its August 2013 Issue (Vol. 24 No. 8) to interventional oncology. This issue includes an editor’s suggested reading section by Dr. Ziv J Haskal.
  • The July JVIR issue will also be dedicated to interventional oncology.
  • SIR members can access JVIR articles free at

National Meetings

Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting

World Congress of Interventional Radiology (WCIO)

Synergy Miami

Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology

Radiologic Society of North America

Disclaimer: Appearance of a conference on this list alone does not imply endorsement by SIR. This is a list of conferences compiled by SIR RFS members pertinent to Interventional Oncology. Please see each conference’s website for a list of affiliations and endorsements. Please contact the RFS IO service line chair with any comments or suggestions.

Landmark Papers in IO

Below you will find publications important to the field of interventional oncology. These papers have been recommended by multiple experts from across the country. This list is intended to serve as a guide for residents and fellows when discussing particular topics in interventional oncology.

If you would like to get involved with the IO service line and help create brief summaries for these papers, please email David Sarver,

Download Here: Landmark Papers in IO

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