Catherine Vu, M.D.

Catherine T. Vu, M.D.


Interventional Radiology

Radiology - Vascular

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Radiology - Interventional Radiology




  • Chief and Associate Professor, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-3606
Clinic Fax: 916-734-8490
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Philosophy of Care

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a thriving field, delivering minimally invasive treatment over a spectrum of health care needs, from cancer therapy to acute injury management in trauma.

Treatments that historically require open surgery can be performed with needles and catheters using image guidance, such as ultrasound, CT and fluoroscopy. IR is at the helm of "leading edge" medicine. Patients turn to us when they seek treatment alternatives to surgery.

I place quality and patient-centered care at the forefront, providing pre-procedure consultation and post-procedure management. I work collaboratively with primary care providers, as well as all medical and surgical specialties.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Vu's specific clinical interests are:

  • Intra-arterial targeted cancer therapies
  • Acute and chronic venous interventions
  • Dialysis management
  • Women's health
  • Prostate artery embolization (PAE) for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

She works with hepatologists and oncology specialists to provide multi-disciplinary care for patients with primary liver cancer (HCC) and metastatic disease to the liver, offering selective internal radiation therapy (Y-90 SIRT, also known as radioembolization) and trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE).

She has a comprehensive venous practice, offering minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of venous diseases, including advanced IVC filter retrieval, venous re-canalization for chronic lower extremity deep venous thrombosis (DVT), May-Thurner syndrome, and complex venous access options for hemodialysis patients.

The scope of her women's health practice includes uterine fibroid embolization and pelvic congestion syndrome.

She partners with Urology, Dr. Robert Lurvey, to offer prostate artery embolization (PAE) as a non-surgical treatment option for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) for patients with BPH.


Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation

Vascular Center


M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC 2006

B.S., University of San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1994

Internship: Preliminary Medicine, Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC 2006-2007


Diagnostic Radiology, University of Colorado, Denver CO 2007-2011


Interventional Radiology, University of Colorado, Denver CO 2011-2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology,

American Board of Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology,

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology

Society of Interventional Radiology

Western Angiographic & Interventional Society

Honors and Awards

M.D., Distinctive Graduate (top 15%), The George Washington University School, 2006

Select Recent Publications

Roudsari B, Said M, Vu CT, Pillai R. Evaluation of the Statewide Variability in the Current Role of Different Specialties in Lower Extremity Endovascular Revascularization for Medicare Beneficiaries. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2019 Feb;30(2):250-256.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jvir.2018.10.029. PMID:30717959.

Chen L, DeMattos A, Bang H, Vu CT, Gandhi M, Alnimri M, Gallay B, Fananapazir G. Angioplasty versus stent in TRAS. Clinical Transplantation. Epub 2018 Feb 2. doi:10.1111/ctr.13217

Fananapazir G, Bashir MR, Corwin MT, Lamba R, Vu CT, Troppmann C. Comparison of ferumoxytol-enhanced MRA with conventional angiography for assessment of severity of transplant renal artery stenosis. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Mar;45(3):779-785. doi:10.1002/jmri.25421. Epub 2016 Aug 9. PMID:27504713.

Tsai T, Vu C, Henson D. Cutaneous, Ocular and Visceral Melanoma in African Americans and Caucasians. Melanoma Res. 2005 Jun;15(3):213-7. doi:10.1097/00008390-200506000-00012. PMID:15917705.

Hester EJ, Heilig LF, Drake AL, Johnson KR, Vu CT, Schilling LM, Dellavalle RP. Internet citations in oncology journals: a vanishing resource? J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004 Jun 16;96(12):969-71. doi:10.1093/jnci/djh181. PMID:15199120.

Fananapazir G, Troppmann C, Corwin MT, Bent CK, Vu CT, Lamba R. Incidence of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy After Renal Graft Catheter Arteriography Using Iodine-Based Contrast Medium. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Apr:206(4):783-6. doi:10.2214/AJR.15.15501. Epub 2016 Feb 11. PMID:26866337.

Bent C, Fananapazir G, Tse G, Corwin MT, Vu C, Santhanakrishnan C, Perez RV, Troppmann C. Graft arterial stenosis in kidney en bloc grafts from very small pediatric donors: incidence, timing, and role of ultrasound in screening. Am J Transplant. 2015 Nov;15(11):2940-6. doi:10.1111/ajt.13365. Epub 2015 Jul 7. PMID:26153092.