Catherine T. Vu, M.D.
Radiology - Vascular
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Radiology - Interventional Radiology
- Chief and Associate Professor, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
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.
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
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
American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology,
American Board of Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology,
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.