Dr. Dheeraj Rajan
Head, Division of Vascular/Interventional Radiology
The Division of Vascular/Interventional Radiology includes University of Toronto faculty practising at six teaching hospitals which include University Health Network (consisting of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), St. Michael's Hospital (SMH), Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) and the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC). Case loads for the division exceed 20,000 cases per year representing one of the largest in North America.
Multiple faculty members within the division have presented nationally and internationally with extensive publications and are considered authorities globally within their areas of expertise. Members of the division are active within the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CIRA), Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE).
Radiology residents receive ten hours of formal lectures on vascular imaging during their PGY2 and PGY3 years of residency. A specific list of educational goals and objectives, and a suggested reading list is provided. Residents are assigned a one month VIR rotation at the PGY3 level and may choose to do a further 1 or 2 months at the PGY 4 level. At the PGY5 level, further electives may be arranged.
The educational experience varies between the teaching hospitals related to variable case loads and practice patterns. Advanced endovascular arterial work, oncologic, genitourinary, hepatobiliary, venous interventions and vascular access are common to most sites. Regular rounds, large teaching files and an enthusiastic staff make the experience universally worthwhile. New state-of-the-art angiography equipment is present at all sites.
In addition, many faculty are engaged in a variety of research endeavours involving image guided therapeutics specific to VIR. Collaborations with other clinical services are common. Current research involves investigator-driven and industry-sponsored studies not limited to drug eluting technologies, cancer interventions, renal denervation and biologics. Opportunities for resident and fellow projects are encouraged and strongly supported with many projects later presented at national and international meetings with subsequent publication.
In addition, fellowships in VIR are offered at each hospital center.