U-M neurointerventional radiology team celebrates 15 years

March 13, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Members of the U-M neurointerventional radiology team.

Congratulations to the U-M neurointerventional radiology team for demonstrating 15 years of exceptional teamwork and world-class patient care!

Neurointerventional radiology uses minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and treat various cerebrovascular disorders involving the brain, head, neck, orbit, spine and spinal cord regions. The team consists of specialists in neurointerventional radiology and neuroendovascular surgery who are leaders in their fields and who work collaboratively alongside nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, radiology technologists, clinical engineers, administrators, schedulers, administrative assistants, and numerous other support staff to provide superior quality care to patients and their families.

The past 15 years have been marked by many milestones. Here’s a closer look at the impressive work that has been performed.

Clinical care

Since its inception, “Team Neurointervention” has become an integral clinical component of Michigan Medicine’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. There has also been immense growth in the volume of thrombectomy cases, from 15 in 2013 to 150 in 2018 — a 10-fold increase in just five years — and the team has sustained its clinical activity in the treatment of aneurysms.

The team has also established the only intra-arterial treatment of retinoblastoma center for pediatric patients in Michigan. In collaboration with ophthalmology and pediatric hematology/oncology, this program is thriving, with 50 IA sessions now performed each year.

Additionally, the Head, Neck, Face and Orbit Vascular Malformation Percutaneous Treatment Program has become well-established over the past decade.

Research

In the research realm, the neurointerventional radiology team has authored numerous peer reviewed publications. Additionally, there are two R21 grants and an RO1 grant to the team’s credit, centered on improving outcomes in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, as well as a Coulter innovation grant to support the development of a thrombectomy device.

The group also participated in a seminal multicenter trial, DEFUSE 3, which established level one evidence for mechanical thrombectomy in late-presenting ischemic stroke patients and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Education

In the last 15 years, the neurointerventional radiology team has trained a robust mix of radiologists and neurosurgeons in neurointervention. The group has also established didactic lecture sessions for the neurointerventional fellows, residents, and nurses in neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, vascular surgery and otorhinolaryngology.

Additionally, the joint Neurointerventional Fellowship was accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) in January 2018.

Training expands beyond the physicians and even includes a collaborative partnership with Metro Hospital for advancing technologist training, sharing best practices and workflow optimization. All providers across sites are certified by CAST in Neuroendovascular Surgery (NES), a feat not many programs in the country can claim.

“I feel privileged to be a part of the superlative neurointerventional team in the country, if not the world,” said Neeraj Chaudhary, M.D., associate professor of radiology. “The team has steadfastly upheld the tripartite mission of Michigan Medicine since the beginning, with true dedication and devotion to patient care. In the next 15 years, we look forward to even deeper collaboration and the prospect of becoming the beacon of the specialty to help more patients with diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system in adults and pediatrics, enhance our learning, and share the knowledge for the benefit of all.”

Congratulations and thank you

The foundations of the U-M neurointerventional radiology team were laid in 2005 by Greg Thompson, M.D., John E. McGillicuddy Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Joseph Gemmete, M.D., professor of radiology. Thompson and Gemmete served as the vanguards of the specialty at U-M for several years and, in 2008, the team began to grow and take shape. Aditya Pandey, M.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, joined in 2008, Chaudhary in 2009, and Julius Griauzde, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, in 2018.

“We should take this opportunity to salute all of our NIR staff who have done so much to contribute to our team and to superb patient care. This group deserves recognition for its professionalism, reliability, work ethic and continued high level of commitment to exceptional patient care,” said Thompson. “I feel very fortunate to work with such an outstanding group.”

Fifteen years is a milestone worth celebrating. Thank you to the team who makes it happen each and every day!

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