Ziv J. HaskalMD, FSIR, FAHA, FACR
Dr. Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR, is a tenured professor of radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After training under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest J Ring, at the University of California, San Francisco, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and then moved to build interventional services at both the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, and the University of Maryland.
As professor and chief at both institutions, he established new IR admitting services and outpatient IR clinics, markedly expanded adult and pediatric clinical programs, and created internationally successfully funded research and training programs. Many of his fellows and mentees have become world-renowned interventional radiologists and researchers.
His research has spanned the breadth of IR, including defining early research in TIPS and complex portal hypertension. His preclinical experimental and human studies led to creation of the TIPS endograft, a device used by the majority of physicians worldwide, resulting in markedly improved patient outcomes and reduced symptoms and reintervention. Some snapshots of his research include preclinical validation and human interventional transarterial gene vector delivery in one of the first human gene therapy trials, first demonstration of IR radiation eye injury risks at occupational levels, accelerated pharmacomechanical deep vein interventions, advances in hemodialysis access care, embolization, and interventional oncology.
He has designed, led or participated in more than 40 clinical and animal research trials. His early interest in advancing the rigor of IR science led to multiple multi-center randomized clinical trials (when few had been IR-led). Dr. Haskal’s groundbreaking work in the use of access stent grafts proved them to be the first therapy superior to angioplasty. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, abstracts, chapters, and books in journals including JVIR, CVIR, Radiology, Human Gene Therapy, Hepatology, and Circulation. Dr. Haskal co-chaired the 2005 AHA/ACC PAD Guidelines committee.
Dr. Haskal has equally pioneered novel forms of education and teaching. He has given more than 500 invited lectures worldwide and been awarded numerous honorary fellowships, national and international awards for innovation, leadership, service, and research excellence (recently twice winning Abstract of the Year awards). He created and programmed the first interventional IR online interactive journal in 1997, the SIR Case Club, in which he published more than 400 cases in its multiyear era—the precursor to the many current case-based for a currently online. In 2007 Dr. Haskal chaired the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. He co-founded the Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies (GEST) meeting.