Department of Neuroradiology
One of the first independent academic neuroradiology departments in the country.
WHAT WE DO
The Department of Neuroradiology provide outstanding patient care, quality education, and extraordinary service to the state of West Virginia and beyond.
RNI’s expert neurointerventional radiologists using neuroimaging to create individualized treatment plans designed to help each patient have the best outcome possible. Our evidence-based stroke and aneurysm treatment protocols are based on the latest research, including work conducted here at WVU. The neurointerventional team is available around the clock for emergency stroke and aneurysm care, striving to begin treatment as quickly as possible.
Our department’s imaging analytics and informatics division is spearheading initiatives in artificial intelligence and federated research. We are improving patient care through multicenter research collaboration, clinical trials, and smarter use of data.
WHO WE ARE
The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s Department of Neuroradiology is one of the first independent academic neuroradiology departments in the country. The department is comprised of 15 faculty members and 26 residents and fellows.
The department is nationally recognized for its work with minimally invasive neurointerventional treatments of head, neck, and spine conditions. Innovative clinical trials put the program at the forefront of managing cerebrovascular diseases, complementing the RNI’s vascular and skull base neurosurgical programs.
Meet department chair Ansaar Rai, MD
Dr. Rai’s clinical and academic interest has been on the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke and aneurysms and has close to 20 years of experience in this field.
Treating Aneurysms with the WEB Device
The Woven Endobridge device (WEB) is a groundbreaking advance in the development of technology for the treatment of ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms. The WVU Stroke Center was among the first in the country to use this device.
ADVANCED NEUROLOGICAL IMAGING
EXPERT PATIENT CARE
WVU Medicine’s J. W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is a leader in stroke care and is an award winning Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.
The Center’s multidisciplinary stroke team is comprised of experts in a range of specialties, providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NEW ADVANCED PEDIATRIC IMAGING
WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital is home to the state’s largest — and most experienced — group of pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. Our new pediatric facilities are home to a 1.5T Siemens Sola MRI scanner that is designed to be welcoming and offer advanced imaging for even the youngest of kids. We partner with anesthesiologists as well as child life specialists to help tailor our care to all children. The scanner is also equipped with video and music capabilities to allow movies or choice of music to be played while inside the scanner.
The Hyperfine Swoop portable MRI system is now being used by RNI neuroradiologists in the critical care setting. The system allows for timely neuroimaging at the bedside, eliminates the need to transport critically ill patients to MRI, and reduces the time required to coordinate clinical schedules and support staff such as respiratory therapists.
The expert neurointerventionalists at WVU Medicine have provided minimally invasive treatment for strokes and aneurysms for more than 15 years. They help shape the future of neurointerventional services through leadership roles in national physician societies, serving as editors for medical journals and by participating in the latest research and clinical trials.
The WVU Department of Neuroradiology, in conjunction with the Department of Neurosurgery, offers fellowships in Neurointerventional Surgery, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); and in Endovascular Neurosurgery, accredited by the Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST). Fellows are engaged in resident education programs in Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology.
The duration of the fellowship is one to two years, depending on the applicant’s previous training and experience.
FACES OF RNI
“I came here from Emory University because of the national reputation for genuine collaboration and a standard of excellence. I’ve stayed because of the RNI’s unique combination of growth, professional recognitions, and unparalleled clinical and academic support.”
ABDUL TARABISHY, MD
Professor, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director
“What I love most about my job is that it is both challenging and rewarding. It inspires me to be my best, to continue learning, improving and growing within our subspecialty. Every day is different with a new set of puzzles to solve. As we continue to advance our imaging capabilities and understanding of various abnormalities and diseases, I know that I am in a place where I can always keep that spark to learn more.”
ERIN BUTCHO, MD
Assistant Professor, Neuroradiology
“The WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine are in a pristine state – ‘almost heaven West Virginia.’ What I find most rewarding about working here is applying science and technology to medicine, working with interdisciplinary teams, and participating in interdisciplinary research for improving the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. “
DAVID GULTEKIN, PhD
Associate Professor, Chief Physicist