Radiology Personnel

Karim Valji, M.D.

Director, FHCC IR

Interventional Radiology


  • Adrenal vein sampling for primary aldosteronism
  • Pulmonary arteriography and embolization
  • Dialysis access interventions
  • Portal hypertension and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation
  • Genitourinary interventions

IR Contact Information

Scheduling Phone: 206-598-6209
Scheduling Fax: 206-598-3581


Karim Valji, M.D. is a UW professor of radiology and former Chief of Interventional Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Curently, Dr. Valji is the Director of IR at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC) in Seattle.

He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He trained in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty of that institution in 1990. In 2007, he moved to the University of Washington. Dr. Valji has authored more than 80 scientific papers and given close to 300 invited lectures in the US and around the world. He is particularly recognized for his work on thrombolysis and dialysis access interventions. His current clinical interest is venous sampling for endocrine disorders, particularly for patients with hypertension and hyperaldosteronism.

He was editor-in chief of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology from 2001 – 2005. He is the author of three books (including The Practice of Interventional Radiology) that have become standard texts in the field. Dr. Valji has been included on the Best Doctors in America list for most of the last two decades. His outside interests include travel, working out, theater (pre-and-post-COVID) and reading works about human cultures and history.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications (via Semantic Scholar)

Inferior vena cava filter tilting between placement and retrieval is associated with caval diameter and need for complex retrieval techniques.
Grace L Laidlaw, J. Chick, C. Ingraham, et al. - Published 2021 - CLINICAL IMAGING

“A Severe Attack of Common Sense”: Sven Ivar Seldinger (1921-1998) and the Birth of Interventional Medicine.

Abstract No. 178 Larger inferior vena cava diameter is associated with greater filter tilt change and need for advanced retrieval techniques: an analysis in 189 consecutive patients
G. Laidlaw, J. Chick, C. Ingraham, et al. - Published 2021

Abstract No. 69 Bifurcated hepatocaval stent reconstruction for treatment of hepatic venous outflow obstruction in orthotopic liver transplantation
Daniel B. Brown, J. Chick, G. Johnson, et al. - Published 2021

Interventional optical imaging permits instant visualization of pathological zones of ablated tumor periphery and residual tumor detection.
Xuefeng Kan, Guanhui Zhou, Feng Zhang, et al. - Published 2021 - CANCER RESEARCH

Abstract No. 56 Double-barrel brachiocephalocaval Viabahn VBX stent-graft reconstruction for treatment of superior vena cava syndrome
T. Jackson, David S. Shin, C. Ingraham, et al. - Published 2021

The 2020 Charles T. Dotter Lecture: “Why Are We Doing This Procedure?”: Asking the Fundamental Question in Interventional Radiology.

Abstract No. 669 Radiologic reporting of inferior vena cava filters: an analysis of 10,217 discrete patient encounters yielding an opportunity for standards improvement
S. Lewis, C. Ingraham, David S. Shin, et al. - Published 2020

Abstract No. 592 Early (
J. Argue, S. Lewis, David S. Shin, et al. - Published 2020

Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt creation via isolated persistent left superior vena cava: a case series
S. Lewis, G. Johnson, K. Valji, et al. - Published 2020 - CVIR ENDOVASCULAR