Radiology Personnel

Sharon Kwan, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor
Interventional Radiology


Dr. Kwan is an attending interventional radiologist at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and a UW associate professor of radiology. She performs minimally invasive procedures using image-guidance, with a clinical focus in the treatment of liver cancer and uterine fibroids.

Dr. Kwan graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Yale University. She subsequently received her M.D. training from Stanford University, during which time she co-founded a student-run free clinic for the underserved. She completed residency training in diagnostic radiology followed by fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. While working as a faculty member at UW, she concurrently completed a M.S. at the UW School of Public Health. 

Dr. Kwan has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles in the field of radiology. Her areas of research interest include healthcare utilization, comparative effectiveness, and patient-centered outcomes. She was a past scholar with the prestigious NIH-funded KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Program and in 2014 became  the first female interventional radiologist  to receive the  Gary Becker Young Investigator Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation. Dr. Kwan is actively involved in research and national leadership within the specialty of interventional radiology.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Development of National Research and Clinical Agendas for Patient-Reported Outcomes in IR: Proceedings from a Multidisciplinary Consensus Panel
Kwan S., Charalel R., Stover A., Baumhauer J., Cella D., Darien G., Durack J., Gerson J., Opelka F., Patrick D., Salem R., Spies J., Wu A., White S.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2018 Jan:1-8

Evaluating the Costs of IR in Health Care Delivery: Proceedings from a Society of Interventional Radiology Research Consensus Panel
Sarwar A., Hawkins C., Bresnahan B., Carlos R., Guimaraes M., Krol K., Kwan S., Latif W., Liu R., Marder W., Ray C., Banovac F.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2017 Nov:1475-1486

Classifying tumor event attributes in radiology reports
Yim W., Kwan S., Yetisgen M.
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 2017 Nov:2662-2674

Segmental Yttrium-90 Radioembolization versus Segmental Chemoembolization for Localized Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Results of a Single-Center, Retrospective, Propensity Score–Matched Study
Padia S., Johnson G., Horton K., Ingraham C., Kogut M., Kwan S., Vaidya S., Monsky W., Park J., Bhattacharya R., Hippe D., Harris W.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2017 Jun:777-785.e1

Tumor reference resolution and characteristic extraction in radiology reports for liver cancer stage prediction
Yim W., Kwan S., Yetisgen M.
Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2016 Dec:179-191

Standardized Reporting in IR: A Prospective Multi-Institutional Pilot Study
McWilliams J., Shah R., Quirk M., White S., Dybul S., Ahrar J., Steele J., Kwan S., Handel J., Winokur R., Gilliland C., Durack J.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2016 Dec:1779-1785

The Top Three Health Care Developments Impacting the Practice of Interventional Radiology in the Next Decade
Kwan S., Talenfeld A., Brunner M.
American Journal of Roentgenology. 2016 Oct:731-736

90Y radioembolization of colorectal hepatic metastases using glass microspheres: Safety and survival outcomes from a 531-patient multicenter study
Hickey R., Lewandowski R., Prudhomme T., Ehrenwald E., Baigorri B., Critchfield J., Kallini J., Gabr A., Gorodetski B., Geschwind J., Abbott A., Shridhar R., White S., Rilling W., Boyer B., Kauffman S., Kwan S., Padia S., Gates V., Mulcahy M., Kircher S., Nimeiri H., Benson A., Salem R.
Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2016 May:665-671

Pricey pills for an even pricier problem
Kwan S.
Cancer. 2016 Mar:840-841

Outcomes and complications of angioembolization for hepatic trauma: A systematic review of the literature
Green C., Bulger E., Kwan S.
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016 Jan:529-537