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Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology

Overview

Diagnosis & Treatment Without the Incisions

Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology at Tufts Medical Center uses advanced imaging technology to detect and treat a variety of conditions in our downtown Boston location.

Tools including X-ray, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) help our team to diagnose the precise nature of your disease or injury. They also provide guidance that allows us to treat nonsurgically many conditions that once required surgery. The procedures we perform often involve less pain, fewer complications and a faster recovery time compared to open surgery.

Experience with a Wide Range of Conditions

Your primary care physician or specialist may refer you to Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology for diagnosis and/or treatment of conditions such as:

  • Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Cancer (adrenal, kidney, liver and more)
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Liver disease and portal hypertension
  • Lymphatic and vascular malformations
  • Osteoporosis (compression fractures of the spine)
  • Peripheral arterial disease (or peripheral vascular disease)
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the arteries, veins and pulmonary arteries)
  • Stroke and carotid artery disease
  • Trauma
  • Urological conditions such as kidney stones and blockages
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous diseases

After making a diagnosis, we will work with you and your doctor to figure out which treatment option is right for you. In some cases, it will be appropriate for you to undergo treatment in Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology. Our interventional radiologists routinely perform procedures including:

  • Minimally invasive tumor therapy
  • Transjuglar intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
  • Treatment of artery and vein blockages using angioplasty and stents
  • Treatment of vascular malformations
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Vertebroplasty

Chief Dr. Neil Halin, a Leader in Minimally Invasive Medicine

Neil Halin, DO, FSIR joined Tufts MC in 1991 and has been Chief of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology since 1999. Dr. Halin enjoys exploring new uses for existing imaging technologies, and has worked with industry in developing innovative products. In addition, he been named one of the city's top doctors by Boston Magazine several times and previously served as president the New England Society of Interventional Radiology.

As members of a major academic medical center, Dr. Halin and the rest of our physician team regularly conduct clinical research. Some of our patients have the opportunity to take part in these trials, which offer access to new and promising techniques and technologies.

We Believe in Teamwork

Our division includes board-certified radiologists with subspecialty expertise in cardiovascular and interventional radiology, specially trained nurses, technologists and physician assistants. The entire team takes pride in working together so that every patient receives the best care possible.

Our commitment to collaboration extends throughout the Radiology Department and to other areas of Tufts MC as well. As part of the CardioVascular Center, we regularly consult with Tufts MC heart and vascular specialists on making diagnoses and determining treatment plans. We often call on our colleagues in other fields — e.g. oncology, gynecology, urology, and kidney and liver diseases — for this same purpose.

At Tufts MC, our coordinated-care approach helps ensure you receive highly specialized care from some of the world's top medical experts.

What to Expect

If your doctor has referred you to Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology, the first person you will likely speak with is our physician assistant, Leasha Burrow. She will tell you what to bring on your first visit, including all relevant medical records, and answer any questions you may have.

We respect your time and strive to make your experience here as efficient and pleasant as possible. Leasha really helps in this regard, processing your paperwork, making sure you receive test results in a timely manner and scheduling follow-up appointments as needed. She's a big reason why our patients commonly praise our level of service.

Doctors + Care Team

David W. Allen, MD

David W. Allen, MD

Title(s): Radiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Interventional radiology, general radiology

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Leasha Burow, PA-C

Leasha Burow, PA-C

Title(s): Physician Assistant
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-3240

Interventional radiology

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Kevin Daly, MD

Kevin Daly, MD

Title(s): Interventional Radiologist, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-1149

Diagnostic and interventional radiology, general radiology

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Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR

Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR

Title(s): Chief, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-1449

Peripheral vascular disease, biliary and urinary obstruction, thrombo-embolic disease, vascular disease, general radiology

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Joseph F. Polak, MD, MPH

Joseph F. Polak, MD, MPH

Title(s): Radiologist; Chief, Radiology, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Cardiovascular imaging, interventional radiology, imaging of atherosclerosis and plaque evaluation, interventions of venous diseases, general radiology

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E. Kent Yucel, MD

E. Kent Yucel, MD

Title(s): Radiologist-in-Chief; Ettinger–Dreyfus Chair and Professor of Radiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0040
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Interventional radiology, general radiology

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Referring Physician Resources

In Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology at Tufts MC, we aim to maintain strong lines of communication with our patients' primary care physicians and community-based specialists. We will collaborate closely with you on diagnosis and treatment and will provide thorough follow-up. If you have questions or concerns, staff members are always here for you during business hours.


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