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Alda L. Tam, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., M.B.A.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, MD, Medicine
1996 Brown University, Providence, RI, BS, Honors BSc, Neuroscience

Postgraduate Training

7/2005-6/2006 Clinical Fellowship, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, ME Hicks, M.D.
7/2004-6/2005 Clinical Fellowship, Neuroradiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, C Zee, M.D.
7/2001-6/2005 Clinical Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, A Wilcox, M.D.
7/2000-6/2001 Clinical Internship, General Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, JC Collins, M.D.

Board Certifications

2007 American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
2005 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Diagnostic Radiology
2005 American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

IR Research Seminar Series Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2011-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Strategic Assessment of Clinical Programs Steering Committee, 2011-2012
Member, Clinical Revenues Cycle Committee, 2009-2011

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology
Member, 2005-present
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Oak Brook, IL
Member, 2002-present
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Member, 2005-present
Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), Fairfax, VA
Chair, Health Systems Outreach Committee, 2012-present
Member, Joint Commission’s Hospital Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), 2011-present
Member, Health Systems Outreach Committee, 2009-2012
Member, 2005-present
Western Angiographic & Interventional Society, Oakland, CA
Member, 2006-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Shaw C, Bassett RL, Fox PS, Schmeler KM, Overman MJ, Wallace MJ, Gupta S, Tam A. Palliative venting gastrostomy in patients with malignant bowel obstruction and ascites. Ann Surg Oncol 20(2):497-505, 2/2013. e-Pub 9/2012. PMID: 22965572.
2. Overman MJ, Modak J, Kopetz S, Murthy R, Yao JC, Hicks ME, Abbruzzese JL, Tam AL. Use of research biopsies in clinical trials: are risks and benefits adequately discussed? J Clin Oncol 31(1):17-22, 1/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMID: 23129736.
3. Philip A, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Tam AL. A spectrum of nerve injury after thermal ablation: A report of four cases and review of the literature. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. e-Pub 10/2012. PMID: 23070103.
4. Kobayashi K, Ozkan E, Tam A, Ensor J, Wallace MJ, Gupta S. Preoperative embolization of spinal tumors: variables affecting intraoperative blood loss after embolization. Acta Radiol 53(8):935-42, 10/2012. e-Pub 8/2012. PMID: 22927661.
5. Odisio BC, Tam AL, Avritscher R, Gupta S, Wallace MJ. CT-guided adrenal biopsy: comparison of ipsilateral decubitus versus prone patient positioning for biopsy approach. Eur Radiol 22(6):1233-9, 6/2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22227794.
6. Tam A, Singh P, Ensor JE, Carter K, Hicks ME, Wallace MJ, Gupta S. Air travel following biopsy related pneumothorax: Is it safe to fly? J Vasc Interv Radiol 22(5):595-602, 5/2011.
7. Ahrar J, Gupta S, Ensor J, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Tam A, Hwu P, Bedikian AY. Response, survival and prognostic factors after hepatic arterial chemoembolization in patients with liver metastases from cutaneous melanoma. Cancer Invest 29(1):49-55, 1/2011. PMID: 21166498.
8. Gupta S, Bedikian AY, Ahrar J, Ensor J, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Tam A, Hwu P. Hepatic artery chemoembolization in patients with ocular melanoma metastatic to the liver: response, survival, and prognostic factors. Am J Clin Oncol 33(5):474-80, 10/2010. e-Pub 11/2009. PMID: 19935383.
9. Tam AL, Mohamed A, Pfister M, Chinndurai P, Rohm E, Hall AF, Wallace MJ. C-Arm Cone Beam Computed Tomography Needle Path Overlay for Fluoroscopic Guided Vertebroplasty. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 35(10):1095-9, 5/2010. e-Pub 2/2010. PMID: 20139803.
10. Avritscher R, Krishnamurthy S, Ensor J, Gupta S, Tam A, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME, Wallace MJ. Accuracy and sensitivity of computed tomography-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of pulmonary hilar lymph nodes. Cancer 116(8):1974-80, 4/2010. e-Pub 2/2010. PMID: 20151422.
11. Singal AK, Dekovich AA, Tam AL, Wallace MJ. Percutaneous transesophageal gastrostomy tube placement: An alternative to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in patients with intra-abdominal metastasis. Gastrointest Endosc 71(2):402-406, 2/2010. PMID: 20152318.
12. Tam A, Ensor JE, Snyder H, Gupta S, Durand JB, Wallace MJ. Image-guided drainage of pericardial effusions in oncology patients. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 32(6):1217-1226, 11/2009. e-Pub 5/2009. PMID: 19472002.
13. Tam A, Mohamed A, Pfister M, Rohm E, Wallace MJ. C-arm cone beam computed tomographic needle path overlay for fluoroscopic-guided placement of translumbar central venous catheters. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 32(4):820-824, 7/2009. PMID: 19123029.
14. Wang GR, Ensor JE, Gupta S, Hicks ME, Tam AL. Bronchial artery embolization for the management of hemoptysis in oncology patients: Utility and prognostic factors. J Vasc Interv Radiol 20(6):722-729, 6/2009. e-Pub 5/2009. PMID: 19406667.
15. Tam A, Wagner-Bartak NA, Wallace MJ, Murthy R. Liver abscess after inadvertent transhepatic transgression during percutaneous fluoroscopy-guided gastrostomy. Clin Radiol 63(6):731-735, 6/2008. e-Pub 11/2007. PMID: 18455567.
16. Tam A, Krishnamurthy S, Pillsbury EP, Ensor JE, Gupta S, Murthy R, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Hicks ME, Madoff DC. Percutaneous image-guided splenic biopsy in the oncology patient: an audit of 156 consecutive cases. J Vasc Interv Radiol 19(1):80-87, 1/2008. PMID: 18192471.
17. Marx MV, Tam A, Teitelbaum G. SIR 2005 annual meeting film panel case: traumatic pericallosal pseudoaneurysm. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(5):631-644, 2005. PMID: 15872316.
18. Ziemann U, Tam A, Bütefisch C, Cohen LG. Dual modulating effects of amphetamine on neuronal excitability and stimulation-induced plasticity in human motor cortex. Clin Neurophysiol 113(8):1308-15, 8/2002. PMID: 12140012.
19. Tam AL, Camberos A, Applebaum H. Surgical decision making in necrotizing enterocolitis and focal intestinal perforation: predictive value of radiologic findings. J Pediatr Surg 37(12):1688-1691, 2002. PMID: 12483631.
20. Chen R, Tam A, Bütefisch C, Corwell B, Ziemann U, Rothwell JC, Cohen LG. Intracortical inhibition and facilitation in different representations of the human motor cortex. J Neurophysiol 80(6):2870-2881, 1998. PMID: 9862891.

Invited Articles

1. Nazario J, Hernandez J, Tam AL. Thermal ablation of painful bone metastases. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol 14(3):150-159, 9/2011. PMID: 21767782.
2. Nazario J, Tam AL. Ablation of bone metastases. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 20(2):335-368, 4/2011. PMID: 21377588.
3. Casal RF, Tam AL, Eapen GA. Radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors. Clin Chest Med 31(1):151-163, 3/2010. PMID: 20172441.
4. Tam A, Ahrar K. Palliative interventions for pain in cancer patients. Semin Intervent Radiol 24(4):419-429, 12/2007. PMCID: PMC3037251.
Other Articles
1. Tam A. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths, Introduction. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol 14(3):109, 9/2011. PMID: 21767776.
2. Mahabir RC, Son-Hing J, Tam AL, Vastardis AD. Ancient Indian civilization: ahead by a nose. J Invest Surg 14(1):3-5, Jan-Feb, 2001. PMID: 11297058.

Abstracts

1. Abdelsalam ME, Chetta JA, Harmoush S, Ensor J, Javadi S, Dixon K, McWatters A, Wallace MJ, Tam A, Avritscher R. CT findings after irreversible electroporation ablation in a porcine model: radiologic-pathologic correlation. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 24(4S):S161 (#377), 4/2013.
2. Abdelsalam ME, Mihai GI, Ensor J, Dixon K, McWatters A, Miller JJ, Avritscher R, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Tam A. Irreversible electroporation (IRE) ablation of the lumbar vertebrae in a porcine model: A correlation of clinical, radiologic and pathologic findings. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 24(4S):S32 (#55), 4/2013.
3. Abdelsalam ME, Chetta JA, Harmoush S, Ensor J, Baugh A, Dixon K, McWatters A, Wallace MJ, Tam A, Avritscher R. Irreversible electroporation (IRE) in cirrhotic liver: preliminary experience in a large animal model. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 24(4S):S46 (#88), 4/2013.
4. Jones AK, Zvavanjanja RC, Pomares M, Abdelsalam M, Harris K, Huang SY, Gupta S, Tam A. Creation and implementation of a standard work for computed tomography-guided (CT) biopsy procedures. Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 12/2012.
5. Tam AL, Modak J, Kopetz S, Murthy R, Yao JC, Hicks ME, Abbruzzese JL, Overman M. Review of clinical trial research biopsies: A comparison of the expressed risks in the informed consents and observed biopsy-related adverse events, SSA24-09. Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Book:146 (#SSA24-09), 12/2012.
6. Zvavanjanja RC, Jones AK, Ensor J, Abdelsalam, ME, Huang SY, Gupta S, Tam A. Standardization of computed tomographic (CT) technique used during biopsy procedures results in overall patient dose reduction regardless of biopsy site, SSJ21-01. Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Book:190, 12/2012.
7. Abdelsalam M, Gagea M, Dixon K, McWatters A, Miller J, Tam AL. Irreversible electroporation (IRE) ablation of the lumbar vertebrae in a porcine model. World Conference on Interventional Oncology (#1359802), 6/2012.
8. Black B, Jones A, Bassett R, Wallace M, Tam A, Gupta S, Steele J. SU-E-J-37: Radiation dose during chemoembolization: A predictive model. Med Phys 39(6):3660, 6/2012.
9. Kuban JD, Philip AS, Chen GJ, Joseph Jr E, Tam A, Wallace MJ, Avritscher R, Ahrar JU, Ahrar K, Murthy R, Mahvash A, McRae S, Gupta S. Effect of needle size on pneumothorax and chest tube placement rates in CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsies performed using a coaxial method: a large single-center study. J Interv Vasc Radiol 23(3S):S27 (#60), 3/2012.
10. Abdelsalam ME, Joseph E, Tam A, Avritscher R, Gupta S, Wallace MJ. Impact of C-arm cone beam CT on subselective catheterization in patients undergoing chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma. J Vasc Interv Radiol 23(3S):S14 (#26), 3/2012.
11. Odisio BC, Tam A, Avritscher R, Gupta S, Wallace MJ. CT-guided adrenal biopsy: Comparison of ipsilateral decubitus versus prone patient positioning for biopsy approach. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 22(3S):S13, 3/2011.
12. Tam AL, Ensor J, Ninan EP, Kaseb A, George M, Ready A, Narvaez A, Gupta S, Wallace MJ. Quality improvement initiative for patients undergoing transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). Radiological Society of North America 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 12/2010.
13. Bryant KW, Tam A, Kumar R, Fanning T. Utility of CT guided bone biopsy in lesions without structural abnormality. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 21(2S):S89 (#233), 2/2010.
14. Tam AL, Gupta S, Dekovich A, Wallace MJ. Percutaneous fluoroscopic-guided gastrostomy placement in patients with ascites. Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Book:586 (#SSM08-06), 12/2009.
15. Tam AL, Kim ES, Stewart D, Herbst RS, Wistuba I, Hicks ME. Safety and adequacy of image-guided small caliber core needle transthoracic biopsies for evaluation of multiple molecular biomarkers in clinical trials. Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Book:625 (#SSQ05-04), 12/2009.
16. Tam A, Kim ES, Herbst R, Wistuba II, Lee JJ, Alden C, Tsao A, Blumenschein G, Erasmus J, Hicks ME, Hong WK, Gupta S. Personalized lung cancer therapy: safety and adequacy of image-guided small-caliber core needle biopsy for evaluation of multiple molecular biomarkers. J Thorac Oncol 4(9):S338-S339, 2009.
17. Tam AL, Gupta S, Singh P, Synder H, Carter K, Hicks ME. Assessing the safety of air travel following lung biopsy: Interim analysis. Radiological Society of North America 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Book (#SSQ05-02), 12/2008.
18. Wallace MJ, Tammineedi S, Krishnamurthy, Ensor J, Ahrar K, Gupta S, Tam A, Hicks M. CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of pulmonary hilar lesions (Oral Presentation). Radiological Society of North America 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Book (#SSQ05-05), 12/2008.
19. Tam AL, Taboada J, Synder H, Gupta S, Durand J, Wallace MJ. Image-guided drainage of pericardial effusion in oncology patients. Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Book, 12/2008.
20. Murthy R, Oh Y, Tam AL, Gupta S, Madoff DC, Glisson B. Yttrium-90 microsphere treatment for liver dominant hepatic metastases from lung cancer. J Clin Oncology, 2006 ASCO Annual Meeting Proceedings Part 1 (June 20 Supplement) 2006:17122 24(18S), 2006.
21. Tam AL. Surgical decision making in necrotizing enterocolitis and focal intestinal perforation: Predictive value of radiologic findings (Oral Presentation). Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, 2002.

Book Chapters

1. Tam AL. Adrenal Gland Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Ed(s) K Ahrar. Springer. In Press.
2. Tam AL. Spleen Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Ed(s) K Ahrar, S Gupta. Springer: New York. In Press.
3. Tam AL. Mediastinal biopsy. In: Gervais DA ed. Interventional Radiology Procedures in Biopsy and Drainage. Springer, 2010.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Tam AL. Society of Interventional Radiology 34th Annual Scientific Meeting Workshop Book: "Portal Vein Embolization.", 3/2009.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Optimizing techniques and imaging evaluation of combination locoregional therapy in rabbit VX2 hepatic tumors using radiolabeled nanoparticles
Funding Source: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 7/2012 - 7/2013
 
Title: Effects of irreversible electroporation on spinal cord and peripheral nerves during musculoskeletal ablation in the porcine model
Funding Source: Angiodynamics Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 10/2010 - 9/2012
 
Title: A multimodality image-guided system for peripheral lung cancer diagnosis and therapy
Funding Source: CPRIT/The Methodist Hospital
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator: Dr. Marshall Hicks
Duration: 6/2010 - 5/2013

Last updated: 8/20/2013