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Kamran Ahrar, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1471
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT14.6036
Fax: 713-792-4098
Email: kahrar@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1993 University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, MD, Medicine
1989 University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, BS, Chemistry

Postgraduate Training

1998-1999 Fellowship, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1994-1998 Residency, Radiology, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
1993-1994 Internship, Transitional Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA

Board Certifications

2000 American Board of Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology
1998 Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology
1994 Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010-2011
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 2005-2011
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2005-2011

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Clinical Medical Director, Interventional Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007-present
Director, Interventional MRI Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2003-present

Honors and Awards

2013 Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2013 Fellow, Society of Interventional Radiology
2009 Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award Nominee, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2007 Excellent Review Award, Clinical Research Committee, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2006 Excellent Review Award, Clinical Research Committee, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2006 Featured Abstracts, 31st Annual Society of Interventional Radiology Scientific Meeting
2004 Gary Becker Young Investigator Award, Society for Interventional Radiology
2002 Featured Abstracts, 27th Annual Society of Interventional Radiology Scientific Meeting
2000 Distinguished Reviewer Award, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
1993 Deans Scholar for Academic Excellence, University of Southern California School of Medicine
1989 Division of Honors, University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology
Member, 1999-present
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
Member, 2007-present
American Medical Association
Member, 2006-present
American Roentgen Ray Society
Member, 1994-present
Harris County Medical Association
Member, 2006-present
Radiological Society of North America
Member, 1994-present
Society of Interventional Radiology
Member, 1996-present
Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, Washington,, DC
Chair, Clinical Research Trials Division, 2012-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2006-present
Texas Radiological Society
Member, 2001-present
Western Angiographic and Interventional Society
Member, 2005-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ahrar K, Ahrar JU, Javadi S, Pan L, Milton DR, Wood CG, Matin SF, Stafford RJ. Real-time magnetic resonance imaging-guided cryoablation of small renal tumors at 1.5 T. Invest Radiol 48(6):437-44, 6/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23511191.
2. Karam JA, Ahrar K, Vikram R, Romero CA, Jonasch E, Tannir NM, Rao P, Wood CG, Matin SF. Radiofrequency ablation of renal tumours with clinical, radiographical and pathological results. BJU Int 111(6):997-1005, 5/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMCID: PMC3637414.
3. Bahu R, Chaftari AM, Hachem RY, Ahrar K, Shomali W, El Zakhem A, Jiang Y, AlShuaibi M, Raad II. Nephrostomy tube related pyelonephritis in patients with cancer: Epidemiology, infection rate and risk factors. J Urol 189(1):130-5, 1/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMID: 23164390.
4. 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.
5. Gupta S, Patel J, McEnery K, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Suitor C, Hicks ME. Early experience using an online reporting system for interventional radiology procedure-related complications integrated with a digital dictation system. J Digit Imaging 24(4):672-9, 8/2011. e-Pub 8/2010. PMCID: PMC3138935.
6. Ahrar JU, Stafford RJ, Alzubaidi S, Ahrar K,. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided biopsy in the musculoskeletal system using a cylindrical 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging unit. Top Magn Reson Imaging 22(4):189-96, 8/2011. PMID: 23514926.
7. Kaur H, Matin SF, Javadi S, Johnson VE, Choi H, Sandler C, Ahrar K,. Chyluria after radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol 22(7):924-7, 7/2011. e-Pub 4/2011. PMID: 21507680.
8. Karam JA, Ahrar K, Matin SF. Ablation of kidney tumors. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 20(2):341-53, 4/2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMID: 21377587.
9. 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.
10. Georgiades CS, Rodriguez R, Littrup PJ, Frangakis CE, Leveille R, Ahrar K, Atwell TD, Cadeddu J, Trimmer C, Durack JC, Hammers HJ, Meng MV, Raman S, Solomon SB, Zagoria RJ, McLennan G, Laberge JM, Gervais DA, Kee ST. Development of a research agenda for percutaneous renal tumor ablation: proceedings from a multidisciplinary research consensus panel. J Vasc Interv Radiol 21(12):1807-16, 12/2010. PMID: 21111363.
11. Karam JA, Ahrar K, Wood CG, Jonasch E, Vikram R, Romero C, Tannir N, Matin SF. Radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. J Urol 184(5):1882-7, 11/2010. e-Pub 9/2010. PMID: 20846689.
12. 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.
13. Gupta S, Sultenfuss M, Romaguera JE, Ensor J, Krishnamurthy S, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME. CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsies in patients with haematologic malignancies and undiagnosed pulmonary lesions. Hematol Oncol 28(2):75-81, 6/2010. e-Pub 9/2009. PMID: 19728397.
14. Javadi S, Ahrar JU, Ninan E, Gupta S, Matin SF, Ahrar K. Characterization of contrast enhancement in the ablation zone immediately after radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol 21(5):690-5, 5/2010. e-Pub 3/2010. PMID: 20227295.
15. Ahrar K, Gowda A, Javadi S, Borne A, Fox M, McNichols R, Ahrar JU, Stephens C, Stafford RJ. Preclinical assessment of a 980-nm diode laser ablation system in a large animal tumor model. J Vasc Interv Radiol 21(4):555-61, 4/2010. PMCID: PMC2847585.
16. Dupuy DE, Liu D, Hartfeil D, Hanna L, Blume JD, Ahrar K, Lopez R, Safran H, DiPetrillo T. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of painful osseous metastases: a multicenter American College of Radiology Imaging Network trial. Cancer 116(4):989-97, 2/2010. PMCID: PMC2819592.
17. Raman JD, Raj GV, Lucas SM, Williams SK, Lauer EM, Ahrar K, Matin SF, Leveillee RJ, Cadeddu JA. Renal functional outcomes for tumours in a solitary kidney managed by ablative or extirpative techniques. BJU Int 105(4):496-500, 2/2010. e-Pub 8/2009. PMID: 19681900.
18. Stafford RJ, Fuentes D, Elliott AA, Weinberg JS, Ahrar K. Laser-induced thermal therapy for tumor ablation. Crit Rev Biomed Eng 38(1):79-100, 2010. PMID: 21175405.
19. Kobayashi K, Szklaruk J, Trent JC, Ensor J, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME, Gupta S. Hepatic arterial embolization and chemoembolization for imatinib-resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Am J Clin Oncol 32(6):574-81, 12/2009. e-Pub 7/2009. PMID: 19636238.
20. Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Madoff DC. Chemoembolization of the liver after portal vein embolization: Report of three cases. J Vasc Interv Radiol 19(10):1513-7, 10/2008. e-Pub 8/2008. PMID: 18760626.
21. Matin SF, Ahrar K, Wood CG, Daniels M, Jonasch E. Patterns of intervention for renal lesions in von Hippel-Lindau disease. BJU Int 102(8):940-5, 9/2008. e-Pub 5/2008. PMID: 18485044.
22. Madoff DC, Abdalla EK, Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Ahrar K, Gupta S, Wei SH, Hicks ME, Vauthey JN. Sequential transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and portal vein embolization before major hepatectomy for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. Cardiovasc Interv Radiol 29(Suppl 1):202, 6/2008.
23. Kamat PP, Gupta S, Ensor JE, Murthy R, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Wallace MJ, Hicks ME. Hepatic arterial embolization and chemoembolization in the management of patients with large-volume liver metastases. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 31(2):299-307, Mar-Apr, 3/2008. e-Pub 10/2007. PMID: 17922160.
24. Gupta S, Hicks ME, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Murthy R. Outpatient management of postbiopsy pneumothorax with small-caliber chest tubes: factors affecting the need for prolonged drainage and additional interventions. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 31(2):342-8, Mar-Apr, 3/2008. e-Pub 12/2007. PMID: 18074173.
25. Booth J, Matin SF, Ahrar K, Tamboli P, Wood CG. Contemporary strategies for treating nonhereditary synchronous bilateral renal tumors and the impact of minimally invasive, nephron-sparing techniques. Urol Oncol 26(1):37-42, Jan-Feb, 1/2008. e-Pub 11/2007. PMID: 18190828.
26. 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):80-7, 1/2008. PMID: 18192471.
27. Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Kamat PP, Moore T, Rao SH, Ensor J, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, McRae SE, Hicks ME. Impact of C-arm CT on hepatic arterial interventions for hepatic malignancies. J Vasc Interv Radiol 18(12):1500-7, 12/2007. PMID: 18057284.
28. Javadi S, Matin SF, Tamboli P, Ahrar K,. Unexpected atypical findings on CT after radiofrequency ablation for small renal-cell carcinoma and the role of percutaneous biopsy. J Vasc Interv Radiol 18(9):1186-91, 9/2007. PMID: 17804784.
29. Ahrar K, Stafford RJ, Tinkey PT, Borne AT, Stephens LC, Wallace MJ, Wright KC. Evaluation of cerebral microemboli during radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors in a canine model with use of impedance-controlled devices. J Vasc Interv Radiol 18(7):929-935, 7/2007. PMID: 17609457.
30. Jacobsohn KM, Ahrar K, Wood CG, Matin SF. Is radiofrequency ablation safe for solitary kidneys? Urology 19(1)(5):A209, 5/2007. PMID: 17482911.
31. Wallace MJ, Choi E, McRae S, Madoff DC, Ahrar K, Pisters P. Superior mesenteric artery pseudoaneurysm following pancreaticoduodenectomy: Management by endovascular stent-graft placement and transluminal thrombin injection. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 30(3):518-22, May-Jun, 5/2007. PMID: 17031732.
32. Gupta S, Henningsen JA, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Percutaneous biopsy of head and neck lesions with CT guidance: various approaches and relevant anatomic and technical considerations. Radiographics 27(2):371-90, Mar-Apr, 3/2007. PMID: 17374859.
33. Wallace MJ, Tinkey PT, Ahrar K, Wright KC. Simplified technique for percutaneous transrenal arteriovenous dialysis graft creation in a swine model. J Vasc Interv Radiol 18(2):257-263, 2/2007. PMID: 17327559.
34. Kobayashi K, Gupta S, Trent JC, Vauthey JN, Krishnamurthy S, Ensor J, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Murthy R, McRae SE, Hicks ME. Hepatic artery chemoembolization for 110 gastrointestinal stromal tumors: response, survival, and prognostic factors. Cancer 107(12):2833-41, 12/2006. PMID: 17096432.
35. Matin SF, Ahrar K, Cadeddu JA, Gervais DA, McGovern FJ, Zagoria RJ, Zagoria RA, Uzzo RG, Haaga J, Resnick MI, Kaouk J, Gill IS. Residual and recurrent disease following renal energy ablative therapy: a multi-institutional study. J Urol 176(5):1973-1977, 11/2006. PMID: 17070224.
36. Madoff DC, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Murthy R, Yao JC. Update on the management of neuroendocrine hepatic metastases. J Vasc Interv Radiol 17(8):1235-1249; quiz 1250, 8/2006. PMID: 16923972.
37. Gupta S, Johnson MM, Murthy R, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, McRae SE, Hicks ME, Rao S, Vauthey JN, Ajani JA, Yao JC. Hepatic arterial embolization and chemoembolization for the treatment of patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors: variables affecting response rates and survival. Cancer 104(8):1590-1602, May-Jun, 10/2005. PMID: 16134179.
38. Madoff DC, Denys A, Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Gupta S, Pillsbury EP, Ahrar K, Bessoud B, Hicks ME. Splenic arterial interventions: anatomy, indications, technical considerations, and potential complications. Radiographics 25 Suppl 1:S191-S211, May-Jun, 10/2005. PMID: 16227491.
39. Murthy R, Nunez R, Szklaruk J, Erwin W, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Cohen A, Coldwell DM, Kennedy AS, Hicks ME. Yttrium-90 microsphere therapy for hepatic malignancy: devices, indications, technical considerations, and potential complications. Radiographics 25 Suppl 1:S41-S55, May-Jun, 10/2005. PMID: 16227496.
40. Rivera B, Ahrar K, Kangasniemi MM, Hazle JD, Price RE. Canine transmissible venereal tumor: a large-animal transplantable tumor model. Comp Med 55(4):335-343, May-Jun, 8/2005. PMID: 16158909.
41. Ahrar K, Matin S, Wallace MJ, Gupta S, Hicks ME. Percutaneous transthoracic radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors using an iatrogenic pneumothorax. AJR Am J Roentgenol 185(1):86-88, May-Jun, 7/2005. PMID: 15972404.
42. Murthy R, Xiong H, Nunez R, Cohen AC, Barron B, Szklaruk J, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Hicks ME. Yttrium 90 resin microspheres for the treatment of unresectable colorectal hepatic metastases after failure of multiple chemotherapy regimens: preliminary results. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(7):937-945, May-Jun, 7/2005. PMID: 16002501.
43. Gupta S, Seaberg K, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Imaging-guided percutaneous biopsy of mediastinal lesions: different approaches and anatomic considerations. Radiographics 25(3):763-786; discussion 786-788, May-Jun, 5/2005. PMID: 15888624.
44. Ahrar K, Matin S, Wood CG, Wallace MJ, Gupta S, Madoff DC, Rao S, Tannir NM, Jonasch E, Pisters LL, Rozner MA, Kennamer DL, Hicks ME. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors: technique, complications, and outcomes. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(5):679-688, Jan-Feb, 5/2005. PMID: 15872323.
45. Gupta S, Krishnamurthy S, Broemeling LD, Morello FA, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Small (</=2-cm) subpleural pulmonary lesions: short- versus long-needle-path CT-guided Biopsy--comparison of diagnostic yields and complications. Radiology 234(2):631-637, Jan-Feb, 2/2005. PMID: 15673500.
46. Madoff DC, Abdalla EK, Gupta S, Wu TT, Morris JS, Denys A, Wallace MJ, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Murthy R, Lunagomez S, Hicks ME, Vauthey JN. Transhepatic ipsilateral right portal vein embolization extended to segment IV: improving hypertrophy and resection outcomes with spherical particles and coils. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(2 Pt 1):215-225, Jan-Feb, 2/2005. PMID: 15713922.
47. Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Tinkey P, Wright KC. Transvenous extrahepatic portacaval shunt with use of a modified prototype stent-graft: experimental study in animals. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(2 Pt 1):261-267, Jan-Feb, 2/2005. PMID: 15713928.
48. Ahrar K, Himmerich JU, Herzog CE, Raymond AK, Wallace MJ, Gupta S, Madoff DC, Morello FA, Murthy R, McRae SE, Hicks ME. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided biopsy in the definitive diagnosis of osteosarcoma. J Vasc Interv Radiol 15(11):1329-1333, Jan-Feb, 11/2004. PMID: 15525755.
49. Avritscher R, Madoff DC, Ramirez PT, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Gupta S, Murthy R, Wright KC, Hicks ME. Fistulas of the lower urinary tract: percutaneous approaches for the management of a difficult clinical entity. Radiographics 24 Suppl 1:S217-S236, Jan-Feb, 10/2004. PMID: 15486242.
50. Choe DH, Marom EM, Ahrar K, Truong MT, Madewell JE. Pulmonary embolism of polymethyl methacrylate during percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. AJR Am J Roentgenol 183(4):1097-1102, Jan-Feb, 10/2004. PMID: 15385313.
51. Wallace MJ, Jean JL, Gupta S, Eapen GA, Johnson MM, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Morello FA, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Use of inferior vena caval filters and survival in patients with malignancy. Cancer 101(8):1902-1907, Jan-Feb, 10/2004. PMID: 15386336.
52. Ahrar K, Newman RA, Pang J, Vijjeswarapu MK, Wallace MJ, Wright KC. 2004 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award: Relative thermosensitivity of cytotoxic drugs used in transcatheter arterial chemoembolization. J Vasc Interv Radiol 15(9):901-905, Jan-Feb, 9/2004. PMID: 15361556.
53. Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Ahrar K, Warneke CL. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts: Experience in the oncology setting. Cancer 101(2):337-345, Jan-Feb, 7/2004. PMID: 15241832.
54. Madoff DC, Gupta S, Toombs BD, Skolkin MD, Charnsangavej C, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Hicks ME. Arterioureteral fistulas: a clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic dilemma. AJR Am J Roentgenol 182(5):1241-1250, Jan-Feb, 5/2004. PMID: 15100126.
55. Goetz MP, Callstrom MR, Charboneau JW, Farrell MA, Maus TP, Welch TJ, Wong GY, Sloan JA, Novotny PJ, Petersen IA, Beres RA, Regge D, Capanna R, Saker MB, Grönemeyer DH, Gevargez A, Ahrar K, Choti MA, de Baere TJ, Rubin J. Percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency ablation of painful metastases involving bone: a multicenter study. J Clin Oncol 22(2):300-306, Jan-Feb, 1/2004. PMID: 14722039.
56. Madoff DC, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Saxon RR. TIPS-related hepatic encephalopathy: management options with novel endovascular techniques. Radiographics 24(1):21-36; discussion 36-37, Jan-Feb, 1/2004. PMID: 14730033.
57. Gupta S, Nguyen HL, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Various approaches for CT-guided percutaneous biopsy of deep pelvic lesions: anatomic and technical considerations. Radiographics 24(1):175-189, Jan-Feb, 1/2004. PMID: 14730045.
58. Gupta S, Madoff DC, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Wallace MJ, Murthy R, Hicks ME. CT-guided needle biopsy of deep pelvic lesions by extraperitoneal approach through iliopsoas muscle. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 26(6):534-538, Nov-Dec, 11/2003. PMID: 15061177.
59. Ahrar K, Price RE, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Morello FA, Wright KC. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors in a large animal model. J Vasc Interv Radiol 14(8):1037-1043, Jul-Aug, 8/2003. PMID: 12902562.
60. Gupta S, Yao JC, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Morello FA, Madoff DC, Murthy R, Hicks ME, Ajani JA. Hepatic artery embolization and chemoembolization for treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoid tumors: the MD Anderson experience. Cancer J 9(4):261-267, Jul-Aug, 7/2003. PMID: 12967136.
61. Sánchez-Ortiz RF, Tannir N, Ahrar K, Wood CG. Spontaneous regression of pulmonary metastases from renal cell carcinoma after radiofrequency ablation of primary tumor: an in situ tumor vaccine? J Urol 170(1):178-179, Sep-Oct, 7/2003. PMID: 12796677.
62. Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Stephens LC, Wright KC. Transvenous extrahepatic portacaval shunt: feasibility study in a swine model. Radiology 228(1):119-125, Sep-Oct, 7/2003. PMID: 12714681.
63. Wallace MJ, Thomas JW, Ahrar K, Wright KC. Transrenal arteriovenous dialysis graft creation: survival and patency in a swine model. Radiology 227(2):501-509, Sep-Oct, 5/2003. PMID: 12663826.
64. Wallace MJ, Ahrar K,Wright KC. Validation of ultrasound-guided percutaneous venous access and manual compression for studies in swine. J Vasc Interv Radiol 14(4):481-483, Sep-Oct, 4/2003. PMID: 12682205.
65. Sze DY, Freeman SM, Slonim SM, Samuels SL, Andrews JC, Hicks M, Ahrar K, Gupta S, Reid TR. Intraarterial adenovirus for metastatic gastrointestinal cancer: activity, radiographic response, and survival. J Vasc Interv Radiol 14(3):279-290, Sep-Oct, 3/2003. PMID: 12631632.
66. Wallace MJ, Narvios A, Lichtiger B, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Gupta S, Madoff DC, Hicks ME. Transjugular liver biopsy in patients with hematologic malignancy and severe thrombocytopenia. J Vasc Interv Radiol 14(3):323-327, Sep-Oct, 3/2003. PMID: 12631636.
67. Swisher SG, Roth JA, Komaki R, Gu J, Lee JJ, Hicks M, Ro JY, Hong WK, Merritt JA, Ahrar K, Atkinson NE, Correa AM, Dolormente M, Dreiling L, El-Naggar AK, Fossella F, Francisco R, Glisson B, Grammer S, Herbst R, Huaringa A, Kemp B, Khuri FR, Kurie JM, Liao Z, McDonnell TJ, Morice R, Morello F, Munden R, Papadimitrakopoulou V, Pisters KM, Putnam JB, Sarabia AJ, Shelton T, Stevens C, Shin DM, Smythe WR, Vaporciyan AA, Walsh GL, Yin M. Induction of p53-regulated genes and tumor regression in lung cancer patients after intratumoral delivery of adenoviral p53 (INGN 201) and radiation therapy. Clin Cancer Res 9(1):93-101, Sep-Oct, 1/2003. PMID: 12538456.
68. Fourney DR, Schomer DF, Nader R, Chlan-Fourney J, Suki D, Ahrar K, Rhines LD, Gokaslan ZL. Percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for painful vertebral body fractures in cancer patients. J Neurosurg 98(Suppl 1):21-30, Sep-Oct, 1/2003. PMID: 12546384.
69. Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Price RE, Wright KC. Development of a large animal model for lung tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol 13(9 Pt 1):923-8, 9/2002. PMID: 12354827.
70. Gupta S, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC, Hicks ME. Use of a coaxial technique with a curved inner needle for CT-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol 179(1):109-112, 7/2002. PMID: 12076915.
71. Wallace MJ, Krishnamurthy S, Broemeling LD, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Hicks ME. CT-guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy of small (< or =1-cm) pulmonary lesions. Radiology 225(3):823-828, Sep-Oct, 1/2002. PMID: 12461267.
72. Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Hicks ME. CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of intrathoracic lesions by using the transsternal approach: experience in 37 patients. Radiology 222(1):57-62, 1/2002. PMID: 11756705.
73. Gupta S, Ahrar K, Morello FA, Wallace MJ, Hicks ME. Masses in or around the pancreatic head: CT-guided coaxial fine-needle aspiration biopsy with a posterior transcaval approach. Radiology 222(1):63-69, 1/2002. PMID: 11756706.
74. Wallace MJ, Ahrar K. Percutaneous closure of a subclavian artery injury after inadvertent catheterization. J Vasc Interv Radiol 12(10):1227-1230, 10/2001. PMID: 11585892.
75. Madoff DC, Hicks ME, Vauthey JN, Charnsangavej C, Morello FA, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Gupta S. Transhepatic portal vein embolization: anatomy, indications, and technical considerations. Radiographics 221(5):S712, Sep-Oct, 2001. PMID: 12235336.
76. Smith JC, Smith DC, Ahrar K, Bansal RC. Patent ductus arteriosus masquerading as traumatic aortic rupture at aortography: the complementary role of transesophageal echocardiography. J Vasc Interv Radiol 10(2 Pt 1):169-171, 2/1999. PMID: 10082104.
77. Ahrar K, McLeary MS, Young LW, Masotto M, Rouse GA. Granulocytic sarcoma (chloroma) of the breast in an adolescent patient: ultrasonographic findings. J Ultrasound Med 17(6):383-384, Jul-Aug, 6/1998. PMID: 9623475.
78. Ahrar K, Smith DC, Bansal RC, Razzouk A, Catalano RD. Angiography in blunt thoracic aortic injury. J Trauma 42(4):665-669, 4/1997. PMID: 9137255.
79. Ahrar K, Watkins GE, Gardiner G. Colo-colic intussusception caused by pneumatosis cystoides coli. Abdom Imaging 22(4):392-394, Jul-Aug, 1997. PMID: 9157857.
80. Merrill MM, Rao P, Ahrar K, Jonasch E, Sharma P, Matin SF. Clinical course and immunologic tissue parameters of the abscopal effect in renal cell carcinoma. J Clin Oncol. Submitted.

Invited Articles

1. Chan AA, Ahrar K, Matin SF. Ablative therapies in renal cell carcinoma. Minerva Urol Nefrol 63(3):237-50, 9/2011. PMID: 21993322.
2. Ahrar K, Stafford RJ. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser ablation of bone tumors. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol 14(3):177-82, 9/2011. PMID: 21767785.
3. Anderson P, Kornguth D, Ahrar K, Hughes D, Phan P, Huh W, Cornelius K, Mahajan A. Recurrent, refractory, metastatic and/or unresectable pediatric sarcomas: treatment options for young people "off the roadmap". Pediatric Health 2(5):605-615, 10/2008.
4. Ahrar K, Wallace M, Javadi S, Gupta S. Mediastinal, hilar, and pleural image-guided biopsy: current practice and techniques. Semin Respir Crit Care Med 29(4):350-60, 8/2008. PMID: 18651354.
5. Matin SF, Ahrar K,. Nephron-sparing probe ablative therapy: long-term outcomes. Curr Opin Urol 18(2):150-6, 3/2008. PMID: 18303535.
6. Tam A, Ahrar K,. Palliative interventions for pain in cancer patients. Semin Intervent Radiol 24(4):419-429, 12/2007. PMCID: PMC3037251.
7. Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Matin SF. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation: minimally invasive therapy for renal tumors. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 6(12):1735-2844, 12/2006. PMID: 17181487.
8. Ahrar K,. The role and limitations of radiofrequency ablation in treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors. Curr Oncol Rep 6(4):315-20, Jan-Feb, 7/2004. PMID: 15161588.
9. Ahrar K, Gupta S. Hepatic artery embolization for hepatocellular carcinoma: technique, patient selection, and outcomes. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 12(1):105-126, 1/2003. PMID: 12735133.
10. Ahrar K, Schomer DF, Wallace MJ. Kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. Semin Interv Radiol 19:235-243, 2000.
11. Ahrar K, Smith DC. Trauma to the aorta and aortic arch branches. Curr Opin Cardiol 13(5):355-368, Jul-Aug, 9/1998. PMID: 9823791.
Other Articles
1. Ahrar K, Littrup PJ. Invited Commentary: "Is cryotherapy the optimal technology for ablation of lung tumors?". J Vasc Interv Radiol 23(3):303-305, 3/2012. PMID: 22365289.

Abstracts

1. Maier F, Fuentes D, Yung JP, Ahrar K, Hazle JD, Stafford, RJ. Arbitrary region of interest definitiion for referenceless magnetic resonance temperature imaging. The ISMRM Meeting, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany (#222), 4/2013.
2. Maier F, He R, Brunner A, Ahrar K, Hazle JD, Stafford RJ. Hand gesture control for interventional MRI. The ISMRM Meeting, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany (#3312), 4/2013.
3. Ahrar JU, Stafford RJ, Alzubaidi S, Ahrar K,. MRI-guided biopsy in the musculoskeletal system using a cylindrical 1.5-T MRI unit. Global Academic Programs, 4/2013.
4. Alzubaidi S, Ahrar JU, Javadi S, Gupta S, Stafford RJ,Ahrar K. MRI-guided biopsy using a cylindrical high-field-strength magnet: Experience with 303 biopsies in 294 patients. J Vasc Interv Radiol 24(4S):S96 (#204), 4/2013.
5. Ahrar K, Ahrar JU, Javadi S, Pan L, Milton D, Wood CG, Matin SF, Stafford RJ. Real-time MRI guided cryoablation of small renal tumors at 1.5 tesla. Global Academic Programs, 4/2013.
6. Sabir S, Ahrar K, Choi H, Ward J, McRae SE. Transgluteal MR-guided prostate biopsy: Results of a freehand technique in a closed 1.5T MRI. J Vasc Interv Radiol 24(4S):S176 (#418), 4/2013.
7. Merrill MM, Rao P, Ahrar K, Jonasch E, Sharma P, Matin SF. Clinical course and immunologic tissue parameters of the abscopal effect in renal cell carcinoma. American Society of Clinical Oncology - 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Sympiosium (#107651), 2/2013.
8. 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. Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 23(3S):S27-S28 (#60), 3/2012.
9. Stafford RJ, Sanaz J, Ninan EP, Teniente Y, Pan L, Matin S,Ahrar K. MRI-guided cryoablation of small renal tumors. International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (#6275), 1/2012.
10. Stafford RJ, Ahrar J, Gupta S, Teniente Y, Ahrar K,. Interventional MRI: Key aspects of facility design and operation. Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 11/2011.
11. Stafford RJ, McNichols R, Gowda A, Ninan EP, Teniente Y,Ahrar K,. MR temperature monitoring of laser ablation of bone lesions. Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 11/2011.
12. Bahu R, Shomali W, El Zakhem A, Ahrar K, Chaftari AM, Jiang Y, Hachem R, Raad I. Nephrostomy Tube Related Infection (NTRI): Epidemiology, risk factors, and infection rate in cancer patients. IDSA 49th Annual Meeting (#31509), 10/2011.
13. Stafford RJ, Maier F, Krafft AJ, Bock M, Winkel A, Ahrar K. Phase only cross-correlation tracking of a passive marker for MR-guided interventions. Proceedings of the ISMRM-ESMRMB Joint Annual Meeting, 5/2010.
14. Stafford RJ, Retics B, Roth A, Lorenz CH, Krafft AJ, Bock M, Ahrar K,. Tracking system for real-time MR guided percutaneous interventions at 1.5T.ISMRM. Proceedings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 17th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition, 5/2009.
15. Javadi S, Ahrar JU, Stafford RJ, Bock M, Jenne JW, Ahrar K,. MRI-guided tumor ablation at high magnetic field: technologies, devices, advantages and limitations. J Vasc Interv Radiol 20(2):S114 (#303 EE), 2/2009.
16. Javadi J, Ahrar J, Ninan E, Gupta S, Matin S, Ahrar K,. Characterization of enhancement patterns for renal tumors before and after radiofrequency ablation. 34th Annual Society of Interventional Scientific Meeting, 2009.
17. Sanjay G, Patel J, Wallace MJ, Ahrar K, Madoff D, Murthy R, Suitor C, McEnery K, Hicks ME. Integration of online reporting system for interventional radiology procedure-related complications with the digital dictation system: Early experience. J Vasc Interv Radiol(Suppl. 20(2S)):S41 (#105), 2009.
18. Javadi S, Stafford RJ, Ahrar JU, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Pan L, Ahrar K,. Real-time MR-guided percutaneous interventions in a dedicated 1.5T clinical suite. 17th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2009.
19. Javadi S, Ahrar JU, Ninan EP, Gupta S, Matin SF, Ahrar K,. Renal tumors continue to accumulate iodinated contrast in the immediate post-RFA period. J Vasc Interv Radiol 20(2S):S8), 2009.
20. Jacobsohn KM,Ahrar K, Wood CG, Matin SF. Is radiofrequency ablation safe for solitary kidneys?. Urology 69(5):819-23, 5/2007.
21. Javadi S, Ahrar JU, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Matin SF, Ahrar K,. Embolotherapy in the management of patients with renal cell carcinoma: Current indications, technical considerations, and complications. 93rd Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program, 2007.
22. Kobayashi K, Gupta S, Broemeling LD, Madoff DC, Ahrar K, Hicks ME. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors metastatic to liver: Response and survival after hepatic artery chemoembolization. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16:S34, 2005.
23. Pillsbury EP, Madoff DC, Gupta S, Ahrar K, Wallace MJ, Hicks ME. Safety and efficacy of percutaneous image-guided splenic biopsies in the oncology patient. J Vasc Interv Radiol 16(Suppl:S10), 2005.
24. Ahrar K, Matin S, Wood CG, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Madoff DC. Utility of contrast-enhanced CT during percutaneous RFA of solid renal tumors. Am J Roentgenol 182:13, 2004.

Book Chapters

1. Ahrar K, Javadi S. Biopsy Devices and Techniques. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
2. Ahrar K,. CT-Guided Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
3. Ahrar K,. Fluoroscopy-Guided Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-guided Biopsy. Springer Science +Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
4. Stafford RJ, McRae SE, Ahrar K,. MRI-Guided Prostate Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
5. Ahrar K, Stafford RJ. MTR-Guided Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
6. Ahrar JU, Javadi S, Ahrar K,. Percutaneous and Transjugular Kidney Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
7. Ahrar K, Javadi S. Pleural Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
8. Ahrar K, Javadi S, Ahrar JU. Renal Mass Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
9. Ahrar K, Wallace M, Matin S. Thermal Ablation for Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Image-Guided Interventions, 2/e. Elsevier, Inc. In Press.
10. Ahrar JU, Ahrar K,. Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy. In: Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York, NY. In Press.
11. Shaw CM, Matin SF, Ahrar K. Energy Ablative Techiques in Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Kidney Cancer: Principles and Practice. Ed(s) Primo N. Lara, Jr., M.D., Eric Johasch, M.D. Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidelberg, 141-161, 2012.
12. Stafford RJ, Ahrar K,. MRI-Guided Thermal Ablation Techniques. In: Interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 1st Edition. Ed(s) Kahn T, Busse H. Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Germany, 253-269, 2012.
13. Ahrar K. Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy for Diagnosis of Bone Sarcomas. In: Bone Sarcoma. XIV, 1. Ed(s) PP Lin, S Patel. Springer-Verlag New York, LLC, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4614-5193-8.
14. Matin SF, Ahrar K. Management of Small Renal Masses: Energy-Ablative Therapy for Small Renal Masses. In: Renal Cell Carcinoma. Ed(s) BI Rini, SC Campbell. People's Medical Publishing House: Shelton, 81-94, 2009.
15. Mahvash A, Javadi S, Ahrar K. Embolotherapy in the Management of Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Interventional Oncology Principles and Practice. Ed(s) JFH Geschwind, MC Soulen. Cambridge University Press: New York, 413-423, 2008.
16. Wallace MJ, Ahrar KAhrar K. Thermal Ablation of the Kidney. In: Image Guided Interventions. 2. Ed(s) Mauro MA, Murphy K, Thomson KR, Venbrux AC, Zollikofer CL. Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, 1597-1605, 2008.
17. Madoff DC, Verma R, Ahrar K,. Embolotherapy for Organ Ablation. In: Golzarian J, Sun S, Sharafuddin M, Medical Radiology: Vascular Embolotherapy: A Comprehensive Approach. 2. Springer-Verlad GmbH & Co: Heidelberg, Germany, 201-220, 2006.
18. Ahrar K. Hemodialysis in Peripheral Territory. In: Textbook of Peripheral Vascular Interventions. Martin Dunitz, 457-468, 2004.
19. Ahrar K, Mewissen MW. Principles and Basic Techniques of Thrombolysis. In: Endovascular intervention, Basic Concepts and Techniques. Futura Publishing Co., 123-136, 1999.

Books (edited and written)

1. Ahrar K, Gupta S, et al. Ed(s) Ahrar K, Gupta S. Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy. Springer Science+Business Media: New York,. In Press.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Combining Local Ablation Plus Systemic Immunotherapy to Improve Anti-Tumor Response in Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Funding Source: Kidney Cancer: Multidisciplinary Research Program (MRP)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Surena F. Matin, M.D.
Duration: 2/1/2012 - 1/31/2013
 
Title: Evaluation of percutaneous nephrostomy tube
Funding Source: Cook Medical
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2010 - present
 
Title: A study to determine correlation of MR thermal imaging to actual size of ablation during laser therapy of soft tissue metastases to bone
Funding Source: BioTex, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2008 - 4/30/2012
 
Title: A pilot study of radiofrequency ablation in high risk patients with stage TA non-small cell lung cancer
Funding Source: American College of Surgeons in Oncology Group
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2007 - 5/13/2010
 
Title: Multicenter feasibility study of percutaneousa radiofrequwency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic patients.
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/2006 - 6/24/2008
 
Title: Magnetic resonance guided interstitial laser (MRgIL) thermal ablation of transplanted canine transmissible venereal tumors (cTVT) in the dog vertebral body
Funding Source: BioTex, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2005 - 2007
 
Title: Evaluation of cerebral microemboli during radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors in a canine model
Funding Source: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/2004 - 7/2005
 
Title: Percutaneous vertebroplasty with MR-guided laser ablation
Funding Source: BioTex, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2004 - 2006
 
Title: Evaluation of cerebral microemboli during radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors in a canine model
Funding Source: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2004 - 2005
 
Title: A phase I/II study of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of bone metastases using CT-guidance
Funding Source: American College of Radiology Imaging Network
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Duration: 1/2004 - 12/2004
 
Title: Percutaneous vertebroplasty with MR-guided laser ablation
Funding Source: BioTex, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 3/2003 - 8/2003
 
Title: Radiofrequency ablation of painful metastases involving bone
Funding Source: RITA Medical Systems, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Duration: 2001 - 2004

Last updated: 8/12/2013