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Sharjeel H. Sabir, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Bio Statement

Dr. Sabir joined MD Anderson as Assistant Professor in Interventional Radiology in 2013.  His main research interest is quality and safety in Interventional Radiology.  The main area in which he has pursued this interest is in the effects of tumor heterogeneity on yields of percutaneous biopsy.  Other areas in which Dr. Sabir has focused this interest include percutaneous and endovascular management of renal cell carcinoma, management and care of nephrostomy catheters, and percutaneous ablation of lung metastases.  In addition, Dr. Sabir is working in collaboration with Dr. Michael Wallace on developing an outcomes database in IR that will allow a comprehensive view of the value of IR.  Dr. Sabir is also working on incorporating simulation based training into the IR trainees’ curriculum to assure their safe and effective involvement in the care of patients.  His clinical interests, in addition to the above procedures, include percutaneous drainage, an array of loco-regional therapies for various cancers, and MRI guided interventions.

Research Interests

Tumor heterogeneity and its effects on percutaneous biopsy, quality and coutcome in IR, percutaneous and endovascular management of renal cell carcinoma, lung ablation, simulation based training in radiology.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2007 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD, Honors, Medicine
2001 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, BA, Summa Cum Laude, Philosophy and Physiology

Postgraduate Training

7/2012-6/2013 Clinical Fellowship, Interventional Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Stephen McRae
7/2008-6/2012 Clinical Residency, Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, Dr. Theresa McLoud
7/2007-6/2008 Clinical Internship, Transitional Year, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, Dr. Ethan Natelson

Board Certifications

7/2012 American Board of Radiology


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2013-9/2013

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Interventional Radiology Fellowship Education Committee, 1/2014-present
Member, Massachusetts General Hospital, Radiology Residency Admissions, 10/2010-3/2012
Member, Massachusetts General Hospital, Radiology Residency Education, 3/2010-3/2011

Honors and Awards

2013 Society of Interventional Radiology Leadership Academy
2010-2011 Chief Resident in Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
2010 RSNA/ARRS/AUR Introduction to Academic Radiology Program
2006 Alpha Omega Alpha
2004 Honors Certificate for Achievement in Basic Sciences
2002 National Institute of Health Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project Supplemental Grant

Professional Memberships

American College of Radiology
Member, 2008-present
American Roentgen Ray Society
Member, 2008-present
Radiological Society of North America
Member, 2006-present
Society of Interventional Radiology
Member, 2010-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Sabir SH, Caldwell K, Moon B, Tam A. Percutaneous Thermal Ablation Techniques for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Metastases. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal, 11/2015.
2. Eisenberg JD, Gervais DA, Singh S, Kalra MK, Sabir SH, Paul AB, Pandharipande PV. Radiation Exposure From CT-Guided Ablation of Renal Masses: Effects on Life Expectancy. AJR Am J Roentgenol 204(2):335-42, 2/2015. PMID: 25615756.
3. Sabir SH, Aran S, Abujudeh H. Simulation-Based Training in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol 11(5):512-7, 5/2014. PMID: 23770063.
4. Sabir SH, Armstrong R, Elting LS, Wallace MJ, Gupta S, Tam AL. Early initiation of enteral feeding in cancer patients after outpatient percutaneous fluoroscopy-guided gastrostomy catheter placement. J Vasc Interv Radiol 25(4):618-22, 4/2014. PMID: 24674218.
5. Pham JD, Huang SY, Sabir SH, Huynh T, Wallace MJ. Celect Filter Penetration of Aorta and Lumbar Artery. J Vasc Interv Radiol 25(3):487-490, 3/2014. PMID: 24581474.
6. Greka A, Bhatia RS, Sabir SH, Dekker JP. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 4-2013. A 50-year-old man with acute flank pain. N Engl J Med 368(5):466-72, 1/2013. e-Pub 1/2013. PMID: 23343037.


1. Murthy R, Subbiah S, Mahvash A, Odisio BC, Gupta S, Ahrar J, Sabir Sh, Huang S, Bosch M. Image-Guided Autologous Dendritic Cell Vaccination In Advanced Cancer: Technical Aspects. Poster, 2/2015.
2. Ahrar J, Ensor J, Mahvash A, Sabir SH, Steele J, McRae S, Avritscher R, Huang S, Odisio BC, Murthy R, Ahrar K, Wallace M, Gupta S. Efficacy of a self-expanding tract sealant device in the reduction of pneumothorax and chest tube placement rates after percutaneous lung biopsy: A matched controlled study using propensity score analysis. 2015.
3. Williams UU, Ruiz JR, Van Meter A, Abdelsalam ME, Sabir S, Ahrar K. Radial Nerve Injury Following Renal Radiofrequency Ablation in the Lateral Position - Poster. 68th Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, 12/2014.
4. Huang SY, Odisio BC, Sabir S, Ensor Jr J, Knoll M, Wallace MJ, Gupta S. Clinical factors that predict 6 month mortality for patients with solid malignancy receiving IVC filters. J Vasc Interv Radiol 25(3 Supplement):S159-S160, 3/2014.
5. Sedrak l, Tam A, Odisio BC, Sabir SH, Gupta S, Wallace MJ, Huang SY. Percutaneous transesophageal gastrostomy catheters: indication, technique, and outcome. 39th Annual Society of Interventional Radiology Scientific Meeting, 3/2014.
6. Sabir SH, Patel J, Nguyen TT, Wallace MJ, Suitor CT, McEnery KW, Hicks ME, Gupta S. Use of a mandatory complication entry system integrated into the radiology dictation system for monitoring effects of quality improvement initiatives - Poster. 99th annual Conference of the Radiological Society of North America, 12/2013.
7. Sabir S, Ahrar K, Choi H, Ward J, Mcrae S. Transgluteal MR-Guided Prostate Biopsy: Results of a Freehand Technique in a Closed 1.5 T MRI. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 24(4S):S176 (#418), 3/2013.
8. Johnston RP, Sabir S, Govindan S, Gervais D, Hahn P, Kalva S, Arellano R. Portal Vein - Pathology and Intervention. 98th Annual Conference of the Radiological Society of North America, 11/2012.
9. Sabir SH, Govindan S, Arellano R. The Abernethy Malformation: Congenital Extrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement 23(3S):S162-S163 (#409), 3/2012.

Book Chapters

1. Sabir SH, Shaw CM, Matin SF, Ahrar K. Thermal Ablative Techniques in Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Kidney Cancer. Ed(s) Primo N. Lara, Eric Jonasch (Eds.). Springer International: New York, 195-215, 2015. ISBN: 978-3-319-17903-2.
2. Sabir SH, Tam AL. Interventional Radiology Procedures in Renal Cell Carcinoma. In: Renal Cell Carcinoma. Ed(s) Nazir M. Tannir. Oxford University Press: New York, 37-46, 2014.
3. Sabir SH, Cooper JB. Simulation. In: Quality and Safety in Radiology. Ed(s) HH Abujudeh, MA Bruno. Oxford University Press: New York, 245-254, 2012. ISBN: 9780199735754.

Last updated: 1/29/2016