For this edition of Making the Rounds, we interviewed interventional radiologist Roberto Galuppo, MD, part of the UK HealthCare Liver Cancer Team and Pediatric Cancer Team, with a particular interest in hemagioma and vascular malformations. We spoke with Dr. Galuppo about his background and what excites him about his work.
Tell us about your work as an interventional radiologist.
(What’s) fascinating about interventional radiology is the wide spectrum of pathology you (can) treat. For example, we treat liver cancer via a catheter (through which) you could inject either radiation or chemotherapy straight into the tumor. And then to vascular malformations as well, which is one of my areas of expertise.
We treat a lot of children with vascular malformations and some adults as well. And that's the beauty of (interventional radiology); it's very life-changing with a very minimal invasive approach.
Why is UK HealthCare a great setting for your work?
We get to do a lot of procedures that in some other settings are not possible, just because there isn't that academic portion of it. So, being an academic center draws the attention, draws all these patients, and they're able to get the best care possible.
What do you find particularly rewarding about your work?
Personally, to me, when you're doing a procedure that you love and you enjoy, and you have a great result, I don't think it gets any better than that.
At the end of the day, you're happy that you were able to help these patients, that you were able to make a good mark in their lives, especially when they are very complex illnesses (where) they are dealing with all these difficult issues other than just the illness itself.
Watch our full interview with Dr. Galuppo.