SIO2020 Scientific Chair: Robert Suh, MD

Dr. Suh is a clinical Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Currently, he serves as the Director of Thoracic Interventional Services and as the Vice Chair of Radiology Education at UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Suh is the current and has been Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency since 2002. He received his BS degree at University of California Riverside and his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Following an internship at the University of California Irvine and Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center, he completed his training in diagnostic radiology and a vascular interventional radiology fellowship Loma Linda University Medical Center as well as a thoracic imaging fellowship at UCLA. Also during his career, Dr. Suh served as the Director of Thoracic Imaging and Intervention at Loma Linda University Medical Center and was the Acting Chief of Thoracic Imaging at UCLA Medical Center from 2006-2007.

 

My expertise … Research interests primarily center on thermal ablation, high-dose rate brachytherapy, tissue retrieval, image-guided intratumoral drug delivery and gene profiling technologies in the treatment of pulmonary malignancies, focusing on lung cancer. Collaborative efforts occur with my colleagues within the Thoracic Imaging Research Core in diffuse lung disease, pulmonary nodule characterization and biopsy technology, and with corresponding subspecialty colleagues, in lung cancer.

 

I focused on IO because … Being responsible for the highest level of subspecialization in Thoracic Intervention offered at UCLA in conjunction with Thoracic Oncology, Surgical, Radiation and Pathology Programs primarily drove the necessity for unique and focused IO for patients and programs for primary and secondary lung malignancies.

 

I chose to support SIO because … I felt it was important to get involved because SIO is unique in that its sole focus is IO, which also aligns with major focus of career.

 

A goal of mine … Optimal delivery and complete understanding of thermal energy effects within the lung to evolve from lung tumor treatment to therapy.

 

A piece of advice … IO is not limited to therapeutics alone and encompasses the requirement for better understanding and available techniques for imaging before, during and after intervention.

 

In my free time I enjoy … Golf!

 

My perspective on SIO2020 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VEUb3XwIOY

 

To volunteer with SIO and join Dr. Suh and other committee leaders in their efforts, visit: http://www.sio-central.org/page/call-for-volunteers

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