Karim Valji, MD, FSIR

Karim Valji, MD, FSIR, is a professor of radiology and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He obtained a BA from Harvard College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School; pursued a residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California San Diego.

Along with his mentor Dr. Joseph Bookstein, Dr. Valji developed one of the now standard methods for catheter-directed thrombolysis of arterial and venous occlusions. 

Dr. Valji is an author of about 200 scientific papers, abstracts, and book chapters and has given over 250 invited lectures worldwide. Perhaps best known as the writer of three textbooks on interventional radiology, The Practice of Interventional Radiology, now in its third edition, is known to many radiology residents and IR fellows as the “Valji book.”

Named a Fellow of SIR in 1994, Dr. Valji was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and served on SIR’s Executive Council.