Rajiv Sawhney, MD

Clinical Professor


Rajiv Sawhney, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Radiology in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, and he is Chief of Interventional Radiology at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Sawhney received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his residency in Radiology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a fellowship in Vascular Interventional Radiology from the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in 1995.

One of Dr. Sawhney’s major projects involves a clinical program of percutaneous carotid stenting. Dr. Sawhney and his associates perform procedures under a protocol and analyze results regarding efficacy and safety, and compare results with those published for open surgical repair of the carotid artery. Dr. Sawhney and his colleagues have been treating renal artery stenosis by using balloon and stent for over 10 years with the goal of improving renal vascular hypertension and renal insufficiency.

Dr. Sawhney and his associates perform many vascular embolizations and percutaneous ablations of masses, and with his clinical team, they have presented one abstract and written a manuscript describing their results, which has been published. Dr. Sawhney has written 31 articles and 12 abstracts pertaining to his research.

Interventional Radiology

Peripheral endovascular interventions, vascular access, interventional oncology

Professional Interests:
Angiography, angioplasty, stents, stent-grafts, liver, neoplasms

Education and Training:
• Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
• Internship: Harbor University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center
• Residency: Hartford Hospital, Hartford - Radiology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Diego Medical Center - Vascular Radiology
• Medical License, California
• American Board of Radiology
• Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, American Board of Radiology
• California X-Ray Supervisor and Operator Certificate


M.D., 1989 - School of Medicine, University of Connecticut
Residency, - Radiology, University of California, San Francisco

Honors and Awards

Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching, University of California, San Francisco, 2006
Outstanding Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2005
Special Contribution Award, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2000


Schwab ME, Decker HC, Monto A, Sawhney R, Corvera CU. Portal Vein Thrombosis After Transarterial Embolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. JAMA Surg. 2024 Mar 01; 159(3):345-347.
Sujal M. Nanavati, Rajiv Sawhney, Christopher D. Owens. Principles of Diagnostic Angiography. Handbook of Endovascular Peripheral Interventions. 2012 Jan 1; 119-139.
Russell JS, Sawhney R, Monto A, Nanavati S, Davoren JB, Aslam R, Corvera CU. Periprocedural complications by Child-Pugh class in patients undergoing transcatheter arterial embolization or chemoembolization to treat unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma at a VA medical center. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):659-64.
Sawhney R, Allen D, Nanavati S. Kissing balloon-expandable iliac stents complicated by stent fracture. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2008 Oct; 19(10):1519-20.
Sobkin PR, Bloom AI, Wilson MW, LaBerge JM, Hastings GS, Gordon RL, Brody LA, Sawhney R, Kerlan RK. Massive abdominal wall hemorrhage from injury to the inferior epigastric artery: a retrospective review. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2008 Mar; 19(3):327-32.
Chang TT, Sawhney R, Monto A, Davoren JB, Kirkland JG, Stewart L, Corvera CU. Implementation of a multidisciplinary treatment team for hepatocellular cancer at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center improves survival. HPB (Oxford). 2008; 10(6):405-11.
Rapp JH, Wakil L, Sawhney R, Pan XM, Yenari MA, Glastonbury C, Coogan S, Wintermark M. Subclinical embolization after carotid artery stenting: new lesions on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging occur postprocedure. J Vasc Surg. 2007 May; 45(5):867-72; discussion 872-4.
Hiramoto J, Hansen KJ, Pan XM, Edwards MS, Sawhney R, Rapp JH. Atheroemboli during renal artery angioplasty: an ex vivo study. J Vasc Surg. 2005 Jun; 41(6):1026-30.
Judy Yee, Greg Galdino, Joseph Urban, Rajiv Sawhney. Computed Tomographic Angiography of Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Stent-Grafts. Critical Reviews in Computed Tomography. 2004 Jan 1; 45(1):17-65.
Yee J, Galdino G, Urban J, Sawhney R. Computed tomographic angiography of endovascular abdominal aortic stent-grafts. Crit Rev Comput Tomogr. 2004; 45(1):17-65.
Kerlan RK, LaBerge JM, Wilson MW, Gordon RL, Kirkwood K, Sawhney R. SIR 2003 film panel case 5: massive hemorrhage from portal vein disruption. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Jun; 14(6):797-802.
Cherrie Z. Abraham, Linda M. Reilly, Darren B. Schneider, Shelley Dwyer, Rajiv Sawhney, Louis M. Messina, Timothy A. M. Chuter. A Modular Multi-Branched System for Endovascular Repair of Bilateral Common Iliac Artery Aneurysms. Journal of Endovascular Therapy. 2003 Apr 1; 10(2):203-207.
Abraham CZ, Reilly LM, Schneider DB, Dwyer S, Sawhney R, Messina LM, Chuter TA. A modular multi-branched system for endovascular repair of bilateral common iliac artery aneurysms. J Endovasc Ther. 2003 Apr; 10(2):203-7.
Abraham CZ, Chuter TA, Reilly LM, Okuhn SP, Pethan LK, Kerlan RB, Sawhney R, Buck DG, Gordon RL, Messina LM. Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with the Zenith stent graft: short to midterm results. J Vasc Surg. 2002 Aug; 36(2):217-24; discussion 224-5.
Rajiv Sawhney. Lower Extremity Vascular Anatomy. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2002 Feb 1; 13(2):p321.
Sawhney R, Kerlan RK, Wall SD, Chuter TA, Ruiz DE, Canto CJ, LaBerge JM, Reilly LM, Yee J, Wilson MW, Jean-Claude J, Faruqi RM, Gordon RL. Analysis of initial CT findings after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Radiology. 2001 Jul; 220(1):157-60.
Chuter TA, Faruqi RM, Sawhney R, Reilly LM, Kerlan RB, Canto CJ, Lukaszewicz GC, Laberge JM, Wilson MW, Gordon RL, Wall SD, Rapp J, Messina LM. Endoleak after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Vasc Surg. 2001 Jul; 34(1):98-105.
Rajiv Sawhney, Timothy A. M. Chuter, Susan D. Wall, Linda M. Reilly, Robert K. Kerlan, Catherine J. Canto, Jessie Jean-Claude, Rishad M. Faruqi. Aortic Stent-Grafts in Patients With Renal Transplants. Journal of Endovascular Therapy. 2000 Aug 1; 7(4):286-291.
Sawhney R, Chuter TA, Wall SD, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, Canto CJ, Jean-Claude J, Faruqi RM. Aortic stent-grafts in patients with renal transplants. J Endovasc Ther. 2000 Aug; 7(4):286-91.
Chuter TA, Lukaszewicz GC, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, Faruqi R, Sawhney R, Wall SD, Canto C, LaBerge JM, Gordon RL, Messina LM. Endovascular repair of a presumed aortoenteric fistula: late failure due to recurrent infection. J Endovasc Ther. 2000 Jun; 7(3):240-4.
Sawhney R, LaBerge JM, Gordon RL. SCVIR Annual Meeting Film Panel Session: diagnosis and discussion of case 8. Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2000 May; 11(5):661-7.
Chuter TA, Reilly LM, Faruqi RM, Kerlan RB, Sawhney R, Canto CJ, LaBerge JM, Wilson MW, Gordon RL, Wall SD, Rapp J, Messina LM. Endovascular aneurysm repair in high-risk patients. J Vasc Surg. 2000 Jan; 31(1 Pt 1):122-33.
LaBerge JM, Sawhney R, Wall SD, Chuter TA, Canto CJ, Wilson MW, Kerlan RK, Gordon RL. Retrograde catheterization of the inferior mesenteric artery to treat endoleaks: anatomic and technical considerations. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2000 Jan; 11(1):55-9.
Rishad M. Faruqi, Timothy A. M. Chuter, Linda M. Reilly, Rajiv Sawhney, Susan Wall, Catherine Canto, Louis M. Messina. Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Using a Pararenal Fenestrated Stent-Graft. Journal of Endovascular Therapy. 1999 Nov 1; 6(4):354-358.
Faruqi RM, Chuter TA, Reilly LM, Sawhney R, Wall S, Canto C, Messina LM. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm using a pararenal fenestrated stent-graft. J Endovasc Surg. 1999 Nov; 6(4):354-8.
Chuter TA, Faruqi RM, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, Sawhney R, Wall SD, Canto K, Gordon RL, Messina LM. Aortomonoiliac endovascular grafting combined with femorofemoral bypass: an acceptable compromise or a preferred solution? Semin Vasc Surg. 1999 Sep; 12(3):176-81.
Chuter TA, Gordon RL, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, Sawhney R, Jean-Claude J, Canto CJ, LaBerge JM, Ring EJ, Wall SD, Messina LM. Abdominal aortic aneurysm in high-risk patients: short- to intermediate-term results of endovascular repair. Radiology. 1999 Feb; 210(2):361-5.
S. D. Wall, Rajiv Sawhney. Emergency transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Emergency Radiology. 1999 Feb 1; 6(1):3-9.
Sawhney R. Arm ports provide long-term central venous access. Diagn Imaging (San Franc). 1998 Oct; 20(10):59-61.
Chuter TA, Reilly LM, Kerlan RK, Sawhney R, Canto CJ, Ring EJ, Messina LM. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm: getting out of trouble. Cardiovasc Surg. 1998 Jun; 6(3):232-9.
Rajiv Sawhney, Susan D. Wall. TIPS complications. Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 1998 Jun 1; 1(2):80-85.
Wall SD, Howe JM, Sawhney R. Human immunodeficiency virus infection and hepatitis: biosafety in radiology. Radiology. 1997 Dec; 205(3):619-28.
Sawhney R, Sasso CM, Leech K, Wall SD. Embolization of a lacerated artery after percutaneous drainage of a pelvic abscess. J Vasc Nurs. 1997 Sep; 15(3):104-6.
Sawhney R, Wall SD, Yee J, Hayward I. Hepatic infarction: unusual complication of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 1997 Jan-Feb; 8(1 Pt 1):129-32.