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


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.
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.
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.