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Cherng H. Chao, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Education and Training

  • Education: University of California, San Diego Medical School
  • Internship: University of California, San Diego Medical Center
  • Residency: University of California, San Diego Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Board Certifications: Diagnostic Radiology; CAQ Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Biosketch

Dr. Chao is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center. He specializes in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, particularly Interventional Oncology, treating liver, kidney and lung cancer with the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Chao believes in a multidisciplinary approach, working in concert with oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and other specialists to provide the best patient care.  Dr. Chao says he performs “procedures in the least invasive fashion possible by using needles, wires and tubes that are often the size of the tip of a pen.”  He can accurately and precisely perform these procedures by using image guidance (“x-ray,” ultrasound, CT).  He treats cancers by burning/freezing them and/or blocking their blood supply.

Dr. Chao has presented his work at national and international meetings. His research is focused on the enhancing image-guided procedures.  For example, he was worked on improving biopsy results using optical spectroscopy; enabling real-time visualization and increasing the dose delivery during radio-embolization procedure; and developing a touchless interface for intra-operative image manipulation.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Tumor ablation and embolization; Radio-embolization of liver tumors; complex IVC filter retrieval

Clinical Specialty Details

Tumor ablation and embolization; Radio-embolization of liver tumors; complex IVC filter retrieval