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Nabeel M. Akhter, MBBS

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Administrative Title:

Vascular & Interventional Fellowship Director

Additional Title:

Assistant Professor of Vascular & Interventional Radiology Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Director of Interventional Oncology Program Director of Interventional Radiology Residency


22 S. Greene St Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-9309 (667) 214-1576

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 328-8162 (410) 328-7490


(410) 328-3168

Education and Training

Medical Education

King Edward Medical University. Lahore, Pakistan. 10 / 1993 - 05 / 1999                        

Degree: M.B.B.S.

Post Graduate Education and Training

07/1999 – 12/2000                       Surgical Unit 1, Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Surgeon


01/2000 – 06/2000                       West Medical Ward, Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Officer


07/2000 – 07/2000                       Anklessaria Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Officer


08/2000 – 01/2001                       Plastic Surgery and General Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Surgeon


02/2001 – 07/2001                       Hamdard University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Surgeon

08/2001 – 10/2001                       Dow Medical College and Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

                                                                Position: House Surgeon


11/2001 - 06/2003                        Surgical Research Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Bayview Campus, Baltimore, Maryland
Position: Surgical Research Associate.


07/2003 – 06/2005                       Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Position:  Surgery Resident


07/2005 – 06/2006                        Jackson Health System/University of Miami, Florida

Position: Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellow.


07/2006 – 06/2007                        Jackson Health System/University of Miami and Veterans Affair Hospital, Miami, Florida

Position: Abdominal Imaging Fellow.


07/2007 – 06/2011                        Jackson Health System/University of Miami, Florida

Position: Radiology Resident.


07/2011 – 06/2012                       University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Position: Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellow


09/2012 – Present         University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

                      Position: Assistant Professor Vascular and Interventional                                              



07/2016 – Present         University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

                      Position: Director of Interventional Oncology

07/2016 - 06/2019            University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltiumore, Maryland

                                Position:  Assistant Program Director of VIR feelowship and IR residency

07/ 2019 - Present                       University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Marylan

                                Position:  Program Director of IR Residency


After finishing medical education, Dr. Akhter started training in surgery. He did research in the surgical research lab at Johns Hopkins University with emphasis in wound healing and esophageal reflux before moving to New York for residency. While there he developed an interest in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Akhter pursued a fellowship in interventional radiology and then did a fellowship in body imaging before completing radiology residency in Miami. He then moved back to Baltimore and did a fellowship at University of Maryland with emphasis on interventional oncology before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor. He became Director of Interventional Oncology and assistant program director for VIR fellowship and IR residency in 2016. He became Program Director of VIR fellowship and Integrated and Independent IR Residency in 2019.


Presently, his practice includes all facets of interventional oncology including TACE, TARE, percutaneous thermal and IRE ablative techniques as well as other IR procedures including TIPS, hepatobiliary interventions, UFE's and transradial access for elective and emergent endovascular procedures.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Interventional Oncology. Percutaneous Thermal Ablation. IRE, TIPS, TACE, TARE, UFE, Transradial access.

Highlighted Publications

Akhter N, Haskal ZJ. Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Varices, Gastrointestinal Intervention, Publication Date: 12 / 2012, Volume: 1, Issue 1, Pages: 3 – 10,

Alexander Y, Kim, Shelby Frantz, Nabeel Akhter, Jian Zhang;. Radioembolization with yttrium-90 resin microspheres for liver metastases of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: A retrospective multicenter analysis. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Publication Date: 08/2017,

Shahed Badiyan, Neha Bhooshan, Michael D. Chuong, Navesh Sharma, Nabeel Akhter, Vahid Etezadi, Petr Hausner, Svetlana Kudryasheva, Adeel Kaiser, Stewart Becker, Mariana Guerrero, Byong Yong Yi. Correlation of radiation dose and activity with clinical outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer after selective internal radiation therapy using yttrium-90 microspheres. Nuclear Medicine Communications, Publication Date: 10/2018, Volume:39. Issue 10, Pages 915-920, PMID:30124600

Alexander Kim, Shelby Frantz, Jayson Brower, Nabeel Akhter, Radioembolization with Yttrium-90 Microspheres for Treating Liver Metastases of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: A Multicenter Analysis. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Publication Date: 03/2019, Volume: 30, Issue 3, Pages 298 – 304. PMID:30819469

James Dent, David Dreizin, Nabeel Akhter, Yuanyuan Liang. Diagnostic value of CT Contrast Extravasation for major arterial injury after pelvic fracture: a meta-analysis of 3855 patients. Accepted for publication at American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 11/2019


Additional Publication Citations


Akhter N, Alberola RL & Saigal G. Multimodality Imaging Findings of Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy using Conventional & Modern Techniques.


     American Roentgen Ray Society, Oral Presentation, Boston, Massachusetts.     Date: 04/27/2009

 Akhter N, Haskal Z. Extreme Embolization Cases from the Beyond.

Jian Zhang, Nabeel Akhter. Transradial versus transfemoral arterial access in Yittrium-90 microspheres radioembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma

Global Embolization Symposium & Technologies, New York, New York.     Date: 05/06/2012

Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology, Florida     Date: 02/04/2017

Brandon Chen, Abdulla Al Khalifah, Nabeel Akhter. Transcatheter embolization for upper GI bleed: Outcomes of empiric vs selective embolization.Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.     Date: 03/26/2019

Brown D, Akhter N et al. Incidence and Risk Factors for Sustained Hepatic Function Toxicity 6 Months after Y90 Radioembolization: Interim Analysis of the Radiation-Emitting SIR-spheres In Non-resectable liver tumor (RESIN) registry. Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington     Date: 03/30/2020


Grand Rounds

Role of Y 90 Radioembolization in Oncology

Radioembolization with Y 90 Glass beads in pre surgical setting.

Interventional Oncology: The other IO



Research Interests

QED study.

UV catheter study.

TheraSphere HDE for treatment of unresectable HCC

RESIN registry

Surefire Precision Infusion System HCC Registry


Clinical Specialty Details

As Director of Interventional Oncology I have particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive cancer therapy including but not limited to:

Percutaneous Ablation of liver, kidney, lung, pancreas, prostate, bone and soft tissue tumors

Microwave ablation


Radiofrequency ablation

Irreversible electroporation (IRE/Nanoknife)

Ethanol ablation

Fiducial marker placement

Endovascular Cancer therapy e.g.

Transarterial bland embolization (TAE)

Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)

Transarterial radioembolization (Y 90 TARE)

Portal vein embolization

Diagnosis, therapy, pain management (nerve block) and palliation

Another area of interest and expertise is in hepato-biliary interventions including but not limited to:

Trans-jugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt creation and revision (TIPS)

Balloon occluded/assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO, BATO, PATO)

Trans-jugular liver biopsy

Trans-splenic and/or trans-mesenteric portal vein recanalization

Pre and Post liver transplant arterial and venous interventions

Other Vascular and Interventional Radiological Procedures e.g.

Men’s health including but not limited to:

Prostate artery embolization

Varicocele Embolization

Women’s health including but not limited to:

Uterine artery embolization

Pelvic vein congestion syndrome therapy

Fallopian tube recanalization

Gastro-enteric interventions and feeding tubes

Percutaneous trans-hepatic cholangiograms, stents, stone removal and cholecystostomy tubes

Genitourinary interventions, nephrostomy and nephro-ureteral tubes and stents

Musculoskeletal interventions, biopsy, ablation, cementoplasty, vertebro/kyphoplasty

Venous interventions, tunneled, non-tunneled lines and mediports

Venous stenting and sclerotherapy

Parathyroid, adrenal and renal vein sampling

Hemodialysis intervention, fistulogram, venoplasty and stenting

Inferior Venacava filter placement and routine or advanced IVC filter and foreign body removal

Superior and inferior venacava recanalization and reconstruction

Pulmonary and other arterial/venous thrombo-embolectomy and thrombolysis

Arteriography, venography, angioplasty and stenting

Trauma and acute arterial and venous hemorrhage embolization and intervention

Pediatric interventions

Trans-radial, trans-femoral and other arterial and venous accesses etc

Fellowship and expertise in body imaging

Awards and Affiliations

2009 - Present Member of Society of Interventional Radiology

Community Service

Skipper, Kayak instructor and Able body for Shake A Leg