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Dotter Interventional Institute

C.T. Dotter

Charles Dotter in the mid-seventies

Charles T. Dotter, MD, the father of interventional radiology, was chairman of the School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Oregon Health Sciences University for 33 years, from 1952 until his death in 1985. Beginning with his early work at Cornell University, his creativity, imaginative mind, innovative spirit, technical skill and unbounded energy were focused on the advancement of cardiovascular radiology. Intravascular balloon catheters, flow-guided catheters, safety J-tipped guide wires and the transvascular biopsy catheter were among the devices and techniques he developed in his early years.

Dr. Dotter's greatest impact on radiology, however, was his conception, exploration and introduction of interventional radiologic techniques. Traveling far beyond the realm of diagnostic imaging, Dr. Dotter pioneered traditional vascular radiology into the new and limitless field of interventional radiology, providing an alternative to surgery for the treatment of many pathologic conditions and diseases.

Dr. Dotter's introduction of transluminal angioplasty in 1964 was followed by other innovative techniques which widely expanded the field of interventional radiology. These techniques included retrieval of intravascular foreign bodies, use of tissue adhesive for therapeutic vascular occlusion, local fibrinolysis and the use of intravascular coils, an idea that was the forerunner of expandable stents.

For his work and achievements that guided radiologists into a new area of nonsurgical treatment, Dr. Dotter was honored with numerous awards and honorary memberships. He received gold medals from the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the Chicago Medical Society and the Chicago Radiological Society. In 1978, he was nominated for the Nobel prize in Medicine by the editor of the Year Book of Medical Publishers.

In 1990 the Oregon Health & Science University established an interventional Institute in honor of Dr. Charles T. Dotter. Its members have made a commitment to work in his imaginative and innovative traditions.