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Dotter Interventional Institute


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Kenneth J. Kolbeck, M.D., PhD

E-mail: kolbeckk@ohsu.edu Phone Number: (503) 494-7660

Dr. Kenneth J. Kolbeck, associate professor, joined the Dotter Institute in August 2006. Undergraduate education took him from home in South Dakota to the University of New Mexico where he received a BS in Chemistry and Biology in 1991. A developing interest in biomedical research lead Kolbeck to the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a PhD (1999) in Physical Chemistry for his research involving "Biomedical Applications of Protein Microspheres." This work investigated targeted delivery of drugs and imaging agents with protein microspheres measuring 1-10 microns in diameter. Kolbeck obtained his MD in 2000 before heading to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire for a general surgery internship. Moving to Philadelphia, Kolbeck completed his radiology residency (2005) and interventional radiology fellowship (2006) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the recipient of the Roentgen Ray Radiology Resident/Fellow Research Award (2005) and designated the Constantine Cope-Cook Interventional Radiology Fellow (2005-6).

Kolbeck is interested in interventional oncology and the development of intravascular/percutaneous therapies for regional control of malignancy. He recently developed in vitro models for evaluating air emboli and retrieving optional IVC filters with a retained clot burden. The goal of these models is to optimize procedures for patient care to reduce the risk of air emboli during central venous access and pulmonary emboli during retrieval of optional IVC filters, respectively. Other interests include percutaneous and endovascular treatments of endoleaks, fibroid and varicocele embolization, as well as non-invasive vascular imaging using both magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and computed tomography angiography (CTA).

Outside of the hospital, Kolbeck enjoys many outdoor activities including backpacking, hiking, fishing, and archery. He and his wife are looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.