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Dusan Pavčnik, M.D., PhD

E-mail: pavcnikd@ohsu.edu Phone Number: (503) 494-3669

A research professor of interventional radiology at the Institute since 1995, Dr. Dusan Pavčnik was awarded the Josef Rösch Chair of Interventional Radiology Research in January 2000. Pavčnik has done an outstanding job in this position. He is recognized as a top researcher in interventional radiology both in the U.S and Europe. Pavčnik was recently awarded an NIH R01 grant to investigate modified surfaces to capture endothelial progenitor cells for venous applications. Additionally, Pavčnik is a consultant on several R21 NIH grants. He has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers and book chapters since 1995. He has obtained 14 United States patents and filed for l four additional patents.

Currently, Pavčnik is Professor and Director of Research. He has contributed to a wide variety of important interventional procedures and devices. His current work involves developing and testing of his bioprosthetic device - Biodisk - for occlusion of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects. He also performs research on the Square stent based bioprosthetic venous valve and permanent vascular occluder. His research seeks to improve the long-term functionality of bioprosthetic venous valves that are used to treat chronic deep venous insufficiency. His goal with in vivo endothelialization of venous valves is to reduce intimal hyperplasia.

Born in Slovenia, Pavčnik received his medical degree in 1973 from the University of Ljubljana. After finishing a residency in radiology in 1980, he qualified as a Rentgenology specialist. Pavčnik served as the chief radiologist in the Department of Rentgenology at the General Hospital Nova Gorica until 1982, when he passed his ECFMG examination and was elected president of the Slovenian Association of Radiology. He was appointed assistant professor to the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine in 1983. In 1988, he received his Ph.D. and was named a professor of radiology at the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine in 1993.

In 1985, Pavčnik completed a fellowship with the Department of Radiology at Harvard Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In addition, he was a recipient of the Gianturco Research Fellowship in 1990-1991.

Pavčnik has been an active member of the interventional community, serving as a lexicographer for the Slovenian Medical Dictionary and editor of the journal Radiologia Iugoslavica (1983-1991). He has also been a reviewer for the CVIR, the JVIR, the Journal of Radiology and Oncology and the Circulation. In 1992, Pavčnik became a fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe and the Society of Interventional Radiology in 2001. He is also active on editorial boards of Radiology and Oncology, Zdravniski Vestnik and Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology since 2007. Pavčnik scientific exhibits have won numerous awards at national and international meetings.

In his spare time, Pavčnik enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, their husbands and grandchildren. He also enjoys running, skiing, hiking and hunting for mushrooms.