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Josef Rösch, M.D.

E-mail: roschj@ohsu.edu Phone Number: (503) 494-3910

For the past 20 years, Dr. Josef Rösch, professor of Interventional Radiology at OHSU, has helped build the Dotter Institute into an internationally recognized center for interventional radiology. He was the founding director of the Institute and served as its administrative head for the first three years. In 1993, Rösch became director of Research, and after retiring from clinical practice in 1995, he concentrated on research and special projects, particularly tele-education and the mentoring of young staff members. In 2008, Rösch passed the Research Directorship to Dušan Pavcnik, MD, PhD and is helping now in planning new research and preparing research results for publication.

Rösch’s award-winning research work spans more than 50 years, and covers a wide range of vascular and interventional radiology. Two notable achievements include the development of the TIPS technique in 1969 and the introduction of embolization into the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding in 1971. Among his numerous research projects, Rösch continued to work on developing new techniques and devices for interventional treatment. He also embarked upon a new, adventurous project — the use of high technology to educate and train interventional radiologists. Together with an enthusiastic team, he has put the Dotter Interventional Institute on the Internet and has been exploring video teleconferencing tools.

Rösch actively serves in the interventional professional community; he was international chair for 8 consecutive International Workshops on Interventional Radiology in Prague, from 1994 to 2002. In 1993, he was chair of the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society annual meeting and was president of that society in 1995. He was also chair for the 7th International Conference for the Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy in 1995.

A native of the Czech Republic, Rösch received his medical degree from Charles University in 1950. In 1967, after 16 years of work in radiology and angiography in Prague, he moved to the United States and has spent most of his professional career (40 years) at OHSU.

Rösch has published more than 470 scientific papers, several book chapters and two monographs. He has authored and co-authored 27 scientific exhibits, 12 teaching movies and videos, and 3 CD-ROMs. He has also been a co-editor of two books: Vascular Diagnostics and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt.

Rösch received multiple awards during his 20 years at the Institute, including gold medals from SCVIR, Japanese Society of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, European Radiological Congress and Western Angiographic and Interventional Society; the Interventional Radiology Lifetime Achievement Award from Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Society of Europe, the Radiological Society of the Czech Republic and from the International Symposium  on Endovascular Therapy; 600 Year Anniversary Medal of Charles University in Prague, the AHA Scientific Council Distinguished Achievement Award, the AHA Distinguished Scientist Award, and the Leaders in Innovation Award from the Interventional Radiology Foundation. The eponymous "Josef Rösch Lecture" was established at the annual meetings of the Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Society of Europe and the Czech Society of Interventional Radiology. He also has been honored with the endowed "Josef Rösch Chair of Interventional Radiology Research" at OHSU.