Division of Interventional Neuroradiology

Fernando Viñuela, M.D., UCLA Medical Center, Director, Interventional Neuroradiology, UCLA Medical Center

Fernando Viñuela, M.D.


Professor of Radiology,
Professor Emeritus, Interventional Neuroradiology Division
Department of Radiological Sciences
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, California 90095
Tel: 310-267-8761
       310-267-8762


Fernando Viñuela, M.D.

Biography:

Education
Medical Degree
1970  University of Montevideo,
Montevideo, Uruguay

Medical Internship
1970  Internship in OR, Surgery, Pediatrics, OB-Gynecology,
University of Montevideo Medical Center, Montevideo, Uruguay

1971-1974  in Diagnostic Radiology,
University Hospital, Montevideo, Uruguay

Radiology Residency
1974-1978  Residency in Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Neuropathology,
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Fellowship
1978-1979  Fellowship in Neuroradiology,
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada


Medical Board Certifications/Licenses
California
 
Canada


Hospital Affiliations
1987-Present  Director, Intreventional Neuroradiology Division,
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

1987-Present  Co-founder, UCLA Clinic of Neurovascular Diseases,
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

1987-Present  Director of Rigler Research Center


Academic Appointments
1979-1980  Instructor of Neuroradiology, University of Pittsburgh, PA

1980-1984  Assistant Professor in the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine,
Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, and Neuroradiology,
University Hospital and University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

1984 -1986  Associate Professor in the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine,
Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, and Neuroradiology,
University Hospital and University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

1986-Present  Professor of Radiological Sciences,
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


Memberships in Professional Organizations
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (Senior Member)
  • American College of Radiology
  • Los Angeles Radiological Society
  • Sociedad Ibero-Latinoamericana de NeuroradiologÝa Diagnˇstica y TerapÚutica (Founding Member and Vice President)
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • The Canadian Association of Radiologists
  • Italian Society of Neurosurgery (Foreign correspondent)
  • French Society of Neuroradiology
  • Canadian Neurosurgical Society (Associate Member)
  • Argentinean Society of Neuroscience (Corresponding Member)
  • Uruguayan Society of Neurosciences (Honorary Member)
  • The Western Neuroradiological Society (Senior Member)
  • World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (Founding Member)
  • American Society of Interventional Neuroradiology (Founding Member and President)
  • California Hispanic American Medical Association

Awards
  • Cum Laude Citation, The American Society of Neuroradiology

Editorial Boards
  • Reviewer, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, American Journal of Radiology, and Stroke

Professional Organization Committees
  • Radiological Sciences Department at UCLA - Executive Policy Committee
  • UCLA Grand Rounds Committee
  • Ibero-Latin-American Society of Neuroradiology - Past President
  • The American Society of Neuroradiology - Executive Committee - Intersociety Liaison
  • Committee - Interventional Neuroradiology Committee
  • Interventional Neuroradiology Subcommittee on Training and Standards
  • World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology - Past President
  • American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology - Past President
  • Advanced Radiological Foundation at UCLA - President
  • The James T. Case Foundation - Past President

Research Projects/Interests
 

Dr. Vi˝uela has had a distinguished 20 years career in neuroradiology. He helped develop the hyperselective balloon embolization with a new latex calibrated balloon for use in intracranial and extracranial circulation. He has researched the use of multiple embolic materials in intracranial lesions, the morphological and hemodynamic computer analysis of arteriovenous malformations, and the changes in blood flow, pressure and resistance after intravascular occlusions. He and his colleagues researched and helped develop the use of platinum detachable coils and electrothrombosis in the endovascular/endosaccular occlusion of intracranial aneurysms. His current current research involves ion implantation of GDC coils.

Dr. Vi˝uela has contributed sixteen chapters to books, and published more than 200 scientific articles related to arteriovenous malformations, endovascular therapy, therapeutic embolization and interventional neuroradiology, over 220 abstracts, as well as 14 chapters and three books. He has been invited to over 250 lectures all over the world from Europe, Latin America to Asia.

Besides being a member of many national and international academic and professional societies in medicine and neuroradiology, he is also one of the founding members of the Ibero Latin-American Society of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (SILAN), the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (WFITN) and the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (ASITN) and is presently the President of all three societies.


Selected Publications
  1. Vi˝uela F, Debrun G, Fox AJ, Drake CG, Girvin JP, Peerless SJ: Therapeutic embolization of 50 cases of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Neuroradiology 22:273; 1982.

  2. Vi˝uela F, Fox AJ, Debrun G, Drake CG, Peerless SJ, Girvin JP: Therapeutic transfemoral and intraoperative embolization of 54 large arteriovenous malformations of the brain with isobutyl-2 cyanoacrylate. Can J Neurol Sci 9, 2(5):279; 1982.

  3. Vi˝uela F, Fox AJ, Debrun GM, Peerless SJ, Drake CG: Spontaneous carotid-cavernous fistulas: Clinical, radiological, and therapeutic considerations. Experience in 20 cases. J Neurosurg 60(5):967-84; 1984.

  4. Vi˝uela F, Dion J, Duckwiler G, Jordan M, Bentson J: Impact of present technology on intravascular treatment of brain arteriovenous malformations and fistulas. AJNR January/February (11) 1:219-220; 1990.

  5. Vi˝uela F, Dion J, Duckwiler G, Martin N, Lylyk P, Fox A, Pelz D, Drake CC, Girvin J, Debrun G: Combined endovascular embolization and surgery in brain AVMs: Experience with 101 cases. J Neurosurg 75:856-864; December 1991.

  6. Vi˝uela F, Duckwiler G, Mawad M. Guglielmi detachable coil embolization of acute intracranial aneurysm: perioperative anatomical and clinical outcome in 403 patients. J Neurosurg 86:476-482, 1997.

  7. Murayama Y, Vi˝uela F, Suzuki Y, Massoud TF, Gugliemi G, Iwaki M, Kamio M, Abe T. Ion implantation modified the surface of GDCs: An experimental study in swine aneurysms. Interventional Neuroradiology Vol. 3 No. 2:156-161, November 1997.

  8. Mena F, Vi˝uela F, Duckwiler G, Gobin YP, Murayama Y, Guglielmi G. Pitfalls of GDC Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysm. Interventional Neuroradiology 4:231-240, 1998.

  9. Vi˝uela F, Duckwiler G, Gobin YP, Guglielmi G. Contribution of Guglielmi Detachable Coil Technique in the Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms. Neurologia Medico-chirurgica, Supplement (Tokyo), Vol. 38, 1998.

  10. Murayama, Y, Vi˝uela F, Tateshima S, Vi˝uela Jr. F, Akiba Y. Endovascular Treatment of Experimental Aneurysms by Use of a Combination of Liquid Embolic Agents and Protective Devices. AJNR 21:1726-1735, October 2000.

  11. Murayama Y, Vi˝uela F, Tateshima S, Song JK, Gonzalez NR, Wallace MP. Bioabsorbable polymeric material coils for embolization of intracranial aneurysms: a preliminary experimental study. J Neurosurg 94:454-463, 2001.

  12. Song JK, Vi˝uela F, Gobin YP, Duckwiler GR, Murayama Y, Kureshi I, Frazee JG, Martin NA. Surgical and endovascular treatment of spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas: long-term disability assessment and prognostic factors. J Neurosurg (Spine 2) 94: 199-204, 2001.

  13. Murayama Y, Vi˝uela F, Tateshima S, Gonzalez NR, Song JK, Mahdavieh H, Iruela-Arispe L. Cellular Responses of Bioabsorbable Polymeric Material and Guglielmi Detachable Coil in Experimental Aneurysms. Stroke Volume 33, Number 4, April 2002.

  14. Tateshima S, Vi˝uela F, Villablanca JP, Murayama Y, Morino T, Nomura K, Tanishita K. Three-dimensional blood flow analysis in a wide-necked internal carotid artery-ophthalmic artery aneurysm. J Neurosur 99:526-533. September 2003.

  15. Ishii A, Vi˝uela F, Murayama Y, Auki I, Nien YL, Yeh DT, Vinters HV. Swine Model of Carotid Artery Stherosclerosis: Experimental Induction by Surgical partial Ligation and Dietary Hypercholesterolemia. Am J Neuroradiol 27:1893-99. October 2006.

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