• Ahmed Kamel Abdel Aal, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. completed medical school at University of Cairo, Egypt, where he continued with a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and also completed his Masters of Science in Diagnostic Radiology. He then became a faculty member for two and a half years at University of Cairo, Egypt, in which time he began pursuing his Ph.D. Dr. Abdel Aal then he joined the UAB Interventional Radiology fellowship program followed by a Neuroradiology fellowship. Following his UAB fellowships, he became staff radiologist at the Birmingham VA in October of 2007. Dr. Abdel Aal joined the Interventional Radiology faculty at UAB in October 2010. Dr. Abdel Aal also completed his Ph.D. in Diagnostic Radiology shortly after joining UAB.

    Dr. Abdel Aal currently serves as Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UAB and Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center and Medical Director of the Vascular Access Service. His areas of clinical interest are oncologic interventions, arterial interventions, spine interventions, DVT management and varicoceles embolization.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Survival and Toxicities after 90Y Transarterial Radioembolization of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer in the RESIN RegistryRadiology.  305:228-236. 2022
    2022 Devices and Techniques for Percutaneous Creation of Dialysis Arteriovenous FistulasSeminars in Interventional Radiology.  39:66-74. 2022
    2021 Endovascular Management of Pelvic TraumaSeminars in Interventional Radiology.  38:123-130. 2021
    2020 Society of Interventional Radiology Position Statement on the Role of Percutaneous Ablation in Renal Cell Carcinoma: Endorsed by the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology and the Society of Interventional Oncology 2020
    2020 Comparative Study on the Outcomes of Elective-Start versus Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement.Radiology Research and Practice.  2020:3751827. 2020
    2020 Effect of a dedicated inferior vena cava filter retrieval program on retrieval rates and number of patients lost to follow-up 2020
    2019 Creating and maintaining optimal peritoneal dialysis access in the adult patient: 2019 updateAdvances in peritoneal dialysis. Conference on Peritoneal Dialysis.  39:414-436. 2019
    2019 Novel treatment of a totally occluded venous outflow tract of an arteriovenous graft 2019
    2019 Psoas Muscle Density in Combination with Model for End-Stage Liver Disease Score Can Improve Survival Predictability in Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts 2019
    2019 Bowel penetration by inferior vena cava filters: Feasibility and safety of percutaneous retrievalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  213:1152-1156. 2019
    2019 Infection of small-bore tunneled central venous cathetersAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  213:458-463. 2019
    2019 Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement: Comparative Study between Percutaneous Image-Guided versus Laparoscopic TechniquesThe Arab Journal of Interventional Radiology.  3:03-08. 2019
    2018 An analysis of potential predictors of tunneled hemodialysis catheter infection or dysfunction 2018
    2018 Persistent Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations: Percutaneous EmbolotherapyCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  47:428-436. 2018
    2018 Novel treatment of a totally occluded venous outflow tract of an arteriovenous graft. 2018
    2018 Outcomes of fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided placement versus laparoscopic placement of peritoneal dialysis cathetersClinical Kidney Journal.  11:549-554. 2018
    2018 Approaches for safe transarterial chemoembolization of multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma with retrograde flow in a retroportal arteryRadiology Case Reports.  13:171-174. 2018
    2018 Hepatocellular carcinoma: Diagnosis, treatment algorithms, and imaging appearance after transarterial chemoembolizationJournal of clinical and translational hepatology.  6:175-188. 2018
    2017 Embolization of congenital intercostobronchial trunk-pulmonary artery fistula using Amplatzer vascular plugsRadiology Case Reports.  12:780-785. 2017
    2017 Percutaneous embolization of cystic duct stump leak following failed endoscopic managementRadiology Case Reports.  12:786-789. 2017
    2017 Percutaneous Treatment of Iatrogenic and Traumatic Injury of the Biliary SystemCurrent trauma reports.  3:196-206. 2017
    2017 A SEER Database Analysis of the Survival Advantage of Transarterial Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: An Underutilized Therapy 2017
    2017 Chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma with extrahepatic collateral blood supply: Anatomic and technical considerations 2017
    2017 Current guidelines for chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma. Room for improvement?Hepatology Communications.  1:338-346. 2017
    2017 Does the type and size of Amplatzer vascular plug affect the occlusion time of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations? 2017
    2016 A Prospective, Randomized Study of an Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Stent Graft versus Balloon Angioplasty for In-Stent Restenosis in Arteriovenous Grafts and Fistulae: Two-Year Results of the RESCUE Study. 2016
    2016 Analysis of the Final DENALI Trial Data: A Prospective, Multicenter Study of the Denali Inferior Vena Cava Filter 2016
    2016 Percutaneous transhepatic embolization of bleeding rectal varices using a new embolic and sclerotic mixture augmented by amplatzer vascular plug 2Journal of Radiology Case Reports.  10:44-51. 2016
    2016 Persistence of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after successful embolotherapy with Amplatzer vascular plug: Long-term results 2016
    2016 Re: Normal anatomic variations of the superior vena cava 2016
    2016 Treatment of hypersplenism by partial splenic embolization through gastric collateralsJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  10:28-35. 2016
    2016 Application of conventional blood glucose control strategy in surgical ICU in developing countries: Is it beneficial?Egyptian Journal of Anaesthesia.  32:123-129. 2016
    2016 Does the Degree of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Tumor Necrosis following Transarterial Chemoembolization Impact Patient Survival?Journal of Oncology.  2016. 2016
    2015 Incidentally discovered middle mesenteric artery in a renal donorJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  9:15-20. 2015
    2015 Inferior vena cava filter penetration following Whipple surgical procedure causing ureteral injuryJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  9:37-43. 2015
    2015 Comprehensive imaging review of the superior vena cava 2015
    2015 Adjuvant stereotactic body radiotherapy following transarterial chemoembolization in patients with non-resectable hepatocellular carcinoma tumours of ≥3 cm 2015
    2014 Predictors of repeat transarterial chemoembolization in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. 2014
    2014 Endovascular treatment of acute portal vein thrombosis using ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysisVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:460-465. 2014
    2014 Percutaneous embolization of a postnephrectomy arteriovenous fistula with intervening pseudoaneurysm using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug 2Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:516-521. 2014
    2014 The Denali trial: An interim analysis of a prospective, multicenter study of the Denali retrievable inferior vena cava filter 2014
    2014 Percutaneous transcatheter embolization of pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysms causing massive hemoptysis: Two different case scenariosVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:171-175. 2014
    2014 Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement by interventional radiologistsClinical Kidney Journal.  7:1-2. 2014
    2014 Traumatic complex splenic arteriovenous fistula causing prehepatic portal hypertension and variceal bleeding: The importance of the diagnosis for the endovascular treatment approachVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:180-185. 2014
    2014 Best practices consensus protocol for peritoneal dialysis catheter placement by interventional radiologistsAdvances in peritoneal dialysis. Conference on Peritoneal Dialysis.  34:481-493. 2014
    2014 Chemoembolization outcomes for hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic patients with compromised liver function 2014
    2014 Computed tomography predictors of hepatocellular carcinoma tumour necrosis after chemoembolization 2014
    2014 Endovascular treatment of pancreatic allograft transplant arteriovenous fistula using amplatzer vascular plug 2Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.  37:819-824. 2014
    2014 Inferior vena cava filters: Update on placement and retrieval 2014
    2013 Endovascular management of nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal hemorrhageEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  25:755-763. 2013
    2013 Entrapment of guide wire in an inferior vena cava filter: A technique for removalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.  36:558-560. 2013
    2013 Guide wire entrapment in a vena cava filter: Techniques for dislodgementVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  47:115-123. 2013
    2012 Use of cryoablation and osteoplasty reinforced with kirschner wires in the treatment of femoral metastasisCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.  35:1211-1215. 2012
    2012 Unusual appearance and presentation of supratentorial subependymoma in an adult patientJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  6:8-16. 2012
    2012 Innumerable bilateral pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: Percutaneous transcatheter embolization using amplatzer vascular plugVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  46:475-479. 2012
    2012 Transcatheter embolization of extensive left gastric artery collaterals presenting with massive upper gastrointestinal bleedVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  46:480-483. 2012
    2012 Repositioning of surgically placed peritoneovenous shunt catheter by forming "in situ" loop snare: Case report and review of literatureVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  46:70-74. 2012
    2011 Primary Leiomyosarcoma of the Inferior Vena Cava Invading the Right Atrium: A Technique for Intraluminal Biopsy Through a Transvenous ApproachVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  45:743-746. 2011
    2011 Treatment of acute inferior vena cava and iliac vein thrombosis with pharmacomechanical thrombectomy using simultaneously operating "kissing" trellis-8 thrombolysis cathetersJournal of Endovascular Therapy.  18:739-743. 2011
    2011 Embolization of bleeding duodenal ulcer using amplatzer vascular plug II and hydrogel coils: Case reportVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  45:307-310. 2011
    2011 Technique of Peritoneal Catheter Placement under Fluroscopic Guidance.Radiology Research and Practice.  2011:141707. 2011
    2010 Pneumocele of the frontal sinus producing orbital roof defect: case report and review of literature 2010
    2009 Fluoroscopic and sonographic guidance to place peritoneal catheters: How we do itAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  192:1085-1089. 2009
    2009 Occlusion time for amplatzer vascular plug in the management of pulmonary arteriovenous malformationsAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  192:793-799. 2009
    2008 Improved microcatheter technology enhances navigation of tortuous vasculature 2008
    2008 Midline Nasal Masses of Early Childhood: Embryologic Basis 2008
    2008 Vascular lesions of the temporal bone 2008
    2005 A clinicopathological and brain MRI study in Egyptian children with mitochondrial disordersJournal of Pediatric Neurology.  3:207-215. 2005
    2002 Acute scrotal pain: Sonography and color Doppler evaluation.The Medical journal of Cairo University.  70:621-629. 2002


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    2014 Gastrointestinal bleeding: Symptoms, treatment and prognosis 2014
    2014 Preface 2014


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    2017 Fluoroscopic guided percutaneous insertion of peritoneal dialysis catheters.  79-91. 2017
    2017 Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement technique using fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance.  83-96. 2017
    2016 Cryosurgery in renal tumors.  15-42. 2016
    2016 Minimally invasive management of refractory malignant ascites.  63-81. 2016
    2014 Endovascular management of nonvariceal lower gastrointestinal bleeding.  117-144. 2014
    2014 Endovascular management of nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.  97-116. 2014
    2014 Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.  159-204. 2014
    2010 Head Trauma.  53-59. 2010
    2010 Intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations.  46-53. 2010
    2010 Intracranial infections.  77-87. 2010
    2010 Pulmonary angiography and interventions.  682-691. 2010
    2010 Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases of the brain.  37-46. 2010

    Research Overview

  • My research interest is basically in interventional oncology, focusing on outcomes of trans-arterial chemo-embolization (TACE) in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and trans-arterial radio-embolization (TARE) in the treatment of liver metastasis. I also have research interest in hemodialysis interventions, peritoneal dialysis catheter placement, and management of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations.
  • Education And Training

  • University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Internship
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Residency
  • University of Cairo, Cario, Egypt, Residency
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Full Name

  • Ahmed M. Kamel Abdel Aal