The Division of Interventional Radiology has welcomed a new leader. Sanjeeva Kalva, MD, had his first day as chief of the division on Oct. 18, however this is not his first time on the MGH campus.

Kalva was a clinical fellow in the division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the MGH from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he completed a research fellowship in the division of Abdominal Imaging and Intervention from 2003 to 2004.

“I always enjoyed working at MGH,” says Kalva. “It is where people are always helping each other, always forward thinking and pushing the boundaries of medicine. It’s where the things happen. We spread knowledge across the world and people learn from us. That’s why I wanted to be back here.”

For the past five years, Kalva was working as chief of Interventional Radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A year ago, Kalva received a call from James Brink, MD, MGH radiologist-in-chief, asking if he was interested in returning to the MGH.

Timing was perfect, as Kalva was looking for a new leadership role.

“I was honored to get Dr. Brink’s call and immediately applied for the position,” says Kalva. “I was thrilled to come back. This is the only place I knew after moving to the United States. I feel at home here.”

Originally from India, Kalva earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine degrees from Kurnool Medical College in India in 1993. Kalva then had an internship in medicine and surgery from 1994 until 1995 at Government General Hospital, Kurnool, India, and completed his radiology residency from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India.

At the MGH, Kalva’s first order of business is to open the new Waltham Interventional Radiology Center. Although the MGH has several imaging centers across Massachusetts, this will be the first off-campus interventional radiology procedural lab in the MGH’s history.

“We hope that this center will be able to cater to populations that live closer to Waltham and decrease wait time for patients that are going to the main campus for procedures,” says Kalva. “The center has been in the works for the last five years, so the credit for its opening goes to the people who have put in all the hard work in making it happen.”

The center is slated to open in the new year and is a collaborative effort between the divisions of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Interventional Radiology. The center will offer several procedures, including placement of venous access ports and changing of catheters.

Kalva says future goals for the division include bringing more focus to the patient experience, increasing availability of services, building disease centric clinical services and research collaboration with other services. Given his passion for global health, Kalva also plans to share his expertise and knowledge of interventional radiology in his home country.

“One of my passions is to expand interventional radiology across the world,” Kalva says. “I want to train people and teach them how to do procedures. My hope is to help Indian and other developing communities in creating an infrastructure and teaching them at national meetings as well.” 

This article was originally published in the 11/16/18 Hotline issue.