• 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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    A SEER Database Analysis of the Survival Advantage of Transarterial Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: An Underutilized Therapy
    A clinicopathological and brain MRI study in Egyptian children with mitochondrial disordersJournal of Pediatric Neurology.  3:207-215.
    Acute scrotal pain: Sonography and color Doppler evaluation.The Medical journal of Cairo University.  70:621-629.
    Adjuvant stereotactic body radiotherapy following transarterial chemoembolization in patients with non-resectable hepatocellular carcinoma tumours of ≥3 cm
    An analysis of potential predictors of tunneled hemodialysis catheter infection or dysfunction
    Analysis of the Final DENALI Trial Data: A Prospective, Multicenter Study of the Denali Inferior Vena Cava Filter
    Approaches for safe transarterial chemoembolization of multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma with retrograde flow in a retroportal artery
    Best practices consensus protocol for peritoneal dialysis catheter placement by interventional radiologistsPeritoneal Dialysis International.  34:481-493.
    Bowel penetration by inferior vena cava filters: Feasibility and safety of percutaneous retrievalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  213:1152-1156.
    Chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma with extrahepatic collateral blood supply: Anatomic and technical considerationsRadiographics.  37:963-977.
    Comparative Study on the Outcomes of Elective-Start versus Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement.Radiology Research and Practice.  2020:3751827.
    Comprehensive imaging review of the superior vena cavaRadiographics.  35:1873-1892.
    Computed tomography predictors of hepatocellular carcinoma tumour necrosis after chemoembolization
    Creating and maintaining optimal peritoneal dialysis access in the adult patient: 2019 updatePeritoneal Dialysis International.  39:414-436.
    Current guidelines for chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma. Room for improvement?Hepatology Communications.  1:338-346.
    Does the Degree of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Tumor Necrosis following Transarterial Chemoembolization Impact Patient Survival?Journal of Oncology.  2016.
    Does the type and size of Amplatzer vascular plug affect the occlusion time of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations?Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.  23:61-65.
    Embolization of congenital intercostobronchial trunk-pulmonary artery fistula using Amplatzer vascular plugs
    Endovascular management of nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal hemorrhageEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  25:755-763.
    Endovascular treatment of acute portal vein thrombosis using ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysisVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:460-465.
    Endovascular treatment of pancreatic allograft transplant arteriovenous fistula using amplatzer vascular plug 2CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology.  37:819-824.
    Entrapment of guide wire in an inferior vena cava filter: A technique for removalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology.  36:558-560.
    Fluoroscopic and sonographic guidance to place peritoneal catheters: How we do itAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  192:1085-1089.
    Guide wire entrapment in a vena cava filter: Techniques for dislodgementVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  47:115-123.
    Hepatocellular carcinoma: Diagnosis, treatment algorithms, and imaging appearance after transarterial chemoembolizationJournal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology.  6:175-188.
    Incidentally discovered middle mesenteric artery in a renal donorJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  9:15-20.
    Infection of small-bore tunneled central venous cathetersAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  213:458-463.
    Inferior vena cava filters: Update on placement and retrieval
    Innumerable bilateral pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: Percutaneous transcatheter embolization using amplatzer vascular plugVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  46:475-479.
    Midline Nasal Masses of Early Childhood: Embryologic BasisNeurographics.  7.
    Novel treatment of a totally occluded venous outflow tract of an arteriovenous graft
    Novel treatment of a totally occluded venous outflow tract of an arteriovenous graft.
    Occlusion time for amplatzer vascular plug in the management of pulmonary arteriovenous malformationsAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  192:793-799.
    Outcomes of fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided placement versus laparoscopic placement of peritoneal dialysis cathetersClinical Kidney Journal.  11:549-554.
    Percutaneous Treatment of Iatrogenic and Traumatic Injury of the Biliary System
    Percutaneous embolization of a postnephrectomy arteriovenous fistula with intervening pseudoaneurysm using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug 2Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.  48:516-521.
    Percutaneous embolization of cystic duct stump leak following failed endoscopic management
    Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement by interventional radiologistsClinical Kidney Journal.  7:1-2.
    Persistence of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after successful embolotherapy with Amplatzer vascular plug: Long-term resultsDiagnostic and Interventional Radiology.  22:358-364.
    Pneumocele of the frontal sinus producing orbital roof defect: case report and review of literature
    Predictors of repeat transarterial chemoembolization in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.
    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.
    Technique of Peritoneal Catheter Placement under Fluroscopic Guidance.Radiology Research and Practice.  2011:141707.
    Transcatheter embolization of extensive left gastric artery collaterals presenting with massive upper gastrointestinal bleedVascular and Endovascular Surgery.  46:480-483.
    Treatment of acute inferior vena cava and iliac vein thrombosis with pharmacomechanical thrombectomy using simultaneously operating "kissing" trellis-8 thrombolysis catheters
    Treatment of hypersplenism by partial splenic embolization through gastric collateralsJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  10:28-35.
    Unusual appearance and presentation of supratentorial subependymoma in an adult patientJournal of Radiology Case Reports.  6:8-16.
    Use of cryoablation and osteoplasty reinforced with kirschner wires in the treatment of femoral metastasisCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology.  35:1211-1215.


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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.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by VENTUREMED GROUP, INC. 2020 - 2024
  • Private Grant  awarded by BARD PERIPHERAL VASCULAR 2015 - 2021
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION 2016 - 2021
  • Private Grant  awarded by LUTONIX, INC. 2018 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION 2017 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by MEDTRONIC, INC. 2017 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by SUREFIRE MEDICAL INC. 2017 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by SIRTEX MEDICAL INC. 2016 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by SIRTEX MEDICAL INC. 2016 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by MERIT MEDICAL (*) 2012 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by BIOCOMPATIBLES UK LTD 2016 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by LUTONIX, INC. 2015 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION 2016 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by CELONOVA BIOSCIENCES, INC. 2015 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by COVIDIEN 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by BTG INTERNATIONAL, INC. 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by BARD PERIPHERAL VASCULAR 2011 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by BARD PERIPHERAL VASCULAR 2012 - 2015
  • Education And Training

  • University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Internship 1997
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Residency 2007
  • University of Cairo, Cario, Egypt, Residency 2000
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2005
  • Full Name

  • Ahmed M. Kamel Abdel Aal