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Neurointerventional Radiology

Neurointerventional Radiology, also called Neurointerventional Surgery, is a sub-specialty of Interventional Radiology that refers to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for brain, spine, and head and neck abnormalities.

At Lurie Children’s, our sub-specialty trained pediatric neurointerventional radiologists specialize in treating infants and children of all ages. Our neurointerventional team uses image guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures using needles or catheters (thin, flexible tubes) that are inserted through tiny incisions. This approach typically results in less pain and allows for quicker recovery times for patients. 

Our team has performed a total of more than 2,000 minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures since the beginning of our program in 2005 and performs more than 150 procedures annually.

The Neurointerventional Radiology Program is led by Ali Shaibani, MD, a nationally renowned neurointerventional radiologist who has pioneered treatment of cerebrovascular diseases in children affecting the head, neck and spine using cutting-edge neurointerventional techniques. 

Procedures We Perform

Our team provides treatment for a wide-range of conditions, including: 

  • Arteriovenous shunts of the head and neck (outside of the skull)
  • Congenital high flow arterial venous shunts of the brain and spine, including vein of Galen malformations and dural sinus malformations.
  • Cystic and benign tumors of the skull, facial bones and spinal column, including osteoid osteoma and aneurysmal bone cysts
  • Hemangiomas of the spine
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Slow flow malformations (venous and lymphatic) of the head and neck as well as the spine and paraspinous region
  • Spinal CSF leaks
  • Spinal pain  
  • Tumors of the brain, head neck and spine

Our Neurointerventional Radiology Team

Lurie Children’s Neurointerventional Radiology team is made up of doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses and technologists, all sub-specialized in pediatric neurointerventional radiology.

Ali Shaibani, MD, MBA

Chief of Neurointerventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology and Professor of Radiology, Neurological Surgery and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Attending Physician

Sameer Ansari, MD, PhD

Professor of Radiology, Neurological Surgery and Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Attending Physician

Donald R. Cantrell, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology (Neurointerventional Radiology) and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Attending Physician

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with one of our interventional radiology specialists, call 312.227.5110 or email IR@luriechildrens.org.


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