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Department of Radiology

Catherine T. Vu, M.D. View profile as PDF

Catherine T. Vu

Philosophy of Care

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a thriving field, delivering minimally invasive treatment over a spectrum of health care needs, from cancer therapy to acute injury management in trauma.

Treatments that historically require open surgery can be performed with needles and catheters using image guidance, such as ultrasound, CT and fluoroscopy. IR is at the helm of "cutting edge" medicine. Patients turn to us when they seek treatment alternatives to surgery.

We place quality and patient-centered care at the forefront, providing pre-procedure consultation and post-procedure management. We work collaboratively with primary care providers, as well as all medical and surgical specialties.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Vu's specific clinical interests are interventional oncology, including TACE and Y-90 SIRT, dialysis management, and women's health.

The scope of her women's health practice includes uterine fibroid embolization, pelvic congestion, and deep venous thrombosis.


Associate Chief & Medical Director Interventional Radiology


Interventional Radiology, Radiology - Vascular



Interventional Radiology


Vascular Surgery Clinic


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-0655

Additional Phone:

Phone: 916-703-2177
Phone: Mary Cardiff-Admin Assistant 916-703-2177
Phone: Tammy Myers-IR nurse practitioner 916-734-7809
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2006
B.S., University of San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1994


Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center, Washington , D.C., 2006-2007


Diagnostic Radiology, University of Colorado, Denver CO 2007-2011


Interventional Radiology, University of Colorado, Denver CO 2011-2012

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology,
American Board of Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology,

Professional Memberships:

American College of Radiology/American Roentgen Ray Society
Radiological Society of North America
Society of Interventional Radiology

Select Honors and Awards:

M.D., Distinctive Graduate (top 20%), The George Washington University School, 2006

Select Recent Publications:

Fananapazir G, Troppmann C, Corwin MT, Bent CK, Vu CT, Lamba R. Incidence of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy After Renal Graft Catheter Arteriography Using Iodine-Based Contrast Medium. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Feb 11:1-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Bent C, Fananapazir G, Tse G, Corwin MT, Vu C, Santhanakrishnan C, Perez RV, Troppmann C. Graft arterial stenosis in kidney en bloc grafts from very small pediatric donors: incidence, timing, and role of ultrasound in screening. Am J Transplant. 2015 Nov;15(11):2940-6.

Vu CT, Elder DH. Pregnancy and the working interventional radiologist. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2013 Dec;30(4):403-7.

Tivorsak TL, Vu C. Embolization of extremity trauma, In Kessel D, Ray CE Jr, eds. Transcatheter Embolisation and Therapy. Surrey, UK: Springer Publishing 2010; 26: 249-260.

Tsai T, Vu C, Henson DE. Cutaneous, ocular and visceral melanoma in African Americans and Caucasians. Melanoma Res. 2005 Jun;15(3):213-7.

Hester EJ, Heilig LF, Drake AL, Johnson KR, Vu CT, Schilling LM, Dellavalle RP. Internet citations in oncology journals: a vanishing resource? J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004 Jun 16;96(12):969-71.

Vu C, et al. Research author, Expert Panel on Interventional Radiology ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Radiologic Management of Lower-Extremity Venous Insufficiency, American College of Radiology, Dec 2012.

To see if Catherine T. Vu is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).