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Brian Stainken

Brian Stainken, MD

Chair, Department of Radiology


  • Primary Location

    Stamford Health

    One Hospital Plaza Stamford, CT 06904

    Main: 203-276-2362
    Fax: 203-276-4836

Member of: Stamford Health Medical Group

About Me

Dr. Brian Stainken serves as the chair of the department of radiology at Stamford Health. Board certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, he brings 25 years experiences practicing interventional radiology, performing the latest minimally invasive image-guided procedures to help patients with vascular disease, cancer and many other conditions.

Dr. Stainken has worked to improve the future of interventional radiology through research for new techniques and devices for interventional procedures. He has also spent many years teaching medical students and physicians in training, helping them gain the skills they need to provide quality care.

He has served in leadership roles at hospitals and in both national and international physician organizations including the 7000-member Society of Interventional Radiology where he served as President in 2009. His work has been recognized by the American, European and Chinese interventional radiology societies as well as the American College of Radiology. Dr. Stainken is a passionate advocate for delivering the benefits of advanced, minimally invasive, image-guided care to patients around the world.



Special Interests

  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Tumor ablation
  • Tumor radioembolization
  • Vascular disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Veno-occlusive disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Spinal fractures due to osteoporosis


  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology


Medical School

Georgetown University School of Medicine


Naval Medical Center, San Diego


University of California Los Angeles

Published Work

Kaufman JA, Sacks D, Stainken BF. Denied in Canada. Why we need a global strategic plan for interventional radiology. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2008 Jan;19(1):13-4.

Murphy, R, Argabzadeh M, Richard H 3rd, Levitin A. Lund G, Stainken B. Endovascular technique for revision of excess catheter length in subcut implanted venous access devices. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2004 Apr 27.

Richard HM 3rd, Siskin GP, Stainken BF. Endometritis after uterine artery embolization with gold-colored gelatin microspheres. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2004 Apr; 15(4):406-7.

Stainken BF. Mechanical thrombectomy: basic principles, current devices, and future directions. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Mar; 6(1):2-5.

Stainken BF, Sales J, Mandell V, Siskin G, Dowling K, Herr A.  Mechanical Thrombectomy for Acute Lower Extremity Ischemia:  Experience in Fifty Patients. March 2000, JVIR 2000; 11(2):209.

Stainken B, Siskin G, Dowling K, Mandell V, Herr A. Rheolytic. Thrombectomy: Early Experience with the Angiojet Device in the Treatment of Acute Lower Extremity Ischemia. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 9:1, 189. 3/98.

Stainken B, Lee HG, Mandell VS, Siskin G, Dowling K, Herr A.  Carbon Dioxide Phantom: Impact of Vessel Angulation and Flow Rate on Opacification. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 8:1, 231. 2/97.

Stainken B, Dowling K, Herr A, Siskin G, Mandell VS. Image Guided Long Term Central Venous Access in Immunocompromised Patients. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 8:1, 217. 2/97.

Stainken B, Sansivero G, Manjikian V, Chu A. Guidewire Exchange of Groshong Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 7:1, 143. 3/9.

Stainken B, Sansivero G, Chu A, Cooperative Approach for the Placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters at a University Hospital, Radiology. 197P, 521. 11/95.

Stainken B, Casola G, Lim G, VanSonnenberg E, Schmidt J. Percutaneous Transperineal Cryoablation of the Prostate as an Adjunct or Salvage Procedure, Radiology. 197P, 217. 11/95

Stainken B, Casola G, VanSonnenberg E, Schmidt J. Percutaneous Cryoablation of the Prostate, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. 18:1, 93. 8/95.

Stainken B, Casola G, Lim G, VanSonnenberg E, Schmidt J. Percutaneous Transperineal Cryoablation of the Prostate as an Adjunct or Salvage Procedure. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 6:1, 15. 3/95.

Stainken B, Bickmore D, D’Agostino H. The Predictive Value of the Gram Stain. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 5:1, 225. 3/94.

Stainken B, Gomes A, Rose S. Interventional Approaches to the Management of Massive Hemobilia-Transhepatic Tract Embolization. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 4:1. 3/93.

Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology - American Board of Radiology
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology - American Board of Radiology


  • American Board of Radiology (Examiner)
  • Society of Interventional Radiology (Fellow, Board member)
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • American College of Radiology (Fellow)
  • American Medical Association          
  • Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (Fellow)

Academic Appointment

Adjunct Professor of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine

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