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IO Learning Interviews Dr. Isabel Newton

May 13, 2022

IO Learning, part of the CardioVascular Learning Network interviewed acting CEO of The Interventional Initiative, Dr. Isabel Newton about the organization and its initiatives. She tells the story of creating the II with Susan Jackson, the docu-series Without a Scalpel, and the inspiration for the new Patient Decision Aid initiative.

READ, WATCH, or LISTEN to the interview to learn more.

The Interventional Initiative Featured on BackTable Podcast

April 29, 2022

Susan Jackson, Isabel Newton, and Margaret Simor discussed the Interventional Initiative's newest initiative, Patient Decision Aids, on BackTable. Listen to the podcast to learn more about the inspiration behind this initiative and how it can help make informed consent an informed choice for MIIPs.

The Interventional Initiative Receives Donation from Private Trust - Launches New Initiative

October 1, 2021

Beginning early 2022, a New Initiative, called Patient Decision Aids is being launched by the Interventional Initiative, thanks to an infusion of funds from our single largest donation to date.  The $222k donation was received from the Angelina Merenda O'Bar Trust and awarded by its co-Trustees (Susan Jackson & Melanie Mitchell).  One hundred percent of this donation is allocated to this initiative as designated by the co-Trustees. None of the funds are used for administrative costs or salaries.  All Directors and members of the II are volunteers.

"Ann was a passionate early childhood educator who believed that knowledge is the key to a fulfilled life.  Through her philanthropy, Ann made numerous contributions to organizations dedicated to empowerment of people through educational initiatives, particularly those focused on economically disadvantaged and minority communities.  The Interventional Initiative will utilize Ann's donation to develop much needed multicultural health education materials to inform patients about their minimally invasive treatment options." Susan Jackson, MBA - Co-founder of the Interventional Initiative.

"This generous gift from the Ann O'Bar Trust helps the II to take this initiative to the next level through the creation of engaging medical illustrations and graphics and web-based versions of the Patient Decision Aids".  Isabel Newton, MD, PhD - Co-founder of the Interventional Initiative.

"We want to empower patients and families with the ability to make informed choices about image-guided procedures.  The Ann O'Bar Turst was invaluable in making that vision a reality by kickstarting this initiative with immense potential to improve patient care and advocacy nationally and even globally." Eric Keller, MD - Jr. Board Member of the Interventional Initiative.

Less pain, more gain.  Exploring "Without a Scalpel Day with Dr. Roberto Iezzi

January 16, 2020

To honour this day, Guerbet interviewed Dr. Roberto Iezzi who is an Interventional Radiologist in Policlinico A. Gemelli - Catholic University - Rome, Italy. Dr. Iezzi is a Member of the Italian Society of Radiology (SIRM), European Society of Radiology (ESR), and Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE). READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 Dr. John Lipman - Atlanta Fibroid Center and the #DontLoseUrU Campaign

April 4, 2018 - YouTube 

The National #DontLoseUrU Campaign is increasing awareness with women about their non-surgical treatment options for uterine fibroids.  Dr. John Lipman, an Interventional Radiologist with the Atlanta Fibroid Center recently held a live broadcast at the Georgia House of Representatives. WATCH THE VIDEO

New Women's Episode of Without a Scalpel Documentary Series Released On Demand!

January 18, 2018 - 

Episode 3:  HYSTERical takes place in Chicago, ILwhere three young women who have never even met have a common story and one that more than 7.5 million women in the US unknowingly share.  Each woman has a unique story about how this condition is destroying her quality of life and challenging her trust in the healthcare system, doctors and insurance companies... until they meet a very dedicated doctor who has the skills to treat what no one else could.  It seems they have finally found an answer until another obstacle arises. READ MORE

An Interventional Radiologist Saves a Woman's Life and Limb

January 9, 2018 - Huffington Post

On September 14, 2017, Stephani Turner nearly died.

The otherwise healthy, active mother of four hadn’t been feeling well for a while before she landed in the emergency room with life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. “I had been complaining of abdominal thickness and low pelvic pain for months.” Then she developed “a very swollen left leg, shortness of breath and nausea.” The emergency room doctors knew she had a blood clot in her lungs, but they didn’t know why. READ MORE

They Could Be Heroes

August 2017 - Radiology Today

Documentarians highlight the benefits of interventional procedures.

This is the story of today's real superheroes … the inspired doctors who are saving lives and treating clots, cancers, disease, stroke … all without a scalpel.

That's the excerpted intro to Without a Scalpel, a documentary series about patients undergoing minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs) and the "superhero" interventional radiologists who treat them.  READ MORE

June 2017 - Endovascular Today 

Founders of the Interventional Initiative discuss the goals and challenges of the organization and how they are attempting tobring MIIPs to the forefront of the health care system. 

What is the Interventional Initiative, and what are its goals?

The Interventional Initiative is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of educating and engag- ing the public about the value of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs). We reach people with our message through several public-facing multi- media productions and outreach initiatives.

Most people have never heard of MIIPs. Once they learn that they offer shorter recovery times, less pain, fewer complications, and are lower risk than most con- ventional treatments, they are eager to find out more.  READ MORE

New Cancer Episode of Without a Scalpel Documentary Series Released On Demand!

May 23, 2017 - 

The Interventional Initiative (Oakland, CA) and Evolve Media Production (San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY) announcedistribution of Episode 2 of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Video and Vimeo Films On Demand. 

The first documentary series of its kind, Without a Scalpel offers a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating and innovative field of medicine where major diseases are tackled through a pinhole in the skin.  This must see series follows the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures… without a scalpel.  

Interventional Radiology Around The World

January 12, 2017 via Vimeo

A recent episode on a National Public Health Television show in Istanbul, Turkey featured #WithoutaScalpel documentary doctor, Dr. Gregg Alzate and local Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Başar Sarıkaya

The main topics of the show which was aired on December 15, 2016; was interventional radiology, MIIPs and the interventional initiative. The trailer of the Without a Scalpel documentary was also shown with Turkish subtitles along with a short video introductory of the interventional initiative. Dr. Gregg Alzate answered questions about MIIPs, main advantages and what to expect in the future. He also mentioned about how he got involved with the interventional initiative and the shooting of the documentary.

Around Alamo: Ex-hospital exec promoting film on innovative procedures

Via East Bay Times, by CATERINA MELLINGERPUBLISHED: October 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | UPDATED: October 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

"Alamo resident Margaret Simor has been passionate about Minimally Invasive Image-Guided Procedures (MIIPs) for many years.

That’s why Simor, M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., upon saying goodbye to hospital life, has since made it her focus to help bring awareness of MIIPs through The Interventional Initiative, a nonprofit group with a public service mission to educate and engage the public about the value of MIIPs.

Before pursuing life outside of the hospital, Simor, the former hospital administrator at John Muir Health, where she served as director of clinical operations for the Cardiovascular Serviceline and director of cardiovascular clinical projects, was also in charge of overseeing construction of the state-of-the-art cardiovascular procedures unit in the Cardiovascular Institute on the Concord campus. Simor’s last day happened to coincide with the April 2011 opening of the fifth procedure room dedicated to MIIPs."

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Josef Rösch: An Interventional Pioneer

Sept. 14th, 2016, via VIMEO

Watch the video tribute to Dr. Josef Rösch produced by the Interventional Initiative and featured at the 46th Annual WAIS Conference on Sept. 14th, 2016.

An interventional pioneer, Dr. Josef Rösch made monumental contributions to medicine through his research and development of numerous minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs).

Fighting Liver Cancer with a Sniper Rifle

by the II's Dr. Ken Nakanote - THE HUFFINGTON POST (August 29, 2016)

"When Lorenzo Abeyta finally saw his doctor for worsening back pain, cancer was the furthest thing from his mind. The 60-year-old teacher and counselor for troubled youth had endured years of pain after hurting his back while lifting heavy boxes. However, the MRI of his aching back showed something unexpected: ominous spots on his liver. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Abeyta and his wife Vickie received a call from his physician with the devastating news – he had liver cancer.

When I first got the diagnosis, I was very concerned and nervous. I didn’t really know what I was dealing with and had just recently lost my best friend from liver cancer. I was quite honestly very scared and thought ‘I’m not going be living too much longer.’”

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Without a Scalpel is now available on Video On Demand! 

PR Newswire Press Release (August 2, 2016)

"The Interventional Initiative, Oakland, CA, and Evolve Media Production, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY, announce distribution of Episode 1 of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Prime and Vimeo Films On Demand.

Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures…without a scalpel.

Episode 1 focuses on the stories of three women who suffer from blocked blood vessels deep inside their bodies.  On the eve of becoming a US citizen, a hard-working Mexican immigrant struggles to walk and longs to dance again.  A beautiful newlywed dreams of starting a family, but her condition makes it too dangerous.  A mother's life hangs in the balance as she struggles simply to breathe.  Without A Scalpel explores their stories and relationships, their triumphs and challenges, and their hopes for the future."

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Ask4UFE feature on The Interventional Initiative

ASK4UFE Blog (July 21, 2016)

What if you were sick and your doctor gave you two treatment options: surgery or a minimally invasive procedure performed through a pinhole.  Wouldn’t you want to know more?

Most people would.  Unfortunately few patients who could benefit from minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs) have ever heard of them.  Because MIIPs are performed through a pinhole using medical imaging to see inside the body, they can safely and effectively treat many diseases so patients can return to their normal lives sooner.  There are MIIPs to treat uterine fibroids, cancer, blood clots, blocked arteries, stroke, aneurysms and so much more.  Specialized doctors perform life-saving MIIPs every day at hospitals and outpatient centers all across North America. So why have so few people ever heard of them?"

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Mount Sinai Interventional Radiology - New York City

via YOUTUBE (July 12, 2016)

See how Mount Sinai Interventional Radiologists are using innovative techniques and MIIPs to save lives! 

Cryoablation Shown As Viable Alternative To Lumpectomy For Early Stage Breast Cancer

PRWeb (May 31, 2016)

New research published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology demonstrates efficacy of Sanarus Technologies' Visica® 2 Treatment System for the treatment of certain breast cancers.

Results from the ACOSOG Z1072 breast cancer study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology showed that image-guided cryoablation with the Visica® 2 Treatment System was 100% effective for complete ablation of invasive ductal breast cancer tumors <1cm and cryoablation was successful for the target lesion in 92% of patients.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute and sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, the 5-year multicenter study measured the rates of complete tumor ablation in breast cancer patients treated with cryoablation. Patients enrolled in the study agreed to undergo surgery after cryoablation, so that tumor-adjacent tissue could be evaluated by the pathologist for the presence of any remaining tumor.

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Patient information about Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. surgery 


"If you and your physician determine that you have uterine fibroids, it is a good idea to discuss the various alternative treatment options for fibroids that are available to you, including uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). 

Want to know all about your fibroid treatment options? We have answers. 

An Interventional Radiologist is a doctor specially trained to perform uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Use our physician locator to find a specialist near you."

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New Stroke Treatment Saves Lives, Improves Recovery


"It was an ordinary morning for Stefan Reisch as he was driving to work, when out of nowhere, it seemed to hit. Rubbing his neck, on the edge of passing out and feeling numbness on his left side, Reisch didn't know what was happening.

"People were honking at me," said the 43-year-old, California father of two. "I was driving on the center divide going up and coming down. I felt like I was in a dream state until I finally ran off the road."

911 calls to police that morning reported a drunk driver on the road and when Reisch crashed, the paramedics were quickly on the scene. First responders asked Reisch to smile and immediately recognized his drooping mouth as a sign of a stroke. At the hospital, the first-line therapy, a powerful blood-thinning medication called tissue plasminogen activator or tPA could not dissolve the blood clots in Reisch's brain."

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New No-Surgery Weight Loss Procedure Shows Promise


"Cheryl Denby had tried everything to lose weight.

But by age 48, she was becoming more obese, miserable and her weight had started to cause her major health problems.

"I was in pain most days, my back, my knees, and it was hard to do daily things like laundry, grocery store, just getting up to get dressed." said Denby. "I used to joke with my friend I just want to be able to tie my shoes without cutting off my air supply. That was a big deal, so I was unhappy."

Although Denby was a candidate for traditional weight-loss surgeries such as gastric bypass or lap-band surgery, she was apprehensive about undergoing a surgical procedure and recovery."

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The ‘Pinhole’ Cancer Treatment You’ve Probably Never Heard of

via THE HUFFINGTON POST (April 1, 2016)

"Imagine an exquisitely precise cancer therapy procedure done through a small opening in the body that can:

  • Kill tumor cells, shrink tumors, or regrow the healthy part of a cancerous organ.
  • Deliver chemotherapy or radiation directly to the cancer site.
  • Usually be done as an outpatient procedure with fewer side effects than conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
  • Potentially treat many types of cancer, either alone or combined with other therapies.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Not necessarily, since this type of therapy, called interventional oncology, is now being performed hundreds of times every day by specialists in a medical field that is unfamiliar to many cancer patients. Many predict this fast-growing specialty will soon join medical, surgical and radiation oncology as the fourth pillar of cancer care."

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Radiologists Are Reducing the Pain of Uncertainty

NEW YORK TIMES (November 25, 2014)

"When Dr. Jennifer Kemp’s husband got advanced rectal cancer, she got an unexpected patient’s-eye view of her profession.

Her husband was having scans every three months, terrified each time that they might reveal bad news. Dr. Kemp, a Denver radiologist, would sit down with her husband’s radiologist afterward. Even so, it c

ould be an hour before a scan was ready to be viewed.

'I couldn’t believe how anxiety-provoking it was to wait even an hour,' she said. 'Sometimes he would get a scan I didn’t feel comfortable interpreting and he had to spend 24 hours waiting — and I had connections,' she added. 'That was absolute torture.'”

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