Karim Valji M.D., F.S.I.R.

Karim Valji M.D., F.S.I.R.

Specialties and Expertise

Interventional Radiology, Radiology & Imaging


Radiology and Imaging Services




Primary Location

Radiology/Imaging Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.7200|Map It 


Karim Valji, M.D. is a UW professor of radiology and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He trained in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty of that institution in 1990. In 2007, he moved to the University of Washington. Dr. Valji has authored more than 80 publications and given more than 250 invited lectures in the field. He is particularly recognized for his work on thrombolysis and dialysis access interventions. His current specialized clinical interest is venous sampling for patients with hypertension and hyperaldosteronism.

He was editor-in chief of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology from 2001 - 2005. He is the author of three books (including The Practice of Interventional Radiology) that have become standard texts in the field. Dr. Valji has been included on the Best Doctors in America list for most of the last decade. His outside interests include travel, working out, theater and reading works about human cultures and history.

Patient Care Philosophy

I care for patients and their families in the same way I expect my family to be treated.

Personal Interests

Travel, weight training, theater, reading history of foreign cultures.

Clinical Interests

Interventional radiology

Scope of Care

Evaluation and care of patients requiring image-guided interventions outside the head or heart.

Research Interests

Thrombolysis; dialysis access interventions; port hypertension; pulmonary arteriography; adrenal venous sampling.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1982
Univ. of Calif. San DiegoTeaching Appointment
Univ. of Calif. San Diego - Dept. of RadiologyFellowship
University of California - San DiegoFellowship
University of California - San DiegoResidency
University of California School of Medicine - San FranciscoInternshipInternal Medicine
University of California School of Medicine - San FranciscoResidencyInternal Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyVascular & Interventional Rad1998
American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1989
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