By Linda Satter
Robert Dixon, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a professor in the Division of Interventional Radiology in the College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology.
He brings to UAMS a procedure called prostate artery embolization, a minimally invasive treatment that helps improve lower urinary tract symptoms caused by a benign prostatic hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that affects many men after age 50.
He is also an expert at treating kidney cancer, specifically, renal cell carcinoma.
He came to UAMS from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he had clinical academic appointments in radiology and urology since 2004 and earlier completed a fellowship in interventional radiology. He also served as the program director for radiology and interventional radiology at UNC.
Dixon previously was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of New York in Syracuse, New York, where he obtained his doctor in medicine in 1984 and later completed a residency in radiology, serving as chief resident.
Earlier, he practiced emergency medicine for a decade after completing a residency in emergency medicine at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio.
In addition to prostate artery embolization, his clinical interests include thermal ablation, portal hypertension, vertebral augmentation, superficial venous disease and complex IVC filter retrievals.
Dixon helped initiate an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and currently serves as a program manager for RAD-AID International – Kenya. RAD-AID International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and expanding radiology services in more than 30 under-resourced countries.
He is seeing patients in the Interventional Radiology Clinic on the third floor of the UAMS Outpatient Center.