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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Karim Valji, MD, FSIR

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief, Interventional Radiology
UW Medicine
“Communication is the key to optimal patient care and satisfaction.”
— Dr. Valji
Why do you practice oncology?

Karim Valji, MD is a professor of radiology and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He trained at the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty of that institution in 1990. He moved to UW Medicine in 2007. Dr. Valji has written more than 80 publications and given more than 250 invited lectures in the field of radiology. He is particularly recognized for his work on thrombolysis and dialysis access interventions and has also served as editor-in chief of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The two editions of his previous textbook,Vascular and Interventional Radiology, have become standard works in the field. Dr. Valji has been on Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors list since 2001. His outside interests include travel, working out, reading works about human cultures and history, and theater.

Provider background

Specialty: Radiology

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Harvard Medical School
Medical Degree
Harvard Medical School
Board Certification
Diagnostic Radiology, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine
Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Valji has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.


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