Ghazwan M Kroma, M.D.
Dr. Kroma received his MD degree from Damascus University in Syria in 1994. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology in 1997 at Damascus University. Dr. Kroma worked as a Diagnostic Radiologist in Syria and Saudi Arabia from 1997 to 2004. He then completed a Neuroradiology fellowship at Louisiana State University in 2005; followed by two years of Interventional Radiology fellowships at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He joined UT Health San Antonio as faculty in 2007. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology for diagnostic radiology followed by a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in Vascular Interventional radiology (CAQ). His expertise include: Local treatment of liver cancers by radioembolization, chemoembolization and thermal ablation, local treatment of renal cancer by intra-arterial embolization and radiofrequency ablation, Uterine fibroid embolization, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty , endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts and balloon assisted obliteration of gastric varices, management of post liver and kidney tranasplantation complications, dialysis access maintenance, in addition to multiple percutaneous and endovascular procedures.
- 2007 - Clinical Fellowship - Vascular Interventional Fellowship - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2006 - Clinical Fellowship - Interventional Radiology Fellowship - Louisiana State University Health Science Center
- 2005 - Clinical Fellowship - Neuroradiology Fellowship - Louisiana State University Health Science Center
- 1998 - Residency - Radiology - Damascus University Medical School
- 1994 - Internship - Rotating Internship - Damascus University Medical School
- 1993 - MD - Doctor of Medicine - Damascus University Medical School
- 9/2015 - Associate Professor of radiology non-tenure and Program Director of IR residency and fellowship - University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio, Radiology, San Antonio
- 7/2006 - Staff Radiologist - University Health System (UHS), Radiology, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 10/2018 - Present, Interventional Radiology Symposium for Medical Students, UT Health San Antonio
- 2/2017 - Present, Interventional Radiology: The 21'st Century Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
- 2/2012 - Present, Radiology Board Review, UT Health San Antonio
- 3/2009 - Present, Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, UT Health San Antonio
- 1/2008 - Present, Senior Surgical Selective, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 10/2007 - Present, Radiology Case Conferences, UT Health San Antonio
- 10/2007 - Present, Post Graduate Rotation Supervision, UTHSCSA
- 10/2007 - Present, Interventional Radiology Fellow and Resident Lecture Series, UT Health San Antonio
- 7/2007 - Present, Rotation Student Supervision, UT Health San Antonio
- 4/2007 - Present, Annual Interventional Radiology VideoTeleconferences, UT health San Antonio, BAMC and WHMC
Lopera J, Shapiro M, Sanchez D, Maya C, KROMA G, Garza A, Suri R. Superior Vena Cava (SVC) Filters Placed Over Central Lines-Analysis of Line Trapping and Difficulties with Line Retrieval: An In vitro Experimental Study 2013 Sep. Available from: WWW.researchgate.net/publication Placement of superior vena cava (SVC) filters has been shown to be both safe and effective in preventing symptomatic pulmonary embolism in patients with upper extremity deep venous thrombosis that have contraindications to anticoagulation therapy. In many patients, existing central lines pose a challenge to SVC filter placement due to the theoretical risk of line displacement and/or entrapment.
To assess the risk of catheter entrapment by filter legs during SVC filter deployment and the risk of subsequent filter migration during catheter removal; a model was created by placing a 22 mm vascular graft inside a plastic tube and submerged in a warm saline bath. Different types of filters were deployed over different types of central lines, the lines were then removed under fluoroscopic surveillance noting any line trappong, migration, and/or tilting of the filters.
Lopera J, Katabathina V, Bosworth B, Garg D, KROMA G, Suri R, Garza A, Wholey M. Segmental Liver Ischemia/Infarction after Elective Transjugular Intrahepatic Shunt Creation: Clinical Outcome in 10 Patients Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology 2015 Jun;:835-841. Lopera JE, Speeg KV, Young C, Garg D, Michalek J, Chen Y, Kroma G, Suri R, GARZA-BERLANGA A. Effect of Liver Volume in Morbidity and Mortality After Elective Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Gastrointestinal Intervention 2014 Dec;3(2):93-97. Lopera J, Suri R, KROMA G, Garza A, Thomas J. Role of Interventional Procedures in Obstetrics/ Gynecology Radiologic Clinics of North America 51.6 2013 Nov;51(6):941-1148. Sundarakumar DK, Kroma GM, Smith CM, Lopera JE, SURI R. Embolization of a large high-flow renal arteriovenous fistula using 035" and 018" detachable coils Indian J Radiol Imaging 2013 Apr;23(2):151-154. Lopera JE, SURI R, Kroma G, Gadani S, Dolmatch B. Traumatic Occlusion and Dissection of the Main Renal Artery: Endovascular Treatment Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2011 Nov;22(11):1570-1574.
- American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
- American Board of Radiology/Vascular & Interventional Radiology