Radiologic Associates of Virginia (RAF) is pleased to announce that Samer Hijaz, MD, a fellowship-trained interventional radiologist with deep roots in Virginia, has joined the practice.
RAF interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons serve patients at Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA), the group’s outpatient facility near Lee’s Hill North, at Mary Washington Hospital, and at Stafford Hospital
Dr. Hijaz is trained in the full range of interventional radiology services, including the latest procedures such as prostate embolization and interventional oncology. His special interests include procedures to manage arteriovenous fistulas, which provide dialysis access for patients with renal disease.
He recently completed his interventional radiology fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Hijaz also worked as a diagnostic radiologist at Johns Hopkins’ Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD.
Earlier in his education, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA, earning a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering as valedictorian of the School of Engineering Class of 2006.
“When I was halfway through my undergraduate biomedical engineering training, friends said that I should consider medical school because I would be great with patients,” Dr. Hijaz noted. “Later as a medical student at VCU, I became interested in interventional radiology because it allowed me to apply my engineering background to my medical training. Interventional radiology procedures often involve the use of catheters, wires, stents and other biomedical engineering technology.”
Dr. Hijaz earned his doctor of medicine degree from VCU and completed his diagnostic radiology residency there following a transitional year internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA.
He has won numerous awards including the Charles L. Baird Award from VCU in 2015, recognizing the fellow or resident who best demonstrated interest in new cardiovascular imaging modalities.
Fredericksburg is an ideal location for his family, Dr. Hijaz added. His father passed away last year but his mother still lives in Richmond and his brothers live in Northern Virginia. His wife, Carol Baddour, a business administration graduate of VCU, has grandparents who have lived in the Richmond area for more than 30 years. Born in Lebanon, Dr. Hijaz is fluent in both English and Arabic.