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Hector Ferral, MD - Biography


Dr_Ferral Hector Ferral, MD is Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Section of Interventional Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.



Dr. Ferral is a Professor of Radiology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ferral has been the Interventional Radiology Section Director since 2006 and he is also the Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program Director since 2005.


Dr. Ferral received his M.D. degree at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City in 1985. He completed two years of training in Internal Medicine and four years training in Diagnostic Imaging at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion in Mexico City. He completed a two year fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the University of Minnesota from 1991 to 1993. He has been at Rush since 2004.

Clinical Interest:

Dr. Ferral performs general interventional radiology, including vascular and non-vascular procedures. He has done extensive research in Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt procedures (TIPS), management of portal hypertension and venous disorders. He has also been active in testing and developing endovascular stents.


Dr. Ferral received the Bronze Medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society in San Francisco, California for his work “Doppler Sonography of Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts.” In April, 1993, he was given the Roscoe E. Miller Award for the original scientific paper, “Duplex and Color Sonography in the Follow-up Evaluation of TIPS. He presented at the 23rd annual meeting for Gastrointestinal Radiologists in February, 1994. The 1999 Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research, Education and Patient Care, was awarded to Dr. Ferral at LSU Medical Center. He was given the Teacher of the Year Award by the radiology residents at Rush University Medical Center in 2005.


Dr Ferral is from Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. His hobbies are his book and art collection, music and long distance running. He lectures mainly in the United States, Europe and South America.

My best Board Story:
"GU section with Dr. Dunnick: this was my second case of the section:  He showed me a trauma case where there was bladder rupture to the peritoneum. I was able to identify that. Then he showed me a KUB and told me it was the same patient. The KUB showed a normal nephrogram. At that point he asked me: What do you see in the film? My answer was: I see a normal nephrogram…..he then asked me why do you see this? I said very simple: after contrast spillage into the peritoneum, the contrast gets absorbed and later will be eliminated by the kidneys. This is a normal finding………. At that point he said ……..Great !!! congratulations my friend,  you are the only one who has answered the question correctly, as far as I am concerned, you passed this section!!!! ( I was really so happy about this because it made me feel much better for the next sections)."



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