Rajasekhara Ayyagari, MD, FSIR

Associate Professor (appointment pending), Radiology

Rajasekhara Ayyagari
820 Harrison Ave


After completing two-and-a-half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Andes mountains and Amazon jungles of Ecuador, Dr. Raj Ayyagari graduated from Yale School of Medicine in 2004. He first began training in Urology at the University of Washington, and then chose to pursue a career in image-guided minimally invasive procedural therapy. He went on to complete a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2011. The mainstay of Dr. Ayyagari’s contributions over the past decade have been in the field of prostatic artery embolization (PAE). He single-handedly developed one of the original and largest PAE practices in the country. His has risen to prominence not only because he has reported his expansive data in top IR and Urology meetings and journals, but also because of his genuine collaborative spirit for working with those within and beyond his specialty. In recent years, Dr. Ayyagari has pioneered minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer. He implemented one of the few in-bore MRI-guided prostate biopsy programs in the country. Even more importantly, Dr. Ayyagari recently partnered with urologists to offer a new MRI-guided transurethral prostate cancer ablation procedure, a procedure which promises to become a true game-changer in the treatment of prostate cancer.


  • Yale University School of Medicine, MD
  • Swarthmore College, BA


  • Published on 3/1/2024

    Ayyagari R, Rahman SZ, Grizzard K, Mustafa A, Staib LH, Makkia RS, Bhatia S, Bilhim T, Carnevale FC, Davis C, Fischman A, Isaacson A, McClure T, McWilliams J, Nutting C, Richardson A, Salem R, Sapoval M, Yu H. Multicenter Quantification of Radiation Exposure and Associated Risks for Prostatic Artery Embolization in 1476 Patients. Radiology. 2024 Mar; 310(3):e231877. PMID: 38441098.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Powell T, Rahman S, Staib L, Bhatia S, Ayyagari R. Operator Learning Curve for Prostatic Artery Embolization and Its Impact on Outcomes in 296 Patients. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2023 Feb; 46(2):229-237. PMID: 36456689.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Sailer A, Revzin MV, Pollak J, Ayyagari R, Mojibian HR, Nezami N, Pellerito JS, Marino AG. Deep Vein Thrombosis: Update on Mechanical Thrombectomy and Intravascular US. Radiographics. 2022 Oct; 42(6):E184-E185. PMID: 36190870.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/10/2022

    Daley J, Buckley R, Kisken KC, Barber D, Ayyagari R, Wira C, Aydin A, Latich I, Lozada JCP, Joseph D, Marino A, Mojibian H, Pollak J, Chaar CO, Bonz J, Belsky J, Coughlin R, Liu R, Sather J, Van Tonder R, Beekman R, Fults E, Johnson A, Moore C. Emergency department initiated resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is feasible and associated with improvements in end-tidal carbon dioxide. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2022 Oct; 3(5):e12791. PMID: 36176506.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/7/2022

    Masoom SN, Sundaram KM, Ghanouni P, Fütterer J, Oto A, Ayyagari R, Sprenkle P, Weinreb J, Arora S. Real-Time MRI-Guided Prostate Interventions. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Apr 07; 14(8). PMID: 35454773.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/28/2021

    Kaufman CS, Sanchez A, Ayyagari R. Image-Guided Targeted Prostate Biopsies. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2021 Dec; 24(4):100777. PMID: 34895703.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/4/2021

    Powell T, Staib L, Liu B, Bhatia S, Chai T, Ayyagari R. Voiding and Storage Domain-Specific Symptom Score Outcomes After Prostate Artery Embolization for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Urinary Retention. Urology. 2021 10; 156:216-224. PMID: 33961894.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Murtha TD, Cornman-Homonoff J, Ayyagari R, Zhang X, Salem RR. A Novel Treatment for Metastatic Serous Cystadenocarcinoma Using a Microwave Ablation: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Pancreas. 2021 Mar 01; 50(3):434-440. PMID: 33835976.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/15/2020

    Savic LJ, Chapiro J, Funai E, Bousabarah K, Schobert IT, Isufi E, Geschwind JH, Stark S, He P, Rudek MA, Perez Lozada JC, Ayyagari R, Pollak J, Schlachter T. Prospective study of Lipiodol distribution as an imaging marker for doxorubicin pharmacokinetics during conventional transarterial chemoembolization of liver malignancies. Eur Radiol. 2021 May; 31(5):3002-3014. PMID: 33063185.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/6/2020

    Powell T, Bhatia S, Ayyagari R. Current Debates Regarding Optimal Patient Evaluation and Procedural Technique for Prostatic Artery Embolization. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2020 Sep; 23(3):100696. PMID: 33308526.

    Read at: PubMed

View 17 more publications: View full profile at BUMC

View all profiles