Dr. Itkin is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is a director of the Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions. Dr. Itkin earned his MD from Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry in 1989. He completed his internship and residency at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel. In 2003, after completion of the fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and stayed on there as a staff member.
Dr. Itkin is nationally and internationally recognized for his clinical and research expertise in an interventional treatment of the lymphatic disorders. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Itkin has been actively involved in the development of image-guided interventions of the lymphatic system (Thoracic Duct Embolization, liver lymphatic embolization, interstitial lymphatic embolization etc.) as a treatment of lymphatic leakage disorders. Recently Dr. Itkin developed intranodal lymphangiogram-a simple ultrasound guided puncture of groin lymph nodes in order to opacify the lymphatic system, as a substitute to the more technically challenging pedal lymphangiogram. Being well within the skill set of most interventionalists, this method allowed for wide dissemination and opened new horizons for lymphatic interventions. Dr. Itkin, in collaboration with Dr. Dori, developed contrast enhanced MR lymphangiogram for non-invasive dynamic imaging of the lymphatic anatomy. This technique led to the discovery of pathophysiology of several diseases such as plastic bronchitis, neonatal chylothorax, congenital lymphodysplasia and protein loosing enteropathy. This knowledge led to further development of novel percutaneous treatments of these conditions.
Dr. Itkin has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and has 90 peer reviewed publications, reviews and editorials in leading journals. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and in 20011 was inducted into the Society of the Interventional Radiology as a Fellow member as recognition of significant contributions to the field of cardiovascular and interventional radiology.