John A. Kaufman, MD, MS, is the inaugural chair of the Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology, director of the Dotter Interventional Institute and the Frederick S. Keller Professor of Interventional Radiology at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He also has appointments in diagnostic radiology, surgery and medicine.
A native of Boston, Dr. Kaufman worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991 until 2000, when he joined Dr. Fred Keller and Dr. Josef Rosch at the Dotter Institute in Portland, Oregon. He has worked there since. The son of a radiologist, he is the proud father and father-in-law of two interventional radiologists.
A proponent for the advancement of interventional radiology worldwide, his 2008 Joseph Rosch Lecture at CIRSE advocated for specialty recognition for IR, and in 2010 he co-led with Dr. Jim Reekers. This international workgroup published a global definition for the specialty. In addition, Dr. Kaufman chaired the task force that resulted in the 2012 recognition of interventional radiology as the 37th primary specialty in the United States, setting the foundation for the IR residencies in that country.
A life-long educator, Dr. Kaufman advocates for inclusivity, diversity, and opportunity in IR regardless of nationality, gender, religion, ethnicity, or race. In 2016, though practicing in the United States, he sat for (and passed!) the EBIR exam. Dr. Kaufman has authored and co-authored many articles, chapters, and textbooks, with an academic focus on vena cava filters. He is an associate editor for CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology and an item-writer for the EBIR. In 2011, he was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe, and in 2018 with the Gold Medal of the Society of Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Kaufman’s active clinical practice is focused on vascular malformations and complex venous interventions but encompasses the broad spectrum of IR. He is a secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Radiology and chair of the OHSU Professional Board. Most important, he is married to Cathy Kaufman, and they have three children, eight grandchildren, and four dogs.