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David H. Robinson, MD
David H. Robinson, MD
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Digestive Disease Institute
Vascular Center
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Stroke Center

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 583-6591

Neurology, Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Stroke

Board Certifications
American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology
National Board of Medical Examiners

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1998

Special Interest(s)
Neuroradiology, neurointerventional radiology, angiography, interventional radiology, treatment of stroke and TIA including intracranial and extracranial neurovascular angioplasty and stenting, treatment of aneurysms and vascular malformations

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, 1991

Swedish Hospital, Seattle, 1992

Diagnostic Radiology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 1996

Neuroradiology and Neurointerventional Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1998

Personal Information
Dr. Robinson has been practicing at Virginia Mason Medical Center since 1998. Since that time, he has performed thousands of minimally invasive image guided procedures, spanning the entire gamut of the most current, state-of-the-art technologies. He has consistently led the way toward the future of minimally invasive image guided neurovascular interventions, being among the first physicians in Washington state and the nation to place nitinol stents for carotid artery stenosis (1998), perform intra-arterial therapy for emergent treatment of acute stroke (1998), intracranial aneurysm coiling (1998), lumbar drainage for subarachnoid hemorrhage (1999), intracranial angioplasty for atherosclerotic disease(1999), trans-venous approach for dural arterial venous fistula (2001), balloon assisted (2000) and stent assisted (2003) aneurysm coiling, neurovascular embolization with Onyx liquid Embolic agent (2004), and flow diversion stenting for intracranial aneurysms (2006). He has lectured extensively on minimally invasive neurovascular interventions including intra-arterial therapy for acute stroke and carotid artery stenting, having safely performed hundreds of these interventions over many years.
Dr. Robinson's overarching objective in managing patients with neurovascular diseases is to guide the patient to the safest least invasive management option that will optimize the likelihood of maintaining (or restoring) full functional independence and a full life. This will often results in the decision not to perform surgery, or even a minimally invasive intervention, but instead to optimize medical management, if this is felt to pose the least risk for the patient.

On Patients
"I look forwarding to providing Virginia Mason patients the highest quality and latest innovations available in Interventional Radiology (minimally invasive image guided procedures) and interventional neuroradiology."

Members of the Interventional Radiology section at Virginia Mason Medical Center take great pride in providing our patients and referring physicians with state-of-of the-art, sub specialized Interventional Radiology services in a safe, timely, caring, and cost effective manner. We maintain an active outpatient clinic and consulting service which provides the appropriate venue for our interventional radiologist physicians to meet the patients and their families in a nonprocedural setting, and to clinically evaluate the patient and coordinate the services needed to deliver the highest quality of care.

On Specialty
Interventional Radiology (IR) provides cutting edge procedures, but without the cutting. Interventional Radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures using image guidance. Typically real time imaging (x-ray, ultrasound or CT), is used to direct a procedure, usually performed with a needle or one of an increasing number of micro instruments. The imaging provides a "road map" that allows the Interventional Radiologist to guide their instrument through the body to the target of interest, and percutaneously (through the skin) perform a specified task, frequently one that either previously required a more invasive open surgery, or was not possible at all

On Virginia Mason
"I see Virginia Mason as a setting that offers patients an optimum synthesis of ‘private practice’ and ‘academic’ medicine."

The Interventional Radiology section at Virginia Mason performs over 3,500 cases, annually, including over 200 Neurovascular procedures.

Professional Activities and Awards
Dr. Robinson was recognized by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in 2005 and 2008 and by Seattle Met in 2010. Dr. Robinson is Chief, Section of Interventional Radiology at Virginia Mason.