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The Good Doctor

Meet Dr. Rajiv Sharma of Connecticut Image Guided Surgery

Article by Samantha Schoengold Beranbom

Photography by Abby Cole

Originally published in Fairfield Lifestyle

Walking into Connecticut Image Guided Surgery you’ll immediately feel a friendly warmth, uncommon in most doctor’s offices. There’s no white coat syndrome in this state-of-the-art facility. It is this atmosphere that helps patients settle in for treatment of a variety of vascular conditions the team manages. The scope of advanced care includes dialysis management, treatment of varicose veins, uterine fibroids and much more. Their minimally invasive approach keeps the focus on a faster, less painful recovery in a well-rounded outpatient environment.

Leading this highly trained team is Dr. Rajiv Sharma, MD an Interventional Radiologist and the Medical Director of Connecticut Image Guided Surgery. Dr. Sharma relocated to Fairfield with his wife and three young children by way of Florida to be closer to family and friends. When first meeting Dr. Sharma, one can instantly see where the office’s friendly warmth comes from.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself:

I was born and raised in metro Detroit and graduated from The University of Michigan. Go Blue! My lovely wife is a Musculoskeletal and Pediatric Radiologist, who is originally from Wilton, Connecticut. We are raising three little ones, ages 9, 7, and 5. We love Fairfield. Between outdoor activities, restaurants, and shopping there’s a lot to do. But to be honest, most of my free time is spent taking our kids to their soccer practices and games. We have all become big soccer fans in the last few years! We have some of our dearest friends who live in town. It's also nice to be close to the in-laws and close to my practice.

Tell us a little about your professional background:

I am a fellowship-trained Interventional Radiologist. I completed my Interventional Radiology fellowship at RUSH in Chicago, Illinois and my Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Michigan State University.

Most people may not know what an Interventional Radiologist is. Can you explain and give us an overview of your Practice?

Interventional Radiology is a diverse and complex specialty working in partnership with all fields of medicine. We are physicians who use medical imaging to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose, treat, and cure many conditions. Imaging modalities used include fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, and ultrasound. We do this by making small incisions to gain access into arteries or veins and using needles and catheters (small tubes) to treat conditions inside the body. Medical images are used to guide our catheters through blood vessels, arteries, and organs. Connecticut Image Guided Surgery is a dynamic and diversified practice with two Interventional Radiologists, a Nurse Practitioner, and a dedicated team of nurses, radiology techs and clinical coordinators. Our primary focus is endovascular management and the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, end-stage renal disease, uterine fibroids and spider and varicose veins. We also have a cosmetic portion of our practice run by our Nurse Practitioner which includes Botox treatments. 

These days most patients are used to long wait times for appointments and rushed visits. You have a very different approach.

Our patient experience makes us unique and attractive. We believe in same-day/next-day service for all our patients who need to be seen. We help with transportation if needed and provide a meal for all our patients after major procedures. You will always see the same friendly faces from our front desk staff to the physicians. We truly create a personalized experience for each and every one of our patients which is much different than the typical hospital setting.

What sets you & your team apart?

There is a sense of family between our team, and I strongly believe that translates to how our patients feel about our office and us.

What can patients expect during their initial visit?

A thoughtful and thorough assessment of your concerns with Dr. Schultze or myself. Moreover, we strongly believe in a multi-disciplinary approach. After the visit, there is always direct communication between us and your referring doctor to relay findings and discuss the next steps.

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There is a sense of family between our team, and I strongly believe that translates to how our patients feel about our office and us.

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