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ANNOUNCEMENT 3/8/07, 11:45 a.m.: Dr. Patrick Sewell will be unable to speak this evening due to emergency surgery he continues to perform this morning in Jackson, Miss.

Centenary Alum and World Authority on Cutting-edge Procedures for Treating Tumors, Dr. Patrick Sewell, to Speak March 8

Dr. Patrick Sewell
Dr. Patrick Sewell

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College alumnus and renowned physician Dr. Patrick Sewell, Class of 1986, will speak on campus at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in Carlile Auditorium, Mickle Hall.

Dr. Sewell, the co-founder and executive medical director of the Sapheneia Medical Minimally Invasive Therapy Institute in Jackson, Miss., has been named one of America's Best Doctors and has been described by Jackson's Clarion-Ledger as "the world authority on cutting-edge procedures used to treat cancerous kidney and lung tumors."

The Sapheneia Institute offers oncology patients the most advanced minimally invasive image-guided surgical procedures for tumor ablation. Interventional radiologists at the state-of-the-art clinical and diagnostic facility are pioneers in the field of radiofrequency ablation, having developed techniques and technologies that are used by their colleagues worldwide.

Sewell is credited with developing five minimally invasive image-guided techniques as well as the coaxial system and single needle electrode devices that are widely used by interventional radiologists today.

He was the first in the world to use an interventional MRI (I-MRI) for renal cryosurgery and an interventional CT (I-CT) for radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors. The procedures that he developed destroy cancerous tumors of the kidney using a cryo (freezing) probe, and of the lung using a radiofrequency (hot) probe.

Sewell also performed the world's-first I-MRI cryosurgery procedures to treat uterine fibroids and osteoid osteoma (benign bone) tumors and he uses radiofrequency with the I-CT unit on liver cancer. He is credited with developing five minimally invasive image guided techniques as well as the coaxial system and single needle electrode devices that are widely used by interventional radiologists today.

Before co-founding Sapheneia, Dr. Sewell was chief of the Division of Interventional Oncology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His faculty appointments at UMC included assistant professor of radiology in the Division of Vascular, Interventional and Body Imaging and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Sewell is a fifth-generation physician.

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