In Conversation with Dr Gerard McLauchlan
We’re pleased to announce that Dr Gerard McLauchlan has joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and launched the new Interventional Radiology service based at our Oncology and Soft Tissue Hospital in Guildford, Surrey.
Gerard recently became one of few specialists in the world to have completed a 12-month Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Center, New York. Read Gerard’s full bio here.
We spoke to Gerard for the summer edition of our Friends newsletter.
Q. Why did you decide to specialise in Interventional Radiology?
I specialised in veterinary internal medicine and obtained my European Diploma in 2011. I was particularly interested in further developing my training in minimally invasive options which would be able to offer our patients improved survival and quality of life. This led to me completing a 12-month Fellowship in Interventional Radiology (IR) at the Animal Medical Centre in New York with Chick Weisse and Allyson Berent, who are the pioneers of these techniques. I am one of only a handful of Specialists in the world to have completed this level of advanced training and am delighted to be able to expand the field of IR within the UK and Europe.
Q. Are there any advances in Interventional Radiology that you are excited about?
Interventional Radiology techniques can be employed to treat many conditions. Historically it has been used to significantly improve survival and quality of life in patients with diseases of the urinary tract (stones, tumours, incontinence) and respiratory tract (tracheal collapse). There has in the last few years also been significant development in treating unresectable cancers by delivering chemotherapy directly to the blood supply of the tumour. It is in the field of oncology that I am particularly excited about developing new techniques along with the specialist surgeons here at Fitzpatrick Referrals.
Q. Why did you decide to join us here at Fitzpatrick Referrals?
When I returned to the UK, it was a natural fit for me to join Fitzpatrick Referrals. The team that work here all share the same ethos and together I know we will be able to offer a truly world-class service to our patients and their family. I genuinely believe we will be able to change what is accepted as the gold standard of care for animals in the UK.
Q. What are the most common cases that are referred to you?
The majority of cases which will require Interventional Radiology will normally have a urinary tract disorder including stones, strictures, cancer or incontinence. It is my personal feeling that obstructive ureteral stones are very under diagnosed and raising awareness of this is incredibly important in improving the survival of our patients with increased kidney values.
Q. Do you have any advice for vets about Interventional Radiology?
Training in Interventional Radiology has taught me to think outside the box and not to accept that there isn’t a better way of doing something when the traditional options don’t have great results. Never accept that there isn’t a solution to a problem that you are presented with. I would be delighted to discuss with any of our referring vets any cases they feel could benefit from IR.
Gerard can be contacted via [email protected] | 01483 668 100