Brian Funaki

Professor of Radiology
Section Chief, Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Phone: 773.702.3844
Fax: 773.702.1161

An internationally recognized expert in vascular and interventional radiology, Brian Funaki, MD, performs the full range of vascular and non-vascular interventions, including angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis and embolization, as well as transplant-related procedures. Guided by state-of-the art imaging techniques, Dr. Funaki manipulates and directs tiny instruments throughout the body for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. These minimally invasive procedures are often used as "smaller, faster, safer, better" alternatives to traditional open surgery.

Dr. Funaki's research activity is focused on vascular intervention, gastrostomy, and super selective embolization. He has more than 200 publications listed in the U.S. National Library of Medicine on a broad range of vascular and non-vascular image-guided interventions. The vast majority of his research is focused on patient care and immediately translated to clinical practice.

Throughout his career, Dr. Funaki has led many scientific and academic committees. He is a former member of the Executive Council of the Society of Interventional Radiology. An avid writer, he has authored two books and 11 book chapters. He is frequently invited to contribute articles and editorials for scientific journals, and has presented over 100 invited lectures at universities and national and international medical meetings. Dr. Funaki is an associate editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He served as editor-in-chief for Seminars in Interventional Radiology from 2004-2011 and is the co-editor in chief of Updates in Interventional Radiology. He has earned many awards and distinctions, including being listed as one of Castle and Connolly’s  Top Doctors, "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors Inc, and Chicago’s Top Docs in Chicago Magazine


Undergraduate: BA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1988
Medical school: Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO, 1992
Residency: Radiology, University of Chicago, 1996
Fellowship: Angiography & Interventional Radiology, University of Chicago, 1997
Certification: American Board of Radiology, 1996
American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualification, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 1998


  • Post-Graduate Division Councillor, Executive Committee, Society of Interventional Radiology
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Updates in Interventional Radiology: An Evidence-based Approach
  • Paul C. Hodges Excellence Award, 2015
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2011 - Present)
  • Castle and Connolly’s Best Doctors (2009 - present)
  • Fellow: Society of Interventional Radiology, American Heart Association, Cardiovasular and Interventional Society of Europe
  • Chairman, American College of Radiology Appropriateness Committee on Interventional Radiology, 2007-2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Interventional Radiology, 2004-2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 1988
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Washington University Medical School, 1992
  • University of Chicago Department of Radiology Fellowship Teaching Award, 1997
  • University of Chicago Department of Radiology Marc Tetalman Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1999
  • University of Chicago Department of Radiology James W. Ryan Senior Class Teaching Award, 1999, 2001, and 2013 - HM 2006
  • Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism, 2001

Clinical Interests

Vascular interventions; embolization; non-invasive vascular imaging; arteriovenous malformations; aortic endoleaks

Research Interests

Vascular intervention; gastrostomy; superselective embolization