Meet Dr. Nancy RollinsDallas Pediatric Interventional Radiologist Specializing in Neuroradiology
- Holder of the:
- Charles Cameron Sprague, M.D., Chair in Medical Science
Nancy Rollins, M.D., is an expert in pediatric interventional radiology—and she’s also one of the specialty’s pioneers.
“I was trained as an adult interventional radiologist because back then there was no such thing in pediatrics,” she says. “We had to figure it out as we went along.”
Over the past 29 years, Dr. Rollins has helped develop and implement interventional radiology techniques for children, from newborns to teens, and she has mentored other physicians in this delicate, often lifesaving work.
As a result, she has built a unique team: 20 pediatric diagnostic neuroradiologists serve at Children’s Health, while UT Southwestern neurointerventional radiologists Dr. John Barr and Dr. Lee Pride – who bring expertise in treating adults with neurovascular diseases – are based at Parkland Hospital and Zale Hospital respectively.
Minimally invasive treatments
Her team uses the latest imaging and device technology to diagnose and treat problems inside the blood vessels of the body, without performing an open surgery.
“Doing that in pediatrics is technically quite challenging, because we must be skilled in working within the blood vessels of high school football players as well as preterm babies as small as chickens. ,” Dr. Rollins notes.
The pediatric radiology division at UT Southwestern provides the full range of radiology services, whether for a problem with the heart or other organs, muscles or joints, or the spine or brain. Six pediatric interventional radiologists work at Children’s under the direction of Dr. Shellie Josephs, who brings more than 15 years of experience performing complex vascular interventional procedures in adults to the pediatric arena using invasive and non-invasive imaging.
“We can get detailed pictures inside the body; precisely deliver medication to an area of the body; place feeding tubes, drainage tubes or catheters; perform biopsies; and make repairs inside the body through the blood vessels,” Dr. Rollins says.
Her own clinical practice is focused on neuroradiology, or complications in the blood vessels of the head, neck, and brain – often working in partnership with neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and ear, nose, and throat specialists to offer a unique comprehensive approach.
A team unlike any other
Over the past year, Dr. Rollins and her team have created a new clinical center at Children’s Health that is devoted to cerebrovascular disease.
“Kids come in from around the country with any number of problems with the blood vessels in their brain, and they get a one-stop shop here,” she says. “Our program coordinator helps our patients and their parents navigate every aspect of the treatment process, and our service is staffed exclusively by UT Southwestern physicians. There are no other Children’s hospitals in the country that have as many physicians who can do what we do.”
Dr. Rollins is proud of the team she has built at UT Southwestern, but she also is proud of the care she offers to each of her young patients.
“My work inspires me,” she says. “It gives me the opportunity to combine medical science with patient care – to apply the latest technology to diagnose and treat disease, so that the children I see can achieve their full potential.”