Faculty Spotlight: Sandip Biswal

Posted on August 2021

Sandip Biswal, MD is a Visiting Professor in the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention section, on a year-long sabbatical from Stanford University. Learn more about Dr. Biswal below! 

Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Houston, Texas, but my family is from India. I’ve lived all over: junior high school in Maryland, college in California, medical school in Boston, internship in New York. Then, residency and fellowship and everything after in California. Now, it’s time to try the Midwest.

Q: Why did you choose to Radiology?
A: I’m a very visual person, and I love the breadth of information you have to know to be a radiologist. You have to know a little bit about a lot of diseases. I also like that I can do minimally invasive procedures that help patients.

Q: What is your specialty?
A: Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention. I focus on helping patients with a variety of MSK pain: neck pain, hip pain, arthritis, etc. Pain is now the most prevalent disease on earth, and 80% of people 70+ live in pain. The field of MSK allows me to help people get back to normal and live pain-free. I think a lot of research needs to be done to help these patients have a higher quality of life.

Q: What are your research and clinical interests?
A: Finding new ways to help patients with pain management and finding applications of the PET radiotracer that UW developed.

Q: Why did you choose UW/What are you excited about at UW?
A: The MSK section here is quite unique. They do procedures that 90% of other similar departments don’t do. So, to have the opportunity to learn these procedures is really exciting. I am also excited by the Department. Everyone I’ve met has been wonderful, accepting, and welcoming. It’s fun to start all over again and have this sense of adventure.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love taking pictures. I used to paint and make a lot of videos. I have fallen into photography and love to capture moments.