Murfreesboro Vascular and Interventional (MVI) sees patients in private consultation at our new clinic on the Saint Thomas Rutherford campus. If a procedure is ultimately recommended for you, we will perform your procedure using our sophisticated, office-based equipment or in our newly built interventional suite at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

The minimally invasive techniques used by Dr. Thomas represent an advance in medicine that often replaces open surgical procedures, making the experience generally easier for the patient because smaller incisions are involved, leading to decreased risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff offers the best care to each and every patient. We emphasize patient education, offering our patients clear explanations of their diagnosis and a treatment plan.

We are always available to answer your questions and keep you informed every step of the way. Thank you for your interest in Murfreesboro Vascular and Interventional. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions at 615.396.4282 or for more information at

Dr. Steven Thomas is certified by the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

His clinical interest is in Interventional Radiology and includes:

  • Percutaneous stent graft repair of thoracic and abdominal aneurysms
  • Treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Minimally invasive treatment of liver and kidney tumors
  • Treatment of venous insufficiency (varicose veins)

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed a transitional year internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, followed by a Radiology Residency at the University of Mississippi and a Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at the University of Virginia.

At home, Dr. Thomas’ interests include weight training, racquetball and hunting. He is married and has three children.

Dr. Chip (Bruce) Bell is a board-certified radiologist by the American Board of Radiology.

His clinical interests within Interventional Radiology include:

  • Peripheral arterial/vascular disease (PAD/PVD) endovascular interventions
  • Treatment of uterine fibroids
  • Venous insufficiency and varicose/spider vein treatments
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism interventions
  • Varicocele intervention
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome intervention

Dr. Bell is a graduate of Wheaton College, Creighton University Graduate School and Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a Transitional Year Internship at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI, followed by residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and then fellowship training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Bell is married with three children. His interests include watching and playing sports, working out and travelling.

Dr. William Lea is certified by the American Board of Radiology in both Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. He is a founding member of the Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO). His extensive training and expertise allows him to provide minimally-invasive, comprehensive patient-centered care for a wide variety of diseases. His clinical interests include the following:


  • Primary and Metastatic Liver Cancer (TACE, Y90, Ablation)
  • Kidney Cancer (Ablation)
  • Metastatic Bone Disease (Ablation, Cementoplasty, Screw Fixation)
  • Painful Fractures Related to Cancer

Arterial Disease

  • Abdominal & Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Endoleaks (EVAR, TEVAR)
  • Lower Extremity Arterial Disease (Angioplasty, Stenting)

Venous Disease

  • Varicose Veins (Ablation, Phlebectomy, Sclerotherapy)
  • Acute & Chronic Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) (Thrombectomy, Stent Reconstruction)
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Removal


  • Uterine-Sparing Embolization of Fibroids (UFE)
  • Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) for Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Spine & Sacral Fractures (Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty)
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) Placement for Ascites

Dr. Lea is a native of Nashville and graduate of Harvard University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed two years of general surgery residency at Indiana University, four years of diagnostic radiology residency at Indiana University, and a comprehensive fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. After completion of his training, Dr. Lea continued in academic medicine for over 4 years as an Assistant Professor of Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During this time, he was involved in numerous clinical research projects, academic publications, and speaking engagements both nationally and internationally with a primary focus on minimally-invasive therapies for primary and secondary musculoskeletal malignancies. A list of his research publications can be found here.

Dr. Lea lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife and three children. Outside of work, his interests include camping and paddling around the beautiful Southeast, live music, traveling around the globe, Saturday afternoon college football, and Scouting.


Our patients receive the highest level of care from our operating room team of registered nurses (RNs) and radiology technologists in our newly built interventional suite at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Professionally trained in critical care nursing, procedural care and recovery, conscious sedation, IV insertion and managing medical emergencies, each member of our RN team is an expert clinician.

Every patient receives individual one-on-one nursing care to ensure their safety and decrease their anxiety. During each procedure, Dr. Thomas is assisted by a specially trained radiology technologist who is certified in vascular-interventional radiography.

At MVI, we are committed to keeping our patients well informed about their individual medical situations, the procedures they elect, and their follow-up care, so a dedicated team member will communicate with our patients every step of the way.