IR Independent Residency Program

IR Independent Residency Program

*The IR Independent residency at The University of Chicago will be accepting candidates for the 2020-2021 academic year only.                          
**We consider candidates with ESIR training only.

Our 1 year Independent IR training program consists of 4-week-long rotations in interventional radiology, neurointerventional radiology, hepatology/oncology, gastroenterology, and intensive care.  The interventional experience includes level 1 trauma, complex inpatient care, as well as outpatient clinics.  Furthermore, the University of Chicago’s academic affiliation with NorthShore University HealthSystem allows our residents to complement their training with additional experience at one of the nation’s leading community-based teaching hospitals.

Current IR fellows at The University of Chicago perform approximately 1700 cases per year.  A similar volume is anticipated for IR independent residents.  Participation in the vast majority (98%-99%) of these cases is as primary operator.   The program faculty strongly believe that trainees learn best by ‘doing’ rather than by ‘watching’.  The case volume and autonomy are important reasons that UC fellow graduates are able to effortlessly transition to practice and are consequently highly recruited.  It is also important to note that residents spend minimal time performing intern-level procedures such as PICC placement, thoracentesis and paracentesis.  These procedures are routinely performed by the hospital Procedure Service under the direction of the Department of Medicine.  This allows IR residents to focus their training on cases of higher complexity.

The VIR section performs all pediatric procedures that are referred from Comer Children’s Hospital.  Residents participate in treatment of complex vascular malformations, transplant complications, and trauma among others.  There are dedicated neurointerventional rotations where residents are exposed to the full gamut of neuro procedures including management of acute stroke.  Finally, residents will gain experience with endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular disease through rotations at NorthShore University Hospital.

Please visit our hospital website, UCM Vascular & Interventional Radiology, to learn more about the services we offer and conditions we treat.



Brian Funaki, MD, FSIR, FAHA, FCIRSE
Professor of Radiology
Section Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Jonathan Lorenz, MD, FSIR
Professor of Radiology

Thuong Van Ha, MD, FSIR
Professor of Radiology
Director, Clinical Research

Jeffrey Leef, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Steven M. Zangan MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Associate Director, Interventional Radiology Residency
Vice Chair, Business Development. Department of Radiology

Rakesh Navuluri, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, IR Clinic
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Osmanuddin Ahmed, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology



The clinical department is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging systems, including seven computed tomography units (16, 64 and 256 slice), and seven magnetic resonance imaging units (1.5 and 3.0 Tesla). There are seven interventional suites including two biplane fluoroscopy units for neurointerventional procedures as well a dedicated interventional radiology clinic and nursing unit with advanced monitoring capabilities. The department uses a highly sophisticated PACS for image interpretation, and reports are produced instantaneously via a voice recognition system. Dedicated imaging research facilities include 3T and 1.5T MRI systems for human imaging as well as 9.4T MRI, microPET/SPECT/CT, ultrasound and 3 optical imaging systems for animal imaging.


Although our primary goal is to train outstanding clinical radiologists, as a world-class academic institution, teaching and research are fundamental components of our program; we are particularly proud of the large number of trainees who choose to continue their careers in academic medicine. All trainees are encouraged to participate in research activities, and dedicated time and funding is provided to motivated residents for this purpose. Publication and presentation at national meetings is also encouraged. A broad range of research activity is under way in the department; a sampling of some of our internationally recognized research sections can be obtained by clicking here.


The IR/DR Integrated Residency Program was surveyed by the ACGME in November 2016 and received full accreditation in April 2017. 

Application Process

The University of Chicago Department of Radiology accepts two residents per year into the IR independent residency program.  All positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) utilizing the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). For information, please visit their websites at and

 Please provide verification of ESIR status in the form of 1) Diagnostic radiology program director letter verifying acceptance into ESIR and 2) Training block diagrams for R1-R4 years.  These documents must be submitted to us via email (  The documents must be received in order for us to consider the application (i.e., interviews will not be granted to candidates who have not provided this documentation).

All applicants must complete all pre-requisite training in an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program.  

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