Neuroradiology Fellowship

Carina Yang, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director

The Neuroradiology section offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program which includes training in advanced neuroimaging and the full range of both adult and pediatric imaging procedures of the central nervous system, head and neck. Neuroradiology works very closely with other departments in the hospital including Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuropathology, Adult and Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology. The congenial environment facilitates rewarding multidisciplinary experience in clinical care and academic projects. The Neuroradiology fellowship includes approximately 8 months of rotation at the University of Chicago Medical Center and 4 months of rotation at NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital, which provide a fully complementary learning experience.

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Training in all aspects of neuroimaging is offered, including CT angiography, TOF and contrast-enhanced MR angiography, CSF flow analysis, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, MR/CT perfusion imaging, functional MR imaging, and fetal MRI. A fully-staffed dedicated neuroimaging lab is available, as are various post-processing workstations and software.  One of the main goals of the fellowship program is mastery of the variety of advanced neuroimaging techniques, with each fellow gaining expertise from ample dedicated time at the MR scanner while these exams are performed, as well as hands-on experience with post-processing of each case.  Benefitting from the high volume of head and neck cases referred to University of Chicago’s renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center, fellows develop a finessed knowledge of the intricacies of head and neck anatomy and proficiency with complex head and neck cases.

The fellows also gain daily exposure to pediatric neuroradiology cases due to the fully integrated Comer Children’s Hospital, which includes one of only two Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in Chicago.  Rather than spending a small subset of the academic year in the form of single rotations at a pediatric hospital as is the case with many large academic centers, our integrated pediatric facility provides nearly one-third of the daily case volume year-round.  Dedicated faculty with pediatric neuroradiology expertise is readily available.  A collaborative and supportive relationship with renowned Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery experts allows for a multidisciplinary learning experience with many challenging and unique cases.

The recently announced new Level 1 adult trauma center at the University of Chicago Medical Center is projected to open first quarter of 2018, and will readily serve the surrounding South Side of Chicago, as well as bring patients from nearby Indiana.  The University of Chicago Medicine is also shortly opening the Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park which is to be completed late in 2016, as well as the Center for Advanced Care at South Loop which will debut in January 2017. 

Fellows can also gain direct experience in basic neurointerventional techniques including a variety of image-guided spinal proceduresas well as diagnostic catheter cerebral angiography. They are also exposed to endovascular therapy for intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations. Integrated Fellows have the opportunity to participate in additional pain management spinal procedures through extra-departmental collaboration, and are also provided with the opportunity for limited radiology elective experience outside of neuroradiology. Both contrast code simulation and image-guided spine procedure simulation training are made available.

An eight-week neuropathology course is provided to fellows, with weekly brain-cutting sessions.  Weekly didactic and clinical conferences by neuroradiology faculty are held throughout the academic year to enrich the learning experience. Fellows also participate in a variety of multidisciplinary conferences.  Research and academic activities are highly encouraged. Fellows interested in pursuing academic projects are supported by faculty mentors and weekly dedicated academic time.  Neuroradiology faculty members are fully subspecialized and all certified by the American Board of Radiology with Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology (CAQ).  The neuroradiologists have all contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field.

In addition to the three ACGME-accredited fellowship positions, an Advanced Neuroradiology program is available for candidates who desire additional training at a level beyond the standard one-year program.  The second year is a tailored program aimed at promoting specific clinical and research interests of the second-year fellow, especially with regards to advanced techniques.

Faculty - University of Chicago Medical Center

Gregory Christoforidis, MD
Professor of Radiology
Section Chief - Neuroradiology

Saad Ali, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

John Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Daniel Ginat, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Greg Katzman, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Radiology
Vice Chair, Operations

Seon Kyu Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology, Surgery and Neurology
Director, Interventional Neuroradiology Service

Carina Yang, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Director, Pediatric Neuroradiology

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Faculty - NorthShore University Hospital System

William Ankenbrandt, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Section Chief                                                                                 

Anne Doppenberg, M.D.
Senior Clinician Educator

Kenneth Goldberg, M.D.

Clinical Assitant Professor

Michael Gorey, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Joel Meyer, M.D.
Clinical Professor
Executive Vice Chairman

Kristina Olsen, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Bojan Petrovic, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
NorthShore Site Director of Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
Jordan Prager, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Matt Walker, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Vice Chairman of Operations

Doris Yip, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Our Department has unanticipated openings for Neuroradiology Imaging Fellowship program for the 2017 academic year.   Applicants for the Neuroradiology Fellow position must have completed an approved Radiology Residency Program and must be eligible for Illinois Medical Licensure.  Interested applicants may apply by submitting the Neuroradiology Fellowship application below.  All applications must be complete to be considered.

Our Department will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year on September 1, 2016. The deadline to submit completed applications is February 15, 2017. Applications submitted after February 15, 2017 will not be considered. All positions are filled using the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Click here for the Neuroradiology Fellowship application.

All applicants must complete all pre-requisite training in an ACGME-accredited internship or residency program before entering or transferring into an ACGME-accredited fellowship program.  Please view the following for full details.

For further information, please contact:
Laura Pawlak
Fellowship Program Administrator