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 Level 1 adult trauma center at the University of Chicago Medical Center opened in May 2018 and readily serves the surrounding South Side of Chicago, as well as bring patients from nearby Indiana.  The University of Chicago Medicine opened the Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park, as well as the Center for Advanced Care at South Loop this past year. 

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                                                                                      Director, Interventional Neuroradiology Service 

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

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

Faculty - NorthShore University Hospital System

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

Kenneth Goldberg, M.D.
Clinical Assitant Professor

Michael Gorey, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

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

Beginning the 2021-2022 academic year, all Neuroradiology Fellowship positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) utilizing the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  Applicants must be eligible for Illinois Medical Licensure and all applications must be complete to be considered.

Fellowship applicants may apply via ERAS starting November 21, 2019.

For more information, please visit their websites at aamc.org/eras and www.nrmp.org.

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. 

For further information, please contact:
Laura Cecil
Fellowship Program Administrator
773-834-9980