Vascular/Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Rakesh Navuluri, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship is a one year program providing experience in all aspects of both adult and pediatric interventional procedures.  Beginning academic year 2018, our ACGME-approved fellowship program has openings for three individuals each year through the NRMP.

The curriculum provides for both clinical and didactic learning for the trainees.  Significant hands-on experience is obtained in the angiography suites.  Our fellows graduate having performed over 1500 cases – the vast majority as primary operator.  (Please note that VIR fellows do not perform placement of PICCs, thoracenteses, or paracenteses.  These are managed by the hospital Procedure Service, which permits our fellows to focus their training on higher-level cases.)  Fellows will also participate in our outpatient IR clinic.

Didactic teaching is achieved through weekly IR fellow conferences, participation in multidisciplinary conferences, and a formalized didactic lecture series given by the attending staff.

The Section of Vascular and Interventional Radiology performs both vascular and non-vascular interventional procedures.  We have a robust interventional oncology practice offering radioembolization, chemoembolization, and thermal ablation procedures.  Fellows also gain experience reading CTA and MRA exams.

We are actively involved in various clinical trials including studies pertaining to arteriovenous fistulas, radioembolization, high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation, and IVC filters.

The section moved into the state-of-the-art Center for Care and Discovery in February 2013.  We have seven fluoroscopy suites, 64- and 256-slice CT scanners and dedicated ultrasound equipment.  Our staff includes 6 full-time faculty, 4 nurse practitioners, 10 procedural nurses, 11 technologists, and 2 rotating diagnostic radiology residents.

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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
Program Director, Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Osmanuddin Ahmed, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

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In 2013, the ACGME Board of Directors approved the new education format in interventional radiology (IR) of a five-year interventional radiology-integrated residency. In tandem to that approval was the approval to create the two-year interventional radiology-independent format.  With the advent of these two new training programs in interventional radiology, all currently accredited one-year vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) fellowship programs will sunset on June 30, 2020, and the two-year IR-independent programs will begin accreditation on July 1, 2020.

Residents will match into the two-year IR-independent programs in the same fashion as the current VIR programs, through the NRMP fellowship match that takes place during the R3 year in diagnostic radiology.  The first match for the IR-independent programs will likely be June 2019 to allow residents to start these programs on July 1, 2020.

For more information, please visit their websites:
Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)
National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)

Laura Pawlak
Fellowship Program Administrator