Thank you for your interest in the 2018-2019 Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Department of Radiology, Section of Vascular and Interventional Radiology offers a one-year, ACGME-approved program for eight individuals each year. The program provides exposure to the full range of vascular and interventional radiology in its entirety. Our section performs all interventional procedures at our new hospital , including CT and ultrasound-guided biopsies and drainages. Procedural volume in our section last year was 10,000+ encounters and 18,000+ procedures. We are, therefore, in a position to provide optimal interventional services for our patients and referring physicians.
Trainees will gain experience on a wide variety of procedures. Northwestern's equipment includes seven dedicated angiographic suites. Two of the angiography suites contain new generation Siemens Flat panel units and an additional suite contains a new Phillips Flat Panel Unit 911, all of which have cone-beam CT capability. We also have a dedicated interventional ultrasound suite with three Acuson Sequoias and one Siemens Antares ultrasound unit, as well as two Sonosite ultrasounds and two Terason ultra sounds that are solely for our use. The Body Imaging Section is currently equipped with nine GE Light Speed helical CT scanners, including high-speed 16 and 64 slice GE machines, eleven 1.5T MR units, and a dedicated 3.0T research magnet. All studies are available for review via a hospital-wide PACS. More than two hundred diagnostic CT, MR, and US exams are performed daily as are numerous CTA and MRA studies, including cardiac and coronary imaging. Twelve to 18 image-guided biopsies and drainages are performed by our section daily. A hospital-based nursing service that places bedside PICC lines has recently expanded to include weekend service. A group of 4 IR-based physician assistants performs most of the IR minor procedures, such as outpatient PICC’s, paracentesis, and thoracentesis. All inpatient, outpatient, and clinic data are stored in a electronic medical record format.
Fellows also rotate at the adjacent Lurie Children’s Hospital, which has two full-time and four part-time pediatric interventionalists who perform 2,500+ procedures on an annual basis. Both facilities are staffed by Northwestern University faculty members. In addition, while at Northwestern Memorial Hospital our fellows participate in a Clinic Rotation during which time is spent in the various outpatient IR clinics, including Interventional Oncology, UFE, Vascular Surgery, and Vein Clinics. During this time, fellows also rotate with the Vascular Surgical Service and participate in aortic stent grafting, carotid stenting, and vascular lab study analysis. Finally, fellows will spend a six week rotation at the affiliated Jesse Brown VA Hospital. At this site the IR Suite contains a brand new Siemens ARTIS unit and the service performs about 2000 Procedures per year.
The Northwestern IR section is actively and continuously involved in presentations and exhibits at national and international radiology meetings. Numerous projects are ongoing within the section and department and fellows are encouraged to participate in this research. Current areas of interest include regional cancer therapy, including radio frequency ablation, cryoablation, microwave ablation and therasphere/sirsphere embolization, uterine fibroid embolization, magnetic resonance angiography, laser vein ablation, and interventional MRI/MRA, and IVC filtration. We are involved in numerous clinical trials, including hepatic radioembolization, hepatic lung and osseous tumor radio frequency ablation, and new design inferior vena cava filter evaluation. Fellows also play an important central role in the daily management of patients. Daily morning rounds are made on the interventional radiology inpatient and consult services and the fellows are responsible for their day-to-day care.
Dr. Robert L. Vogelzang
Emeritus Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Dr. Albert A. Nemcek Jr.
Emeritus JVIR Editor, Vice-Chairman of Radiology for Quality
Dr. James Carr
Director of Cardiac and Vascular Imaging, Vice-Chairman of Research
Dr. Kent Sato
Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Howard Chrisman
Associate Chairman of Radiology
Dr. Riad Salem
Interventional Radiology Section Chief, Vice-Chairman of Radiology for Image-Guided Therapy
Dr. Robert Lewandowski
Director of Interventional Oncology
Dr. Stan Kim
Pediatric IR Director
Dr. Ryan Hickey
Associate program director
We are now using ERAS for submission of applications to our Fellowship Program. Applicants may apply to the program through ERAS as of December 1, 2016.
As in the past, we will be asking you to submit:
- Curriculum vita
- Career objectives statement
- USMLE exam documentation for completion of steps 1 through 3
- ERAS Application Form
- Three letters of recommendation to:
Kent Sato, M.D.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Department of Radiology/Feinberg Pavilion
251 East Huron, Rm 4-710X
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Offers for personal interviews will be made upon completion and review of your ERAS application. Completion of an accredited four-year residency program is prerequisite for acceptance. Membership in SIR is strongly encouraged.
For additional assistance with any questions about ERAS or the application process, please contact Kelli Alderman at either (312) 695-1292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information
Information regarding the policies and procedures that would govern your training, the benefits and privileges you would have as a fellow, and a sample of the training contract is available at Graduate Medical Education website.
Kent Sato, MD
Contact Kelli Alderman for additional information about our Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship.