Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Interventional Radiology Residency-Independent

Interventional Radiology Residency-Independent


In 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties established interventional radiology (IR) as a unique specialty in medicine, and in 2014 the ACGME approved a dedicated IR Residency. The specialty comprises unique expertise in diagnostic imagingimage-guided procedures and patient care. Graduates will be board certified in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.

Northwestern University IR program is proud to be among the first programs to offer the IR Residency. 

The IR residency differs from the traditional IR training pathway in the amount of time spent on diagnostic radiology (DR), interventional radiology and clinical rotations.

There are two different structures of the IR residency: the Integrated Residency and the Independent Residency.

The Integrated Residency consists of 5 years following a clinical internship year and provides training in interventional and diagnostic radiology under the supervision of the IR program director. Candidates match into the residency from medical school.

The Independent Residency consists of 1-2 years after having completed a diagnostic radiology residency.  Traditional DR graduates will need to complete a 2 year residency.  Those that have graduated from a program that has an “early specialization in IR” (ESIR) designation will have a 1 year residency.  Candidates match into the IR residency during their third year of DR residency.

Current training pathway:

    PGY 1

        PGY 2-5

                 PGY 6


Diagnostic Radiology

            IR Fellowship

Integrated IR Residency

    PGY 1

                                                   PGY 2-6


                                      3 yrs Diagnostic Radiology

                                2 yrs Interventional Radiology

Independent IR Residency

    PGY 1

            PGY 2-5

    PGY 6 & PGY 7


   Diagnostic Radiology

Interventional Radiology


Northwestern Interventional Radiology

By rotating through three hospitals, IR trainees are ensured comprehensive exposure to the full scope of interventional radiology. As with any training program, volume translates to experience. Residents must participate in a minimum of 1000 invasive imaging and image-guided vascular and non-vascular interventional procedures during their training.  Overall, the total number of IR procedures performed at the three Northwestern training sites exceeds 15,000 per year providing ample volume for our residents.

Interventional radiologists interact with nearly every medical specialty. Common procedures include:

Arterial Disease

Angioplasty, stenting

Thrombolysis of acute clot

Aortic aneurysm treatment

AVM treatment

Venous Disease

DVT Lysis

Pulmonary Artery Lysis

IVC Filter placement & removal

Varicose vein ablation


Embolization of hemorrhage





Venous Access

Chemo- and Radioembolization

Percutaneous Ablation


Perc chole drains

Biliary decompression/stenting


Women’s Health

Pelvic Congestion

Uterine Fibroid Embolization



Ureteral stent



Dialysis access

Fistula/graft maintenance


Pain management


Stroke management

Intracranial aneurysm


The primary training site, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has nearly 1000 beds. Among other well-recognized specialties, it is one of the busiest transplant hospitals in the country, a level I trauma center, and has one of the largest oncology programs in the region, ensuring that IR trainees are involved in the most innovative and complex IR procedures. 

Major clinical programs include:

The Jesse Brown VA Hospital is located approximately 5 miles west of Northwestern Memorial and offers IR trainees the experience of a typical, yet busy, VA hospital. 

Major clinical programs include:


Lurie Children’s Hospital, located on the downtown Northwestern Medical Campus, is a leading children’s hospital and the largest in the Midwest.

Major clinical programs include:


Application Procedure


The Interventional Radiology Residency-Independent program at Northwestern is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

General Information

Residents may enter the program after completing a four year diagnostic radiology residency at an accredited US or Canadian college and one post-graduate year of clinical training in an ACGME or RCPSC surgery program.

The Department of Radiology participates in the National Residency Matching Program.  Applications for residency are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Following initial evaluation of the applications by our review committee, individuals are offered formal interviews. Interviews are by appointment only and are conducted January through March. 

For salary and benefit information, please visit the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University website.

Submission Dates

Applications can be submitted via ERAS starting September 21, 2019.

Our application deadline is February 1, 2019.



Riad Salem M.D., MBA.  IR Section Chief, Vice-Chair, Image-Guided Therapies

Kent Sato M.D.  IR Residency Program Director

Robert Vogelzang M.D.  IR Section Chief Emeritus

Albert Nemcek M.D.  Vice-Chair, Quality & Safety

Howard Chrisman M.D., MBA  President of Northwestern Medical Group

James Carr M.D.  Radiology Department Chair

Robert Lewandowski M.D.  Chief of Interventional Oncology

Mona Gupta M.D.  IR Section Chief, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Samdeep Mouli M.D.

Scott Resnick M.D.

Richard Chen D.O.

Kush Desai M.D.

Elias Hohlastos M.D.

Bartley Thornburg M.D.

Ahsun Riaz M.D.

Andrew Blum M.D.

Seth Klein M.D.

Steven Sauk, M.D., M.S.

Contact Information

Kent Sato, MD

Program Director


Bartley Thornburg, MD

Associate Program Director

312- 695-5753 

Roksana Birkos

Education Coordinator