Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Interventional Radiology Residency-Integrated


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 imaging, image-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.  The Independent residency will not start until 2020.

Current training pathway:


PGY 2-5

    PGY 6


Diagnostic Radiology

IR Fellowship

Integrated IR Residency


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-Integrated  program at Northwestern is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

General Information

Residents may enter the program after completing medical school (MD/DO) from 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.  The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) code is 2247416A0.  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 in November, December, and January. Read about the Interview Day at Feinberg.

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 15, 2019.

Our application deadline is November 1, 2019.


Interview Day

Interviews will be held in conjunction with the Diagnostic Radiology interviews and are held November through January in the Radiology Department Academic Suite located at 676 N. St. Clair, 8th fl, Suite 800. Offers are made after the interview review committee has had the opportunity to review all applications. All invitations and interview day correspondence will be sent via email. Please make sure your application reflects your correct email address.

On the evening prior to your interview, you are invited to a dinner event, hosted by several of our residents at a local restaurant. Although it is entirely optional, attendance is generally excellent; the casual setting is an ideal opportunity to get the “inside scoop” on the program.   Additional information will be sent along with interview invitations.

You will be interviewed by members of the department including the program directors of Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology as well as the chief resident. The day will also include presentations by several faculty members. The purpose of these brief presentations is to provide an overview of our clinical, teaching and research program from the perspective of several key members of our faculty. Candidates, faculty, residents and fellows will convene around noon for lunch. You will also receive a tour of the hospital and facilities, led by one of the residents.  The IR residency candidates will then meet with several of the IR faculty in the afternoon as well. 

If there are specific individuals or features in our program that you would like to see during your visit, please let us know in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request.



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.

Steven Sauk M.D., M.S

Kush Desai M.D.

Elias Hohlastos M.D.

Bartley Thornburg M.D.

Ahsun Riaz M.D.

Andrew Blum M.D.

Seth Klein M.D.


How to Apply

The Northwestern integrated IR residency will begin accepting applications on September 15, 2019. Applications should be submitted through ERAS. The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) code is 2247416A0.

Interviews are offered by appointment only, and are conducted November through January.


Kent Sato, MD

Program Director


Bartley Thornburg, MD

Associate Program Director

312- 695-5753 

Senta Berggruen, MD

Associate Program Director