Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Resident Research Opportunities

Radiology resident research is strongly encouraged and there are multiple opportunities to get involved in basic science and clinical projects. The research program of Northwestern radiology is represented across nine different areas of research including Neuroimaging, Body Imaging, Advanced CT, Cardiovascular, Imaging Informatics, Interventional Radiology, Oncology, Pediatrics and Women’s Imaging.

There is strong and robust research infrastructure provided through the radiology office of research administration, which offers support for IRB applications, statistics, grant submissions and research trial coordination.

The department of radiology operates a dedicated core imaging research facility called the Center for Translational Imaging, which houses five MRI scanners for research use, ranging in strength from 1.5T to 7T, and a small animal surgical and x-ray suite. This facility is available for use by residents and faculty.

Northwestern Radiology has a long standing research relationship with Siemens Medical Solutions. Four Siemens scientists are based in the department, allowing for rich and productive research collaboration.

The department of Radiology has numerous PhD scientists and physician-scientists, who can serve as mentors for radiology residents. Areas of interest, publications and grant funding can be accessed through Northwestern scholars, by clicking on each individual’s name.

At the beginning of each year, residents are introduced to the wide variety of research topics available and potential research mentors at the dedicated radiology research evening. Once a project and mentor are identified, residents are encouraged to apply for protected research time, which allows time off the clinical schedule to focus on specific approved research projects. Residents who present oral abstracts at national/international meetings will be financially supported by the department. The resident research day is held every May before graduation and the winner of the best presentation is awarded with a plaque and cash stipend.

New resident applicants may also be interested in enquiring about our R25 funded programs and the Physician Scientist Training Program. 

Other Resources

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Radiology Research Evening

The research division of Northwestern Radiology hosts an informal gathering of research mentors and residents during November of each year at the research offices which are located at 737 North Michigan Avenue, suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60611. During this event, research groups will demonstrate some of their work through poster or electronic presentations. This is an opportunity for all trainees to become familiar with various research topics offered through the department and across campus. It is hoped that residents will be able to identify a topic and mentor at the end of this event. 

Research Mentors

Feinberg Radiology mentors the next generation of clinical investigators by providing numerous research opportunities for residents and fellows as well as medical and graduate students. Following is a list of mentor based of their area of research specialty. Select their names to go to their individual Northwestern Scholars profile.

Body Imaging
David Casalino, MD
Jeanne Horowitz, MD
Helena Gabriel, MD
Frank H. Miller, MD
Paul Nikolaidis, MD

James C. Carr, MD
Kai Lin, MD
Michael Markl, PhD
Susanne Schnell, PhD

Advanced Computed Tomography Imaging and Post Processing
Vahid Yaghmai, MD

Alexander Nemeth, MD
Todd B Parrish, PhD
Ann B. Ragin, PhD

Neuroendovascular Imaging
Sameer Ansari, MD/PhD
Michael Hurley, MD
Scott Resnick, MD
Ali Shaibani, MD

Andrew C. Larson, PhD
Robert J. Lewandowski, MD
Riad Salem, MD

Cynthia K. Rigsby, MD

Women's Imaging
Sarah "Sally" M. Friedewald, MD
Ellen B. Mendelson, MD
Erin Neuschler, MD
Lillian Wang, MD

Protected Research Time

Once Residents have chosen a mentor and research topic, they can apply for protected time off the clinical schedule to pursue their project. The application is a one page document which must follow certain guidelines and briefly address different areas (see documents). Applications can be submitted to Dr James Carr, vice chair for research. Each application will be reviewed by at least 2 faculty members and approval will be communicated to the program director and chief residents. The vice chair for research will meet regularly with residents to ensure that they are progressing according to timelines.

Resident Research day

The resident research day is held every May prior to graduation. Residents get the opportunity to present their work in oral or poster format. The event is usually introducaed by a keynote speaker. The 2014 winners were:

Research day winners:

Robbie Cantrell – 1st place oral presentation

Jessica Andreoli – 2nd place oral presentation

Leroy Stromberg – 3rd place oral presentation

RSNA resident award 2014: Jessica Andreoli

Steps for Residents to get involved in Research

Step 1: Choose topic and identify mentor

Step 2: Apply for Protected research Time

Step 3: Have regular meetings with mentor and vice chair

Step 4: Submit abstract and write manuscript

Step 5: Present at resident research day