Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Information



Neuroradiology Fellowship 2017-2018

Start Date: July 1, 2017


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We have filled the 8 positions for our 2016 class and will start reviewing applications for the 2017 class in September 2015. If we have any unexpected openings for 2016, we will announce it on this webpage

Please contact the fellowship program director James Fink if any questions.


The University of Washington Department of Radiology offers a one-year neuroradiology fellowship which was expanded this year to 8 positions (all ACGME accredited). Our fellowship program provides a well-balanced clinical, research and teaching curriculum. The second year fellowship is optional and highly encouraged to those who pursue an academic career in neuroradiology. Applicants for this fellowship must be board eligible or certified in diagnostic radiology and must obtain a medical license in the state of Washington prior to the start of this fellowship.

We are participating in the neuroradiology fellowship match administered by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and will likely have 5 positions in the match for external candidates for the class starting July 2017 (for a total of 8 first year fellows). Those who are interested in our neuroradiology fellowship program should have their application completed (including references) and sent to our program prior to November, 2015. We will accept applications during the match period, but it is highly suggested to send your application in advance of the Match Open date.

The NRMP has issued the following dates for the Neuroradiology Fellowship Match for 2017 Appointments (note that the interview period was moved ahead to avoid  conflict with the ABR core exam schedule):

For foreign medical graduates (FMG), we will only be able to confirm appointments with a J1 visa status, unless there are special circumstances. For FMGs currently on an H1 visa, we will be able to extend the visa through our institution. If you are an FMG, please note that we will request that you enter the country at least two weeks prior to the start of the fellowship in order to adequately process your appointment, approve your state medical license and complete all documentation in order for you to begin the fellowship program on the approved start date.

We occasionally have second year (non-ACGME) neuroradiology fellowship positions available for external candidates (depending on how many 1st year fellows wish to stay for an optional 2nd year). This appears unlikely for July 2016, but please email Bill Freeberg if interested.

We occasionally have outside openings for our neurointerventional one-year fellowship. Please email Dr. Raju Ghodke, Director Neurointerventional Radiology, if interested:

The complete application should include:

  1. completed application form (download Microsoft word file here)
  2. personal statement
  3. copy of your curriculum vitae
  4. 3 letters of reference
  5. Copy of medical school diploma
  6. Copies of USMLE 1, 2 and 3 scores
    1. Foreign medical graduates must provide copy of the clinical skills test score result
  7. Copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

James Fink, MD
Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director

Department of Radiology
University of Washington
1959 N.E. Pacific Street Box 357115
Seattle, WA 98195-7115
TEL: 206-598-3119
FAX: 206-598-8475

If you have any questions regarding fellowship application, please contact neuroradiology fellowship program coordinator:

Bill Freeberg
Department of Radiology, Box 357115
University of Washington
1959 N.E. Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7115
TEL: 206-598-5130
FAX: 206-598-8475

Please contact the NRMP office at (202) 862-6077 to request application materials to the match. We adhere to the NRMP match guidelines.

TOP 10 reasons for why you should do a
Neuroradiology fellowship at University of Washington

1) A multi-site hosptial system with wide range of pathological cases
2) Flexible scheduling of amount of angio time depending on interests of each fellow with opportunity for neurointerventional exposure as a first year diagnostic neuroradiology fellow
3) Incredibly nice faculty with collegial environment
4) Extensive opportunity to work with faculty with diverse research interests
5) Protected 20% academic time for fellows
6) Infrastructure to mentor fellows' research projects
7) The Radiology Department Chairman, Dr. Norman Beauchamp, is also a neuroradiologist
8) Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in US with boating, hiking, and great Summers.
9) 45 minutes to Snoqualmie Ski Resort
10) Extremely supportive fellowship program director


The neuroradiology section is under the direction of Yoshimi Anzai, MD. MPH, and consists of twelve full-time neuroradiology faculty, seven first-year neuroradiology fellows, two second-year fellows and a clinical research coordinator. The faculty have differing clinical and research interests in neuroimaging and, thus, complement each other. This assures a teaching faculty with a broad array of experience and expertise that serves to support a well-balanced educational program for the fellow in training. Click here to view the neuroradiology faculty and staff.


The neuroradiology fellowship program provides strong clinical training in the performance and interpretation of all aspects of neuroimaging including multivoxel MRS, fMRI, MR perfusion, high resolution MR neurogram, as well as CTA, CT perfusion. Fellows gain extensive experience and a high level of proficiency in cerebral and spinal angiography, myelogram, spine injection, as well as CT guilded biopsy.

Specialized training (under the direction of Dr. Raju Ghodke) in a broad array of neurointerventional techniques forms an integral part of the training program, including coiling of cerebral aneurysms, occlusion of AVM utilizing injectable glue, angioplasty for vasospasms, balloon occlusion of intracranial vascular abnormalities, particulate embolization of tumors, endovascular angioplasty/stenting of carotid and intracranial vessels, thrombolytic therapy for acute strokle, and vertebroplasty.

Our neuroradiology fellowship offers extensive exposure to head and neck radiology and pathology with integral collaborative work with Otolaryngology, Radiation Oncology, and Ophthalmology departments. Pediatric neuroradiology training is provided by Children Hospital by Dr. Dennis Shaw as well as Dr. Ed Weinberger.

The one-year fellowship consists of adult neuroradiology core rotations divided as:
40% University of Washington Medical Center reading room (includes reading cases from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the UW Roosevelt Clinic
40% Harborview Medical Center reading room
20% Neuroangiography (diagnostic and interventional) at Harborview

Beyond these core clinical rotations there is:
1 month rotation at Children's Hospital of Seattle which includes pediatric neuroradiology
1 morning/week rotation on the adult pain service at UWMC learning image-guided spine interventions (epidural and facet injections, nerve blocks etc)
Approximately 1 day/week academic time (no clinical duties)
1 week elective (examples: learning MRI advanced postprocessing, observing on a surgical service, additional time at Childrens, etc)

Call is approximately every 8th or 9th day (depending on number of 2nd year fellows in the call pool) and consists of giving preliminary reads on urgent MRI scans from home and rarely coming into the hospital for an urgent neuroangiography/NIR case. Usually the neurointerventional fellow will do the acute stroke intervention cases while the first-year neuroradiology fellow will do the urgent diagnostic cerebral angiograms (relatively infrequent). The day after call is usually scheduled as an academic day (no clinical duties).

There are neuroradiology teaching conferences on Tuesday and Friday mornings teleconferenced between the UWMC and Harborview departments

Examples below of DTI (preoperative planning for pons cavernoma) and FMRI (visual activation for preoperative assessment of cortical dysplasia) performed on our Harborview 3T Siemens (DTI) and UWMC 3T Philips (FMRI) scanners


In addition to clinical procedures, the neuroradiology fellowship program offers several intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences. These include radiology department teaching conferences, neuroradiology/neuropathology correlation conferences, neuroscience grand rounds, neurosurgery clinical conferences and Brain tumor board, as well as head and neck tumor board. Neuroradiology fellows play a vital role in all of the clinical conferences. Neuroradiology fellows give one didactic lectures to the residents per year.

Weekly neuroradiology teaching conferences are provided on Tuesdays and Fridays mornings teleconferenced between our two main hospitals (UWMC and Harborview).

Additionally, the fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects. First-year fellows will be provided, on average, one academic day per week, during which time they will be expected to develop and carry out a research project. This research often results in publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at major medical meetings. Fellows are expected to publish at least one paper per year. Basic science research facilities and funding are also available for fellows to pursue projects in the radiology research laboratories.

The fellowship program is registered with the American Society of Neuroradiology, and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Successful completion of the fellowship fulfills all of the requirements necessary for obtaining a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology and membership in the American Society of Neuroradiology.


The salary for the first year of fellowship (R6) is currently $65,172 (for 2014-15
). The stipend for the second-year fellows is variable and commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position. Fellows are covered by the UW group health and dental insurance programs. Professional malpractice insurance coverage is also provided. There are three weeks of paid vacation time allotted. In addition, meeting time and money for travel expenses may be provided for presentation of a research paper at a major medical meeting. Fellows are given an additional $2,000/year for books, travel, etc as well as a $600/year reimbursement for home internet access (used to view studies on call).

The University of Washington provides equal opportunity and education without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex or handicap according to Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title 9 of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 799A and 855 of the Public Service Act.