Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program

Program Director's Welcome

We invite you to join us in the endeavor of providing excellent minimally invasive therapies in a state-of-the-art facility while in an environment that will provide you with all of the clinical, teaching and mentoring resources to succeed as an interventional radiologist.

Driss Raissi, MD, FICA
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Program Director, Independent Interventional Radiology Residency

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a dynamic and continuously evolving specialty that uses the complex toolbox of radiological imaging to guide minimally invasive interventions and treatments. It is truly an inspiring career. Charles Dotter is the founding father of the specialty and his famous quote will live on forever: “the angiographic catheter can be more than a tool for passive means of diagnostic observation; used with imagination, it can become an important surgical instrument." Dr. Charles Dotter.

ESIR candidates will be eligible for graduation after successful completion of only one year of our Independent IR residency. Non-ESIR candidates are also welcome to apply and will be eligible for graduation after successful completion of the full two-year independent IR curriculum.

The overall goal of our IR program is to merge imaging expertise with not only technical skills, but also clinical skills. The IR residents will take an active role in all aspects of patient care including image interpretation, evaluation of new patients, procedures, inpatient and outpatient care, patient follow-up, and will be given opportunities to be involved in research and participate in multidisciplinary boards.

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division at the University of Kentucky performs the full gamut of vascular and nonvascular procedures in both adult and pediatric populations. Included among these are diagnostic angiography, percutaneous angioplasty and stenting, embolization therapy, percutaneous tumor ablative therapies, thrombolysis, gastrointestinal/biliary interventions, genitourinary interventions, transplant interventions, dialysis fistula/graft evaluation and treatment, drainage and/or sclerosis, and vascular access. We have a very large volume of oncology work at our Chandler Medical Center as you would expect of a NCI ( National Cancer Institute) designated center and we are very active in both chemoembolization and SIRT as well as percutaneous ablative therapies such as microwave ablation and cryoablation. Our center is a busy liver, kidney, heart and lung transplant center providing a wide variety of complex cases.

 IR residents will have exposure to peripheral vascular interventions, aortic aneurysm stent graft repair and venous ablation therapies through a collaborative relationship with the Division of Vascular Surgery. Chandler Medical Center is our main University Hospital and is the only level one trauma center in a 60-mile radius with a larger surrounding referral base from Appalachia. We have a large volume of emergent solid organ and pelvic embolization from trauma. Trainees will also have the opportunity to rotate through cardiovascular radiology division to read CTA/MRA with associated advanced techniques such as microvascular reconstruction. A non-invasive vascular lab rotation is also included and may be used for RPVI certification.

Our Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program will offer:

  • Interventional Oncology including Y-90 SIRT, TACE, microwave ablation, cryoablation

  • Ultrasound and CT-guided biopsies

  • Arterial and venous thrombolysis

  • TIPS

  • Trauma interventions

  • Uterine artery embolization

  • Neuro-interventions including but not limited to stroke interventions, cerebral artery aneurysm coiling and stenting, Pipeline interventions

  • Lymphangiography and thoracic duct embolization

  • Treatment of vascular anomalies

  • Peripheral arterial interventions including angioplasty and stents for claudication and limb salvage

  • Venous interventions and recanalization

  • Biliary interventions including cholecystostomy tubes, biliary tract drainage, biliary dilation and stenting

  • Genitourinary interventions, nephrostomy, nephroureteral and ureteral stents

  • Hemodialysis access interventions

  • Transplant intervention

  • Venous access, including ports and tunneled venous access devices

  • IVC filters

  • Abscess drains

  • Pleural drains

  • Cyst sclerosis

Other Opportunities:

  • Participation in Mortality and Morbidity Conference

  • Journal Club

  • Outpatient clinic experience for liver cancer and transplant patients

  • Multidisciplinary pelvic pain and fibroid clinic

  • Opportunities to participate in clinical and/or laboratory research

How to Apply:

We will offer one Independent Interventional Radiology position through the NRMP Fellowship Match (December cycle) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications will be accepted via ERAS beginning December 1, 2018.

Both ESIR and non-ESIR candidates are encouraged to apply.

ESIR applicants should submit the following verification documents directly to our program at: sajone2@uky.edu.

  • Diagnostic radiology program letter verifying acceptance into ESIR

  • Training block diagrams for R1-R4 years

Independent IR Residency & ESIR FAQ

Additional questions?  Please contact:

Sally Jones, C-TAGME                              OR                            Kristin Sparks, MPH      

Medical Education Specialist                                                      Medical Education Specialist

sajone2@uky.edu                                                                         Kristin.Sparks@uky.edu

PH: 859-797-0512                                                                       PH: 859-323-0693

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