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Yale Neuroradiology Fellowship

Updated: August 1, 2019

The Neuroradiology Section at Yale offers a robust ACGME accredited fellowship, sponsoring 12 positions per year. Together, we provide care to the Yale-New Haven Hospital (Level I Trauma Center), Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale Smilow Cancer Center, the West Haven VA Hospital and several outpatient imaging centers, the images of which are read at Yale. Fellows are exposed to a wealth of research opportunity and a rich clinical experience derived from these facilities, with a combined total of 1150 beds in a tertiary referral center as well as from outpatient specialty clinics run by internationally famous physician-scientists in the fields of Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuro-Oncology.

The clinical division of our department supports 16 neuroradiology faculty members, diagnostic and interventional radiology residency programs in addition to rotating residents and medical students in a stimulating academic environment.

Fellows rotate through modality based rotations in MR/Advanced Imaging, CT, and Special Procedures (including biopsies and spine procedures, Diagnostic Angiography and Interventional Neuroradiology).

Clinical Services


In addition to an impressive fleet of offsite magnets, the The Yale New Haven Hospital MRI Centers utilize 10 Siemens clinical MR scanners.

Our on-site Fitkin MRI Outpatient imaging Center has two state of the 3T and one 1.5 T scanner which are used for routine and advanced clinical and clinical research functions, including clinical fMRI.

The Smilow Cancer Hospital maintains four 3.0 T clinical magnets (where we also perform clinical fMRI), including a 3T intra operative magnet located on the third floor within the neurosurgical OR suite, and a 1.5 T unit.

A 3T Skyra in the Children’s hospital is utilized for our pediatric patients, and a neonatal MR unit is to be installed in the NICU. 2 Newly installed magnets at the Saint Rapheal Campus include a Siemens Magnetom Vida (3T).


The CT service utilizes thirteen clinical CT scanners deployed between the hospital and outpatient facilities. They include 32, 64, and Dual Energy units.

Two 64 slice scanners are housed in our Emergency Radiology Department, and a 8 slice Neuro Portable scanner is housed in our inpatient Neuro Intensive Care unit. One inpatient scanner is dedicated for interventional and CT-guided procedures.

The department has a rich array of 3-D imaging and advanced workstations, including Olea, Advantage Windows workstations, GRASP processing, Syngo via, Neuroquant, and In Vivo Dynasuite, for post-processing and 3D support for the CT and MR services.


In addition to the clinical scanners, there are nine dedicated research magnets on campus in the MR Research Center, including one 1.5 Tesla and two 3 Tesla units for anatomic and functional MR imaging. Two high field (4 Tesla and 7 Tesla) whole body units are available for human MR spectroscopy experiments. Three small bore magnets at 4.7 Tesla, 9.4 Tesla, and 11.7 Tesla are available for pre-clinical experiments. Two in vitro spectroscopy units round out the imaging armamentarium in the MR Research Center. The MR imaging equipment is supported by on-site chemistry and electronics laboratories.

Educational Conferences

Every Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, the Yale Neuroradiology faculty provide didactic neuroradiology sessions to the Fellows, where lunch is provided. The curriculum includes monthly Journal Clubs. A monthly didactic neuropathology lecture series, and weekly brain-cuttings are also attended.

Invited speakers, and Fellow presentations are integrated in the didactic schedule. For the remaining days of the week, we partake in a more informal interesting case conference session at noon where fellows and resident mini-fellows present interesting cases with faculty participation.

Weekly clinical, educational conferences and Grand Rounds presentations are offered in Neurosurgery, Neurology, ENT, Neuropathology and Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery. Prominent guest speakers present Diagnostic Radiology Grand Rounds and Neurosurgery Grand Rounds throughout the year that we encourage our fellows to attend.


On-call requirements include coverage of CT, MRI and the rare emergent image-guided procedure. Diagnostic Neuroradiology call is covered by the fellow on weekday evenings and weekend days. A dedicated, in-house attending neuroradiologist reads all overnight cases. When the fellow is on call, the attending is immediately available for backup if not working in tandem. Ample pre-and post call time off is provided to the fellows, in addition to compensation for weekend calls.


Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital are just a few blocks from the main Yale University Campus. Fellows have access to all Yale University facilities. In addition to theater, music, dining and other downtown activities, we are also located by beautiful Long Island Sound that provides beaches, boating, water sports etc. The area is also conducive to bicycling, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Living accommodations are affordable and readily available in New Haven and surrounding areas.

Neuroradiology Faculty

Mariam Aboian, M.D., PhD
Richard Bronen, M.D., Chief
Paul Cedeno, M.D.
Marcus Conti, MD
Robert Fulbright, M.D.
Ichiro Ikuta, M.D.
Michele Johnson, M.D.
Anthony Abou-Karam, M.D.
Amit Mahajan. M.D.

Ajay Malhotra, M.D.
Robert Messina, M.D.
Frank Minja, M.D.
Sam Payabvash, M.D.
Balaji Rao, MD
Gordon Sze, M.D.
Vahe Zohrabian, MD
William Zucconi, D.O., Fellowship Director

Neuroradiology Fellows

Neeraj Bhatt, M.D.
Sandra Abi Fadel, M.D.
Nicolas Harris, M.D.
David Homa, M.D.
M.Feras Jalab, M.D.
Jason Jones, M.D.
Sean Lisse, M.D.
Melody Mar, M.D. Chief Fellow
Betty Matthew, M.D.
Yaacov Rydzinski, M.D.
Umber Shafique, M.D.
Joyce Xie, M.D.

Fellowship Applications:

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)



ERAS Timeline:

As Established by the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, there will be a common interview timeline for all Radiology Fellowships.

The timeline is as follows:

  • Residents can begin working on their applications in the ERAS system June 6, 2019
  • ERAS begins accepting applications November 21, 2019
  • Programs can start reviewing applications, Interview season commences December 1, 2019
  • Interview end date (based on SCARD recommendations) March 31, 2020
  • Match Date, established by NRMP: TBD (June, 2020)

For start in summer/fall of 2021 up to 3 "off-cycle" positions will be available without going through the NRMP; these positions do not follow the academic cycle used by the NRMP.

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For Additional Information, Please Contact:

William B. Zucconi, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
Fellowship Director, Neuroradiology

Associate Program Director, Yale Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street (room CB-30)
P.O. Box 208042
New Haven, CT 06520-8042

Fellowship Coordinator:
Lisa Varipapa
Tel: 203-200-5590
Fax: 203-200-5170

Education Manager:
Amy O'Malley

Tel: 203-815-7851

2019 Neuro Fellowship Interview Dates: