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Yale Neuroradiology Fellowship

Updated: September 15, 2020

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

MRI:

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).


CT:

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.


Research

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.


Conferences

Every Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, the Yale Neuroradiology faculty provide didactic neuroradiology sessions to the Fellows done remotely on Zoom under the current circumstances.

Every Thursday and Friday at noon, we partake in a more informal interesting case conference session at noon where fellows and resident mini-fellows present interesting cases with faculty participation.

The curriculum includes monthly Journal Clubs.

A monthly didactic neuropathology lecture series is also attended. Weekly brain-cuttings are suspended under the current circumstances.

Invited speakers, and Fellow presentations are integrated in the didactic schedule.

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

On-call requirements include coverage of CT, MRI and the rare emergent image-guided procedure. Diagnostic Neuroradiology call is covered by two fellows on weekday evenings (fellows read cases from 5 pm to 11 pm) and weekend days (one fellow from 8 am to 4pm and another fellow 4 pm to 11 pm).

A dedicated, in-house attending neuroradiologist reads all overnight cases after 11pm. 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.


Environment

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.

Downtown New Haven has many restaurants and different types of cuisines. The area is also conducive to bicycling, hiking, watersports activities and many other outdoor activities. Many breweries and wineries are in the area and are a great place to spend an afternoon on weekends.

There are many beautiful beaches within a driving distance in Connecticut and a bit further away in Rhode Island and Long Island. In winter, a few small ski resorts are open in Connecticut and include night skiing after work. Vermont ski resorts are 2 hours away driving.

New Haven is approximately halfway through between Boston and New York City which are less than two hours away by car or train.

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


Neuroradiology Faculty

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

Ajay Malhotra, M.D.
Robert Messina, M.D.
Sam Payabvash, M.D.
Balaji Rao, MD
Gordon Sze, M.D.
William Zucconi, D.O., Sec.Chief, Fellowship Director

Neuroradiology Fellows

Mehmet Adin, M.D.
Junaid Aslam, M.D.
Jerry Cherisien, M.D.
Reid Kraniski, M.D.
Andrea Para Lincoln, M.D.
Leonard Morneau, M.D.
Sarvenaz Pourjabbar, M.D.
Jesus Reyes, M.D.
Elizabeth Schrickel, M.D.
Nakul Sheth, M.D.
Long Tu, M.D.
Allen Wolfe, 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

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 9, 2020
  • ERAS begins accepting applications November 17, 2020
  • Programs can start reviewing applications, Interview season commences December 1, 2020
  • Interview end date (based on SCARD recommendations) March 31, 2021
  • Match Date, established by NRMP: TBD (June, 2021)

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.


Information for Visiting New Haven including Parking and Hotels

For Additional Information, Please Contact: ydrneurofellowship@yale.edu

William B. Zucconi, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
Section Chief, Neuroradiology
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
william.zucconi@yale.edu

Anthony Abou-Karam,MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology &Biomedical Imaging
Fellowship Director, Neuroradiology

Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 208042
New Haven, CT. 06520-8042
anthony.aboukaram@yale.edu

Fellowship Coordinator:
Lisa Varipapa
Tel: 203-200-5590
Fax: 203-200-5170
lisa.varipapa@yale.edu

Education Manager:
Amy O'Malley, MBA

Tel: 203-815-7851
amy.omalley@yale.edu



2019 Neuro Fellowship Interview Dates:

TBD