The neuroradiology fellowship training program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is an ACGME approved, one-year program based at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in metro Denver, Colorado. Fellows also rotate at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. The neuroradiology program accepts physicians who have successfully completed radiology residency and are American Board of Radiology certified/eligible. Applicants must obtain a medical license in the state of Colorado prior to the start of this fellowship. A total of three positions are currently available per year.
The mission of the University of Colorado School of Medicine is to provide Colorado, the nation and the world with programs of excellence in Education, Clinical Care and Research. Integral to this mission is the Neuroradiology Fellowship training program whose goal is to provide our fellows with a well-balanced, comprehensive neuroradiology education focusing on advanced imaging techniques and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures via a variety of neuroradiology clinical care experiences and opportunities for neuroscience research.
The neuroradiology section at UCH is headed by Jody Tanabe, MD, a former senior editor at the American Journal of Neuroradiology, and consists of six fellowship trained neuroradiologists and two neuroradiology fellows. In addition to the fellows, four radiology residents rotate through the section each month. At Children’s Hospital the pediatric neuroradiology section consists of four fellowship trained pediatric neuroradiologists. A neuropathologist and MR physicist are also key members of the training program. All faculty at UCH and Children’s Hospital have varying clinical and research interests in neuroimaging, assuring a broad array of experiences and clinical/research expertise which supports a well-balanced training program for our fellows.
University of Colorado Hospital is the #1 ranked hospital in Colorado and #15 in the nation. UCH is an AHA certified comprehensive stroke center, and Children’s Hospital is ranked among the best Children’s Hospitals in the US. The neuroradiology section works closely with other departments at both sites including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Neuro-Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Otolaryngology. Fellows play a vital role in weekly multidisciplinary conferences with each of these departments and this collaborative environment facilitates rewarding multidisciplinary experiences for our fellows in both clinical care and academic projects.
The neuroradiology fellowship training program is designed to produce highly knowledgeable, well-rounded neuroradiologists who can excel in any busy private or academic practice. The fellowship provides training on all aspects of neuroradiology of the adult and pediatric brain, head, neck and spine, with particular focus on training in advanced imaging techniques such as CT and MR Perfusion, functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), CSF flow analysis, MR Spectroscopy, and advanced vascular imaging techniques including CT and MR angiography, venography and MR vessel-wall imaging. Our neuroradiology fellows develop a high level of proficiency in a variety of image guided procedures including fluoroscopically-guided lumbar punctures and myelography as well as CT-guided spine interventions including facet injections, epidural steroid injections, and epidural blood patches. A dedicated neurointerventional rotation provides hands-on experience in diagnostic cerebral angiography and neuroendovascular therapeutics.
In addition to clinical training, the neuroradiology fellowship training program provides dedicated four weeks of training in neuroradiology/neuropathology correlation under the direction of neuropathologist Dr. Beverly Kleinschmidt DeMasters. Fellows also attend select intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences including radiology department teaching conferences, neurology/neuroradiology case conferences, and both neurology and neurosurgery grand rounds.
Weekly neuroradiology teaching conferences are provided during which attending neuroradiology faculty and invited physicians from other departments lecture to the fellows on a wide range of topics in Neuroradiology. Additionally, the fellows participate in weekly neuroradiology section case conferences, monthly journal clubs and difficult case review sessions. In recent years fellows have also contributed to the American Journal of Radiology fellow journal club podcast series.
Fellows actively participate in the education of medical students, residents and technologists through presenting both didactic lectures and case conferences focused on relevant topics of interest to these groups.
The neuroradiology attending faculty are involved in a wide range of neuroscience research including structural and functional studies of substance abuse, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects and fellows are provided, on average, one academic day per week. Fellows use this protected academic time and dedicated fellow office space to develop and carry out a research project as well as for preparing material for various educational lectures given throughout the year. These research projects often result in presentations at national meetings such as the American Society of Neuroradiology and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
University of Colorado Hospital is the region’s only academic hospital system and is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. It is comprised of two dedicated inpatient pavilions, as well as dedicated Outpatient and Cancer Center pavilions. The UCH radiology department utilizes an integrated digital PACS system with voice recognition and hospital wide electronic medical record. Each of these systems is accessible remotely from home to allow for maximum flexibility for on call faculty.
Current imaging equipment utilized by neuroradiology at UCH includes seven CT scanners (2 Siemens – Definition Flash 128 channel scanners, 1 Siemens - Somatom Sensation 64 channel scanner, and 4 Phillips – Brilliance 64 channel scanners. There are eight state of the art MRI machines (3 GE 3T Magnets including a dedicated intraoperative MRI, 2 Phillips Magnets – 1.5T & 3.0T, and 3 Siemens Magnets -1.5T & 3T including dedicated 3T Research magnet. A dedicated biplane angiography suite and single plane fluoroscopic suite are utilized for fluoroscopically guided procedures.
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a 318 bed dedicated pediatric hospital located on the Anschutz Medical Campus between University of Colorado Hospital and the currently under construction new Veterans Administration Medical Center on Anschutz Medical Campus. Current imaging equipment includes 3 CT Scanners ( 2 Siemens Dual Flash 64 and 1 Toshiba 64 Channel), and 5 MR Scanners (Philips Ingenia 1.5T & 3T, Philips Acheiva 1.5T).
We are currently offering positions through the Neuroradiology Fellowship Match, and will be following the rules and timetable of the NRMP Match. We are accepting applications for the academic year 2021-2022 through the ERAS December fellowship cycle. Offers for interviews are made when submitted applications are fully completed and prompt submissions are recommended. Applicants interested in a two-year fellowship experience have the option to purse a second year of Pediatric Nueroradiology.
If you are interested in applying to our Neuroradiology Fellowship training program, please submit the following documentation:
If you have any questions regarding the fellowship, or questions for Program Director, Dr. Justin Honce, please contact the neuroradiology program coordinator:
Mary Ball Department of Radiology University of Colorado Denver Mail Stop 8200 12631 East 17th Avenue Aurora, Colorado 80045
Mary.A.Ball@cuanschutz.edu Fax: (303) 724-6601 Phone: (303) 724-1984