Neuroradiology

Updated: October 2, 2017

The Neuroradiology Section at Yale offers a robust fellowship program. Together, we provide care to the Yale-New Haven Hospital (a 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 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, Ophthomology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Oncology.

We currently support 10 Fellows in Neuroradiology, 15 Attendings, diagnostic and interventional radiology residency programs in addition to rotating residents and medical students in a stimulating academic environment. Fellows rotate through modality based 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. The Fitkin MRI Outpatient imaging Center has three state of the art MR magnets: A 3T Verio, 1.5T Aera, and a 1.5T Espree which are used for routine and advanced clinical and clinical research functions, including clinical fMRI. The Smilow Cancer Hospital maintains five clinical magnets: Two 3T Verios and a 1.5T Avanto are sited on the second floor, (where inpatient fMRI is also performed), in addition to a 3T Verio in the first floor of the women’s imaging Center. There is also a 3T Verio (IMRIS) intra operative Magnet located on the third floor within the operating room, and a 3T Skyra in the Children’s hospital for our pediatric patients. All MRI scanners are capable of parallel imaging with acceleration factors greater than 2, second order shimming, and are linked to numerous workstations for post processing applications.

2 Newly installed magnets at the Saint Rapheal Campus include a Siemens Magnetom Vida (3T) , the first scanner to employ Siemens’ BioMatrix technology.

CT:

The CT service utilizes thirteen clinical CT scanners deployed between the hospital and outpatient facilities. Our scanners are manufactured by General Electric, Siemens, Toshiba, and Neurologica. They include 8, 16, 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, Neuroquant, 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.

Educational Conferences

Every Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, the Yale Neuroradiology faculty provide didactic neuroradiology sessions to the Fellows, with monthly Journal Clubs. Lunch is provided. Invited speakers, and Fellow presentations are also integrated in the didactic schedule. For the remaining days of the week, we have a more informal interesting case conference at noon where fellows and resident mini-fellows present recent interesting cases. Weekly clinical and educational conferences also occur for 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 you to attend.

On-Call

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

Environment

Yale University 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

James Abrahams, M.D.
Richard Bronen, M.D.
Paul Cedeno, M.D.
Marcus Conti, MD
Robert Fulbright, M.D.
Ichiro Ikuta, M.D.
Michele Johnson, M.D.
E. Leon Kier, M.D.
Amit Mahajan. M.D.

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

Neuroradiology Fellows

Joseph Giampai, MD
Neha Gowali, MD
Kaizan Kalyaniwalla, MD
Kushal Mehta, MD
Ali Mian, MD

Elana Motuzko, MD
Simon Ondrei, MD
Uzair Sarmast, MD

 


Fellowship Applications:

We have recently expanded the fellowship and are currently accepting applications for one 2017-18 position, (off cycle), one 2018-19 position, and for the 2019-20 fellowship.

For the current application cycle (2019-20 Fellowship Year), we plan to begin interviews in November. Interview dates will be decided upon shortly, at which time invitations will issued. We are currently transitioning to a new application database.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents in pdf format only to:ydrneurofellowship@yale.edu

1) A universal application

2) Curriculum vitae

3) A copy of their radiology residency program graduation certificate (if applicable)

4) USMLE or COMLEX transcripts

5) Three letters of recommendation (one being from the residency program director).

6) A personal statement

A photograph is requested but not required. For fellowship positions starting in July 2019, we will be participating in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP), which permits interviews, in accordance with match regulations. For the "off cycle" positions that start in the fall of 2019, applicants apply directly without going through the NRMP; these positions do not follow the academic cycle used by the NRMP. Information about the match can be found at the NRMP website


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Send Applications & ALL supporting documents (including LORs) in PDF Format to:ydrneurofellowship@yale.edu

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

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
william.zucconi@yale.edu

Fellowship Coordinator:

Valencia Culbreath
Tel: 203-785-5102
Fax: 203-737-1241
valencia.culbreath@yale.edu
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