Fellowship Program Director: J. Levi Chazen, M.D.
ACGME: 4233521052 - New York Presbyterian Hospital (CORNELL CAMPUS)
The Neuroradiology division offers a one-year ACGME-accredited diagnostic Neuroradiology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine with an option for a secondary-year of subspecialty training. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the #1 hospital in New York and #4 hospital nationally as ranked by US News and World Report. Furthermore, the hospital is ranked #4 nationally for Neurology and Neurosurgery research and clinical care. Weill Cornell Medicine is a top 10 medical school nationally and home to one of the premier radiology training programs in the country.
At New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), fellows perform image-guided neurological invasive procedures, interpret MR and CT examinations, and are responsible for advanced neuroimaging studies which include MR and CT angiography, MR and CT perfusion, MR neurography, functional MRI, and MR spectroscopy. The Neuroradiology Division at NYPH performs over 20,000 Neuro MR and Neuro CT studies annually ensuring more than ample studies for fellowship training. With fifteen full-time neuroradiology faculty members, subspecialty imaging is emphasized including pediatric, head and neck, spine, and vascular neuroradiology. Under the supervision of an attending neuroradiologist or an attending interventional neuroradiologist, fellows perform all image-guided invasive procedures including cerebral angiograms, lumbar puncture and myelography, biopsies, and advanced pain procedures. There is dedicated spine intervention rotation where the fellow gains experience performing a variety of CT-, MR-, and ultrasound-guided neurointerventions.
A significant number of pediatric neuroradiology cases are done at New
York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine; the presence of an active newborn nursery, neonatal ICU, and pediatric ICU ensures that the entire gamut of ischemic, inflammatory, traumatic, and neoplastic disorders are encountered. NYPH/WCM has full-time pediatric neurologists and three full-time pediatric neurosurgeons. Outpatient pediatric Neuro-MR sedation cases are done bi-weekly and inpatient pediatric Neuro-MR studies are performed daily. Additionally, fetal MR examinations are performed on a weekly basis.
Weekly, multi-disciplinary conferences are emphasized with Neuroradiology, Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Physiatry, and Pain-Anesthesia. Fellows attend and present at all interdisciplinary conferences including Tumor Board/ Neuropathology, Gamma Knife, Neurovascular, Head and Neck Case Conference and Tumor Board, Epilepsy, Spine, Neurovascular, and Ophthalmology conferences. There is a well-developed fellowship curriculum including twice weekly didactic lectures and regular journal clubs.
The neuroradiology attending/faculty members at NYPH are involved in numerous research projects that cover a wide range of topics and techniques, such as CT and MR perfusion, MR neurography, molecular imaging, fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging in TBI, neoplastic disease, cerebrovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. Fellows are strongly encouraged to become involved in a project of their own interest as the primary investigator.
There is an option for a second year of fellowship training and clinical instructor experience for trainees seeking additional research and subspecialty experience.
There is a two-week elective period during the one-year neuroradiology fellowship. Electives in neurological surgery, neuropathology and otolaryngology can be taken to gain clinical experience. The remainder of the clinical experience is gained from attending interdisciplinary conferences, during daily work rounds, and discussion of cases with residents and attendings from referring services.
Neurointerventional Spine Training:
Fellows rotate at the new David H. Koch (DHK) center for interventional spine procedural training including diagnosis and treatment of CSF leaks, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar nerve and facet blocks, and radiofrequency ablations. At the DHK center, radiology has 3x interventional fluoroscopy suites, 2x interventional CT suites, and an interventional fluoro-PET-MRI hybrid suite.
On Call Responsibilities:
Neuroradiology fellows take call every fifth week and have the following Monday off as a post-call recuperation period. While on call, fellows review imaging studies and perform advanced image analysis exams (e.g., CTA and CTP). Neuroradiology fellows are responsible for emergent procedures while on call, with the exception of emergent cerebral angiograms which are performed by the interventional neuroradiology group (INR).
Current Fellows (2020-2021)
Where Our Graduates Have Gone:
Historically, approximately 60% of our graduates elect to work in Weill Cornell/NYPH, Columbia/NYPH, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Yale, Georgetown, Mt. Sinai, Montefiore/Einstein, Lahey Clinic, Robert Wood Johnson, Temple, and Case Western Universities. We have a wide coast-to-coast alumni network in both private practice and academic radiology.
How to Apply:
The NYPH/WCM Neuroradiology fellowship participates in the ERAS system for fellowship applications on the December application cycle: https://students-residents.aamc.org/training-residency-fellowship/applying-fellowships-eras/
Important ERAS Application Dates:
Summer 2020 – ERAS opens to applicants. Create an account and enter application information.
November 17, 2020 - Fellowship applicants may apply to December application cycle programs.
December 1, 2020 - December application cycle programs start receiving applications.
The program also participates in the NRMP fellowship match. NRMP match information and important dates can be found here: http://www.nrmp.org/fellowships/radiology-match/
If you have any questions regarding the Neuroradiology Fellowship program, please contact:
Nikki Knauer, Program Coordinator
J. Levi Chazen, MD, Program Director
David Edasery, MD
Ajay Gupta, MD, Vice-Chair of Research
Linda Heier, MD, Division Chief
Andrew Schweitzer, MD, Residency Program Director