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Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship offered by the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine draws its strength from the immense size of the IU Health system. This ACGME-accredited one-year fellowship spans the entire breadth of interventional radiology, immersing trainees in interventional oncology, trauma, aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease (arterial and venous), dialysis, women’s health, biliary intervention, transplant intervention, gastrointestinal intervention, genitourinary intervention, complex venous access, spine intervention and more. Four fellows are accepted into this training program each year.

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a true clinical subspecialty training program with an emphasis on dedicated outpatient clinics as well as inpatient consults and rounds. Fellows lead these efforts in conjunction with faculty, advanced providers, residents, and medical students. The program boasts a unique pediatric interventional radiology experience in which trainees work directly with Francis Marshalleck, MD, one of the world’s foremost experts in percutaneous treatments of vascular malformations. The program led by program director W. Brooks Davis, MD and assistant program director, Michael Schacht, MD MBA.

Research is a primary focus of both IU School of Medicine and IU Health. Matt Johnson, MD is the Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, primarily spending his time at IU Health University Hospital focusing on interventional oncology, transhepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) and biliary intervention. The IU School of Medicine interventional radiology faculty are actively involved in numerous clinical trials so fellows have ample opportunities to pursue research interests as desired.

Facilities and Equipment

Fellows in this program train under the expert guidance of full-time fellowship-trained faculty, who have a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in interventional radiology or are dual DR/IR board-certified. Faculty work with fellows in eight hospitals, including Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, IU Health North Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health West Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and the Roudebush VA Hospital. Only one fellow is ever scheduled at a given hospital, allowing maximum control of case exposure. Each clinical site is staffed with one to three faculty members, depending on the size and demands of the hospital. Residents work with fellows at IU Health Methodist and IU Health University hospitals.

Curriculum

Core rotations include IU Health Ball Memorial, IU Health Methodist and IU Health University hospitals. Fellows also rotate through Eskenazi, IU Health North, IU Health West, Riley Hospital for Children, and VA hospitals. Given the size of the IU School of Medicine program, fellowship curriculum can be tailored to the specific interests of a fellow. For instance, each fellow has at least one month at Riley Hospital for Children. However, if a fellow has a particular interest in pediatric interventional radiology, then (s)he can choose to spend more time at Riley. Interests in interventional oncology and peripheral vascular disease can be similarly accommodated.

Call Responsibilities

At IU School of Medicine, call responsibilities for Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellows are shared among faculty, fellows, residents and advanced providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants). Fellows are always on call with two faculty members–a primary and secondary. While on call, fellows cover Eskenazi, IU Health Methodist, IU Health North, IU Health West, IU Health University, and Riley hospitals.  IU Health West transfers emergent cases to IU Health Methodist Hospital during evenings and weekends. The IU Health Ball Memorial and VA hospitals are covered by faculty independent of fellows.