The interventional radiology (IR) fellowship program at Rush is a well-rounded program covering the full spectrum of interventional radiology. IR at Rush has been fortunate to collaborate with multiple other specialties, such as vascular surgery, transplant, nephrology, hepatology, oncology, gastroenterology, urology and medicine.
One of the unique features of our fellowship program is excellent relationship with vascular surgery. This collaborative relationship gives the trainees in both departments a complete exposure of peripheral arterial disease with procedural experience in all aspects of peripheral interventions as well as endovascular repair of abdominal and thoracic aneurysms.
The interventional oncology practice has been growing steadily. Average number of radioembolizations has increased from 12 in 2011 to over 80 in 2012. We perform a wide variety of interventional oncology procedures including radioembolization, chemoembolization, cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation.
Procedures performed in addition to vascular and oncologic cases include dialysis interventions including HERO graft placement, transjugular biopsies, GI and GU interventions, biopsies, drainages, TIPS, BRTO, venous access, vertebral augmentation, etc. Additionally EVLT and sclerotherapy is also performed in our outpatient clinic, where we also see five to eight patients regularly for initial evaluation or post-procedure follow up. The IR section evaluates all inpatient procedure requests as a consult service.
We are also involved in several multicenter randomized controlled studies including the GORE Viator study for early TIPS. The fellows have an opportunity to get involved in the clinical trials and in their own research projects, and often present at various national conferences including SIR. Research is strongly encouraged and funding for travel is provided for fellows whose submissions are accepted for meetings.
The training program has daily departmental conferences to ensure that fellows and staff alike are involved in a continuous process of education. In addition to the standard morbidity/mortality conferences and journal clubs, we offer a variety of conferences geared specifically toward the fellows. Examples include the vascular case conferences, case reviews and the core curriculum conferences.
In summary, the IR fellowship experience at Rush is diverse with each fellow being exposed to over 1,500 patient encounters for the year. Essentially every procedure within the scope of IR is being performed by our section. We fully expect graduates of our training program to make significant contributions to the field of interventional radiology. Our training program is designed to create interventional radiologists who possess superior judgment, excellent technical skills and the advanced knowledge required to provide superb care to a complex patient population. Our program is busy and an excellent option for potential candidates willing to work hard to gain the best experience throughout their fellowship year. We would like to welcome you to Rush, and look forward to involving you in our exciting academic and clinical program.
If you have any questions about our fellowship program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Bulent Arslan, MD, Director and Program Director for Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
Cedell Cook, fellowship program coordinator,