The Division of Diagnostic Imaging is accepting applications for a second-year or later fellowship position in oncological neuroradiology. This educational program is for the neuroradiologist interested in a comprehensive program of imaging for brain, spine, head and neck tumors, with a focus on advanced imaging techniques. The fellow rotates on a weekly basis through a wide variety of clinical experiences in the hospital and outpatient settings, attends numerous conferences and participates in research.
The fellowship offers a full-service oncologic neuroradiology experience with 18 neuroradiologists. There is a 1.5 T Siemens’ intraoperative magnet, three 3T GE and one 3T Siemens, 12 1.5T GE and eight 1.5T Siemens magnets with additional small animal magnets available. There are 21 multi-slice CT scanners within the department including three dual source Siemens scanners. Additionally, hybrid units include seven PET-CT and seven SPECT-CT scanners. The Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research (CABIR) allows for true bench-to-clinic research with highly trained medical/ research professionals and dedicated research imaging equipment. The proprietary PACS allows for unparalleled access to images and patient data, allowing for easy generation of case collections and reports.
The Section of Neuroradiology is an integral part of the Brain and Spine Center, which includes a full staff of faculty neuro-oncologists and neurosurgeons. The Brain and Spine Center receives worldwide patient referral, generating unparalleled clinical and radiological experience for the trainee. The Head and Neck Surgery Department is also a premiere oncologic service that receives national and international referral with over 60-70 new tumor patients presenting in the average week. Such diverse case material provides the fellow with exposure to the full gamut of head and neck imaging from primary diagnosis to surveillance in complex post- treatment cases.
The fellow will work closely with the Neuropathology Department during the case conferences and in the analysis of outside referral cases. The Division of Diagnostic Imaging hosts a top-tier Department of Imaging Physics, with 18 full-time faculty and over 16 trainees and/or graduate students. Close collaboration between neuroradiology and physics affords the fellow experience in the latest advanced imaging techniques, such as perfusion, diffusion tensor, and spectroscopic imaging, among others, and a host of imaging software and platforms. This results in an unlimited number of research opportunities with many on-going studies
The objectives of the Oncologic Neuroradiology Fellowship are to:
- Educate and provide experience for trainees in all facets of oncology as it applies to the central nervous system to include MR and CT techniques, functional MRI, diffusion and diffusion tensor MRI, perfusion MR and CT, and MR spectroscopy.
- Prepare the next generation of oncological neuroradiologists in providing excellent clinical care and meaningful research.
Preferably, to be considered for this program, all candidates must have completed an approved diagnostic radiology residency training program or foreign equivalent, a one-year fellowship training program in diagnostic neuroradiology and have an American Board of Radiology certificate or board eligible, or foreign equivalent. In the absence of a completed fellowship in neuroradiology, significant work experience (at least one year full-time or two years half-time) interpreting neuroradiologic examinations may be considered. In the case of a foreign medical graduate, the candidate must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate visa.
Selection will be supervised by the program director of oncologic neuroradiology with the consultation of other faculty members in the section. Materials solicited for review will include a CV, medical school transcripts, residency and fellowship program director’s recommendation, three other letters of reference and a personal statement. Interviews will be required.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer.
- Review and interpret cases with an attending neuroradiologist
- Assist in neuro-interventional cases which include head and neck biopsies, tumor embolization procedures, vertebroplasty /kyphoplasty and other spine procedures
- Present at resident case conferences and multidisciplinary tumor boards
- Develop (with faculty assistance) a research project of sufficient quality for journal submission and/or national meeting presentation. To support this effort, the fellow will be given at least one day and up to three days per week of academic time.
A collegial atmosphere exists between the neuroradiology section and its major referral groups (primarily the Brain and Spine Center and the Department of Head and Neck Surgery), which provides an excellent opportunity for additional learning and research.
How to Apply
- Be board-eligible or certified for diagnostic radiology or its foreign equivalent
- Have completed an ACGME-approved diagnostic neuroradiology one-year fellowship or its foreign equivalent
- Have interest in oncologic imaging and research
Materials solicited for review include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Medical school transcripts
- Recommendation from the residency program director
- Three other letters of reference
- Personal statement
Interviews will be required.
Apply to this program using the DISCOVER online application system.
Interested applicants should send their resumes to:
Komal Shah, M.D.
Program Director, Fellowships and Observers Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Unit 1482
1400 Pressler St.
Houston, TX 77030
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.