Vascular and Interventional Fellowship Program
Welcome from the Program Director
I would like to welcome prospective candidates to the University of Rochester Department of Imaging Sciences Vascular and Interventional Fellowship Training Program. The Vascular and Interventional fellowship is a one year accredited fellowship that gives fellows experience in all aspects of vascular imaging and vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology. With over 6000 examinations performed annually, fellows will develop technical skills for these procedures and assume progressive responsibility for the clinical service.
Rochester is a medium sized city in Upstate New York, located between Buffalo and Syracuse along the shores of Lake Ontario. The University of Rochester Medical Center, a tertiary care center with over 700 beds, includes the free-standing Golisano Children’s Hospital and Wilmot Cancer Center, serves Western New York from Syracuse to Buffalo down to Northern Pennsylvania, and is the city’s largest employer
The Interventional Radiology section at University of Rochester Medical Center has a 40 year history of education, innovation and research in interventional radiology. Many of our past trainees practice at prestigious organizations and thriving private and academic institutions throughout the country. Some recent examples include programs at Mallinckrodt, Michigan, Chicago, Stanford, University of California, Duke, and of course, our own program at the University of Rochester.
Our Training Sites
- URMC - main training site that is a Level 1 trauma center with a large referral area for tertiary and quaternary subspecialty services that have five state of the art procedure rooms with the latest equipment and support staff, a dedicated outpatient clinic for new consults, and post-procedure follow up.
- Highland Hospital - affiliated community hospital which provides general interventional radiology services with a dedicated, state of the art procedure room.
- F. F Thompson Hospital (Thompson Health) - affiliated regional community hospital with a dedicated, new interventional suite that provides basic interventional radiology services that focuses on outpatient-based services such as kyphoplasty, varicose vein treatment, pain management, migraine treatment and some peripheral vascular disease interventions.
- Science Park Imaging Center - dedicated outpatient imaging and interventional facility with the primary focus on dialysis access interventions, varicose vein treatment and an outpatient clinic for new consults and post procedure follow up.
With the capability of offering training at our diverse sites, fellows are exposed to virtually all types of intervention, as well as musculoskeletal biopsies and drainages. At our regional affiliates, myelography and other basic, non-vascular
neuroradiology interventions are performed, and our transplant service enables fellows to be proficient at TIPS, PTC and BRTOs. Recent graduates have logged over 1200 cases in their one year of fellowship, and our busy, high acuity primary training site, coupled with a strong focus on outpatient interventions and dedicated clinic, assures our graduates of excellent technical skills supplemented by strong clinical training.
The day typically begins with morning rounds where patients for the day are reviewed and treatment plans created for each patient. In the procedure room, a graduated responsibility model is utilized, with autonomy coupled with responsibility. There are weekly didactic conferences on Wednesdays, with various multi-disciplinary conferences each week, enabling fellows to enjoy a collegial relationship with trainees from other departments. Fellows and residents cover call.
Faculty and Staff
There are eight fellowship-trained interventional radiologists, each with his/her own area of expertise and interests, although each also practices general interventional radiology. We also have three mid-level providers who provide clinical and procedural support as needed to ensure teaching, and there are dedicated interventional radiology technologists, nursing and non-professional support staff to support the mission of our department.
Two positions are available per year. For more information about the Vascular and Interventional fellowship program, please contact our fellowship coordinator, Julie Bissonnette.
Devang Butani, M.D.
Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Imaging Sciences