Abdominal and Thoracic Imaging Fellowship
NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers two positions annually in a one-year combined Abdominal and Thoracic Imaging Fellowship. The goal of the program is to train exceptional clinical radiologists with subspecialty expertise in both abdominal and thoracic imaging, a growing need in both New York City and nationwide.
Through a combination of dedicated teaching and mentoring by the outstanding abdominal and thoracic imaging faculty at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, trainees develop the skills and expertise to practice thoracic and body imaging at the highest clinical levels. Fellows spend eight months in the Division of Abdominal Imaging and four months in the Division of Thoracic Imaging and receive mentorship from Krishna P. Shanbhogue, MD, director of the Body MRI Fellowship and Jane P. Ko, MD, director of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship.
Both abdominal imaging and thoracic imaging at NYU Langone are high volume services, ensuring the opportunity for the fellows to experience the full spectrum of abdominal and chest pathology. We conduct more than 3,000 abdominal MRI studies, 2,000 abdominal CTs, 2,500 chest CTs, and 7,000 chest radiographs monthly, in addition to a substantial number of chest MRIs.
Fellows are integral to the daily operations of the services, learning state-of-the art imaging techniques in the evaluation of abdominal and chest disease through close interaction with radiology faculty and a diverse group of referring clinicians. Fellows gain exposure to imaging for a wide variety of disease processes including transplant, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, high acuity emergency room thoracic and abdominal, vascular studies, and high-resolution CT. Fellows have the opportunity to work with all abdominal and thoracic imaging modalities, including radiographs, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
As an abdominal and thoracic imaging fellow, you receive training on the most up-to-date imaging equipment available and learn innovative MR imaging techniques, including functional imaging with diffusion-weighted images, perfusion imaging, radial imaging, and compressed sensing. Other imaging techniques you gain experience with include MR angiography (MRA), dynamic pelvic floor imaging, MR elastography, MR enterography, liver iron and fat quantification, and 3-Tesla (3T) MRI for prostate imaging. Chest CT clinical training includes the tailoring of protocols for CT, and integrating aspects of radiation dose and multidetector CT, including dual-source multidetector CT imaging and photon counting CT.
The fellowship is overseen by Dr. Shanbhogue, program director, and Dr. Ko, assistant program director. For more information, contact Nati A. Mejias, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training for on rotations takes place at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and NYU Langone Radiology—32nd Street. Our fellows interpret cases from a number of locations, including NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center East 38th Street, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
Our facilities have more than 30 high-field magnet systems, including 18 3T MR scanners, high-performance gradient system Biograph mMR scanner with simultaneous MRI and PET acquisitions, and a whole-body 7T research scanner.
The experience fellows gain during abdominal and thoracic clinical rotations is unparalleled. The typical case load for abdominal MR entails about 100 cases per day, which includes hepatobiliary and transplant imaging (including MR elastography), pancreas MRI and MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), renal cancer and MR urogram, rectal and gynecologic MRI, 3T prostate imaging, MR enterography, and dynamic pelvic floor MR. As part of thoracic clinical rotations, our division performs approximately 500 chest radiographs and 120 chest CTs a day, including pulmonary and aortic CT angiograms.
Fellows participate in after-hours coverage approximately once a week to cover the clinical MRI service in the evenings and on weekends. The distribution of after-hours coverage is shared with other radiology fellows, varies according to the requirements of our many radiology subspecialties, and is subject to change. There is no overnight call for fellows at this time.
The Physics Lecture Series covers the basics of MR physics from gradient echo and spin echo imaging to advanced techniques, such as diffusion weighted imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and gating techniques. These lectures are given by research and clinical faculty who have expertise in MRI and include both physics and practical imaging optimization topics. A formal clinical didactic series ensures that fellows receive dedicated lectures on all aspects of thoracic and abdominal imaging, including the basics of interpretation and advanced imaging.
Fellows attend several clinical conferences in the Division of Abdominal Imaging and the Division of Thoracic Imaging. These include weekly surgical–oncology conferences at Bellevue; gastrointestinal hepatobiliary conferences; surgical rounds; surgery morbidity and mortality conferences; urology tumor boards; MRI journal clubs; liver, pancreas and rectal cancer conferences; oncology teaching conferences; and gynecology–oncology conferences. On thoracic rotations, the fellow attends multiple clinical conferences within radiology and other disciplines. These include presenting at weekly multidisciplinary lung cancer and advanced lung disease conferences.
Radiology residents, fellows, and abdominal imaging faculty also present cases during weekly Body Clubs, gynecology–oncology conferences, and the MRI Interesting Case Conference. Fellows on thoracic rotation present chest-specific imaging during the Interesting Case Conference to other trainees as well as attending thoracic radiologists.
Abdominal and thoracic imaging fellows attend additional conferences and Department of Radiology continuing medical education courses as clinical schedules permit and may be assigned to attend other clinical and multidisciplinary courses.
Abdominal and Thoracic Imaging Research Opportunities
Abdominal and thoracic imaging fellows have several opportunities to participate in Department of Radiology research with expert guidance from mentors who are leaders in the field. We also participate in a high-level, collaborative MR research program with Siemens.
Our fellows are regularly published in radiology journals, routinely present at national meetings, and win awards for their research. We provide infrastructure support and dedicated academic time for you to achieve your research goals. A stipend is available to those who are invited to present research at a conference.
How to Apply
We are accepting applications for two positions for the 2024–25 academic year from August 1, 2022 through October 15, 2022. The interview process begins November 1, 2022, and positions are offered on a rolling basis after interviews are completed.
To be considered, complete the online fellowship application. Required documents must be uploaded directly to the online application portal. If you have questions, contact Ms. Mejias at email@example.com.