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Division of Thoracic Imaging Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship

Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship

NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in cardiothoracic imaging in the Department of Radiology. As a cardiothoracic imaging fellow, you receive advanced training with an experienced team of radiologists, adult and pediatric cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, and transplant and thoracic surgeons.

The fellowship is overseen by Jane P. Ko, MD, program director. For more information, contact Nati A. Mejias, program coordinator, at nati.mejias@nyulangone.org.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Training Experience

Cardiothoracic imaging fellows develop expertise in the thoracic surgical, oncology, and pulmonary services and encounter a rich volume of imaging that pertains to open and robotic surgical interventions, medical and radiation therapies for lung cancer, infection, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary arterial, aortic and vascular diseases, as well as in the care of the acutely ill.

Our fellowship offers intensive exposure to both thoracic and cardiac imaging techniques including radiography, chest CT, cardiac CT angiography, and MRI and the full range of thoracic and cardiac imaging pathologies. Fellows receive training in thoracic interventional procedures including biopsy and percutaneous ablative therapies with supervision from thoracic imaging faculty. Collaboration with experts at NYU Langone Transplant Institute enhances training in interstitial lung disease, surgical techniques, and imaging after lung transplantation.

Similarly, doctors in NYU Langone’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program perform about 200 cardiac operations each year. The high volume of cardiac surgical services and cardiology services provides you with experience in preoperative and postoperative imaging for open and minimally invasive valve, bypass, and ablation therapies, as well as for preoperative planning, immediate postoperative assessment, and long-term follow-up for patients with congenital heart disease.

Fellows gain experience handling a high volume of cases. Our division performs approximately 500 chest radiographs and 120 chest CTs a day, including pulmonary and aortic CT angiograms, and the Division of Cardiac Imaging performs approximately 60 cardiac CT scans and 40 MRIs each week.

We emphasize patient safety parameters and appropriate exam and protocol selection that are important aspects of daily clinical care. Recognizing risks associated with imaging examinations such as contrast administration and how to manage complications are fundamental aspects of training.

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 .

Clinical rotations are tailored to the fellow’s interests. We offer pulmonary medicine–oriented electives in radiation oncology and pulmonary pathology, as well as cardiac disease–related electives in echocardiography, nuclear medicine, and interventional cardiology. Interested fellows can take an elective in PET/CT scanning, a technique integral to staging lung cancer and problem solving in pulmonary and cardiac applications. We also have a fully staffed, three-dimensional (3D) imaging lab that can be used for both clinical and research applications.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Conferences

Cardiothoracic imaging fellows attend and present at weekly multidisciplinary lung cancer and bimonthly interstitial lung disease conferences. Fellows can also attend weekly pulmonary, echocardiography, nuclear medicine, adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery conferences.

Biweekly thoracic and cardiac case conferences and didactic teaching conferences are available throughout the year to supplement knowledge gained on daily clinical service.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Teaching Opportunities

As a cardiothoracic imaging fellow, you can participate in teaching medical students and residents. Fellows also take part in journal clubs to practice critically evaluating research and presenting research findings to groups.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Research Opportunities

Our fellows are encouraged to participate in Department of Radiology research, present cardiothoracic imaging research at scientific meetings, and publish research in leading imaging journals. We offer many opportunities for fellows to become involved in multidetector CT, high-field MRI (3-Tesla [3T] and 7T), and PET/MRI research.

Other cardiothoracic imaging research areas of interest include the following:

  • dual-energy and multidetector row CT scanning
  • computer-aided diagnosis for lung cancer
  • quantitative analysis of the lung
  • lung nodule characterization
  • airway disease
  • high-resolution CT
  • volumetric CT data management and manipulation
  • interventional lung procedures
  • patient quality and safety
  • cardiac PET/MRI for sarcoidosis and other conditions
  • cardiac MR-image acquisition techniques (including XD-GRASP)
  • artificial intelligence and medical informatics
  • cardiothoracic imaging education

How to Apply

We begin accepting applications for the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship on August 1. We have one open position for the 2022–23 and 2023-24 academic years. If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jane Ko at jane.ko@nyulangone.org or Ms. Mejias, program coordinator, at nati.mejias@nyulangone.org.