Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Program Director: Charles T. Hennemeyer, MD
Program Coordinator: Nilu Dorschner
Program Duration: 12 Months
Accredited: Yes
Number of Positions: 2
Program Overview: 

All positions for academic year 2019-20 are filled.

The IR fellowship at the University of Arizona is a well-rounded fellow driven program with 2 ACGME-accredited positions at a level 1 trauma center.  Our goal is to provide fellows with the knowledge and skill that they will need to provide patients with safe and effective minimally invasive procedures.  

Fellows have first choice from the wide spectrum of procedures and are assisted by 2-3 residents daily.  The program includes arterial and venous procedures, image guided body procedures (biopsies and drains), interventional oncology (radioembolization and percutaneous ablation), pain management, spine procedures (including kyphoplasty & tumor ablation), musculoskeletal procedures (biopsies, ablations, and aspirations) and pediatric interventions.  There is a weekly outpatient clinic where referrals for interventional oncology and pain management are evaluated.

Fellows run the service on a day to day basis and are an integral part of the Interventional Radiology team.  Attendance at multi-disciplinary conferences enhances knowledge and provides valuable communication skills.

Fellow specific lectures are provided with a focus on patient work-up and follow-up.  A high case volume provides ample "hands-on" teaching time.  A quarterly Angio Club meeting is performed in conjunction with Interventional Radiologists from the VA and private practice to present difficult cases and review current literature.

A professional budget is provided for educational expenses.  Attendance at national conferences with presentations is highly encouraged.  Additionally, the department pays for fellows to attend the Lower Extremity Arterial Revascularization (LEARN) course, which is put on annually by the Society of Interventional Radiology.

The educational benefits of a large Radiology residency and Medical School are also available to fellows.  The vast resources of the Arizona Health Sciences Library, as well as StatDx are at hand.

Facilities & Equipment:

Two mono-plane Angio suites, including one brand new state of the art Siemens Artis Q (with cone beam CT), one bi-plane Angio suite, and a dedicated CT procedure room are utilized daily.  Advanced imaging capabilities are strong with a world renowned MRI section.

Rotation Schedule: 
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • 4 weeks elective
  • 4 weeks cardiac/vascular imaging
  • 40 weeks procedures with weekly clinic day and daily consultation rounds

Research:  A research project is a requirement for fellowship; however fellows have the ability to be involved in multiple projects and papers.  Protected academic time is available throughout the year for research participation.  The University of Arizona is a national leader with respect to research in Medical Imaging and fellows have access to a wide spectrum of research facilities and equipment including, but not limited to:  biological magnetic resonance facility, experimental ultrasound, and center for gamma-ray imaging.

Call:  Call is split between fellows and the residents on service.  Fellows are supervised at all times by attending physicians while "in house."

Application Process: 

To be eligible for acceptance, applicants must possess an MD or DO degree and have satisfactorily completed a diagnostic radiology residency training program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). For applicants that originate from a non-ACGME-accredited residency, please note the following requirements and items that will need to accompany your application as outlined by the ACGME under Section III

The Vascular and Interventional Fellowship Program at The University of Arizona does not participate in the Fellowship National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Interview schedules are set by the IR Fellowship Program, in the Department of Medical Imaging.  All applicants must apply directly to the Program.

Download Application

Candidates should send the following documents to Nilu Dorschner at

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • University of Arizona, Department of Medical Imaging, Fellowship Application
  • Medical School Transcripts or Dean’s Letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Scores (Steps I, II, IICS, III)
  • Photo
  • Visa Status, if applicable
  • ECFMG Certificate, if applicable


Contact Information
Point of Contact: 
Nilu Dorschner

Banner University Medical Center - Tucson
Department of Medical Imaging
PO Box 245067
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724-5067
(520) 626-3587
Fax (520) 626-1518