The Neuroradiology Fellowship provides neuroradiology training, in one-year and two-year tracks, to individuals who have successfully completed radiology residency. Eleven fellows are accepted each year. The first year of the fellowship is ACGME accredited. In the second year, trainees are appointed as instructors/junior faculty, gradually assuming increasing responsibilities in a supportive environment with elective time to pursue subspecialty interests (e.g. head and neck, neuro-oncology, pain management, and informatics) and/or research.
Centered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), the program also supplies neuroradiologic services to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and Philadelphia Veterans' Administration Hospital (PVAMC), as well as multiple suburban outpatient imaging centers. Within these settings, fellows will receive training at Level 1 trauma centers, a comprehensive stroke center, a world-renowned pediatric medical center, and one of the nation’s leading cancer centers.
Scope of Training
Our division prides itself on being able to offer a busy, academically challenging experience in a very supportive environment that fosters learning and professional development. Our goal is to provide a nurturing, high quality, comprehensive and flexible learning experience in all facets of neuroradiology, where talented young physicians are encouraged to maximize their abilities.
Through exposure to a wide array of complex clinical cases, well thought out didactic lectures, and exciting research projects, we plan to achieve our goal by tailoring a personalized and increasingly challenging educational experience for each fellow based on individual ability.
Fellows are trained in the performance and interpretation of all aspects of neuroradiology, including:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- MR and CT angiography
- Advanced Imaging Techniques including MR and CT perfusion, permeability, spectroscopy, CSF flow studies, tractography, and fMRI
- Conventional angiography
- Interventional/image guided procedures including vascular interventions and spinal pain management
- Head and neck radiology
- Pediatric neuroradiology
In the past academic year, we performed more than 50,000 CT scans, more than 55,000 MRIs, and more than 7,000 CT and MR angiograms, as well as approximately 700 cerebral and spinal angiograms, more than 300 vascular interventions, and more than 400 image-guided non-vascular procedures.
Equipment at UPHS, CHOP and PVAMC includes three biplane interventional radiology suites with rotational angiographic capabilities, hybrid OR/angiography suites, as well as single plane angiography suites, numerous multidetector CT scanners (including PET/CT and portable CT scanners), and more than thirty 1.5 and 3T magnets, a 7T magnet, PET/MRI and a magnetoencephalography unit.
Fellows are supervised by staff neuroradiologists (>25) and are responsible for the performance and interpretation of all examinations under that supervision.
We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to neuroradiology training. The Neuroradiology Service has a close interrelationship with the clinical and academic activities of the Departments/Divisions of Neurology, Head and Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiation and Medical Oncology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Trauma, and Pathology. We participate in numerous multidisciplinary conferences at the various hospitals each week. Our holistic approach to neuroradiology education compels us to teach skills beyond image interpretation and emphasize qualities that define a successful radiologist including communication, compassion, translation of imaging findings to patient management, acceptance of constructive criticism to improve professional development, and evidence of self-learning.
The formal curriculum includes multiple weekly didactic lectures including those with focus on advanced imaging modalities, emergency neuroradiology, neurooncology, head and neck/skull base, molecular imaging, diversity and health care disparity topics, transitions in care, quality and safety, medical economics, mentoring, and advanced pediatric topics including fetal MRI. In addition to weekly interesting case conferences, there are dedicated case conferences in vascular, head and neck and advanced imaging topics.
Scholarly activity is required of all fellows. Many of the neuroradiology staff perform funded research, enabling fellows to readily become involved in ongoing projects. All fellows are paired with a mentor. Additionally, multiple research faculty are either members of the neuroradiology division or are employed by centers (e.g., the Center for Biomedical Imaging) that closely work with the division. Neuroradiology has developed its own research core comprised of a research director/coordinator and four research assistants that aid our faculty and fellows in research endeavors including IRB submissions, patient recruitment for trials, and grant submissions.
Excellence in Neuroradiology
Our program strives to produce the next generation of leaders in neuroradiology, delivering high quality, patient-centered care, engaging in life-long learning and teaching, and performing cutting edge research in neuroradiology/neuroscience. Our graduates have gone on to positions in multiple academic centers and private practices throughout the world as well as within the US military. Our graduates include multiple division chiefs, program directors and group presidents.
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Robert M. Kurtz, MD
Assistant Professor of Clincal Radiology
Coordinator: Sebrina Lewis
Department of Radiology/Neuroradiology Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street/2 Dulles, Rm. 219
Philadelphia, PA 19104