UW Radiology

IR Fellowship

Overview and Message from the Fellowship Director

Thank you for your interest in our interventional radiology fellowship.  We currently have five ACGME approved fellowship appointments for one year of training.

Interventional Radiology (IR) represents one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in medicine today. Major surgical procedures, many of them having significant perioperative morbidity and mortality, have now been replaced by minimally invasive interventional procedures that can often be performed on an outpatient basis.

The interventional radiology service at the University of Washington and associated hospitals perform a full spectrum of vascular and nonvascular procedures in both adult and pediatric populations. Included among these are diagnostic angiography, percutaneous angioplasty and stenting, embolization therapy, percutaneous tumor ablative therapies, thrombolysis, gastrointestinal/biliary interventions, genitourinary interventions, transplant interventions, dialysis fistula/graft evaluation and treatment, drainage and/or sclerosis, venous ablation, and vascular access. We have a very large volume of oncology work at the University Hospital and are very active in both chemoembolization and radioembolization, as well as, percutaneous ablative therapies such as radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, ethanol ablation, and irreversible electroporation (IRE)/nanoknife.  Fellows get lots of exposure to peripheral vascular interventions with our volume at the Veteran’s Hospital where we have a collaborative relationship including shared clinic with the vascular surgeons. Our county hospital, Harborview, is the only level one trauma center for several states and there is a large volume of emergent embolization from blunt trauma. Fellows also participate in a one-month rotation at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The entire section is an active clinical service, with several outpatient clinics, and an inpatient service with active participation by fellows, residents, physician assistants, and nurse coordinators.  The overall goal of the training program is to merge imaging expertise with not only technical skills, but also clinical skills.  Fellows will be involved in all aspects of patient care including image interpretation, evaluation of new patients, procedures, inpatient and outpatient care, patient follow-up, and will also be given opportunities to be involved in research and participate in multidisciplinary boards (such as tumor boards).

IR Fellows at SIR

Current and former UW Interventional Radiology Fellows at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Meeting. Bottom: Stephanie Soriano, MD Fellow 2016-17; Sean Jones, MD – DR Resident: David Pierce, MD DR Resident; Christopher Ingraham, MD Fellow 2012-2013 and current Program Director Top: Christine Kim, MD Fellow 2012-2013; Cosette Stahl, MD Fellow 2016-2017; Isaac Kim, MD Fellow 2016-2017; DJ Perry, MD Fellow 2016-2017; David Pierce, MD Radiology Resident and Fellow 2017-2018; Brandon Perry, MD-DR Resident – 2017-2018 Fellow

A Note about the new IR Residency and Fellowship

The University of Washington was recently approved by the ACGME for the Interventional Radiology Residency. Even with this new program and possible internal transfers between our DR Residency and the IR Residency, we will still be seeking applications for the traditional, 1-year fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. See details below regarding how to apply.

The Independent IR Residency (the new training pathway for pursuing IR after completing a DR Residency) does not begin until July 1, 2020.


How to Apply for Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship 2019-20


APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH ERAS https://www.aamc.org/services/eras/programs/



ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND  ELECTRONICALLY  SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 31ST (applications received after this date will not be considered). (No hard copies accepted)


Application Requirements


1) Three letters of recommendation. **We strongly recommend a minimum of 2 letters from Interventional Radiologists.

2) Updated CV

3) Personal Statement

4) USMLE scores – requested through USMLE and confirmed in ERAS

5) Photo in jpeg format

6) Medical School Record (complete transcript) and Dean’s Letter


Interview Season

Interviews will be offered in January and February of 2018.  Most interviews will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Please see NRMP https://r3.nrmp.org for rank deadlines and notifications.


Please address letters to:

Christopher Ingraham, MD

Fellowship Director, Interventional Radiology

University of Washington Medical Center


Please contact Diane Herring with any concerns or questions:

Diane Herring
Department of Radiology

Interventional Radiology Program Administrator
Phone: 206-598-1454


Procedural Training Offered


  • Interventional Oncology including Y-90 radiotherapy, hepatic artery embolization, radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, percutaneous ethanol injection, IRE
  • Peripheral arterial interventions including angioplasty and stents for claudication and limb salvage
  • Arterial and venous thrombolysis
  • TIPS
  • Trauma interventions
  • Biliary interventions including cholecystostomy tubes, biliary tract drainage, biliary dilation and stenting
  • Genitourinary interventions, nephrostomy and nephroureteral catheters
  • Hemodialysis access interventions
  • Transplant intervention
  • Venous access, including ports and tunneled venous access devices
  • IVC filters
  • Abscess drains
  • Pleural drains
  • Cyst sclerosis
  • Uterine artery embolization


Other Features


  • Outstanding clinical experience with rotations at four major hospitals in the Seattle area, including the University of Washington Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Harborview Medical Center (Level 1 Trauma), and Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Sites participate in a morning conference via video to discuss interesting and/or difficult cases
  • Participation in Mortality and Morbidity Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Dedicated outpatient clinic experience for general IR, oncology, and peripheral vascular disease
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical and/or laboratory research


University of Washington GME General Information

UW Housestaff Association – Letter from the DIO