UW Radiology

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Interventional Radiology Residency Program at the University of Washington.

The University of Washington has been approved by the ACGME for the IR residency since 2016 and we matched our first class in March, 2017. Graduates from the program will receive dual certification in Interventional Radiology (IR) and Diagnostic Radiology (DR). Graduates of this new program will complete two full years (at least 24 four week rotations) in IR and IR-related rotations. We currently have approval for up to 3 IR Residency Positions. We will be recruiting for the 2018-2019 academic year in September, 2017.

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 Major surgical procedures, many of them having significant perioperative morbidity and mortality, have now been replaced by minimally invasive interventional procedures that can often be performed on an outpatient basis.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 IR 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. IR trainees will also have an extensive 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 the surrounding WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) and there is a large volume of emergent embolization from blunt trauma. Trainees will also rotate at our excellent regional Pediatric Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The entire IR section is an active clinical service, with several outpatient clinics, and an inpatient service with active participation by fellows, residents, medical students, 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.  Trainees 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).