UW Radiology

Cardiothoracic Imaging (non-ACGME)

History: Our comprehensive  cardiothoracic  radiology fellowship  program was founded in July 2009.The program includes hands-on training in cardiac and thoracic radiographs, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance.

Prerequisite Training/Selection CriteriaPrerequisite training requirements are completion of an ACGME-accredited radiology residency program in the United  States or an RCPSC-accredited program in Canada (or the equivalent radiology residency in another country ,along with ECFMG certification).Preference is given to those candidates who are ABR certified or eligible, and only exceptional FMG candidates are considered. Applicants are chosen on the basis of clinical performance ,knowledge of  radiology, and professionalism demonstrated during radiology residency, as well as interest in cardiothoracic radiology.

Goals and Objectives for TrainingThe educational purpose of the program is to train radiologists in the subspecialties of cardiac and thoracic/pulmonary imaging for  practice in academic and community settings. The goals are to provide advanced training in radiography, CT, and  MRI as they  apply to cardiothoracic  imaging.  The experiences include formal teaching in radiography, CT, and MRI, faculty-directed and self-directed study, and participation in multidisciplinary conferences. Fellows will learn to manage a high-volume cardiothoracic imaging practice, including urgent studies, all under faculty supervision. They will be expected to provide imaging consults and to manage contrast reactions under faculty supervision. The  fellowship  program  will  have a balanced content of cardiac and pulmonary imaging. In addition to the  clinical duties, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in educational and research activities in the cardiothoracic section and department of radiology overall.


Our program is conducted by world-renowned specialist in the field of cardiothoracic  imaging.

List of dedicated Cardiothoracic Imaging radiologists:

Dr. Matthew Cham
Dr. Karen Ordovas
Dr. Gautham Reddy
Dr. David Godwin
Dr. Sudhakar Pipavath
Dr. Kyle Spearman 
Dr. Jerry O’Regan

Facilities: Training is conducted  at the University of Washington Medical Center and at Harborview Medical Center. We utilize  state of the art imaging equipment  from  multiple vendors including the latest generation dual source and 512-slice (256-detector row) CT scanners, as well as 1.5 and 3T MRI scanners. We also have a 3D Laboratory which provides efficient post-processing of complex imaging data.

Education Program – Basic Curriculum:

The fellow is responsible for interpretation of CT, MRI, and radiographic imaging performed at Harborview, UWMC, and SCCA .Fellows work alongside the attending  radiologists. The fellow has the opportunity to  view the  exams and formulate clinical impression prior  to review with the attending radiologist. This allows fellows to test their knowledge independently.

During case review, the attending radiologist provides feedback to the fellow and may suggest further resources and reading to advance the fellow’s  knowledge. An  attending radiologist supervises the fellow’s clinical activities. There  will  be abundant  opportunities for  interaction and collaboration with cardiology, pulmonary, and thoracic surgery faculty. The faculty provide daily teaching sessions, weekly interesting case conferences, and weekly didactic lectures.


Faculty members evaluate the fellows on a quarterly basis using written and verbal feedback. The program  director  meets with the fellows  to give feedback and discuss the  evaluation. The fellows provide evaluations of the faculty and program at the end of the year.


We are currently accepting applications for 2023 and beyond. Those wishing to apply should send the following to Trixie Rombouts, Program Administrator, Cardiothoracic Imaging, btrxe@uw.edu


  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation

For information about housing in the Seattle area: https://hr.uw.edu/housing/affordable-rental-housing/

Interviews: Due to COVID-19 pandemic all interviews will be conducted virtually at this time. COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement: Per Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees – including residents and fellows – will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Information about this requirement is also posted on the Prospective Residents & Fellows page of the GME website, https://sites.uw.edu/uwgme/prospective-residents-and-fellows/. Applicants invited to interview need to be aware COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement as a condition of employment. Details on the vaccination verification process for incoming residents and fellows will be provided at a later date.