The Department of Radiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham is offering a 1- year fellowship in Cardiopulmonary Radiology with option of 2 years for interested candidates.

The fellowship includes training in cardiac and pulmonary imaging primarily for radiologists interested in an academic career in thoracic radiology. The fellow will receive training in (a) interpretation of all aspects of thoracic imaging including plain films, linear tomography, CT, MRI, angiography, nuclear cardiology and digital radiography; (b) percutaneous biopsy and drainage procedures in the thorax; (c) cardiopulmonary pathology and brief rotation on clinical services; and (d) research activities.

Facilities include four cardiac catheterization laboratories (two equipped with digital angiography), five CT scanners, three MRI units, and excellent nuclear medicine facilities. We have just received approval from the state to buy a 40-detector CT scanner for CT coronary arteriography. Extensive clinical material is available in both cardiac and pulmonary disease including 4000 cardiac catheterization in adults, 800 pediatric catheterizations, >2000 chest CT scans, >300 biopsy procedures and over 2000 nuclear cardiac procedures per year. There is excellent interaction between the Radiology Department and Divisions of Adult and Pediatric Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Two magnets (1.5 and 3 T) are available for cardiovascular MRI. Clinical activities of Cardiovascular MRI are jointly conducted by the Divisions of Cardiology and Radiology; greater than 600 cardiac MR examinations were performed in 2004. Hrudaya Nath, M.D. is Director of Cardiac MR.

CT for coronary artery calcium scoring is performed at The Kirklin Clinic using a multi-slice GE CT scanner with GE's SmartScore(TM). This is primarily used for screening for intermediate to high-risk patients upon referral by a physician. This calcium scoring program is offered as one part of a more comprehensive screening program including lung cancer screening, virtual colonoscopy with CT and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening with ultrasound. Fellows will have the opportunity to be involved with the CT calcium scoring program.

In addition to clinical material, there are facilities for clinical and experimental research. The fellow is expected to participate in these research projects.

We welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you. For more information we encourage you to call or write to us.

All applicants must be board certified or board eligible in Diagnostic Radiology. Three years of training in an ACGME accredited program is required. The applicants should also be eligible for unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Alabama. Please visit Alabama Board of Medical Examiners for licensing requirements.

Contact Information:

Sushilkumar K. Sonavane, M.D., Program Director
Department of Radiology - University of Alabama Hospital
619 19th Street South - JT N370A - Birmingham, Alabama 35249-6830
(Tel) 205.934.5345    |    email:

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