MSK fellows 2019

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Radiology offers a diverse and broad experience in musculoskeletal imaging and interventions. Our section is responsible for all musculoskeletal imaging in The Kirklin Clinic, University Hospital, and Highlands Hospital, including radiographs, MR, and CT imaging. Training includes spine imaging and interventions in addition to wide variety of other image-guided musculoskeletal procedures. Our section interprets studies from 12 magnets ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 T in addition to a PET-MRI 3.0 T scanner. Additionally, there are 13 multidetector CT scanners within the UAB health system, some of which have dual-energy capabilities.

The fellows are involved in all aspects of these studies and are also primarily responsible in performing the MSK procedures. At UAB, over 2,000 image-guided musculoskeletal procedures are performed each year including arthrography, percutaneous bone and soft-tissue biopsy, diagnostic and therapeutic joint and spine injections, calcific lavage, tendon fenestration, radiofrequency ablation, cryo-ablation, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, and much more. We also have a high volume musculoskeletal ultrasound program, performing approximately 2,000 cases per year. 

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As a Level One Trauma Center, our program offers a broad experience in traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. Education is also a mainstay of our fellowship program with a weekly morning musculoskeletal radiology conference in which faculty, fellows, and residents participate. There is a structured musculoskeletal didactic curriculum with lectures given on a weekly basis. There is also a strong collaborative relationship with our referring physicians and includes participating in interdisciplinary conferences such as Orthopaedic Sports, Bone Tumor, and Rheumatology Conferences held on a regular basis. Interdisciplinary lectures are also given to our fellows by other UAB physicians in orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and primary care sports medicine. Our fellows also participate in journal club which is always a fun time for fellows and faculty to gather to socialize, learn, and critique the most recent musculoskeletal radiology literature.

Ours Fellows participate in musculoskeletal backup call (home pager call) along with the entire musculoskeletal faculty. Our fellows also participate in weekend day call, usually one half day occurring approximately every six weeks. Fellows have the option of providing evening coverage from 5 - 11 pm daily for added compensation that is competitive with similar moonlighting work. The evening radiologists work with residents to interpret radiographs, CT scans, and sonograms on emergency department and inpatients.

Current Faculty:

Carl A. Narducci , M.D. | MSK Section Chief
Mason Frazier, M.D.
Matt Larrison, M.D.
Yulia V. Melenevsky, M.D. (Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship Program Director)
Rachel Z. Bass, M.D.
Dirk Rehder, M.D.

UAB’s Musculoskeletal Imaging Program participates in the SSR MSK match.

New for the academic year 2023/24: We now offer combined MSK/MRI fellowship program for 2 positions outside NMRP match), and 2 positions in conventional MSK Fellowship program (in match). We are currently accepting applications and will begin interviewing November 1, 2021. Per SCARD guidelines, all interviews will be conducted virtually over zoom, but you are welcome to stop by and visit us, if you are in the area.

Birmingham City

Located in the heart of the southeast, Birmingham is a short drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Memphis, and gulf coast beaches. Some of the most beautiful suburbs in the United States surround the city. With its picturesque surroundings, Birmingham has been recognized as an “All American City,” one of the top Ten American Cities in which to live and work, and one of the top ten entrepreneurial and job growth hot spots in America. The combination of pleasant weather, geography, diverse culture, activities, and lifestyle make this city a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and practice medicine.

Attention – we have an open position for the next academic year 2022/23 (MSK or MSK/MRI)

To apply, please send the items listed below to Dianne Wideman at

  • UAB Application (see link below)
  • Updated CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from Residency Program Director)
  • Personal Statement

Contact Information:
Yulia V. Melenevsky, M.D., Program Director  |  Dianne Wideman, Program Coordinator

Department of Radiology - University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
619 19th Street South - Birmingham, AL 35249-6830
(Tel) 205.934.3108 - (Fax) 205.975.4413  |
Click to download the UAB application.