Fellowship Program Director: Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR

ACGME: 4233521052 - New York Presbyterian Hospital (CORNELL CAMPUS)

The Neuroradiology Division offers a one-year ACGME-accredited diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship. The fellows spend an equal amount of time at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), the fellows perform all the neurological invasive procedures, interpret magnetic resonance and computer tomographic (with an emphasis on head & neck) imaging studies, and are responsible for all the advanced neuroimaging studies which include CT angiography, MR/CT perfusion and MR spectroscopy. At MSKCC, the fellows perform and interpret all the invasive and sectional neurological studies. The Neuroradiology Division at NYPH performs over 8,000 Neuro-MRI exams and over 10,000 Neuro-CT scans per year, ensuring that there is a sufficient number of examinations to train both residents and fellows. Under the supervision of an attending neuroradiologist or an attending interventional neuroradiologist, fellows perform all invasive procedures including cerebral angiograms, spinal canal access (for spinal fluid collection, myelography and medication installation), and biopsies (spine, head and neck) at NYPH.

At MSKCC, the fellows perform all the spinal canal access, biopsies, and radiation seed placements under the guidance of a neuroradiology attending. A significant number of pediatric neuroradiology cases are done at both NYPH and at MSKCC (10-15% of all cases). At NYPH, the presence of an active newborn nursery, neonatal ICU, and pediatric ICU ensures that the entire gamut of ischemic, inflammatory, traumatic, and neoplastic disorders are encountered.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell has two (2) full-time pediatric neurologists and a full-time pediatric neurosurgeon. Two days per week, one of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's MR units is devoted to pediatric Neuro-MR imaging requiring sedation. Over 700 MR sedation cases are performed annually. Additionally, one to two fetal MR examinations are performed each month.

A weekly, multi-disciplinary Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery/ Neuroradiology Conference is organized by Dr. Heier or Dr. Zimmerman of the Neuroradiology Division. MSKCC's Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Division exposes fellows to a wide range of pediatric central nervous system tumors referred to the Cancer Center for either primary or follow-up care. In addition to the weekly multidisciplinary pediatric conferences at NYPH and MSKCC, the fellows are encouraged to attend weekly neurosurgery, neurology, neurovascular, epilepsy, head and neck, tumor board/neuropathology, and ophthalmology conferences.

The neuroradiology attending staff members at NYPH and MSKCC are involved in numerous research projects that cover a wide range of topics and techniques, such as CT and MR perfusion, MR angiography, molecular imaging, fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging in TBI, neoplastic disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Although there is no research requirement, during their training the fellows are strongly encouraged to become involved in a project of their own interest as the primary investigator.

There is a two-week elective period during the one-year fellowship. Electives in neurosurgery, neuropathology and otolaryngology can be taken to gain clinical experience. The remainder of the clinical experience is gained from attending interdisciplinary conferences, during daily work rounds, and discussion of cases with residents and attendings from referring services.

On Call Responsibiities:

Neuroradiology fellows take call every sixth week and have the following Monday and Friday off. While on call, fellows review imaging studies and perform advanced image analysis exams (e.g., CTA and CTP). The neuroradiology fellows are responsible for emergent procedures while on call, with the exception of emergent cerebral angiograms which are performed by the interventional neuroradiology group (INR).

To Apply:

We use the universal fellowship application form designed by the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (downloadable at http://www.thoracicrad.org/fellowships/application.htm, and click onto "downloadable application" at the bottom).

A completed application consists of the following documents and information:

1) A completed "universal fellowship application form" accompanied by the following:

2) Your current C.V.

3) Copies of USMLE (Parts I, II, III)

4) A personal statement

5) Three letters of reference

6) Please provide information on ABR Board Certification Status for written and oral exams.

7) For foreign medical school graduates, please provide information on current VISA status. You should contact the NRMP office via e-mail as soon as possible to request application materials for the match.

8) Please provide us with contact information including work phone, beeper number, and e-mail address for the scheduling of your interview.


Please send completed fellowship applications to:

Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR, Neuroradiology Fellowship Director

Department of Radiology New York-Presbyterian Hospital

525 East 68th Street, Box 141 New York, NY 10065-4870

E-mail: pcs9001@med.cornell.edu


For further Information, please contact:

Ms. Harlene H. Lavine

Neuroradiology Secretary Department of Radiology

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

525 East 68th Street, Box 141 New York, NY 10065-4870

Tel: 212.746.2573

Fax: 212.746.8597