Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention Fellowship

Program Overview:

The Department of Radiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is offering a one-year fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention. The goal of the fellowship is to provide comprehensive and advanced training in both pulmonary and cardiac imaging, as well as thoracic interventions. The pulmonary experience encompasses a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient studies, including high-resolution chest CT and lung cancer screening low-dose CT. Cardiac imaging includes both cardiac CT and MRI, with both acquired and congenital disease being routinely studied. The cardiothoracic section also interprets whole body CTA and MRA. Thoracic interventions include percutaneous needle biopsy, thoracentesis, pleural and pericardial catheter placement, and thermal (microwave and cryo) ablation.

The Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention fellow will work at the Keck Hospital of USC and Los Angeles County USC (LAC+USC) Medical Center. The fellow will also be reading studies performed at the HCC2 outpatient imaging center. A major strength of the program is the rich clinical experience derived from the tremendous variety in pathology and patient population throughout all the sites, which are conveniently located on a single medical campus. LAC+USC is one of the largest and busiest public hospitals in the United States. Keck Hospital of USC boasts an active heart and lung transplant service, as well as other specialized surgical techniques. The fellow may also rotate through the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, one of the original nine comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. Fuji Synapse PACS workstations are employed throughout the department, and Vitrea 3-D workstations are also present at all sites for advanced post-processing.

The fellow will work closely with the seven Department of Radiology cardiothoracic faculty, as well as collaborating colleagues from the Department of Cardiology. The fellow will also access a valuable source of training by participating in the various pulmonary, cardiology, and thoracic surgery interdisciplinary conferences offered throughout the week. The fellow is also expected to work with and teach the USC Radiology residents. Following completion of training, the fellow will have accumulated enough clinical cardiac CT experience to meet the qualifications for Level 2 certification.

The fellowship can be tailored to radiologists interested in either an academic or private practice career. Two to three months of electives are provided, which can include research time for those pursuing an academic career. Additionally, the fellow will be provided a half-academic day a week to conduct research and/or prepare conferences.

Fellow call requirement averages out to one weekend out of every eight weekends.

In summary, the Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention fellowship at USC provides a specialized but comprehensive experience in cardiopulmonary imaging and intervention that will benefit the fellow in any post-training clinical setting.

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the USC Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention fellowship.  This fellowship does not participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).  Applications and interviews take place on a rolling basis.

Those wishing to apply should complete the following:

USC Fellowship Application
A copy of your curriculum vitae
A personal statement
3 letters of recommendation

A California Medical License is required PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. Applications for licensure should be made to the Medical Board in November prior to the year you will begin your appointment. This can be a time consuming process and a prompt application is encouraged. For information and/or application please contact:
Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue
Suite #54
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-2382
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For further information, contact:

Chris Lee, M.D., CTI fellowship Program Director
Veronica Ramirez, Fellowship Coordinator
Keck Hospital of USC, Dept. of Radiology
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, California 90033
Phone: 323.442.8721
Fax: 323.442.8755