Neuroradiology

AikenPrevious fellows universally describe the year as educational, exciting and enjoyable. The Neuroradiology faculty is exceptionally energetic, knowledgeable, and experienced, as this is one of the largest and most successful neuroradiology fellowships in the US. The pass rate for subspecialization testing (previously termed Certificate of Added Qualification) is 100%.

Director: Ashley H. Aiken, MD

Faculty

The Division's faculty includes 14 subspecialty certified neuroradiologists who work closely with a separate clinical division with three interventional neuroradiologists.

Highlights

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Emory reception at ASNR 2015 in Chicago, where current faculty, trainees and alumni informally gathered to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. 

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Daniel Kreiger, Neuroradiology fellow, performing a bedside ultrasound guided procedure in the Neuro-ICU.

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Opening night at ASNR 2015. 11 faculty and 4 trainees had 12 presentations at ASNR this year.

Facilities

  • Emory University Hospital (EUH), a 579-bed tertiary care referral hospital
  • Grady Memorial Hospital (GMH), a 953-bed Level I Trauma Center and stroke center
  • Children's Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA), Egleston, a 250-bed dedicated pediatric hospital
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), a 447-bed hospital
  • Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital (EUOSH), a 120-bed orthopedic hospital
  • Emory Executive Park (EP), an outpatient orthopedic facility

Imaging Equipment

Clinical imaging equipment includes state-of-the-art biplane neuroradiological angiographic suites, myelographic facilities, and numerous scanners for ultrasound, PET-CT, multi-detector and dual-source CT, and MRI (1.5-T and 3.0-T), as well as a dedicated interventional MRI suite.

Research

In addition to clinical research, complete animal laboratory facilities are available. Trainees are encouraged to participate in projects of their own or those of the faculty. Research facilities include 3.0-T research MRI scanners, animal research MRI, and micro PET-CT scanners.

Eligibility

The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed an accredited residency in diagnostic radiology, or its equivalent. According to the new program requirements for ACGME-accredited programs, programs should first fill with those who have successfully completed a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Process

Please register for the NRMP match from the NRMP website; we adhere to the NRMP match guidelines.

Those who are interested in our neuroradiology fellowship program should have their application completed (including references) and sent to our program prior to December 1, 2016. We will accept applications during the match period, but it is highly suggested to send your application in advance of the Match Open date.

The following application materials are required:

  1. A completed application form. Click here to download.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Personal statement (Why Neuroradiology? What are your goals for the fellowship year?)
  4. Copies of USMLE 1 and 2 scores and USMLE 3 scores if available
  5. Copy of medical school diploma
  6. Copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  7. Three (3) letters of reference
  8. Photograph

Applications and letters of references can be emailed or mailed to:

Ashley Walker
Neuroradiology Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University Hospital, BG-20
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404)-712-4596
Fax: (404) 712-7957
Email: ashley.walker@emory.edu

Conferences

Monday

12:15 - 1:15 pm Neuro-immunology Conference (biweekly)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Grady ENT Tumor Board (biweekly)

Tuesday

6:30 - 8:00 am ENT Tumor Board

9:00 - 10:00 am Epilepsy Conference

1:00 - 2:00 pm Adult Brain Tumor

5:30 - 6:30 pm Combined ENT/Neuroradiology Conference (monthly)

6:00 - 8:00 pm Complex Spine Case Orthopedic Conference (monthly)

Wednesday

7:00 - 8:00 am Interdisciplinary Stroke Conference

7:30 - 8:30 am Department of Radiology Grand Rounds

7:00 - 8:00 am Pediatric ENT Conference (monthly)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Pediatric Neuro-oncology Conference (biweekly)

5:30 - 6:30 pm Fellows' Teaching Conference

Thursday

12:30 - 1:30 pm Pediatric Brain Tumor Conference

12:15 - 1:15 pm Grady Neurology/Neuroradiology Conference

12:30 - 1:30 pm Interdisciplinary Pediatric Neuro-oncology Conference

Friday

8:00 - 9:00 am Fellows' Conference

9:00 - 10:00 am Neuro-ophthalmology Conference (monthly)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Pediatric Neurology/Neuroradiology Conference

1:00 - 2:00 pm Pediatric Neuro-ophthalmology Conference (monthly)

Clinical Rotations

EUH Neuroradiology. The rotation consists primarily of inpatient and outpatient CT and MRI examinations, including a high volume of examinations for primary and metastatic brain tumors, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, neurodegenerative conditions, pituitary disorders, vascular malformations/aneurysms, and degenerative, inflammatory, and neoplastic diseases of the spine. State-of-the-art advanced MR imaging techniques are incorporated routinely into the daily workflow including DSC MR perfusion, DTI, MR spectroscopy, fMRI, SWI, time-resolved MRA, and MR myelography/cisternography. Fellows also gain experience with fluoroscopic-guided lumbar punctures and CT-guided epidural blood patches.

Head and Neck Imaging. The head and neck radiology service draws from imaging studies performed at EUH, the Winship Cancer Institute (WCI), and EUHM. The service supports otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology services for a high volume and variety of CT, MRI, and PET-CT examinations. Fellows also gain experience with biopsies in the head and neck performed using CT and ultrasound guidance.

Egleston Pediatric Neuroradiology. This rotation is based at Egleston hospital, part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). There are a wide variety of CT and MRI examinations performed for pediatric brain, spine, and head and neck imaging. Advanced MRI imaging techniques are also incorporated into the daily workflow.

Grady Neuroradiology. The Grady rotation incorporates an extremely high number of cases of head and spine trauma, acute stroke imaging including CTA/CTP, neuroimaging of HIV, as well as CT and MRI of a variety of conditions including cerebrovascular disease, degenerative disease of the spine, and head and neck cancer. Fellows gain experience in fluoroscopic-guided lumbar puncture, CT myelography, and CT-guided biopsies.

EUH Neuroangiography. The rotation consists of participation in diagnostic neuroangiography and interpretation of CT angiography studies. The service has an extremely high volume of cases for subarachnoid hemorrhage, and performs endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and acute stroke.

Program Testimonies of Alumni

I am extremely happy with the training I received at Emory. If I could go back and choose whatever program I wanted, I'd choose Emory again in a heartbeat. The people at Emory are extremely friendly and the work environment is very pleasant. That to me is one of the most important qualities in a training program. In addition, the case load, case complexity, quality of teaching, research opportunities, and procedure variety are excellent. It's everything you want in a fellowship.   
Alumni Class of 2015
Emory Neuroradiology is the richest academic environment that I have ever been a part. The kind, understanding attendings care about the education and well-being of their fellows and I still consider the faculty and staff as family. I learned more than I could have ever imagined in that year of training, and I am so grateful for the knowledge and skills that I gained. I worked very hard during my fellowship, but today I still find myself missing the learning environment, collaboration with the brilliant clinicians, and the world class challenging cases and pathology that Emory provides. Based on my experience and my discussions with many neuroradiologists from around the world,  I believe Emory is one of the top two or three Neuroradiology fellowships in the country. I am a very proud alum.
Brian Dupree, MD, DABR
Emory Neuroradiology Fellowship Class of 2014

I thought fellowship at Emory was a great experience, and now being three years into practice I find that the quality of training and relevance to current practice were outstanding.  I have felt prepared and fully competent to fulfill my duties in a large group covering adult and pediatric tertiary referral and trauma centers.
Alumni Class of 2013

Contact Information

Ashley H. Aiken, MD
Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University Hospital, BG-20
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-712-4596
Fax: (404) 712-7957
Email: ashley.aiken@emoryhealthcare.org

Ashley Walker
Neuroradiology Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University Hospital, BG-20
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-712-4596
Fax: (404) 712-7957
Email: ashley.walker@emory.edu