Research Track

The Emory Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences is renowned for its scientific accomplishments and strong leadership in translational and basic research including nuclear cardiology, radiopharmaceutical discovery, breast imaging, and functional MRI. Multidisciplinary research teams work in a highly collaborative environment with state-of-the-art resources. The Department's research programs are integrated and leverage strategic initiatives within Emory University and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center in neuroscience, transplantation, heart & vascular medicine, and oncology. We have strong relationships with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, GA Tech (Biomedical Engineering), the CDC, many other Georgia-based academic and clinical partners, and industry.

The mission of our Research Track (RT) program is to produce academic Radiologists with a significant component of research in their careers, by providing an outstanding clinical education and imaging research experience, as well as promoting skills needed for a career in academic radiology.  The goals of the RT are to:

  • Teach and foster the skills necessary to be a successful academic radiologist
  • Provide an avenue for trainees to develop research skills
  • Advance radiology research and the field of radiology as a whole
  • Produce well-trained, well-rounded radiologists that can be leaders in research

Our RT residents have seen considerable success thus far with many receiving external grant funding including RSNA Research grants.


Our Graduates & Current Residents

Our Resident Research Track participants have had great success in obtaining grants and obtaining academic positions.

'05-'09: Dan Karolyi, MD-PhD (RSNA resident grant recipient; did body MRI fellowship at Emory; currently faculty at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic, Director of MRI)

'06-'10: James Costello, MD-PhD (RSNA resident grant recipient; went to University of Arizona, now in private practice)

'10-'14: Andrew Nicholson, MD (RSNA resident grant recipient; went to UCSF for neuroradiology/neurointerventional fellowship; currently faculty at Virginia Tech)

’10-’14: Sima Banerjee, MD (went on to do a fellowship in interventional radiology at UAB; now at the Guthrie Clinic)

'12-'16: Nima Kokabi, MD (RSNA resident grant recipient; went on to do a vascular and interventional fellowship at Yale; currently faculty at Emory University)

’12-’16: Faramarz Edalaat, MD-PhD (went on to do fellowship in interventional radiology at Brown; currently in private practice group).

'13-'17: Gelareh Sadigh, MD (RSNA resident grant recipient; went on to do fellowship in neuroradiology at Emory; currently faculty at Emory University)

’13-’17: Marc Benayoun, MD-PhD (went to MGH for neuroradiology fellowship; currently in private practice group).

'16-'20: Patricia Balthazar, MD (RSNA resident grant recipient)

’16-’20: Anna Trofimova, MD-PhD

'17-'21: Charlotte Chung, MD-PhD

’18-’22: John Comer, MD-PhD

’18-’22: Damian Dyckman, MD-PhD


We provide the opportunity for up to 2 residents per year to enter our research track.

Our program is inspired by but different from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Holman pathway ( A resident in our radiology residency training program could consider entering the Holman pathway, requiring approvals necessary to begin research time during the transitional internship year. The Emory Research Track permits up to 16 months of research time during the four years of the diagnostic radiology residency. Research track residents will be provided with 20% dedicated research time during their second through fourth years of the residency program. Additional protected research time (up to a maximum of 50% per year) is possible with external funding. Expectations are commensurate with the time spent in research and with the scope of the project and include generating publications, presentations at local and national scientific meetings and applying for seed grants or other funding opportunities targeting trainees. Research Track residents will receive guidance to assist them in selecting an appropriate research mentor.

Residents on research electives are expected to participate in call duties and attend required conferences; should specific conflicts arise with the research program, these will be addressed by the Residency and Research Track Program Directors on an individual basis.

Extension of residency training to five years to accommodate a more intensive research program may be considered on an individual basis and will typically necessitate extramural funding.

Please note that the resident's primary responsibility is to obtain superior clinical training in Radiology and if this is not proceeding appropriately, the ramifications may include (but are not limited to) loss of research electives and/or removal from the research track program.

Applying to the Program

  • Interested Residents must apply to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Match.
  • Applicants interested in the Research Track must, in addition to selecting the NRMP Match number for the Research Track, complete an additional application, that will be reviewed by our Research Track Committee, along with the rest of the candidate's application file.
  • The Research Track Committee will select applicants to interview. Interviews for the Research Track will be held October through January of the interview season.
  • On the interview day, candidates will be given  10 minutes to present their research to the Research Track Committee. They will then interview with committee members. If interested and feasible to arrange, appointments can be made to visit specific research labs and/or investigators.
  • It is possible to Match to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency and not to the Research Track. It may be possible to enter the Research Track program after starting the Diagnostic Residency Program on the clinical track; however, these opportunities are limited.



Year I
Research time 1-3 hours per week
Formal instruction plus homework
Year II
Research time 20%
Year III
Research time 20%
(up to 50% if funded)
Year IV
Research time 20%
(up to 50% if funded)



  • Research Design
  • ROC analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Outcome and cost-effectiveness analysis


  • Human & animal subjects, conflict of interest etc




Start Research
  • Submit grant application to specialty society or other funding mechanism.
  • Work with mentor on individually designed project(s).

  • Abstracts, papers and awards: getting credit for your work
  • Manuscript preparation in radiology
  • Obtaining funding for research in radiology
  • Protocol preparation
  • Research methodologies in radiology
  • Mentorship

Continue Research

  • Submit/Resubmit grant application to specialty society or other funding mechanism.
  • Work with mentor on individually designed project(s).


Research and Manuscript

  • Work on research project.
  • Prepare and submit manuscript(s).



  • What to expect in an academic job
  • Negotiating an academic job
  • Clinical research curriculum vitae preparation
  • Building a career on research in radiology
  • Promotion in academic radiology
  • Teaching portfolio preparation


* * *Years I to IV – Radiology Grand Rounds - WEDNESDAYS – 7:30 – 8:30 AM* * *
* * *Years I to IV - Research in Progress Seminars (RIPS) - WEDNESDAYS – 2:30 – 3:30 PM* * *


•    Facilities (including but not limited to labs, classrooms and libraries)
•    Grand Rounds with research topics (approximately 25%)
•    Research in Progress Seminars (RIPS)
•    Journal Club
•    Visiting Professors in research
•    Emory Office of Sponsored Research
•    Emory Office for Clinical Research
•    Emory Office for Technology Transfer

Success Criteria

•    Obtaining funding for research (intramural/extramural)
•    Invitations to review manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
•    Peer-reviewed published abstracts and/or journal articles
•    Research mentor evaluation
•    Selection for participation in research-related activities after competitive applications
•    Win awards for research


Applying to the research track consists of two steps:
1) Apply to the Emory Radiology residency through ERAS. Select “Research Track” in addition to the main Diagnostic Radiology Residency.
2) Submit additional research track application materials by email.
a. Requested materials include: 1) curriculum vitae (CV), and 2) a completed research application form.
b. Use filenames in the format: lastname_firstname_CV and lastname_firstname_application.
c. Email completed files to Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski (, co-Director for the Emory University Diagnostic Radiology Residency—Research Track.

At this point in time, the Research Track is only open to those applying to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program and not those applying for the Interventional Radiology residency program.

Deadline for submission of Research Track application and CV: October 31st.

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