Radiology Fellowship

The Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology offers: pediatric radiology fellowship training in an ACGME accredited program.

Since 1974, the Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology has offered pediatric radiology fellowship training in a one year ACGME approved program. Training includes radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, PET - CT, cardiovascular imaging, interventional radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and fetal imaging. Our mission is to train individuals who will provide high quality imaging care of children and who will serve as leaders and mentors in responsible practice, in education, in research and in advocacy. Optionally, we do provide a second year of specialized training in neuroradiology, nuclear medicine or cross sectional imaging.

Responsibilities traditionally include provision of excellence, timely and compassionate patient care, communication of issues of importance in a clear and effective manner, maintaining strong and effective working relationships, assurance that deficiencies will be identified and corrected, participation in departmental governance activities, understanding and providing appropriate risk management decisions.

Over 70 fellows have successfully graduated from this program. The Division performs over 130,000 examinations annually using state-of-the-art imaging equipment.

The Division performs diagnostic and minimally invasive procedures in a family environment with the lowest possible risk and the lowest achievable exposure to radiation. Many of our radiologists are national and international authorities in their fields. The Division employs over 160 radiologist, research faculty, physicist, technologist, nurses, and support staff. The Division has 17 board certified radiologist most of which hold certificated of added qualifications in pediatric radiology, neuroradiology, and vascular/interventional radiology. Our technologists are certified in specific modalities and are trained to work specifically with the pediatric population. The Division also includes licensed nursing staffs who are expert in pediatric conscience sedation.

Research

Research

The Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology takes an active role in research at Children’s National. Fellows are encouraged to complete a research project during their year of training under the mentorship of one of the faculty. Numerous ongoing research projects are available to participate in.

The Radiology Research Laboratory is under the leadership of Catherine Limperopoulos PhD, with an emphasis on use and development of advanced MRI techniques and fetal imaging research.

The Biomedical Engineering group reports to Raymond W. Sze and is led by Kevin Cleary PhD. The research emphasis in this group includes minimally invasive / non-invasive approaches that can reduce painful procedures in children.

The radiology department is also involved in a multitude of collaborative programs within Children’s National that utilize imaging technologies and devices.

Cardiac Imaging

  • MRI fetal and neonatal brain research protocols for neonates with cardiac disease
  • MRI neonatal cardiac protocols
  • Evolving cardiac interventional  research in collaboration with the NIH (combined imaging/cardiac interventional suite)

Neuroradiology

  • Member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC) and Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
  • TWiTCH – Sickle Cell vasculopathy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Functional MRI

Fetal Imaging

  • Fetal brain development - volumetric/spectroscopy
  • IUGR
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Craniosynostosis syndromes

Neonatal Imaging

  • Hypothermia treatment
  • IUGR

Ultrasound Imaging

  • BABY HUG trial (hydroxyurea in infants with sickle cell anemia)
  • TWiTCH (TCD With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea) study

Nuclear Medicine

  • Hepatobiliary imaging in neonatal jaundice
  • GFR - hyperfiltration in pediatric patients with malignancies
Education

Education

At the beginning of each academic year, the program director meets with the fellows as a group and each fellow as an individual. In these sessions, goals and objectives are set for each individual trainee. Goals are focused around achievement of diagnostic and treatment excellence, accomplishment in academic activity, preparation of graduate level seminar material, development of teaching skills, understanding of performance improvement, accreditation, business practices, and organization activities. The training program is tailored to the needs of each individual fellow with a considerable amount of flexibility under the supervision of the program director. Graduated levels of responsibility are provided. A close relationship between faculty mentors and fellows is the standard leading to collaboration in career development, academic activities, and general educational progress.

The training program lasts for a period of twelve months. This includes six months of general diagnostic radiology including fluoroscopy, in patient and out patient film interpretation, and cross sectional body imaging with clinical conference participation. There is one month of vacation. The remaining five months include rotations in nuclear medicine (1-2 months), neuroradiology (1-2 months), and interventional radiology (2 -8 weeks). Electives in fetal imaging, cardiac and musculoskeletal imaging are added as requested. Throughout the year, the trainee takes graduated night and weekend call, with increasing levels of responsibility in their rotations. A second year of training is available upon request. This involves further subspecialty training in neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, or cross sectional body imaging. These subspecialty rotations are accomplished under the direction of a faculty mentor.

Didactic lectures are given each morning. Interesting case conferences in neuro and body imaging are presented weekly. Journal clubs are presented monthly with fellows and residents in attendance. Combined case conferences with other specialties occur throughout the month including surgery, oncology, neurology, urology, fetal, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, genetics, gastroenterology, and orthopedics. At times the fellows are requested to present in pediatric professorial rounds and Surgery- Path conferences.

The fellows are expected to present at interesting case conferences and develop two didactic lectures during their training. Each fellow is responsible for presenting a basic radiology lecture on the chest to rotating medical students from George Washington University. Time is provided to complete a quality improvement project of the fellow’s choice.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please complete the Children's National Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Application and submit all supporting documents, to include CV, Photo, Personal Statement, ECFMG Certificate (if applicable), and three Reference letters.

Dorothy I. Bulas, M.D.
Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program Director
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010-2970
Phone: 202-476-5630
Fax: 202-476-3644
E-mail: dbulas@childrensnational.org

Verne Mattox
Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-4291
Fax: 202-476-3644
E-mail: vmattox@childrensnational.org

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology Faculty & Staff

Raymond Sze, MD
Chair, Radiology Department
RSze@childrensnational.org

Dorothy Bulas, MD
Vice Chief of Academic Affairs
Director, Fellowship Program
Director, Ultrasound Imaging
Director, Fetal Imaging
Ultrasound, Fetal Imaging
Transcranial Doppler; Trauma Imaging & Education
dbulas@childrensnational.org

Adebunmi Adeyiga, MD
Staff Radiologist
AAdeyiga@childrensnational.org

Anjum Bandarkar, MD
Director, Pediatric Resident Training Program
Pediatric Body Imaging & Ultrasonography & Education
ABandark@childrensnational.org

Anna Blask, MD
Staff Radiologist
ABlask@childrensnational.org

Kevin Cleary, PhD
Technical Director, Bioengineering Initiative
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

Stan Fricke, PhD
MR Safety Officer
Director, Small animal imaging laboratory

Zarir Khademian
Staff Neuroradiologist
Zkhademi@childrensnational.org

Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD
Director, MRI Research of the Developing Brain
Director, Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging Research Laboratory

Bruce Markle, MD
Vice Chief of Medical Affairs
Director, Body MR
Director, Outpatient Imaging Center
BMARKLE@childrensnational.org

Jonathan Murnick, MD
Staff Neuroradiologist
Neonatal Brain Imaging
Pediatric Stroke & Dynamic Imaging of CSF
jmurnick@childrensnational.org

Eva Rubio, MD
Director, Fluoroscopy
Director, Quality Assurance
Thoracoabdominal/Fluoroscopy
Fetal; International Outreach
ERubio@childrensnational.org

Nabile Safdar, MD
Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging
Director, Imaging Informatics
Nsafdar@childrensnational.org

Eglal Shalaby-Rana, MD
Staff Radiologist
ERANA@childrensnational.org

Gilbert Vézina, MD
Director, Neuroradiology MR
Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
MR Safety Officer
Pediatric Brain Tumors
Neurofibromatosis
Pediatric Brain Trauma; Abusive Head Injury
GVEZINA@childrensnational.org

Pranav Vyas, MD
Director, PET and CT Imaging
Co-Director, Residency Training Program
Pediatric Nuclear Medicine; PET/CT
Pediatric Abdominal MR Imaging & Resident Education
PVyas@childrensnational.org

Bhupender Yadav, MD
Interim Director, Interventional Radiology
BYadav@childrensnational.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the elective rotations available?

Rotations are required in neuro/ IR/ nucs - electives include additional months in neuro/IR/nucs plus fetal imaging/ cardiac MRI/ body MRI,

Q: Call duty working hours?

Will answer during interview process.

Q: Teaching conferences?

There are multiple conferences throughout the week at Children's National. Didactic conferences for the fellows and residents occur daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon on Monday. Interesting case conference are held Friday noon, Neuro interesting case conference wed noon, fellows conference Thursday noon, and journal club monthly. There are weekly fetal conferences, urology conferences, and tumor board that the fellows can attend as well. Monthly conferences with genetics, GI, ENT, neurosurgery, neurology, and orthopedics can be attended by fellows dependent on the rotation they are on. Grand rounds, professorial rounds and guest lecturers occur weekly at Children's National and if the topic is relevant to the specialty, the fellows are encouraged to attend.

Q: Normal work times?

The day starts at 7:30 AM when the AM didactic lecture begins. At 8:15 a.m. the fellows begin their assigned rotations for the day; typically there is a noon conference, if not on call the day usually ends at 5 p.m.

Q: Number of cases done daily?

Over 130,000 cases are performed at Children's National each year. The number of cases depends on the rotation.

Q: Research availability?

There are many research opportunities in the Division of Pediatric Radiology. Fellows are expected to complete a research project during their year with the hope that it can be presented at a future meeting particularly the SPR and or published. Posters, case reports, and abstracts are commonly completed by fellows during their year of training. Many larger research projects can benefit from the help of fellows. At the beginning of the year every effort is made to identify interesting research projects for each fellow to participate in. A QI project is also expected to be completed as wel;. Large ongoing studies include the areas of fetal imaging, neuro imaging, cardiac imaging, trauma, neurosonology, Gauchers disease, neurofibromatosis and sickle cell disease.

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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