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The independent IR resident easily meets the 1,000 invasive image guided procedures during their training. Overall the Interventional Radiology section performs more than 8,000 procedures per year, interacting with almost all medical specialties.

  • Interventional oncology: hepatic chemoembolization, radioembolization, immunoembolization and percutaneous ablation for hepatocellular cancer and renal cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, and metastatic ocular melanoma. 
  • Post-transplant interventions: renal artery stenosis, hepatic artery stenosis, portal vein and hepatic vein interventions biliary stricture. 
  • Liver and biliary interventions: TIPS, BRTO, portal vein recanalization, percutaneous biliary drainage, and portal vein embolization. 
  • Pulmonary artery: PE thrombolysis, AVM embolization.
  • Gender specific health interventions: Uterine fibroid embolization, pelvic congestionsyndrome treatment, prostate artery embolization, varicocele embolization.
  • Venous disease: acute and chronic DVT thrombolysis and recanalization, complex IVC filter removal, superficial venous ablation, microphlebectomy, sclerotherapy.
  • Dialysis intervention: Central vein recanalization/stenting, fistula and graft interventions, Hero graft replacements, endovascular arteriovenous fistula creation. 
  • Non-oncological embolotherapy: vascular malformation, trauma, gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Pain management: percutaneous nerve blocks and neurolysis. 
  • GI tract: Gastric and jejunal feeding tube placements. 
  • GU tract: nephrostomy, ureteral stent placement/removal, complex access of nephrolitiiasis.
  • Lymphatic interventions.


The Independent Interventional Radiology residents will rotate through the Children's Hospital Medical Center Interventional Radiology section under the direct supervision of the direct supervision of the dedicated pediatric interventional radiologist. 

The IR resident will also rotate through the Surgical Intensive Caare Unit (SICU) working as a member of the SICU team to provide state of the art post-surgical care and gain valuable critical care experience. The IR resident will also rotate with the Vascular Surgery section which will provide the resident with valuable endovascular and open surgical experience in peripheral vascular disease, aortic intervention, and other vascular abnormalities. 

The IR resident will also have an opportunity to have elective rotations in spine intervention, neurovascular interventions and transplant surgery experience. 

Educational Conferences

  • Weekly didactic conferences in advanced clinical and technical topics such as portal interventions, interventional oncology, etc. 
  • Weekly Interesting Case Conference. Weekly multidisciplinary conferences in hepatobiliary disease and bi-monthly conferences in complex dialysis vascular access. 
  • Monthly Morbidity, Mortality and Improvement conference. 
  • Monthly Journal Club. 
  • Each Independent IR resident will be enrolled in the Residency Essentials, a comprehensive SIR on-line, self-paced, training/education program that provides high quality education on multiple IR topics that complement residency training. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The IR resident will be managing the Interventional Radiology service at UCMC under the direct supervision of attending faculty. Clinical and procedural responsibility is given commensurate with skill. The IR residents take home call on average of every 5 nights, with a department issued cell phone and laptop computer. 

The IR resident will have a half day, twice a month dedicated for academic time to pursue research and scholarly activity. IR residents are expected to participate and produce at least one research paper with an attending staff. There is opportunity for research and scientific presentation at national meetings such as SIR and RSNA. 

The IR resident will have half a day twice a month at outpatient clinical at the IR clinic and IR vein center. 

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More Information

Ross Ristagno, MD
Program Director

Tosha Feldkamp
Program Coordinator:

513-558-7137, FAX