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The Independent IR resident easily meets the 1,000 invasive image-guided procedures required 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, 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 congestion syndrome treatment, prostate artery embolization, varicocele embolization. 
  • Venous disease: acute and chronic DVT thrombolysis and recanalization, complex IVC filter removal, superficial venous ablation, microphlebectomy, sclerotherotherapy. 
  • Dialysis intervention: Central vein recanalization/stenting, fistula and graft interventions, Hero graft placements, 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 nephrolithiasis.
  • Lymphatic interventions: Lymphangiography, thoracic duct embolization.

IR SuiteRotations
The Independent Interventional Radiology resident will rotate through the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Interventional Radiology section under the direct supervision of dedicated pediatric interventional radiologists. 

The IR resident will also rotate through the surgical intensive care 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 interventions, 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 Residency Essentials, a comprehensive SIR on-line, self-paced, training/education program that provides high-quality education of multiple IR topics that complements 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 once 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 activities. IR residents are expected to participate and produce at least one research project 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 a half day twice a month at the IR clinic and IR vein center. 

Lulu Zhang, MD
Program Director

Phone: 513-558-6180
Fax: 513-558-7137



Sherri Wolfe

Program Coordinator

513-558-7137, Fax

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