GW offers one to two ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The strength of our program lies not only in our breadth and scope of (IR) practice but also in our training of fellows to be IR clinicians. Our division has a close working relationship with Interventional Cardiology and General and Vascular Surgery and also partakes in multi-disciplinary conferences with these services. The division performs a high volume of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures per year.
The strength of our program lies in the scope and breadth of training. Fellows have first-hand training in the work-up, diagnosis, and treatment of peripheral arterial and venous disease including thoracic and abdominal aortic stent grafts, limb salvage, DVT thrombolysis, and occasional carotid stenting. In addition to peripheral arterial disease, fellows have extensive exposure to percutaneous genitourinary procedures, biliary procedures, IVC filters, thrombolysis, venous access, embolotherapy, TIPS, aortic stent graphs, stroke intervention, pain management, kyphoplasty, and occasional radiofrequency ablation. We have two dedicated peripheral angiography suites and one biplane neuro interventional suite.
The small number of fellows combined with our large volume of cases ensures that the fellows will develop the training, confidence, and clinical skills to become an IR clinician who will be successful in either the academic or private practice setting. Teaching is of utmost importance in our fellowship program and fellows are taught not only about the technical aspects but also the clinical and patient management aspects of IR. Since our division is a popular elective rotation for medical students and radiology residents, fellows are expected to not only teach but also pass along their newly acquired knowledge to reinforce their understanding of disease processes and management.
The true strength of the Interventional Radiology Division lies in its supportive and compassionate care that it provides to the patients of Washington DC. The IR division is home to outstanding clinicians, nurses, and staff from varied backgrounds and other prestigious institutions, including Dr. Anthony C. Venbrux, a lauded teacher, pioneer, and noted author of Image-Guided Interventions, which is read by many fellows-in-training today.