Pediatric Interventional Radiology
Why UT Southwestern
Approved by the Texas Medical Board (TMB), our Pediatric Interventional Radiology Fellowship program is centered at Children’s Health℠ Children's Medical Center Dallas, a private, nonprofit, tertiary-care pediatric hospital and Level I trauma center that is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for UT Southwestern. Fellows gain extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric interventional radiology, from pre-procedure consultation and clinic, to the technical components of the procedures themselves, to inpatient and outpatient follow up care. The case mix ranges from venous access, biopsy and drainage to management of complex vascular anomalies, transplant intervention, interventional oncology and musculoskeletal intervention. All of this with an eye toward the unique needs of children.
We educate fellows in a Texas Medical Board-certified residency program in Pediatric Interventional Radiology. Trainees have a variety of pre-fellowship experience, ranging from small community to larger academic residency programs. Fellows typically have completed a residency or fellowship in Adult Interventional Radiology or a fellowship in Pediatric Radiology.
- Produce Pediatric Interventional Radiologists who will be successful, whether in private practice or an academic setting.
- Impart a core set of concepts and abilities to trainees through a standardized curriculum of lectures, case conferences, multidisciplinary conferences, as well as work experience.
- Introduce the concept of quality in Pediatric Interventional Radiology though involvement in a performance improvement project, quality committee participation, and involvement in the Peer Learning process.
- Participate in a research project and attend a national meeting with a focus in Pediatric Interventional Radiology. Additionally, fellows gain an improved ability to critically evaluate scientific literature in Pediatric Interventional Radiology.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our program seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds that include underrepresented minorities, geographic diversity, and gender diversity. A diverse and inclusive workplace is the vision of UT Southwestern Medical Center, our department, and this fellowship program.
More information about diversity at UT Southwestern can be found here.
Neil Fernandes, M.D.
- Associate Chief, Pediatric Radiology
- Associate Professor
Sheena Pimpalwar, M.D.
- Director of Interventional Radiology, Children's Health
- Associate Professor
Elliot Sean Rinzler, M.D.
- Assistant Professor
Rafael de Oliveira Sillero, M.D.
- Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
- Fellows rotate through both the Dallas Children’s Health Facility which consists of a 490 bed state of the art pediatric hospital as well as gaining experience in adult interventional radiology by rotating at Parkland Memorial Hospital and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.
- Children’s Health℠ Dallas has a high volume of clinical work with excellent exposure to both simple and complex vascular training including treatment of vascular anomalies, pediatric liver and renal transplant interventions, trauma, lymphatic interventions, abdominal drainage procedures and vascular access.
- Fellows in Pediatric Interventional Radiology attend a multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Clinic where they gain knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies by other specialties.
- Fellows will participate in advanced neuroradiology procedures including treatment of head and neck vascular anomalies as well as diagnostic neuroangiography.
Beyond the clinical experience
Fellows assist in resident and medical student education, consulting with referring clinicians, and participate in a monthly journal club to review current literature in the major diagnostic radiology journals.
- Pay is commensurate with PGY level
- Fellows have three vacation weeks and one meeting week
There are minimal call duties as part of this Fellowship program.
Facilities and Equipment
Clinical facilities consist of:
- A Level 1 pediatric trauma center
- Two 3T Siemens scanners
- One 1.5T Siemens scanner
- Two angiography suites
- A biplane Toshiba room
- A second single plane Toshiba angiography suite
Radiology resident teaching conferences are held twice daily throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations. Fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Fellows present conferences in this forum, as well as more informal monthly resident case conferences. A core curriculum in pediatric radiology is offered through weekly didactic lectures by the faculty with fellow involvement.
Pediatric Interventional Radiology conference is monthly. The fellow is also encouraged to attend the adult IR weekly didactic conference.
Radiology Grand Rounds are held monthly with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a variety of topics.
Multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with pediatrics, pediatric surgery, pathology, urology, and various clinical subspecialties are scheduled throughout the month. Fellows lead the radiology portion of these conferences once or twice per week.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Department, which are developed through collaborative efforts involving clinical and research faculty and staff. Fellows have ready access to UT Southwestern’s Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, only five minutes away, and most journals can be accessed online from Children's Medical Center Dallas. Texts are also available for sign-out and review.
Fellows become knowledgeable in basic pediatric interventional radiology research and have the opportunity to attend a major radiology meeting, preferably as a presenter.
Salaries and Benefits
Hospital stipends are set annually and are competitive nationally with those of other teaching programs. The amount, shown in the chart below, depends on the year of residency training.
Low-cost hospitalization and dental insurance is available to contracted house staff, as well as a group life insurance plan.
Medical malpractice insurance is provided for Radiology house staff by the Department through the University of Texas System group plan.
The Fellow’s assignments and vacation usage will be determined and/or approved by the Program Director. Fellow will accrue vacation and sick leave on a monthly basis and may utilize such leaves consistent with State law and the Policies and Procedures adopted by UTSW to implement the State law.
The program provides up to three one-year fellowship positions annually. Information regarding the application process can be found under How to Apply on the main Fellowships page. Below are requirements specific to the Pediatric Interventional Radiology fellowship.
Satisfactory completion of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
It is recommended that applications be submitted by October 1 (which is 21 months before the fellowship start date)
Our fellowship has agreed to follow the SPR interview date embargo agreement
Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from current Program Director)
Official medical school transcript
International Medical Graduates
For questions regarding International Medical Graduates, visit our fellowships page. Please note the above residency requirements.