The cardiothoracic imaging fellowship program is a 1-year training program. We offer a joint fellowship with the ACGME-accredited University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU). The joint program at National Jewish Health and CU Anschutz consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the country for adult pulmonology and lung surgery. This fellowship offers extraordinary opportunities for continued learning, research and clinical interactions, designed to develop broad-based expertise in all forms of non-invasive cardiothoracic imaging and image processing. The program is non-ACGME and does not participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
National Jewish Health is an international referral center for clinical care of pulmonary diseases, and includes a diverse population of outpatients with respiratory and cardiac disease. The practice is enriched by a large population of patients with interstitial lung disease, asthma, COPD, occupational lung disease, and pulmonary infections. Cardiac CT and MR imaging is performed on a daily basis. CU Anschutz is the main academic and teaching institution for medical education for the Rocky Mountain Region. At CU Anschutz, there is a more general population of patients requiring chest imaging studies. It is a regional referral center for trauma, lung and heart transplantation, adult congenital heart disease, thoracic oncology, cardiothoracic surgery and pulmonary hypertension. CU Anschutz offers a robust cardiac imaging program performing approximately 2,000 and 1,500 yearly cardiac CT and MR, respectively. At both institutions, multidisciplinary conferences with outstanding clinicians are major learning opportunities. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be able to image all forms of chest and cardiovascular disease with appropriate tools and to answer clinical questions with confidence and a great degree of expertise.
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Faculty and Interests
The thoracic radiology section is internationally recognized for its expertise, and enjoys an equally high local reputation. The position offers daily interaction with a world-renowned cadre of radiologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, thoracic oncologists, and thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons.
The faculty radiologists include Drs. David Lynch, Seth Kligerman, Tami Bang (Program Director), Debra Dyer, Valerie Hale, Tilman Koelsch, Shawn Teague, Katherine Parker, Daniel Vargas (Program Co-Director), Nicole Restauri, Markus Wu, Ranish Khawaja, Camila Urzua, Rocio Perez and Allison Ferreira.
We have leadership roles in several multicenter studies of diffuse lung disease. Areas of interest of our group include interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, airways disease, asthma, emphysema, sarcoidosis, quantitative lung imaging, aortic diseases, adult congenital heart disease, and screening for lung cancer. We have funded research projects in many of these areas and access to patient databases at National Jewish Health for research purposes.
The Quantitative Imaging Laboratory (QIL) is under the direction of Stephen M. Humphries, Ph.D., Imaging Scientist, and currently focuses on image analysis of radiologic CT images providing a wealth of research data in COPD, asthma and lung fibrosis.
The fellow will participate actively in multi-disciplinary conferences dealing with pulmonary medicine, adult congenital heart disease, interstitial lung disease, CTEPH, airway disease, mycobacterial disease, occupational medicine, Tumor/Nodule Conference and radiologic-pathologic correlation.
Library services and facilities are available through both institutions. Fellows have access to the Health Sciences Library at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and the Tucker Medical Library at National Jewish Health. Between the two libraries, fellows have online access to all major radiology journals, some electronic books, medical databases, and STATdx Radiology. Both facilities are conducive to quiet study and research, including WiFi connections for laptops. Librarians are available to consult on issues with searching and publication retrieval. Article linking and full document delivery services are available. The National Jewish Health Imaging Department's own library complements these services with a comprehensive selection of imaging books, journals and teaching files.
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Fellows in our program must have completed a residency in Radiology and be a U. S. or Canadian citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or be eligible for appropriate visa documentation to allow them to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. In addition, they must be eligible for a full or in-training Colorado Medical License. Exceptionally qualified international medical graduates may be considered for the ABR alternate pathway.
Salary and benefits package are at the appropriate PGY level.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 academic year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted in accordance with Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) fellowship embargo guidelines.
Come join us for an educationally fulfilling and professionally rewarding year!