Letter from the Program Director
Alex Kim, MD
Assistant Professor and Director of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
Welcome! We are pleased that you are considering our program.
Led by Dr. Alex Kim and Dr. James Spies, recent past president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, we have built our fellowship into one of the leading programs in the country. Whether your goal is to be a future academic leader in Interventional Radiology, or to become a skilled interventionalist in private practice, our program is designed to provide all the tools you need to succeed.
The fellowship program is structured to ensure that all trainees gain broad experience in the field. Six months of the fellowship will be spent at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Here fellows will learn in one of the busiest liver transplant centers in the country. Accordingly, fellows are exposed to a variety of cases involving the pre- and post-transplant care of these patients, including TIPS, BRTO and TACE.
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, is one of 69 cancer centers in the U.S. designated by the National Cancer Institute. Fellows are exposed to the care of the cancer patient and participate in a variety of treatments, including TACE, TARE, and ablations including IRE.
Dr. Spies is one of the foremost experts in uterine fibroid embolization and our practice has one of the highest UFE volumes in the country. We also have the first FDA-approved prospective trial in prostate artery embolization in the nation.
At MedStar Georgetown, fellows have the opportunity to rotate in neurointerventional radiology, learning the basics of cerebral angiogram, stroke therapies, nerve blocks and kyphoplasties. At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, fellows are exposed to a variety of interventional radiology therapies in a three-month rotation in interventional radiology. As the largest Level-1 trauma center in Washington, D.C., fellows become well-versed in trauma IR during this rotation.
An additional three-month rotation is divided between a busy vascular practice at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an outpatient IR practice. In the vascular rotation, fellows learn basic and advanced techniques of peripheral vascular therapies. A variety of cases are performed, including critical limb salvage, percutaneous AAA repair, and renal artery ablations. During the outpatient IR rotation, fellows are exposed to a busy outpatient practice. Outpatient dialysis intervention and peripheral venous therapies are among the skills developed here.
Throughout all rotations, there is a focus on enhancing clinical knowledge, in addition to developing technical skills. Fellows have dedicated clinic time during all rotations in order to develop the clinical knowledge necessary for a modern practice as an interventional radiologist. Dedicated research time is allowed for all fellows to pursue research interests for presentation in national meetings and publication.
For further information regarding the fellowship training program, please contact Program Coordinator Silvia Villarroel at [email protected].