Interventional Radiology Residency Program | Washington, DC | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health―Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in independent interventional radiology

The Independent Interventional Radiology Residency provides comprehensive and detailed medical training in interventional radiology.

The program has a strong clinical focus with a primary admitting team, a well-established and fully staffed outpatient clinic, and a robust educational curriculum.

Residents work, train, and gain direct clinical experience at two leading-edge institutions in Washington, D.C.,:

  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, one of the busiest liver transplant centers on the East Coast and home to the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a large level I trauma center and a cardiac and vascular center of excellence

Get to know the interventional radiology residency program at MedStar Health

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John T. Cardella, MD, program director, hosts a video introduction, featuring faculty, residents, and graduates.

Why train here

The program is designed to ensure training in the full range of interventional radiology practice, with extensive procedural, clinical, and consultative experience.

The Interventional Radiology training program is completed at two large and respected D.C. area hospitals with unique areas of specialization:

  • Interventional oncology
  • Hepatobiliary interventions
  • Peripheral arterial and venous interventions
  • Genitourinary interventions and men’s and women’s health interventions

Academic excellence

Among the first IR programs to gain ACGME approval, educating the next generation of interventional radiologists, providing comprehensive clinical education to prepare residents for careers in academia or private practice.

The faculty includes national leaders in uterine embolization, TACE, radioembolization, portal venous interventions, and peripheral arterial disease.

Recent graduates have earned academic appointments at Georgetown University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Ochsner Health, University of Maryland, and University of California, Irvine. Others have joined thriving private practices in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and California, to name a few—a testament to a strong alumni network and national reputation for excellence.


The residency is designed to train interventional radiologists in the full range of practice, with extensive procedural, clinical, and consultative experience.

The program is open to those who have completed a diagnostic radiology residency. Applicants who have obtained early specialization in IR (ESIR) during diagnostic radiology training are eligible for the one-year Independent IR Residency. Other applicants with diagnostic radiology residency training are eligible for the two-year Independent IR Residency.

The program includes a designated preliminary surgical year at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, followed by three years of diagnostic radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

The final two years of the residency will be spent in IR- related rotations at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and its affiliates.

Both training locations have dedicated outpatient interventional radiology clinics, allowing residents to work with patients pre- and post-procedure. Most residents will spend approximately half a day per week in the IR clinic.


The program includes rotations focused on:

  • General IR
  • ICU
  • Hepatology and oncology
  • Peripheral arterial interventions
  • Aortic interventions
  • Trauma interventions
  • Outpatient IR, including dialysis management and varicose vein treatment

Training locations

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20010

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, D.C., 20007

Application information

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Contact us

We welcome questions about the program. For additional information, including scheduling away rotations, please contact:

Kaitlin Bressler

Program Coordinator
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar
Washington Hospital Center
Interventional Radiology Residency Program