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Neuroradiology Fellowship

The Neuroradiology fellowship at the University of California, San Diego is an ACGME-certified clinical fellowship, which provides training in state-of-the-art neuroimaging and neurointerventional radiology. The fellow will receive extensive experience in diagnostic neuroimaging, including brain, spine, head/neck, and 4 weeks in pediatric neuroradiology as well as a longitudinal rotation in neurointerventional radiology for neurovascular procedures and spine/pain.

UC San Diego Health has multiple clinical care locations in La Jolla and Hillcrest, with all subspecialties represented. We are a Level I Trauma Center, Stroke Center, Epilepsy Center, Head/Neck Tumor Referral Center, Transplant Center, Burn Center, NCI designated Cancer Center, and Tertiary Referral Center. We perform essentially all advanced/functional neuroimaging for the San Diego metropolitan area. In addition, fellows, faculty, and residents provide clinical services at the San Diego Veterans Medical Center. Imaging modalities include CT, structural and advanced-technique MRI (multiple 1.5T and 3T scanners), neuroangiography and spinal interventions, and magnetoencephalography. Fellows also teach and present at conferences.

The neuroradiology fellowship program works with the UCSD School of Medicine Department of Radiology  at locations including the UC San Diego Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, and the Jacobs Medical Center, providing Neurosurgery, Neurology, ENT, and Spine services. All hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art imaging equipment for MR, CT, and neuro-diagnostic and interventional angiography. The Neuroradiology section is actively involved in Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and the Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
The one year fellowship offers an extensive research, clinical, and teaching curriculum. At the time of matriculation to the fellowship, you are expected to have completed an accredited radiology residency and to be an ACR Board Certified Radiologist. 


This fellowship participates in the NRMP Match, and application deadlines are concordant with NRMP deadlines. You must register as a candidate on the NRMP website and the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS®) will be used for the submission of applications. 

James Chen, MD
Professor of Clinical Radiology 
Program Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship
University of California, San Diego Health System and San Diego VA Medical Center

Your completed application will be forwarded to Dr. Chen for review. You will then be contacted about the possibility of an interview. If you have any questions concerning the status of your application, call Audrey Keane, Administrative Assistant at (619) 543-3913 or e-mail her at



UCSD staff are dedicated to teaching, clinical excellence, and research. We offer weekly and monthly interdisciplinary conferences, including a Neuroradiology Conference, Head/Neck Tumor Board, Brain Tumor Board, Neurology and Neurosurgery Grand Rounds (including Neuropathology Rounds), Epilepsy conference, Stroke conference, and didactic lectures in Pediatric Neuroradiology, MRI physics, and head/neck imaging.

Research is strongly encouraged and there are many areas to choose from.  We have state-of-the-art CT, MRI (multiple 1.5T and 3T), ultrasound, and magnetoencephalography scanners, and employ the latest neurointerventional devices and techniques.

Who may apply for this fellowship?
At the time of matriculation to the fellowship, you are expected to have completed an accredited Radiology residency and to be an ACR Board Eligible/Certified Radiologist.

Would you accept a fellow with a H-1B Visa?
No, unfortunately not. H-1B visas are not available to trainees at our institution.

How much vacation time do fellows receive? 
Fellows receive four weeks of paid vacation per year (20 working days).

What is your Maternity/Paternity Leave Policy?
Fellows are allowed (in addition to vacation time) 4 weeks for maternity leave or 2 weeks for paternity leave.

What Medical Insurance Coverage and Malpractice Insurance do you offer?
The University offers an excellent health benefit package for fellows. Professional liability insurance is supplied by the University of California Regents.

The UC San Diego School of Medicine, Office of Graduate Medical Education has information on their website concerning terms and conditions of appointment and housestaff benefits, as well as sample appointment letters. This information can be found at