Fellowships

Dharshan Vummidi
Dharshan Vummidi, MD
Fellowship Director

The Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology offers a one-year comprehensive fellowship covering the gamut of cardiothoracic radiology, and providing individuals with both an opportunity for specialized training and academic development. Three fellowship positions are available, in addition to self-funded fellowships and visiting international fellowships. Applicants' prior training must be in an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program.

We are full for 2019-2020 and we currently have 1 spot remaining for 2020-2021. We are now accepting applications for 2021-2022. Please “Apply” for details. Interviews and positions will be offered on a rolling basis.

Fellows actively participate in all functions of the Cardiothoracic Radiology Division, and assume graduated responsibility for its daily operation under faculty supervision. Research and teaching opportunities supplement the clinical curriculum. The fellowship emphasizes current state-of-the-art practices and newer imaging techniques within cardiothoracic imaging. As a large quaternary care center with nearly 1000 inpatient beds and imaging in a dozen ambulatory care sites, we perform over 700,000 exams a year across the Michigan Medicine enterprise, with a high intensity of pathology-rich case material. Academic opportunities range from instructing medical students and radiology residents to performing basic or clinical research.

We strive to develop relationships with our fellows that endure beyond their training as part of cardiothoracic radiology team. Our graduates have been successful in both academic and private practice across North America and abroad.

Curriculum

Trainees will gain clinical experience in all aspects of cardiothoracic radiology, including chest radiography, thoracic computed-tomography (CT), cardiac and vascular CT, cardiac MRI (adult and pediatric) and MR angiography, and CT-guided procedures. Fellows may also choose more in depth specialization in either thoracic, cardiac imaging or cross sectional imaging. Emphasis is on flexibility with options to tailor the fellowship to your needs and do extended electives in abdominal imaging.

Our CT facilities include 14 helical CT scanners, including 11 advanced 64-slice CT scanners, 7 GE Discovery HD-750 scanners, 2 GE Revolution scanners and a Siemens Force scanner enabling our “cutting edge" CT protocols including dual-energy CT, CT perfusion, and dose-reduction algorithms. Our MR facilities include 11 fixed MR scanners (two 1.0T open, six 1.5T and three 3T) including Philips, Siemens and GE technology, and one intraoperative MR scanner. We use both General Electric Advantage Windows and Vital Images software for performing 3D imaging in collaboration with our 24/7/365 3-D lab.

Research Opportunities

All fellows are provided ample opportunity and facilities for research, and are expected to complete and present their work at annual scientific meetings, as well as publish their findings in the peer-reviewed literature. The multidisciplinary teams described above that work together to deliver outstanding clinical care, offer extensive opportunities for research. Several division members hold master’s degrees in clinical research design and statistical analysis, a research resource for the division. A second year of fellowship dedicated mostly to research is possible, if external funding is secured.

Resources available through the Department of Radiology’s Associate Chair for Research, Gary Luker, M.D., include a team of research associates and seed money for pilot studies, personnel to assist in identifying funding sources and preparing grant applications, as well as support for attending grant preparation workshops. The Department of Radiology supports the Consortium for Health Outcomes, Innovation and Cost-Effectiveness Studies in the Medical Center, for assistance in with research design, data management and performing statistical analysis. Through Taubman Medical Library, UM-MEDSEARCH and PubMed with U-M electronic journal links allow online access to medline, and electronic journal subscriptions from PCs throughout the medical center and at home, with password access, to facilitate research.

Apply

We usually begin receiving applications nearly two years before the start of the fellowship, and aim to have the incoming fellowship class of two Cardiothoracic Radiology fellows chosen 15-18 months in advance of the start date.

Please submit the Fellowship Application (download at the bottom of this page) to our fellowship coordinator by e-mail.  Letters of recommendation may be submitted by email or hard copy.

  • A completed fellowship application
  • Three original letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement describing your career interests and goals
  • A cover letter

Nichole Lindblade
Fellowship coordinator
Michigan Medicine
Department of Radiology
CVC 5582
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5868

Tel: (734) 232-5056
Fax: (734) 232-5055
E-mail : nvolk@med.umich.edu

Dharshan Vummidi, MD, FRCP(Edin), FRCR
Director, Cardiothoracic Radiology Fellowship
Michigan Medicine
Department of Radiology
CVC 5582
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, Mi 48109-5868

Tel: (734) 232-5056
Fax: (734) 232-5055
E-mail : dharshan@med.umich.edu