Independent Interventional Radiology Residency

About The Program

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is pleased to offer training to both ESIR and Non-ESIR applicants in our new Independent Interventional Radiology Residency.

The Independent Interventional Radiology Residency is now in its third year and has received continued accreditation from the ACGME. Our program curriculum combines the Radiology Review Committee (RRC) requirements, with flexibility to provide an individualized training experience. We also take advantage of features and strengths that are unique to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mission Statement

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Independent Interventional Radiology Residency aims to provide world-class training to our Independent Interventional Radiology Residents to deliver excellent, high quality, innovative clinical care and to develop future leaders in the field of Interventional Radiology. We train residents of diverse backgrounds and varied clinical and research interests, which we believe truly enriches the learning and clinical work environment in our division. We value academic and clinical excellence, intellectual curiosity and desire for discovery and innovation, collegiality and compassionate care.

Program Aims

Offer residents with a learning environment that provides a wide variety of challenging clinical cases the cover the entire spectrum of the Interventional Radiology specialty. Provide residents with the opportunity to participate in clinical research that will lead to meaningful progress in the field of interventional radiology. Provide residents with the training to provide excellent clinical care to a variety of patients from a diverse racial and socioeconomic background

Our training program is based on the following three cornerstones:

  1. Clinical Excellence
    We pride ourselves on providing total patient care. Independent Residents will develop the clinical knowledge to care for patients from preoperative assessment in our out-patient clinic to inpatient admissions to the IR service.
  2. Procedural Excellence
    Independent Residents will develop skills to perform an extremely diverse range of vascular and nonvascular procedures in our state-of-the-art facilities.
  3. Academic Excellence
    Our Independent Residents will explore the forefronts of our specialty by the ethical practice of both basic and clinical investigations.

The division of Interventional Radiology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital is committed to achieve these comprehensive goals by daily supervised performance of image guided procedures. Structured daily teaching rounds, weekly conferences, and elective time in related fields broadens the educational experience for the trainee.


A typical day for the Independent Interventional Radiology Resident (I-IR) starts at 6:45 AM. Patient rounds take place at 7:30 AM. The morning conference previews the patients scheduled for procedures for the day. Indications and plans are discussed with the attending physicians. In addition, teaching rounds are held daily where cases from the previous day are reviewed with emphasis on special techniques or special events that occurred during the procedure. At 8:30 AM the procedures in the angiographic suites begin.

The I-IR resident is exposed to the full spectrum of interventional radiology procedures… Planning details of cases are discussed during the daily morning conference. Weekly interdisciplinary conferences offer exposure to the liver tumor board. Each Tuesday and Wednesday morning, the I-IR residents attend a Didactic Conference and once a month partake in an IR quality assurance conference.

Elective Time

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has agreements with Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and The University of Massachusetts, Memorial Health Care Center as well as the West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We are proud to offer multiple opportunities for elective time with all of our partners.

The I-IR residents work approximately 60 hours per week. The frequency of call is approximately one out of four days (which will be approximately one weekend per month and one-week night per week). The I-IR resident will have 15 vacation days per year. In addition, compensation time is given over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks.

Application Procedure

In addition to applying to the MATCH (NRMP) please utilize the ERAS database to upload your application materials; our program number is: 4152442003. The Required documents for applying to our Independent Interventional Radiology ACGME accredited Residency Program are:

  • Current CV
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • A personal Statement, including career goals and professional plans
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation requested by you from current and former professors (one should be from your program director)
  • Professional Photo
  • Proof of ESIR Specialization pathway
  • Case Logs (Due to ERAS not having a method for uploading case logs at this time, please email full case log information, including Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology cases to our program coordinator.)

LOR’s should be addressed to:

We will be holding virtual interviews this season on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 5th
  • Monday, February 12th

More details to come soon regarding our virtual Open House. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our program.

Marie R. Koch, MD
Program Director, Independent Interventional Radiology
Department of Radiology
75 Francis Street, SR-340
Boston, MA 02115

Program Contact:

Julie Ann Correia
Integrated IR Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-732-4763
Fax: 617-277-8331

Meet Our Residents

Dana Safavian, MD

Barrett O’Donnell, MD