About the Program

The Ohio State University Department of Radiology offers two Interventional Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) Residency positions per year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), beginning in 2017. This is in addition to the ACGME-approved Early Specialization in Radiology (ESIR) curriculum, offered through the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. In addition, we have also applied for the Interventional Radiology-Independent residency program, scheduled to start in July, 2020.

The Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) Residency is a five-year program to commence post-internship, comprised of three years of predominantly diagnostic radiology and two years of interventional radiology.

Our practice features a myriad of image-guided interventions in oncology, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, complex venous pathology and much more. The environment encourages exchange of knowledge and experience among residents and faculty in the program, as well as with residents, fellows and faculty in other major clinical specialties within the medical center.

Procedural volume in our department last year exceeded 8500 patient encounters. We anticipate our procedural volume per trainee to approach 2000 cases. We have developed a robust interventional oncology practice that is integrated with oncologic subspecialties. Our practice performs a high volume of image-guided therapies that include chemoembolization, radioembolization, cryoablation and radiofrequency and microwave ablation. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) is the third largest cancer hospital in the nation. The OSUCCC–James is one of only 46 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. We have a total of six brand new interventional radiology suites, which include three state-of-the-art angiographic rooms, one computed tomography procedure room and one ultrasound suite in the James Cancer Center. In addition, University Hospital has three angiographic suites, two of which are scheduled for replacement in 2018, one computed tomography procedure room and one ultrasound suite.

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    Ohio State residents at the annual Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting learn about radiation safety and dose optimization in the interventional radiology suite.
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    Our Interventional Radiology residents organize regional interventional radiology events, such as the annual Central Ohio Angiography Meeting.


Highlights of Training

Highlights of Training

Our rotation schedule is designed to maximize the radiological, procedural and clinical skills of our trainees. Interventional radiology residents complete several non-interventional radiology clinical rotations specifically chosen to develop the clinical skills needed for a successful interventional radiology career. These rotations are sponsored by the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, and include rotations in medical oncology and surgical oncology, the medical intensive care unit and hepatology. Vascular surgery rotations are completed at Ohio State or with an affiliated private practice vascular surgeon and interventionist in a community-based hospital. This community-based setting provides a unique experience for our trainees, allowing for hands-on training in vascular interventional skills as a primary operator or first assist.

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If you have any questions regarding the resident perspective of the program, please contact interventional radiology resident Dr. Mina Makary, Mina.Makary@osumc.edu.

Interventional Oncology (IO)

At the OSUCCC – James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital, trainees will become proficient in interventional oncology procedures, including trans arterial chemoembolization (TACE), Y-90 radioembolization, cryoablation and radiofrequency and microwave ablation, as well as many other interventions necessary to provide complete care to the oncologic patient.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Trainees will rotate on a private practice vascular surgery service at a local community hospital, receiving extensive valuable exposure to peripheral vascular disease including endovascular repair, surgical treatment and non-invasive imaging. There will also be experience in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), subintimal arterial flossing with antegrade-retrograde intervention (SAFARI) and a variety of dialysis access intervention.

Hepatobiliary Interventions

Trainees are exposed to a variety of portal and biliary interventions. Our robust hepatic transplant and hepatology departments allow trainees to be exposed to interventions needed for the management of hepatic transplant complications and hepatic cirrhosis. Our practice performs a high volume of transjugular, intrahepatic, portosystemic shunts (TIPS) on Ohio State patients and outside referrals, allowing for maximal trainee exposure.

Venous Disease

Trainees will participate in a wide range of venous interventions, including complex vena cava reconstructions, thrombolysis, complex inferior vena cava (IVC) filter retrievals and central vein reconstruction and recanalization. Our practice utilizes the newest technology in complex vascular cases such as radiofrequency wire recannalization and intravascular ultrasound.

Pediatric Interventions

Residents gain experience in pediatric interventional radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. The pediatric interventional radiology group at Nationwide is well known for their ground-breaking discoveries in sclerosing treatments of venolymphatic malformations and cystic bony lesions such as aneurysmal bone cysts. Residents here have the unique opportunity to participate in these types of cases. Additionally, residents perform more routine procedures such as venous access, gastrointestinal access and intervention, arterial and venous angiography, as well as image guided drainages and biopsies.

Application Process

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the Interventional Radiology Residency Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. Please refer to ERAS or the contact person at your school to learn more about applying for residency.

ERAS is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, deans' letters, transcripts and other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency program directors. We do not require any additional documents beyond those required by the ERAS. The Department of Radiology participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). It is strongly encouraged to open an ERAS account as soon as possible and complete your application by the first of October.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for our training program, we require the following:
  • Completion and submission of the ERAS common application form
  • Dean's letter
  • An official copy of your medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX test scores
  • Personal statement
  • Three additional letters of recommendation from physicians who are acquainted with your work or capabilities.
  • A personal interview on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio

The application deadline is October 1.  Applications will not be reviewed after this date.


Foreign medical graduates:

Foreign medical graduates are welcome to apply through ERAS following the requirements listed above. We currently only accept candidates with a J-1 visa.

Interview Day

Interviews are offered by invitation, and are a required part of the selection process. The day is designed so that you will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, meet with members of our selection committee and engage with current diagnostic radiology residents over dinner and lunch.

Sample interview schedule

Night prior to interview

Overnight accommodations are provided by the department at a hotel in downtown Columbus, in close proximity to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Enjoy dinner at a locally owned restaurant with current residents.

Day of interview

7:45 a.m. – Arrive at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

8–9 a.m. – Introductions and presentations by key faculty members

9–10:30 a.m. – Separate interviews with members of the selection committee

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – Tour of the medical center and main campus

12 p.m. – Lunch with current residents

1:50 p.m. – Physics overview

2:05 p.m. – Message from the Department of Radiology chair

2:15 p.m. – 
Closing message

2:20 p.m. – Additional time spent in the interventional radiology lab getting to know the faculty and first-hand experience of a day in the life of an interventional radiology resident

Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency Leadership

Our leaders

James Spain

James Spain, MD

IR Residency-Integrated, Program Director

Interventional Radiology Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Radiology

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Mark King, MD

IR Residency- Integrated, Associate Program Director

Associate Professor of Radiology
Chief, Thoracic Imaging
Director, Thoracic Imaging Fellowship
Diagnostic Radiology Program Director

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Joseph S. Yu, MD

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Education

MRI Educational Program Medical Director
Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology
Associate Professor of Radiology

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Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology Residents

Resident Year 5

Mina Makary, MD Chief Resident

Mina-MakaryHometown: Columbus, OH
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Hobbies: Drawing, classical music, choir singing, jogging and racquetball

Resident Year 1

Andrew McNair, MD

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
: Golf, Sand volleyball, Disc golf, Watching sports, Movies, Craft beer

Ashley Sweeney, MD

Hometown: Shawnee, KS
MD: University of Missouri- Colombia School of Medicine
Hobbies: Golfing, Traveling, Watching movies, Trying new restaurants, Playing board games

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