Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

This is a one-year, clinically-based fellowship that provides a broad exposure to abdominal imaging in the setting of a tertiary care hospital with a level 1 trauma center, one of the nation's top solid organ transplant centers, as well as a comprehensive cancer center. Emphasis is placed on training in abdominal/pelvic MRI and CT/US-guided procedures, including drainages, biopsies and tumor ablation, in addition to CT, ultrasound and fluoroscopy. Fellows will also participate in multidisciplinary conferences, as well as radiology resident and medical student teaching. 

Elective time of one month is offered, with previous fellows having pursued training in chest, second- and third-trimester OB ultrasound, CTA/MRA, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, mammography, PET/CT, etc. 

Three positions are offered each year.

Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Abdominal Imaging Fellowship. We will adhere to the SCARD guidelines for this recruitment season (start date: July 1, 2022) when they are announced.

The start date for accepting applications will be Aug. 1, 2020, and the start date for interviews will be Nov. 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19, and in accordance with departmental policy, we will be conducting virtual interviews for all fellowship positions this year. Please reach out to the fellowship team if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Please send all documents (including application, CV, personal statement, transcripts, USMLE Board Scores, three recommendation letters) to:

Paula McClain
Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program
Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1161 21st Ave. South
Medical Center North
Suite CCC-1121
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
Phone: (615) 322-3190
Fax: (615) 322-3764

This is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship, which allows us to offer a significantly higher salary than that of a PGY-VI trainee. There are 22 vacation days and 22 days for CME. In addition, there is a generous benefit package with book/meeting allowance and 403b retirement plan. Moonlighting is available in Emergency Radiology for early-evening and overnight shifts.

The Office of Graduate Medical Education keeps a current posting of house officers’ salaries and benefits. Their webpage also has other resources for house officers.

There are several multidisciplinary conferences weekly or every other week that are staffed by Body Imaging section faculty, including Hepatobiliary/Liver Transplant, Tumor Board, Colorectal and Urology.

On average, abdominal imaging fellows take call every sixth weekend.

Danielle Gallegos, MD

Danielle Gallegos, MD
Abdominal Imaging Fellow

Lauren Gotwald, MD

Lauren Gotwald, MD
Abdominal Imaging Fellow

Vernon Williams, MD

Vernon Williams, DO
Abdominal Imaging Fellow

Opportunities for clinical or basic science research are available to abdominal imaging fellows through the Department of Radiological Sciences. Participation in basic research can be accomplished in collaboration with faculty from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Sciences.