Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

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. 

In addition to the core responsibilities, the fellowship allows up to four weeks of elective time, and can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. In the past, fellows have pursued training in chest, second- and third-trimester OB ultrasound, CTA/MRA, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, mammography, PET/CT, etc. This time can be taken in blocks or distributed throughout the year. 

Four 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.

    The start date for accepting applications will be Aug. 1, 2021, and the start date for interviews will be Nov. 1, 2021. All fellowship interviews will be virtual. 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

    Unfortunately we are unable to accept applicants with J1 or H1B visas at this time.

  • Fellowship trainees have a primary appointment with GME and a secondary appointment as a Clinical Instructor within the Department of Radiology.

    As a non-accredited (ACGME) fellowship, there is an opportunity to develop increasing responsibilities and independence. In addition, there is a generous benefit package with a book/meeting allowance and a 403b retirement plan.

    In-house moonlighting is an option, though not required, and can be advantageous to maintain skills in other subspecialty areas.

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

    A fellow didactic lecture series is also given over the course of the year by abdominal imaging section faculty.

    Additional Departmental conference series includes Grand Rounds, Annual Diversity Grand Rounds, Women in Radiology Lectureship Series and VUIIS Lecture Series.

  • Multispecialty Electives

    Our optional elective program is fully integrated with the other subspecialties within the department of radiology. Our fellows can spend up to four weeks rotating in the following sections:

    • General Outpatient Imaging (including fluoroscopic procedures if desired) 
    • Musculoskeletal Radiology 
    • Neuroradiology 
    • Breast Imaging
    • Pediatric Radiology 
    • Nuclear Medicine  
    • Cardiothoracic Radiology

    The rotations are scheduled in one-week blocks which are distributed throughout the year. They are flexible and designed to meet the needs of the fellows to maintain skills in general radiology in preparation for private practice.


    Optional in-house moonlighting opportunities alongside Vanderbilt Radiology Nighthawk faculty and on-call residents in the ED in 5 to 10 p.m. swing shifts.

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


    Deepak Vallabhaneni

    Deepak Vallabhaneni, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

    David Walker

    David Walker, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

    Kelsey Guerreso

    Kelsey Guerreso, MD
    Abdominal Imaging Fellow

    Tanner Nichols

    Tanner Nichols, MD
    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.