About Us

About Us

Overview

  • The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic is 1 year in length beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.
  • There are 5 positions each year: 2 ACGME positions (accredited) and 3 clinical positions (non-accredited).
  • The Cleveland Clinic Imaging Institute archives over 2.5 million exams or procedures per year. The MSK section reads or performs 170,000+ procedures per year which include high volume services in sports medicine, orthopedic oncology, and rheumatology.
  • MSK section includes 12 MSK-trained faculty members who are dedicated to teaching, have clinical expertise in different facets of MSK imaging and are actively engaged in clinical research.
  • Fellows will be exposed to all aspects of diagnostic and interventional MSK imaging and trained in all modalities including MRI, US, radiography and nuclear medicine.
  • Fellows will spend time at the main campus as well as the Sports Health Center (a satellite facility).
  • Fellows will participate in and lead a number of didactic and interdisciplinary clinical conferences including a year-long lecture series covering all the major MSK imaging topics.
  • Fellows will participate in a year-long hands-on MSK ultrasound curriculum.
  • Fellows will participate research and quality projects and have access to the resources of the MSK Imaging Research Lab.

Fellowship Program Leadership

Naveen Subhas, MD, MPH
Program Director
9500 Euclid Ave, A21
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216.445.9464
subhasn@ccf.org

Claus Simpfendorfer, MD
Associate Program Director
9500 Euclid Ave, A21
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216.445.0780
Simpfec2@ccf.org

Maryann Stefan
Fellowship Coordinator
9500 Euclid Ave, L10
216.445.7110
Stefanm2@ccf.org

Lisa Kempton
Education Administrator
9500 Euclid Ave, L10
Cleveland, OH 441095
216.444.4997
kemptol@ccf.org

Curriculum

Curriculum

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Interpreting radiographs, MRI, CT, US, bone mineral density and nuclear medicine scans.
  • Performing fluoroscopic and US guided therapeutic injections and diagnostic aspirations including US guided platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, hydrodissections and percutaneous tenotomies.
  • Performing CT, US and MR guided bone and soft tissue biopsies and CT guided radiofrequency ablations and cryoablations.
  • Protocoling and monitoring cross-sectional imaging studies.
  • Supervising residents and medical students.
  • Participating in didactic and clinical conferences (~1 per day) and leading assigned conferences (~3 per month). Conferences include MSK Fellow Conference, MSK Interesting Case Conference, Sarcoma Conference, Sports Medicine Conference, MSK Infectious Disease Conference, Rheumatology Conference and MSK Journal Club. One half-day will be provided every 5 weeks for conference preparation.
  • Home call (once every 5 weeks)

Non-clinical Responsibilities:

  • Participating in at least 1 research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor that will be submitted to a national meeting for podium presentation and culminate in a manuscript that will be submitted for publication.
  • Participating in at least 1 quality improvement project.
  • Participating in CME conferences hosted by the section.
Benefits

Benefits

Salary as of April 1, 2020

PGY-6 $69,834 annual rate* $2,910 rate per pay

*Clinical Fellow will receive additional salary for 1 clinical day each week

Academic Funding

  • Up to 5 days for meetings per year
  • Up to $4000 for oral presentations
  • Up to $1000 for attendance only meetings

Vacation and Time Away

  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 5 personal days per year

Additional Benefits

  • 3 weeks of rotations in other departments including Nuclear Medicine and Neuroradiology
  • Cleveland Clinic iPhone for the year
  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Maternity leave (8 weeks paid) + Parental leave (4 weeks paid)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Wellness Program including free gym membership
Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Faculty Clinical/Research Interests
Faysal Altahawi, MD | Cleveland Clinic

Faysal Altahawi, MD

Machine learning/ Automated image processing, natural Language Processing, 3D imaging/ multiplanar reformations/ 3D printing, Accelerated and advanced imaging techniques, Tendon/bone attachments, tendonosis, enthesophyte/osteophyte fractures, Imaging outcomes and Quality Control.

See Publications for Dr. Altahawri

Furquan Baqui, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Furquan Baqui, DO

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Howard Chen, MD MBA – Associate Chief Informatics Officer | Cleveland Clinic

Howard Chen, MD MBA – Associate Chief Informatics Officer

Clinical Imaging Informatics, Natural language processing in radiology analytics, Multimodality imaging of bone and soft tissue tumors, Imaging quality improvement.

See Publications for Dr. Chen

Michael Forney, MD - MSK Ultrasound Director; Associate Program Director  DR Residency | Cleveland Clinic

Michael Forney, MD - MSK Ultrasound Director; Associate Program Director DR Residency

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

See Publications for Dr. Forney

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Maxime Freire, MD

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Steve Hatem, MD – Vice Chair of Education | Cleveland Clinic

Steve Hatem, MD – Vice Chair of Education

Sports Imaging, Emergency Radiology, Radiology Education

See Publications for Dr. Hatem

Darlene Holden, MD | Cleveland Clinic

Darlene Holden, MD

Musculoskeletal Radiology

See Publications for Dr. Holden

Hakan Ilaslan, MD MBA - Section Head | Cleveland Clinic

Hakan Ilaslan, MD MBA - Section Head

Bone tumors, MRI, radiofrequency of ablation of osteoid osteomas, cryoblation of tumors, cementoplasy

See Publications for Dr. Ilaslan

Ryan Incledon, DO | Cleveland Clinic

Ryan Incledon, DO

See Publications for Dr.Incledon

Joshua Polster, MD – Vice Chair of Innovations | Cleveland Clinic

Joshua Polster, MD – Vice Chair of Innovations

Sports Medicine Imaging, Image-guided procedures, Image processing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

See Publications for Dr. Polster

Claus Simpfendorfer, MD – Associate Program Director | Cleveland Clinic

Claus Simpfendorfer, MD – Associate Program Director

Musculoskeletal infections and procedures

See Publications for Dr. Simpfendorfer

Naveen Subhas, MD, MPH – Program Director; Vice Chair of Clinical Effectiveness & Efficiency | Cleveland Clinic

Naveen Subhas, MD, MPH – Program Director; Vice Chair of Clinical Effectiveness & Efficiency

Sports Medicine Imaging, MSK Outcomes Research, Accelerated MSK MRI Techniques, Metal Artifact Reduction CT and MRI Techniques and MSK AI Applications

See Publications for Dr. Subhas

Carl Winalski, MD – MSK Research Lab Director | Cleveland Clinic

Carl Winalski, MD – MSK Research Lab Director

Imaging of articular cartilage and cartilage repair

See Publications for Dr. Winalski

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Fangbai Wu, MD

MSK ultrasound, sports imaging, and MSK tumor imaging

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Jonathan Youngner, MD

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Our Fellows

Our Fellows

Class of 2021

Saeed Ahmed, MD
Residency: University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine

Leomar Bautista, DO
Residency: Oklahoma State University Medical Center

Sean Gallagher, DO
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Rod Momenian, MD
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland

Amirtha Owens, DO
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center

Our Alumni

Our Alumni

Class of 2020

  Residency Employment After Fellowship
Furqan Baqui, DO Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland OH Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
Kishore Chundru Diagnostic Radiology St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital - New York, NY VA Hospital - Philadelphia, PA
Collin Hull, DO Diagnostic Radiology Hemet Valley Medical Center- Hemet, CA United Imaging Consultants, LLC - Kansas City, KS
Parthiv Mehta, MD Diagnostic Radiology Baystate Medical Center- Springfield, MA Virtual Radiologic Inc - Eden Prairie, MN
Rashpal Sandhu, MD St. Joseph Mercy Community Healthcare - Chelsea, MI Great Lakes Medical Imaging – Buffalo, NY

Class of 2019

  Residency Employment After Fellowship
Dean Busby, MD Diagnostic Radiology University of South Florida - Tampa,FL Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
Suraj Chandrasekar, MD Diagnostic Radiology Loyola University - Chicago, IL Milwaukee Radiologists - Milwaukee, WI
Phillip Clark, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Radiology Associates of North Texas - Knoxville - TN
Ryan Incledon, DO Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Daniel Paulson, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Russell Berkebile, and Associates- Lorain, OH

Class of 2018

  Residency Employment After Fellowship
Fatemeh Abdollahi Mofakham, MD Diagnostic Radiology Wayne State University - Detroit, MIL Cleveland Clinic – Medina, OH
Faysal Altahawi, MD Diagnostic Radiology McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - Chicago, IL Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Allan Chiunda, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Jonathan Rassi, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Lahey Health & Medical Center - Burlington, MA
Haq Wajid, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH Radiology Associates of North Texas, Dallas, TX

Class of 2017

  Residency Employment After Fellowship
Tarek Elkady, MD Armed Forces Hospital Cairo, Egypt Yale University- New Haven, CT
Albair Guirguis, MD
Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Lulu He, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic –Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Vineet Khanna, MD Diagnostic Radiology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy- Pittsburgh, PA Chalmers P. Wylie Care Center- Columbus, OH
Fangbai Wu, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic –Cleveland, OH Columbia University- New York, NY

Class of 2016

  Residency Employment After Fellowship
Anwar Ashraf, MD Diagnostic Radiology Indiana University- Bloomington, IN Northwest Radiology- Indianapolis, IN
I-Yuan Chang, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic –Cleveland, OH Texas Scottish Rite Hospital - Dallas, TX
Akash Garg, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic –Cleveland, OH Elmhurst Memorial Hospital- Elmhurst, IL
Justin LeBlanc, MD Diagnostic Radiology Cleveland Clinic –Cleveland, OH Consulting Radiologists, Ltd- Minneapolis, MN
How to Apply

How to Apply

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the MSK Radiology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic. We participate in the NRMP for MSK Radiology Fellowship and will be accepting the common application form provided on the Society for Skeletal Radiology (SSR) website. All the applicants need to be enrolled in or have completed, an ACGME-accredited U.S. residency program or an RCPSC-accredited program or a CFPC-accredited Canadian residency program. We will sponsor applicants with J1 visas. We will be following the NRMP timeline for interviewing and ranking.

We will start accepting applications August 1, 2020 and will start interviewing in November 2020.

To apply, please complete the following and submit to Maryann Stefan (Stefanm2@ccf.org) and Lisa Kempton (kemptol@ccf.org)

  1. SSR Common Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Photo
  5. Medical school transcript
  6. Medical school diploma
  7. USMLE/COMLEX transcripts
  8. 3 Letters of Recommendation (1 must be from current Program Director); LORs should be directly sent to Maryann Stefan (Stefanm2@ccf.org).
  9. ECGMG certificate, if applicable

We look forward to reviewing your application.

Please take a moment to review a listing of all the requirements that must be met to train at Cleveland Clinic as well as the non-smoking policy.