Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Dear Applicants:

When my group of residents was welcomed here on our first day of training, we were told that Cleveland Clinic is a place with virtually unlimited possibilities. That is still true, especially in the Imaging Institute. We are a large subspecialized radiology department with more than 2 million exams performed and interpreted each year. We have over 100 staff radiologists on the teaching staff guiding the education of our 32 residents. There is active research across all subspecialties with numerous publications and presentations at the national and international level. We offer abundant research opportunities for our trainees.

Radiology is an increasingly competitive and demanding subspecialty. A record of strong academic performance will help any applicant be successful. Many of our residents also have significant interests and have developed skills outside of radiology and medicine. We pride ourselves in having a diverse and interesting group of highly competent residents.

In our Radiology Residency Training Program, you will spend time in each of the subspecialty areas of radiology. Our curriculum also allows for two three-month long areas of concentration in the final year of training to prepare you for further subspecialty training and the ABR Certifying examination. Our graduates have moved on to fellowships in all of the different subspecialties across the country. Graduates from our program have followed academic career paths as well as private practice.

In addition to the program director, we have three associate program directors and our program coordinator handles day to day operations. The Imaging Institute Education Committee is comprised of education liaisons from the subspecialty areas and there is active participation on the committee by Imaging Institute upper level administration. There is strong support for our trainees from both the Imaging Institute and Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education department. We will work hard to make your training here the best possible experience.

Kind regards,

Joseph Veniero, MD, PhD
Director, Residency Program
Imaging Institute

For more information please contact the Residency Program Coordinator at or 216.444.2136.
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.

About Us

About Us

Highlights include:

  • More than 2.4 million exams performed and interpreted annually
  • More than 100 subspecialty trained staff radiologists, 32 residents, and 20+ fellows
  • On the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus location alone there are 12 CT units, including a 128-slice dual source and 256-slice scanners; 13 MR scanners up to three Tesla; PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and eight angiography suites including two biplane suites.

Residency Program Leadership

  • Joseph Veniero, MD, PhD
    Radiology Residency Program Director; Abdominal Imaging Staff
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., L10
    Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Carolyn VanDyke, MD
    Radiology Residency Associate Program Director; Emergency Radiology Staff
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., L10
    Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Michael Forney, MD
    Radiology Residency Associate Program Director; Musculoskeletal Radiology Staff
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., A21
    Cleveland, Ohio 44195

  • Gordon McLennan, MD
    Radiology Residency Associate Program Director; Interventional Radiology Fellowship Director; Interventional Radiology Staff
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., ND20
    Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Lisa Kempton, MEd, RT(R)
    Radiology Education Program Administrator
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., L10
    Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Sylvia Zavatchen, MEd
    Radiology Residency Program Coordinator
    Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave., L10
    Cleveland, Ohio 44195



Application Process

The following minimum application requirements are to be forwarded to the Selection Committee:

  • USMLE Step one transcript; COMLEX only will not suffice
  • Medical school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Complete applications must be received through ERAS by October 31, 2017. Applications submitted or completed after this date will not be considered. Applications outside the match will not be considered.

Before February 1, 2017, the following items are required to be ranked:

  • Dean’s letter
  • ECFMG for International Medical Graduates

Additional Information

  • An ACGME-accredited preliminary year must be completed prior to radiology training.
  • Cleveland Clinic sponsors J-1 and H-1B visas; please contact Janice Bianco at or Mary Curry at with any visa-related questions.
  • There is no cut-off date for graduation from medical school.

Other Resources

Education & Research

Education & Research

Residents undergo robust clinical training thanks to a high volume of diagnostic and procedural cases, cutting edge equipment and facilities, and a large number of subspecialized staff with over 3:1 staff to resident ratio, and routine performance feedback. Input from residents regarding how to improve rotation experiences is valued. Faculty education liaisons from each of the subspecialties routinely collaborate to maintain a current and innovative curriculum.


There are active ongoing research opportunities in all imaging sections and an abundance of research mentors for residents to choose from. Dedicated research time is provided to residents with active projects.Time away and financial support for presentations at scientific meetings is available from both the GME office and our Imaging Institute, up to four days and $1,500 - $3,000 per meeting.

  • The Longitudinal Research Track is available for all residents to apply on a project-by-project basis. The resident will receive a dedicated half-day each week on eligible rotations for research-related activities.
  • The Meaney Research Track, new for 2018 academic year, is a long-term research pathway where selected candidates not only receive weekly dedicated research time, but also receive additional support to attend meetings, present research, etc.


  • The Meaney Education Track is a long-term education pathway for those interested in academic radiology. Residents apply in their second year of training and will receive dedicated time away from clinical duties to focus on educational activities and/or research.
  • Residents have unique teaching opportunities in which they can give lectures to medical students and other residents, teach at the workstation, and also teach cross-sectional anatomy to PA students.
  • Residents have the opportunity to become appointed as Clinical Instructors at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University with a documented 16 hours of medical student teaching.
  • Conferences
    • Resident morning conferences - daily from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. and follow a repeating two year curriculum. The conferences are almost exclusively staff-led with a mix of didactic and case-based content.
    • Resident Interesting Case Conference - every 4 weeks and includes lunch for attendees.
    • Brandt & Helms Lecture Series - every Tuesday & Thursday at noon for PGY-2 residents and taught by senior residents.
    • Imaging Grand Rounds – twice per month from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Health Care Economics – annual two-part series given by the Imaging Institute Administrator
  • Physics Curriculum
    • The Cleveland Clinic Section of Medical Physics is composed of 7 ABR board certified diagnostic physicists, sub-specialized in specific imaging modalities. This group provides a comprehensive physics curriculum for the Radiology Residents, including both didactic and laboratory sessions for hands-on learning. Our physicists are actively involved with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the Health Physics Society (HPS) as well as the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). They also provide a Medical Physics Residency Program, training future diagnostic medical physicists. This offers a unique training opportunity for clinical and technical residents to train and learn from one another, with staff mentors in both areas
Resident Life & Benefits

Resident Life & Benefits

Cleveland Clinic Radiology residents enjoy all the features and amenities a big city has to offer while maintaining the sense of community of a small city. Whether you are a foodie, musician, art lover, sports guru, outdoor enthusiast, or fitness fanatic, Cleveland has something for everyone.

Cleveland provides an affordable cost of living for residents. Some rent homes in the Westside suburbs or own condos in the Eastside suburbs, while others reside in apartments or lofts downtown. The Greater Circle Living program also provides additional incentives such as forgivable loans to Cleveland Clinic employees who decide to rent or buy in the University Circle area, just a mile away.

Radiology residents understand the importance of work-life balance: neither “Snowmageddon” nor “the polar vortex” can match the radiology residents’ determination to socialize! Recent activities include the annual welcome party, holiday parties, happy hours, game nights, fantasy football, and the annual senior roast. Meet or catch up with residents from other departments at a monthly House Staff Association event.

If the Cleveland Clinic Radiology Residency is calling your name, remember to bring a warm coat and a good sense of humor. The first is seasonal, but the second is year-round! Email our program coordinator, Sylvia, at if you’d like to get in touch with any of us and ask about our program or our city.

Salary: Clinical Residents and Fellows

Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective April 2017:

Grad Level Annual Rate Per Pay Rate
1 $54,590 $2,274.58
2 $56,650 $2,360.42
3 $58,195 $2,424.79
4 $59,397 $2,474.88
5 $61,673 $2,569.71
6 $64,069 $2,669.54
7 $66,222 $2,759.25
8 $67,318 $2,804.92
9 $68,611 $2,858.79


Academic Funding

  • $3,000 for AIRP
  • Up to four days per meeting for poster, electronic, and oral presentations
  • $1,500 for posters and electronic exhibits
  • Up to $3,000 for oral presentations
  • $800 for books, electronic devices, and e-books annually
  • Personalized set of lead to include vest with sleeves, kilt, and thyroid guard.

Flexible Vacation Policy

Residents receive 15 days of vacation, 1 week off around a major holiday, and 5 days of personal time off per academic year. Residents are not "assigned" vacation. Our unique policy allows residents to request vacation days throughout the year in as little as 1-day increments.

Additional Benefits

  • Cleveland Clinic issued iPhone for entire length of training
  • Extensive resident library
  • Online resources including StatDx, RadPrimer, E-Anatomy
  • Generous on-call meal allowance
  • Excellent medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Wellness Program

Useful Benefits Links

After Residency

After Residency

Our residents receive solid preparation for careers in both private practice and academia. Upon graduation, nearly all of our residents choose fellowship subspecialty training, and go on to top-notch training programs.

Recent Graduates Fellowship Match List

See where our residents are after graduation.

* indicates current staff member at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, eRadiology, or Regional Radiology

Class of 2017

Name Fellowship Program Location
Allan Chiunda, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
Steve Huang, MD Cardiovascular Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Scott Johnson, MD Neuroradiology University of Utah
Emmanuel Obusez, MD Neuroradiology Massachusetts General Hospital
Matt Poturalski, MD Neuroradiology Cleveland Clinic
Jonathan Rassi, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
Alex Singleton, MD Vascular & Interventional Radiology Cleveland Clinic
Haq Wajid, DO Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2016

Name Fellowship Program Location
*Kavita Bhatt, MD Abdominal Imaging Mallinckrodt
Isaac Dahan, MD Vascular & Interventional Radiology Cleveland Clinic
Lulu He, DO Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
Priya Sundaram, DO Neuroradiology Cleveland Clinic
*Benjamin Tritle, MD Vascular & Interventional Radiology Cleveland Clinic
Alex Wu, MD Neuroradiology Northwestern
Fangbai Wu, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
*Jenny Wu, MD Neuroradiology Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2015

Name Fellowship Program Location
Justin LeBlanc, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
Akash Garg, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic
Esther Udoji, MD Breast Imaging University of Chicago
*Dana Ataya, MD Breast Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Frances Tardy, MD Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Joe Chang, MD Musculoskeletal Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2014

Name Fellowship Program Location
Akbar Fakhri Neuroradiology Mallinckrodt
Prasanti Ganni Vachhani Breast Imaging Johns Hopkins
Rakhee Goel Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Tracie Rehfuss Abdominal Imaging Duke University
*Nidhi Sharma Breast Imaging Cleveland Clinic
*Sarah Stock Neuroradiology Cleveland Clinic
Joseph Villard Vascular & Interventional Radiology University Hospitals
Milad Yazdani Neuroradiology Emory University

Class of 2013

Name Fellowship Program Location
Michael Graybill Vascular & Interventional Radiology Cleveland Clinic
Ravi Guttikonda Abdominal Imaging Northwestern University
James Massey Pediatric Imaging Indiana University
Tracey Mehlman Pediatric Imaging University of Cinncinnati
Joseph Meranda Abdominal Imaging Northwestern University
*Himabindu Mikkilineni Musculoskeletal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Dipika Patel Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Scott Tyson Musculoskeletal Imaging Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2012

Name Fellowship Program Location
Alison Chudyk Greiwe Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
*Kimberly Sanchez Monteith Breast Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Matthew Rainey Interventional Radiology University of Washington
*Daniel Roesel Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Akosua Sintim-Damoa Pediatric Imaging Children's National Med Ctr
*Volodymyr Statsevych Neuroradiology Cleveland Clinic
Gregg Sydow Cardiac Imaging Cleveland Clinic
Mark Tushan Abdominal Imaging Cleveland Clinic

Radiology Fellowship Opportunities at Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic offers imaging fellowships in nearly all subspecialties.

Current Residents

Current Residents

Below are those individuals currently enrolled in the Imaging Institute's Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic.

  • Please email if you wish to contact any of the residents listed below.

Class of 2021

Resident Medical School
Syed Ali Northeastern Ohio Medical University College of Medicine
Jeff Donaldson SUNY Upstate Medical University
Sara Hunter Northeastern Ohio Medical University College of Medicine
Gaurav Gadodia Emory University School of Medicine
Akriti Khanna The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Shuler Phillips Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sahah Shaikh Meharry Medical College
David Sweet Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Class of 2020

Resident Medical School
Hannah Barnard Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Michael Brown New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sean Gallagher Ohio University, College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Priyal Gupta University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Evan Mason A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Adeyinka Owoyele Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Faisal Siddiqui University Of Toledo College Of Medicine
Furqan Syed King Edward Medical College

Class of 2019

Resident Medical School
Furquan Baqui Midwestern University, Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Abed Al-Hamid Ghandour American University Of Beirut
Margaret Glenn University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Sandhya Jacob Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Michael Lach Midwestern University, Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Nathan Mielke University of North Texas Health Science Center,College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Leyla Nasehi Tehran University Of Medical Sciences
Ryan Ward University of Tennessee, College of Medicine

Class of 2018

Resident Medical School
Phillip Clark University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Amar Gupta Case Western University School of Medicine
Ryan Incledon University of North Texas HSC, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jenny Joyce Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Matt Kiczek Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
D. Alex Paratore Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Daniel Paulson Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota
Andrew Schreiner Saint Louis University School of Medicine