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Radiology and Medical Imaging Residency at the University of Virginia

The UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging offers a four-year ACGME-accredited Residency Training Program in diagnostic radiology—one of the most diverse disciplines in the field of medicine. Our Residency Program is considered one of the best in the country and admission is highly competitive for the ten resident positions available each year. One position is reserved for those interested in a dedicated research training experience and two positions are designated for applicants who want to pursue a career in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR).

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We aim to develop within the resident the skills and interpretive ability necessary to perform as a competent clinical diagnostic radiologist and to encourage critical thinking and creativity as a basis for sound clinical practice. Residents are exposed to all aspects of radiology and medical imaging in our  eight sub-specialty areas and learn a disciplined approach to medical problem solving and decision making. A comprehensive understanding of medical imaging techniques is emphasized, followed by hands-on experience that will challenge residents to assume greater responsibilities as the training progresses.

Upon completion of training, residents will be well prepared to perform and interpret diagnostic and therapeutic imaging procedures and be acquainted with numerous investigational procedures. They will be able to serve as consultants in the appropriate selection of diagnostic exams. And above all, residents will be well-versed in performing their duties with collegiality and a keen sensitivity for the physical and psychological well being of patients, residents, faculty, and staff.

Services Provided

The UVA Health System includes a 604-bed hospital, level I trauma center, NCI-designated cancer center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia. Imaging services are available at the main University Hospital, Hospital West, the new Children's Hospital, NCI Designated UVA Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Centers at Fontaine Research Park and Northridge Transitional Care Facility, Charlottesville Breast Care CenterOrange County Diagnostic and Mammography Center, UVA Imaging Zion Crossroads, and mobile mammography coach.

With significant investment in technology, the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging employs some of the most modern and innovative radiographic and imaging technology available. We are heavily engaged in the clinical use and development of computerized tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and vascular and interventional radiology. Over the past year, our department performed more than 222,500 plain films; 56,000 CT scans; 41,000 ultrasound exams; 35,000 MRI scans; 26,000 breast imaging exams; 3,300 interventional radiology procedures, and approximately 70,000 other imaging exams/or procedures.

Radiology Resident International Education Program and Global Health Leadership Track

We are pleased to offer the Spencer B. Gay Radiology Resident International Education Program and Global Health Leadership Track, available to current UVA Diagnostic Radiology Residents. The track is designed for those with a specific interest in global health initiatives and the impact and applications of diagnostic imaging and image-guided interventions in international institutions and communities with limited resources. Interested Radiology Residents apply during their first year of Residency. The track includes international rotations during PGY 2 and PGY 4, with a designated international partner organization.


UVA's Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging has an outstanding research infrastructure and strongly supports active resident participation in research. While broad in scope, our  Medical Imaging Research Division has particular strengths in cardiovascular imaging, neuroscience imaging, lung imaging, MRI pulse sequence development, and small animal imaging. One resident per year is accepted into the Radiology Research Residency, and our diagnostic and IR track residents participate in research during their time in residency as well; some join ongoing research projects, while others initiate their own projects. Many residents present their work at national meetings and a competitive internal funding program is in place for radiology trainees to financially support resident research.


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Many of our faculty members are nationally and internationally acknowledged as experts in their sub-specialty areas of practice, having made widely recognized contributions to clinical care, the education of trainees, and innovative imaging research. The Department currently consists of 53 Clinical Faculty13 Research Faculty40 Residents and 27 Fellows and Instructors in Training.


  • From medical schools and institutions around the country, and even around the world, ten trainees per year gather in  Charlottesville to begin their 4-year journey as residents in our department. Some attended Medical School at UVA and nearly 95% of our resident graduates typically stay at UVA for Fellowship or Instructor Training.

  • While a significant amount of time is spent in and around the hospital, a resident's life is certainly not limited to the confines of the clinical setting. Camaraderie extends well beyond the reading room, as many of our residents take full advantage of the considerable number of extracurricular activities available in the area. With such a large group—40 residents total—it’s easy to find others who might want to get together for a run or a bike ride, perhaps grab some local fare and drink at a nearby brewery, and then catch a free outdoor concert at the historic downtown pedestrian mall.

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Charlottesville: Small Town, Big Town Amenities

The Charlottesville and Albemarle County area is comprised of a thriving population of over 150,000 residents. Approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington DC, and 70 miles west of Richmond, this nationally recognized and award-winning city is nestled in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Affectionately known as "C'ville," the area is home to an abundance of cultural, historical, and recreational activities. The strikingly scenic region boasts a highly educated workforce, excellent school systems, high quality health care, and affordable living. Residents pride themselves on our local heritage and strong history of tradition along with the area's natural beauty and an abundance of diverse year-round happenings.





Sabri, SaherSaher Sabri, MD
Interventional Radiology
Residency Program Director
Vice-Chair of Education
Associate Professor

Nicholson, BrandiBrandi T. Nicholson, MD

Breast Imaging
Associate Residency Program Director
Associate Professor

Hanley, Michael

Michael Hanley, MD
Body Imaging
Associate Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Section Chief Thoracic Imaging; Modality Director CT

Basia Nowakowski

Medical Education Manager
P 434-982-0428
Fx 434-924-8698




[For US Postal service delivery]

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Box 800170
Charlottesville, VA  22908

[Physical address (for all other forms of delivery)]

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
1215 Lee Street
Charlottesville, VA  22908


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