Department of Radiology

Interventional Radiology Residency Program

Program Director's Welcome

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Residency program at the University of South Florida is an ACGME accredited program for two integrated and two independent positions per year.

The IR Integrated program is primarily based out of Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL, located on Davis Islands blocks from downtown Tampa. The hospital is a 1007 bed Level 1 trauma center with 43 surgical suites and 7 interventional suites The heart, liver and kidney transplant programs are each in the top 10 busiest programs in the nation. The full gamut of IR is practiced with particularly high volumes of liver intervention (TIPS, BRTO, TACE, Y90-TARE, TIPS-PVR), complex venous interventions (Angiovac thrombectomy, iliocaval reconstruction, Complex IVC Filter retrieval including forceps and excimer laser), women’s health interventions (UAE/UFE, pelvic congestion embolizations, fallopian tube recanalizations), arteriovenous malformation embolization and sclerosis, EVAR/TEVAR, and endoleak embolizations.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, the 3rd largest NCI designated free standing Cancer Center by outpatient volume, all aspects of interventional oncologic procedures are performed. There are 7 interventional radiologists functioning solely in IR with the support of 7 advanced practice professionals. Procedures include extensive liver directed therapies including Y90, TACE, bland embolization, and percutaneous hepatic perfusion, embolotherapy and sclerosis of AVMs, thrombolysis, angioplasty, stenting, vascular access device placement and removal,  IVC filter placement and removal, biliary and GU interventions, percutaneous G and G-J tube placement, vertebral augmentation, lymphangiogram and thoracic duct embolization. We also perform high volume image guided tumor ablations including microwave, RFA, and IRE, as well as image guided needle biopsies.

At the Bay Pines VA, a level 1a, tertiary care facility situated on the Gulf of Mexico in Bay Pines, FL. The medical center and its outpatient clinics serve Veterans residing in 10 counites in central southwest Florida, serving more than 108,000 Veterans. Bay Pines Va Healthcare system is the 4th busiest VA healthcare system in the country in regards to patients treated or served.  As such, the Interventional Radiology Department performs a diverse number of procedures including tumor embolization and ablation (TACE, Y-90 TARE, microwave & cryoablation), endovascular treatment of PAD, carotid artery stenting, EVAR, spinal augmentation (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty), various arterial and venous interventions (embolization, angiogplasty/stenting, thrombolysis/thrombectomy), dialysis access and interventions, central venous access and interventions, IVC filter placement and retrievals, body intervention to include gastrointestinal/genitourinary/biliary procedures, and percutaneous drainage and biopsy. The Interventional Radiology rotation at Bay Pines strives to provide residents with direct, hands-on experience throughout virtually the entire spectrum of vascular and interventional radiology.

Our practice is a hybrid, private practice/academic group, offering residents the benefits of both. We are part of a larger radiology practice which includes 14 outpatient imaging centers as well as diagnostic services at TGH. Our Interventional Radiology department is comprised of 7 state-of-the-art IR suites located in the Cardiovascular Center overlooking Tampa Bay.  Two of the IR suites are bi-plane rooms and five have Cone-Beam CT capabilities. CT-guided procedures are performed on either a dedicated procedural CT or the 64-slice CT located in the department. The vascular lab is ICAVL certified in 5 categories under the direction of the IR team. The hospital has a well-developed vascular access team which performs all the PICC lines for the hospital.

The IR residency training is focused on procedural skills as well as clinical evaluation and inpatient care. We are a busy, cooperative consultation service with an excellent relationship with the other specialties at TGH. Most of the consults are performed by our IR ARNP/PA team. We have an outpatient clinic three mornings each week to evaluate new consults as well as provide follow-up post procedure care. We perform procedures across every segment of IR and fellows have the opportunity to gain neuro-IR experience through elective months, if desired.

Senior residents are expected to attend and present patient cases at the weekly Hepatobiliary conference focused on the treatment of hepatic neoplasm and transplant patients. GI tumor board attendance is encouraged. Weekly didactic lectures are given by the IR attendings.  Monthly M&M conferences are held to evaluate patient outcomes.  Monthly Journal Clubs are sponsored to discuss recent and landmark IR literature.

Our group is also active in research.  Currently, we are involved in several studies/registries including national randomized studies and single-center retrospective studies.  Residents are expected to participate in at least one research study and encouraged to present them at national conferences. Applications are accepted through ERAS. Interviews for the integrated residency are generally held October-January. Independent residency interviews are held December-February.

The USF Department of Radiology follows the guidelines set forth by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for programs participating in the match. Additional information regarding graduate medical education at USF, including the Housestaff Handbook and a sample contract, can be found on the USF Housestaff website. If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please feel free to contact our Academic Services Administrator, Tracy Colley, by phone at (813) 259-8515, or by e-mail at tcolley@usf.edu.

Sincerely,

Clifford Davis, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Program Director, Interventional Radiology

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