Independent Interventional Radiology

This pathway is for applicants who are currently in a diagnostic radiology residency and are interested in pursuing Interventional Radiology as a specialty. Diagnostic residents can apply for the Independent IR pathway during their third year of training. After completion of the four-year diagnostic radiology residency, trainees have to complete either one or two additional years in an Independent Radiology Residency, depending on whether they completed an ESIR pathway during their last year of Diagnostic Radiology training.

Each trainee will perform over 1,000 cases during the course of a training year. In addition, trainees will attend the following IR-specific conferences: quality and safety every other Tuesday morning, IR didactic every Wednesday morning, Hepatobiliary every Thursday morning, and a mixture of case conference, journal club and interventional oncology on Friday morning.

Daniel Braga, MD
Independent Interventional Radiology Resident
Joseph Giesler, MD
Independent Interventional Radiology Resident
Naveen K. Pokala, MD
Independent Interventional Radiology Resident

Up to four applicants who are on track to complete a diagnostic radiology training program are accepted into the Independent IR match each year. We welcome both ESIR and non-ESIR applicants. Final match numbers each year depend on the number of internal ESIR residents anticipated in any particular year.

Weekday and weekend home call is split with 4th and 5th year Integrated IR residents over the course of the year.

Scholarly activity is required for all residents during their training, and research projects are one way to fulfill this requirement. There are several IR faculty active in research ranging from retrospective studies of our own patient population to NIH funded multi-institutional randomized control trials. All residents are welcomed to participate should they have interest.

Graduates of the program are well prepared for jobs in both academic and private practice. At the completion of training, residents will meet the requirements to sit for the ABR IR/DR certifying exam, making them certified in interventional and diagnostic radiology.

MIR offers a wide range of helpful resources and competitive benefits for trainees.


Program Director

Naganathan Mani, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Interventional Radiology

Our IR team performs more than 64,000 procedures a year, diagnosing and treating malfunctions in most of the body’s systems.