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For students interested in interventional radiology, Johns Hopkins has received ACGME approval for an IR integrated residency and has implemented the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) training in Diagnostic Radiology.

The program is committed to providing residents with every possible means of training in IR/DR for those who decide to pursue interventional radiology after the first year, as well as the flexibility to select a different pathway if they discover that they prefer a diagnostic radiology subspecialty or molecular imaging.

Interventional radiology training includes exposure to a wide breadth and high volume of life-saving interventional vascular and oncologic procedures, as well as cutting-edge interventional treatments performed only at select highly experienced medical centers.

Residents learn how to image complicated vascular pathology using state-of-the-art scanners and protocols, critical to guiding interventional management. Johns Hopkins residents typically interpret more than 500 CT and MR angiography examinations by the end of their four years in diagnostic training and will perform at least 1,000 procedures over the course of the 2 year IR residency.


Application Information

  • We accept applications through ERAS starting September 5th. Interviews will take place through November and into the first weekend of December. Match day will be held on March 20th

  • The University Health Services (UHS) has specific information pertaining to benefits, services and insurance based on your status at Johns Hopkins as well as general information about UHS primary care and mental health services. They include:

    • Health Benefits
    • Dental Benefits
    • Vision Care
    • Dependent Care
    • Mental Health
    • Wellness

    Learn more about benefits. 

  • All verification requests must be in writing and include a signed release.

    Requests pertaining to Interventional Radiology Residencies should be sent to:

    Kelsey Trong-Jensen, Program Coordinator
    IR Residency Programs
    Zayad Building, Suite 7203
    1800 Orleans Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287

    Email: [email protected]
    Fax: 410-614-1043

    For more information about the residency program, please contact Dr. Brian Holly at [email protected].


Clinical Training

The Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology (IR/DR) Residency Program is one of the largest training programs in both scope and numbers of procedures. Johns Hopkins has a large volume of dedicated inpatient IR admissions, a large IR clinic volume of 150–200 patients each month who are seen in a surgical outpatient clinic and a busy consultative service managed by an IR fellow.

  • Comprehensive invasive procedure volume all done in IR, including cross-sectional procedures:

    • Biliary
    • Genitourinary
    • Drainage
    • Biopsy
    • Cross-sectional tumor ablations(all performed only in IR at Johns Hopkins)
    • Lung
    • Kidney
    • Soft tissues
    • Tertiary organ transplant center
    • Liver-directed therapies​
    • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
    • Arterial anastomotic procedures
    • Renal transplant supportive procedures​
    • Abdominal interventions​
    • Genitourinary
    • Biliary, including cholangioscopy
    • Interventional oncology
    • Vascular malformations
    • Women’s health
    • Pediatric interventional radiology
  • Our interventional radiology division has close working relationships with other clinical services, including shared participation and a major role in the multidisciplinary liver clinicmultidisciplinary fibroid clinic and multidisciplinary HHT center.

    We have dedicated interventional suite procedure space, a dedicated IR admission service and an IR clinic five days a week.

    Our (IR/DR) Residency program also includes integrated advanced pediatric IR training through Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the pediatric hospital of Johns Hopkins housed in the same building as the Division of Interventional Radiology. All pediatric IR experience is integrated into the daily IR work for fellows. Pediatric training does not require travel to another hospital.

  • Trainees will have access to all of the resources, activities, learning opportunities, and facilities that one can expect at a premier academic medical center.  Trainees have a dedicated office right across from the Faculty offices. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Interventional Radiology Center Downtown has 8 state-of-the-art interventional radiology suites (6 single-plane suites, 1 Angio/CT combination suite, and 1 interventional CT suite) and a 44-bed PACU bay.  In addition, there are 2 bi-plane Angio suites for neuro-interventional procedures.  Ultrasound is available in all of the interventional suites.  The New Capital Region campuses have three state of the art IR suites with C-arm CT and the Bayview Medical Center has two state-of-the-art IR suites, all equipped with the latest technology.  In addition, Johns Hopkins IR also perform clinic visits and procedures at two outpatient centers.

  • The primary mission of Johns Hopkins and by extension that of the Division of Vascular & Interventional Radiology is patient care. Fellows must be able to provide timely, appropriate and effective patient care addressing not merely a specific medical issue but the overall health of the patient.

    Our objectives are for residents to:

    • Provide excellent patient care
    • Reduce occupational hazards
    • Recognize and promote a team environment
    • Understand the elements of practice building and the necessity of developing and maintaining an Interventional Radiology Clinic.
    • Learn how to image complicated vascular pathology using state-of-the-art scanners and protocols, critical to guiding interventional management.
    • Be true IR consultants



History of Teaching Excellence

A leader in interventional radiology, Johns Hopkins’ history with formal interventional radiology education through postgraduate fellowship training is one of the oldest in the United States. The first IR fellowship class was in 1969 and, for many years, was structured as a two-year training program centered on the “clinical model,” with IR functioning as a clinical service, not just performing complex procedures. Due to ongoing changes in the health care landscape and job market forces, the IR fellowship transitioned to a one-year program in 2001, which is its current duration.

However, the need for longer and more structured, focused training in IR was recognized by the greater IR community. This eventually materialized with the American Board of Medical Specialties’ formal vote in 2012 to recognize IR as a primary specialty, and one that requires its own dedicated IR residency. The ACGME completed an IR residency training curriculum in 2014, detailing a six-year integrated IR training pathway/residency and terminating the IR fellowship in 2020. The legacy of commitment to IR training evolution will culminate in a new IR residency at Johns Hopkins in 2020.

Brian Holly is the director of the (IR/DR) Residency program. Maintaining the residency educational mission is a priority for Dr. Holly and the other IR faculty members dedicated to residency training. Six talented certified physician assistants who work alongside the IR fellows as colleagues and partners, serve to teach the fellows the optimal physician extension model.

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