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Advanced Training in Cardiothoracic Imaging

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is a one-year, non-ACGME accredited program which offers advanced training in the interpretation of imaging studies of the chest, heart, and vascular system. The fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience that includes exposure to the latest imaging technologies and techniques, as well as opportunities for research and scholarly activities.

We have been at the forefront of developing and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) tools for imaging analysis, with 4 active AI tools utilized for patient care on a day to day basis. We have collaborations with industry leaders in the development of these tools and have published extensively on the use of AI in medical imaging.

UH Cleveland Medical Center is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio. We have a long-standing tradition of excellence in patient care, education, and research. Our Radiology department provides state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including CT, MRI, and PET/CT, to support the diagnostic and treatment needs of our patients. The University Hospitals health system performs more than 1.5 million exams per year, with 100 radiologists. We are an active teaching program with 40 residents and 9 fellows.

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship program is supported by the Department of Radiology which has a robust research program that includes both basic and clinical research. Our faculty members are leaders in their field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of cardiothoracic imaging through their research and clinical expertise. The department is committed to providing a supportive and collaborative environment for our fellows, and we encourage them to actively participate in our ongoing research projects.

We have a growing cardiac surgery division with 8 cardiac surgeons with an active TAVI, LVAD and heart transplant program. We have a collaborative cardiac imaging program with the department of cardiology, and a growing cardiac MRI program utilizing 1.5 and 3T cardiac magnets.  In addition to conventional clinical MRI imaging, we have growing efforts including exercise/stress MRI, and adult congenital MRI. We have performed over 100,000 coronary artery calcium scores, with active ambulatory and growing ER chest pain programs with coronary CTA with CT FFR.

Our Thoracic Surgery program has 5 active thoracic surgeons, a growing lung cancer program and active lung transplant division.  We have a growing lung cancer-screening program, screening 1000 patients/month with over 10,000 enrolled patients.

We believe that the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship program at UH Cleveland Medical Center offers a unique and rewarding educational experience for fellows who are committed to pursuing a career in cardiothoracic imaging. We look forward to welcoming new fellows to our program and helping them achieve their professional goals.

Contact Information

Kianoush Ansari Gilani, MD
Program Director, Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship
Modality Director for CT
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
kianoush.ansarigilani@uhhospitals.org

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