Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Program Overview

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Cedars-Sinai provides a four-year academically and clinically oriented training program beginning at the second postgraduate year (PG 2). The program is under the direction of Thomas J. Learch, MD, and is fully accredited by the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Radiology subspecialty training prepares the resident to become eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

Why Choose Our Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program?

Cedars-Sinai is a large, tertiary and quaternary care institution. Because the Cedars-Sinai S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center (radiology, nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine) is subspecialty-based, your training will be by fellowship-trained, subspecialized experts in each sub-field, not generalists. Our residents go on to top-choice fellowship programs throughout Southern California and the rest of the United States.

In addition, we offer the following:

  • The largest nonprofit hospital in the western United States
  • Highest volume of studies (nearly 500,000 per year) of any imaging facility in the region
  • High-volume interventional radiology and procedure service, including biopsies, drainages, radiofrequency, cryoablation and microwave ablation, and selective internal radiation therapy
  • ACGME approved ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology) curriculum
  • Level 1 trauma center
  • Active research program
  • 24/7 in-house attending radiologist coverage
  • 40 subspecialized imaging faculty members, covering all subspecialties of radiology, for an attending-to-resident ratio of more than 3 to 1
  • Barry D. Pressman, MD, chair of the imaging department, is a former president of the American College of Radiology
  • Imaging facilities housed in our own, freestanding building (with several satellite facilities), as follows:
    • Six CT scanners (two, 16-slice; three 64-slice, one dual-source CT)
    • Seven MRI scanners (to include cardiac and breast MRI)
    • Five R/F (fluoroscopy) rooms
    • Nine body ultrasound rooms (two dedicated to breast ultrasound and biopsies)
    • Five vascular ultrasound rooms
    • Five digital mammography rooms
    • One positron emission mammography (PEM) camera (nuclear breast imaging)
    • One cardiac D-SPECT® camera
    • Four nuclear stress labs
    • 12 clinical nuclear cameras
    • Two PET scanners and two PET/CT scanners


Fourth Year Resident Awarded Research Grant

Allen Ardestani, MD, PhD, a fourth year Diagnostic Radiology resident, is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Resident Research Grant from the Research & Education Foundation of Radiological Society of North America. Ardestani was awarded for his project, "Near-infrared Spectroscopy of the Resting Brain for Predicting Neurologic Outcomes in the Comatose Patient." This grant provides investigators a chance to explore powerful ideas.

Working alongside an experienced advisor, trainees gain insight in research methods and techniques; it is a catalyst to pursue research at a critical point in a radiologist's career.