Vanderbilt University Radiology

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Vanderbilt University Radiology
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Specialty Radiology
Hospital affiliation(s)
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, Nashville VA Medical Center
Academic affiliation
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Established July 1, 1938
Director Edwin F. Donnelly, M.D., Ph.D.
Director email
Laura Elgin
Administrator email
Program email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Website Vanderbilt Radiology
Telephone 615-322-3780
NRMP Number

Program Description

"Leaders, not just readers."

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine trains leaders in medicine by providing the best faculty and physicians in the best learning environment for the best students in the world. We are known for our personal attention and our customized medical education. Our research program is the fastest growing in the United States.

Ranked in the top 10 for NIH funding[1], the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt has chosen to combine the prestige and experience that comes with being a world-class academic institution with the resident-focused attitude typically found only in much smaller departments. Though we have 120 faculty members, we intentionally keep our residency size relatively small (8 per year), so that we can focus on each resident. Additionally, we allow each resident to customize his/her own training pathway, especially through creative use of the fourth year to allow outstanding experiences in non-clinical areas through our leadership development program.

Our residency program has numerous physician scientists currently enrolled, and we value their contributions to our department greatly. If you are interested in what we have to offer, please contact our program director (who is himself an NIH-funded physician scientist). He would be very happy to discuss the opportunities we have to offer you!

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 4 Years
  • Number of protected research months: Up to 12, plus 1/2-day per week during second year
  • Overall Size: 32 total (8 per year)
  • Research Track Size: No limit
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No
  • Research Opportunities: Many campus wide opportunities, including with the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) and the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (ViSE)
  • Benefits: All residents have dedicated research time. Non-clinical opportunities include not only research but many other professional/career development paths through our Radiology Leadership Development Program.[2]
  • Career Development Opportunities: Formal research mentorship program---all residents are paired with an NIH-funded researcher. All residents have a fringe account that can be used to attend meetings, but all meetings at which the resident is presenting or (for exhibits) is the first author, are paid for and do not count against fringe account. Formal program in leadership development[3] allows experiences not just in research, but in a wide variety of business, career, education and technological areas, including medical device development and intellectual property.[4]


  • Job Placement: All of our residents go on to do fellowships. 50% or more ultimately pursue academic radiology positions.
  • Funding success: Residents are encouraged to pursue K awards, and there is mentorship available. The department also has several T32 awards for which residents could be eligible.

Program Tracks

No separate "research track." All residents have research time and extensive opportunity to create their own custom track focusing on research, education, business, quality, information technology or any combination of the above.

Contact Information

Edwin F. Donnelly, M.D., Ph.D. Program Director, Radiology Residency Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN


  1. Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Ranking Tables of NIH Funding to US Medical Schools in 2014.
  2. Donnelly EF. "A Leadership Development Curriculum for Radiology Residency." Journal of Graduate Medical Education: June 2015, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 296-297.
  3. Vanderbilt Radiology Leadership Development Program
  4. Hartley BI, Nichols MB, Donnelly EF, Harris CM, Omary RA. "Pursuing Innovation With the Tech Transfer Center." Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2015 Jun;12(6):604-6.