Body Imaging Fellowship

We have an unexpected opening in our 2018-2019 fellowship.  
Please contact Lourdes Ibarra at for application.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020-21 fellowship. We will begin accepting applications for our 2021-22 fellowship in Spring 2019.

The Stanford Body Imaging Fellowship is a one-year clinical fellowship that will provide structured training and broad exposure to abdominal/body imaging. Stanford Hospital is a tertiary care Magnet Hospital with an excellent breadth of pathology drawing from a comprehensive cancer center, high volume transplantation center, a Trauma I emergency department, as well as community physicians. State of the art equipment include high field strength MR scanners (3T and 1.5 T), latest CT technology including ASIR, MBIR, dual energy, CT colonography, and perfusion CT technologies, and the latest US technologies including contrast-enhanced US and elastography. Fellows fully participate in all aspects of clinical services, with frequent contact with our referring physicians. Teaching duties of the fellows include weekly case conferences, interdisciplinary tumor boards, and interdisciplinary GI conferences. A separate didactic lecture series is provided for body fellows at the beginning of the year.

Rotations include inpatient CT (2 blocks), inpatient ultrasound (1 block), outpatient CT (3 blocks), outpatient ultrasound (1 block), body MRI (2 blocks), and elective (3 blocks). Academic time is provided during most rotations. During the elective blocks, fellows can choose 3 different rotations or may choose to concentrate in a specific field such as mammography/women’s imaging, informatics, musculoskeletal imaging, image guided biopsy, cardiovascular imaging, or PET-CT to name a few.

Currently we accept eleven body imaging fellows per year for the one-year fellowship, and two National Cancer Institute research/clinical fellows for a two-year training experience. The NCI research fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens. A California state medical license is required for both fellowships.


Stanford University Medical Center is unique as a university hospital. It is not only a tertiary referral center for advanced subspecialty care, but is also a Level-1 trauma center and a community hospital serving the Peninsula and surrounding Bay Area region. Thus, fellows are exposed to a broad range of specialty and community pathology.

The fellowship includes state-of-the-art equipment in CT, ultrasound and MRI, including advanced 3-D imaging and imaging reconstruction, dual-energy CT, low-dose CT techniques, and the latest MR sequences. In addition, we utilize the latest ultrasound technologies such as elastography and ultrasound contrast.

Our radiologists closely collaborate with basic scientists and physicists within the Department of Radiology to enhance and develop new MR sequences and CT technology. Many of our radiologists have their own laboratories in which they perform basic imaging research.


Inpatient CT: Complex inpatient postoperative, post-transplant, and oncology cases, as well as emergency department cases are read on this rotation. Our clinicians routinely visit the body fellows in our inpatient reading room for opinions, which results in a rich understanding of the patient behind the scan. 

Inpatient US: You will see a wide variety of complex inpatient, transplant, oncology, and emergency department cases, including gynecology and first-trimester studies, on this rotation. In addition, ultrasound-guided renal biopsies, thyroid and lymph-node biopsies are performed. Intraoperative ultrasound guidance for surgical procedures is provided on this rotation as well.

Body MR: The body MR service sees a wide variety of pathology with a relatively high volume of body MR cases, including cirrhotic and HCC liver studies, pre- and post-transplant liver and kidney patients, MRCP, hepatobiliary pathology, gynecologic imaging, urologic imaging (including prostate MRI, PIRADS), and rectal MR. 

Imaging-guided Biopsies: Image-guided biopsies and drainages are performed with the interventional radiology division. You will round on patients with the IR service as a key and integral part of their team. (This is an elective rotation that is highly recommended.)

Cardiovascular Imaging: The cardiovascular service images all cardiac MR, cardiac CT, pulmonary CT (PE CT), and peripheral vascular CT and MR. Three-dimensional imaging with the latest volume-rendering software is a fundamental part of the rotation, and you will become adept at using a wide variety of 3D software to help you in your diagnostic acumen by the end of your rotation. (This is an elective rotation that is highly recommended.)

Elective: Many fellows choose to do their elective months in mammography, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, cardiovascular imaging, image guided biopsies, PET-CT. Others who are interested in academics may choose to concentrate on research projects or do additional months of MR or ultrasound. 

Outpatient CT/US: Our outpatient imaging centers provide a patient-centric radiology experience at several locations close to campus. State-of-the-art CT, US, and MR scanners are located at each imaging center. 


Our world-renowned abdominal imaging faculty are acknowledged experts in the field, and are heavily involved in medical education at the administrative level as well as at the viewbox. Fellows interested in research or teaching opportunities during their training year will find a wealth of options amongst our faculty.

Aya Kamaya, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Body Imaging Fellowship

R. Brooke Jeffrey, M.D. 
Professor of Radiology
Acting Chief, Division of Body Imaging
Co-Director, Body Imaging Fellowship

Lawrence Chow, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology

Bruce Daniel, M.D.
Professor of Radiology

Terry Desser, M.D.
Professor of Radiology

Michael Federle, M.D.
Professor of Radiology
Associate Chair for Education

Edward Lo, M.D.
Clinical Instructor of Radiology

A.J. Mariano, M.D.
Clinical Instructor of Radiology

Robert Mindelzun, M.D.
Professor of Radiology, Emeritus

Nayeli Morimoto, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology

Bhavik Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Peter Poullos, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology

Luyao Shen, M.D.
Clinical Instructor of Radiology

Andrew Shon, M.D.
Clinical Instructor of Radiology

Volney Van Dalsem, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Radiology
Director of Outpatient Imaging

Conferences & Teaching

  1. Body Rounds: This weekly CME-accredited conference is attended by all Body Imaging Fellows, residents, and body imaging faculty. Interesting cases from the week are presented and discussed. Journal Club is held monthly, with in-depth discussion of the selected journal club article, followed by presentation of clinical cases pertaining to the article. 
  2. Ultrasound Conference: At this monthly meeting attended by Body Imaging Fellows, residents, body imaging faculty and ultrasound technologists, Dr. Jeffrey highlights interesting cases, specific topics, or teaching points in ultrasound. 
  3. Digestive Disease Conference: At this weekly conference, a gastroenterology resident/fellow and surgery resident/fellow each present a case, usually as an unknown, and the Body Imaging Fellow presents the imaging findings. Cases presented are typically of a quality and interest level that they are often written up and published in Seminars in Digestive Disease and Sciences Journal.
  4. Tumor Boards:Body Imaging Fellows routinely present cases at interdisciplinary tumor boards such as Lymphoma Conference and OB/GYN conference, which provides a rich environment of teaching and exposure to interesting pathology.
  5. Grand Rounds: Twice a month at this CME-accredited conference, invited guests from around the world, as well as Stanford faculty, present lectures on various topics.
  6. Didactic Fellow Lectures: This lecture series runs during July through September and is specifically designed for the Body Imaging Fellows, with presentations by the body imaging and cardiovascular faculty. Topics covered include:
    1. Protocoling Tips and Tricks (Mariano)
    2. First trimester bleeding and ectopic pregnancy (Kamaya)
    3. Post partum complications (Kamaya)
    4. Acute abdomen and pancreatitis (Patel)
    5. Evaluation of liver and kidney transplants (Kamaya)
    6. Chest trauma and X ray of foreign bodies (Leung)
    7. IV and oral contrast, contrast reactions (Morimoto)
    8. Acute aorta I (Fleischmann)
    9. Acute aorta II (Fleischmann)
    10. Acute Pulmonary Embolism (Becker)
    11. Emergency Body MR (Vasanawala)
    12. Acute bowel pathologies (Federle)
    13. Acute abdominal vascular disorders (Fleischmann)
    14. Appendicities and complicated cholecystitis (Jeffrey)
    15. Quantitative cancer imaging and RECIST (Becker)
    16. Doppler liver and kidney vascular ultrasound (Kamaya)
    17. Internal hernias (Chow)
    18. Plumbing 101: post surgical anatomy and complications (Poullos)
    19. Hepatic THIDS and THADS (Desser)
    20. ER Body Imaging Pitfalls (Hsu)
    21. Screening and diagnosis of HCC (Kamaya)
    22. Thyroid nodule evaluation and secret biopsy techniques (Kamaya)
    23. Contrast enhanced US (Burrowes)
    24. Ultrasound artifacts and imaging optimization (Kamaya and Desser)
    25. Neuroendocrine and GIST (Federle)
    26. Dual energy CT (Patel)
    27. CT colonography (Poullos)
    28. Prostate MRI (Loening)
  7. Ultrasound Scanning Club: Once a week, Body Fellows focus on hands-on scanning of a specific anatomic structure with dedicated instruction on proper scanning technique, image optimization, and tips and trick in image acquisition.


To apply for the Body Imaging Fellowship, please submit application here and include the following required materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE (or equivalent) scores
  • Digital headshot

Additionally, 3 letters of recommendation, signed and on official institutional letterhead, will be required.  One letter must be from your program director and two from additional faculty members in your department.  Letters should be sent via email to

Applications must be submitted using the online system.  Applications will not be reviewed until all materials and letters are received.  All positions are filled on a rolling basis.


2018-2019 Body Imaging Fellows

Bhowra, MD

Kadakia, MD

Nguyen, MD

Wallace-Servera, MD

Bird, MD

Khurana, MD

Sagreiya, MD

Yang, MD

Flory, MD

Malkawi, MD

Tan, MD

Books by Stanford Body Imaging Faculty

Aya Kamaya, MD

Diagnostic Ultrasound: Abdomen & Pelvis

Imaging Anatomy: Ultrasound


R. Brooke Jeffrey, MD

Diagnostic Imaging: Emergency (2nd ed)

Color and Power Doppler Sonography. A Teaching File.

Pocket Radiologist: Abdominal Top 100 Diagnoses

Diagnostic Imaging: Emergency


Spiral CT of The Body. A Teaching File.

Emergency Imaging

Specialty Imaging: Hepatobiliary & Pancreas

Michael P. Federle, MD

Imaging Anatomy: Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis (2nd ed)



Specialty Imaging: Hepatobiliary & Pancreas

Diagnostic and Surgical Imaging Anatomy: Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis

Expert ddX: Abdomen & Pelvis (2nd ed)

Diagnostic Imaging: Abdomen (2nd ed)

Diagnostic Imaging: Abdominal

Diagnostic Imaging: Gastrointestinal 

Expert ddX: Abdomen

Pocket Radiologist: Abdominal Top 100 Diagnoses

Terry S. Desser, MD

Diagnostic Imaging: Abdominal