Dear Radiology Residency Applicants,

Welcome to the Stanford University Radiology Residency website!

As the new chiefs for the 2020-2021 year, we are excited about your interest in the Stanford Radiology Residency Program and to share with you why we think we have the best program in the country.

The year 2020 has brought many new challenges including COVID-19 and its effects on our daily lives. We continue to place education and community building at the top of our priorities as chiefs and have been working hard to make sure our residents continue to receive the best education and provide opportunities for the new and current residents to feel connected and supported.

We have adapted to the times including making all lectures online, developing an additional lecture series (COVIDeo Lectures) during quarantine while volumes were lower, and have had multiple zoom and socially distant happy hours to keep our spirits up.

We continue to benefit from the lectures provided by the world-renowned attending radiologists during our Thursday lecture block conferences and case reviews. We are currently working on re-vamping the first-year curriculum including improving and targeting the lectures that occur during the R1 Bootcamp Lecture Series as well as working on making sure lectures throughout the year are appropriate for all levels of training. We continue to support the many resident led educational opportunities including our Peer Learning program where we discuss cases as residents only to learn from each other as well as the resident led ED-Radiology, Rad-Path, and Rad-Surgery Case Conferences.

We have made changes to the call system to maximize education, minimize busy work, and increase resident autonomy. We continue to enjoy the hard work of our in-house reading room assistants who are present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle phone calls, direct the calls to the correct people, help us contact appropriate clinicians regarding results, communicate with the technicians, and just overall make our lives better. Moreover, we continue to enjoy RadCombinator, a program allowing residents protected time to focus on research or non-clinical endeavors if desired. Our program’s flexibility allows you to develop your own interests during residency whether that be research, education, community work, literary interests, or IT development.

As always, our strong sense of camaraderie and diversity helps set the foundation for a program that can provide opportunities that are not found elsewhere. Residents and attendings are on a first name basis with a collegial environment that is amenable to long lasting mentorship and friendship between trainees and attendings.

While we prioritize resident education and development, we also believe in the importance of work-life balance and enjoying the many wonderful things the Bay Area has to offer including the beach, hiking trails, San Francisco, wine country, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite, to name a few.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you!


Alex, Mary Ellen, Sarah, and Lynne


Alexander Khalaf,
DR Chief Resident

Mary Ellen Koran,
DR Chief Resident

Sarah Cheng, MD
Jr. Chief Resident

Lynne Martin, MD
Jr. Chief Resident