Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology

Teaching Faculty:  William Holloway MD, Naveed Akhtar MD, Coleman Martin MD

Positions Offered: 1 every two years (currently filled through 2018)

Duration: 24 months

Application prerequisites for ESN fellowship:
  • Be board eligible in diagnostic radiology prior to starting fellowship.
  • Have performed over 100 diagnostic cerebral angiograms documented as the first assistant with a letter of recommendation attesting to your basic skills in performing diagnostic angiography.
  • radiologyUnderstand the use of needles, catheters, guide wires and angiographic devices and materials.
  • Master the basic radiological sciences, including radiation physics, radiation protection and the pharmacology of radiographic contrast materials.
  • Be comfortable with angiography image interpretation and with angiographic reporting.
  • Be able to perform expert level interpretation of diagnostic neuroradiological studies such as CT, CTA, MRA, MRI, nuclear medicine CNS examinations in the care and evaluation of patients with neurological disease.
  • Know the clinical indications, risks and limitations of endovascular surgical neuroradiology procedures.
  • Understand the use and administration of analgesics, antibiotics, anticoagulation agents, neuroanesthetic agents, and other drugs commonly used in endovascular surgical neuroradiology procedures.


Program Director:

hollowayWilliam Holloway, M.D.
Saint Luke’s Hosptial, Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute
Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology
4401 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 932-6245

UMKC Student receives Sarah Morrison Scholarship for “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma” research project

October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Award recipients with Dr. Agostino Molteni, Director of Student Research. (L-R: Tarana Gill, Brooks Gimmis, Ravali Gummi, Danielle Cunningham, Dr. Molteni, Omar Qayum, Nidhi Reddy, and Megan Lilley)
The Office of Student Research has selected seven students to receive the October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Among the recipients is Danielle Cunningham, who completed a month of research working on a project with UMKC faculty members Lisa Lowe, MD, and Natasha Acosta, MD. The project entitled “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma and Systematic Review of the Literature: 2 New Cases and 125 Cases Reported in 59 Publications,” was presented at the Society for Neuro-Oncology by Ms. Cunningham and has been accepted for publication in the journal, Pediatric Radiology. Sarah Morrison awards of up to $1,500 are given to UMKC School of Medicine students twice a year to provide funding to help students learn the value and application of research in the study of medicine. Students who receive awards are expected to present results of their research at the UMKC Student Research Summit and may be invited to present at other similar venues. For further information on this year’s awardees, or if you are interested in applying for the award (April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines each year), visit the Office of Research Administration’s student research website at https://med.umkc.edu/ora/student_awards/.

Walker to chair case-based review course for national radiology conference

The American Roentgen Ray Society has honored Chris Walker, M.D., assistant professor of radiology. He will serve as the thoracic imaging section chair for the organization’s case-based review course at next spring’s 2016 national meeting in Los Angeles.

The course provides diagnostic imaging cases in 11 subspecialties that help prepare residents for upcoming exams and private practice. It also helps practicing radiologists refine their skills with an in-depth approach to learning.

In addition to his administrative role as section chair, Walker will facilitate a case review focused on pulmonary fibrosis. He was selected to lead a chest imaging case review on pleura/diaphragm in 2014.

The society is the oldest radiology society in the world and the organization’s annual meeting is the second-largest radiology meeting each year. School of Medicine professor of radiology and a past president of the society, Melissa Rosado de Christenson, M.D., initiated the case-based review courses at the national meetings.

Cunningham receives student scholarship in interventional radiology

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Fourth-year medical student Danielle Cunningham recently received a student travel scholarship to attend the next Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting.

The award provides funding for selected medical students to take part in sessions of the organization’s upcoming meetings in April 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Student training programs will focus on topics ranging from the history of interventional radiology to cutting-edge clinical approaches and procedures in vascular disease, pediatrics, liver disease and research.

“The Society of Interventional Radiology scholarship will help me learn about how to succeed in the residency match process, as well as the newest techniques in interventional radiology,” Cunningham said. “I’m especially excited for the classes about interventional oncology, which uses interventional radiology techniques to treat cancer.”

Students are selected to receive the scholarship based on applications that include their CV, short essays on interventional radiology questions and recommendations by mentors or instructors.

Local study wins Best Paper Award at international meeting

L to R: Doug C. Rivard, D.O., Brent Reading, M.D., & Brent Culley

A report by School of Medicine faculty on tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) as a treatment for abscesses following perforated appendicitis received the “Best Paper Award” at the combined British Association of Pediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPED) meeting July 22-26 in Edinburgh, Great Britain.

Shawn St. Peter, M.D., professor of surgery and Director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Center for Prospective Clinical Trials, coordinated the study and presented the paper. Doug C. Rivard, D.O., associate professor and chair of radiology at CMH, was a senior author.

The paper evaluated the effectiveness of tPA in resolving abscesses that developed following perforated appendicitis. The study found no advantage to using tPA over saline for irrigation of the abscess cavity, and that there was actually increased drainage and additional cost with use of the tPA.

Other authors included Sohail Shah, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, David Juang, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Brent Reading, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, Brent Culley, George W. Holcomb III, M.D./MBA, professor of surgery, and Susan Sharp, Ph.D., the study’s clinical coordinator.

The meeting was the first joint meeting of the BAPS and IPEG and drew more than 700 pediatric surgeons from around the world.

Professional Development

Chris Walker, M.D, UMKC faculty, teaches cardiac imaging, and speaks at the ARRS.
Chris Walker, M.D, UMKC faculty, teaches cardiac imaging, and speaks at the ARRS.

Many organizations provide opportunities for resident, fellow and faculty professional development and growth. The Department of Radiology at UMKC strongly supports participation in these academic development programs.

Below you will find some of the leadership, education, and research development programs for trainees and faculty members. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn about the benefits of these programs, and seek further advice and mentoring on applying.


Faculty Attendees
Keith Rastogi, MD
Jessica Sanchez, MD
Brian Chin, MD
Brandt Wible, MD
Ruby Meierotto, MD
Lisa H Hutchison, MD

Faculty Attendees
Erin Opfer, MD
Sherwin S Chan, MD, PhD
Brian Chin, MD
Amy Dahl, MD
Jessica Sanchez, MD
William Holloway, MD
Amy Soeatert, DO
Shaya Ansari, MD

Faculty Attendees
Delores, Tizol Blanco, MD
Douglas C Rivard, MD
Lisa H Hutchison, MD



Resident Attendees
Chad Davis, MD and Brett Donegan, MD
Matt Towsley and Moe Tun
Tyson Finlinson and Jordan Sessions
Ben Haverkamp and Kalie Adler
Shane Rassman and Billy Vanlandingham
Craig Steeds
Myka Veigel
Sami Abedin and Sumayya Jawadi
Reza Zinati and Tim Morgan
Kristine Dettloff

Resident Attendees
Mike Gilbert
Aaron Lewis

Resident Attendees
Moe Tun
Neal Desai
Jared Halpin
Megan Saettele
Myka Veigel
Sumayya Jawadi
Tim Morgan
Rob Blanch

Resident Attendees
Zachary Bailey
Megan Saettele


7th year in a row; UMKC faculty students and residents receive Awards at RSNA


Members of the Radiology Department at UMKC had another strong showing at RSNA in Chicago, IL. RSNA was attended by more than 40,000 this year, and more than 1200 posters were displayed. Awards ranged from Magna Cum Laude, which is given to only about 30 posters, to 4 Certificate of Merits and requests to publish in RadioGraphics. Several persons co-authored more than one poster. A variety posters authored by UMKC facultyresidents and *medical students are as follows.

  • Magna Cum Laude, Radiol Soc Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, Il. Hemorrhagic and Vascualar Complications in Lung Infections: High-Resolutaion CT and Pathological Findings. Franquet TC, Rosado De Christenson ML, Kanne JP, Marchiori E, Martinez-Jimenez S, Gimenez A.
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, IL. Bronchial Arteries: Anatomy, Function, Hypertrophy and Interventions. Rosado De Christenson ML, Martinez-Jimenez S, Walker CM, Kunin JR, Wible BC.
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, IL. Thoracic Metastases from Gynecological Neoplasms: How They Differ from Other Metastases, Specific Patterns of Spread, and Pitfalls in Imaging Interpretation. Martinez-Jimenez S, Rosado De Christenson ML, Walker CM, Kunin JR, Betancourt Cuellar SL, Pettavel PP.
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA). Chicago, IL. Sacroplasty: “A Remedy for Pains in the Butt?” *Bhatt M, Adler K, Strand LA, Wible BC.
  • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer(RSNA). Chicago, IL. MRI of pediatric liver masses. *Loeb JV, *Collard MD, Keup CLowe LHKnowlton JQ.

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