Curriculum Overview

Interventional Radiology is one of the most forward thinking and dynamic specialties in the field of medicine today. Continuously evolving, IR’s role in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients has seen tremendous growth in recent years. We believe the specialty requires a clinically minded approach to patient care and requires all 6 years of training (including internship) to develop sound clinical and procedural skills. We offer two (2) categorical IR residency position each year through the NRMP match.

Why Choose Wake Forest

The section of Interventional Radiology is composed of seven (7) experienced clinical faculty with training from a variety of institutions, which provides for a diverse training experience at an outstanding, nationally recognized tertiary care academic medical center. Trainees also rotate through outpatient arterial and venous vascular disease procedural clinics where they are afforded the opportunity to experience private practice Interventional Radiology. Our IR physicians have a wide range of clinical interests such that trainees will develop proficiency with the following areas of IR practice:

Interventional Oncology

  • Large volume of catheter directed therapies (TACE, Y-90) 
  • Percutaneous ablations (lung, liver, renal, soft tissue, and bone)

Liver Disease and Portal Hypertension

  • Complex portal venous interventions (TIPS, BRTO, BATO, recanalization)
  • Percutaneous transhepatic biliary cholangiography and drainage
  • Biliary endoscopy (stone removal and biopsy)

Venous disease 

  • Outpatient and inpatient complex venous disease interventions including recanalizations and management of varicose veins. 
  • Pediatric and adult vascular malformation therapy
  • Acute DVT and PE thrombectomy and thrombolysis
  • IVC filter placement
  • Complex IVC filter retrieval

Arterial disease 

  • Management of peripheral vascular disease interventions

Musculoskeletal and pain interventions 

  • Vertebral augmentation (i.e. vertobroplasty/kyphoplasty) for osteoporotic and pathologic fractures including spinal tumor ablations
  • Neurolysis of a variety of neurologic plexi (celiac plexus, superior hypogastric plexus, intercostal nerve). 

Women’s health 

  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Fallopian tube recanalization

Men’s health 

  • Prostate Artery Embolization
  • Varicocele embolization

Trauma related interventions

  • Solid organ embolizations and management of active arterial bleeding

Lymphatic disorders 

  • Thoracic duct evaluation with embolization

Routine interventional procedures 

  • GI and GU interventions (G-tube, nephrostomy tube placement/management)
  • Dialysis interventions including central venous access 
  • CT guided procedures (percutaneous biopsies and drain placement)
  • Paracentesis/thoracentesis


  • Pediatric vascular anomalies
  • Pediatric renal interventions
  • Pediatric venous access
  • Routine management of pediatric enteric access