Neuroradiology Fellowship

July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

GOAL: The goal of our Neuroradiology Fellowship program is to provide candidates the opportunity to expand their clinical and academic skills in neuroradiology to the level of junior faculty. We hope to create a training environment that is both rigorous and inspiring, with an emphasis on teamwork and shared commitment to excellence. It is our departmental goal to be state-of-the-art in Diagnostic and Interventional patient care, to achieve regional and national recognition in academics.


POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Two positions are available through the NRMP for July, 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate prerequisite training for entry into a diagnostic radiology subspecialty program should include the satisfactory completion of a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Other training pathways can and will be considered by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis. We seek the best quality candidates and recognize that they may come from a variety of backgrounds and training.

Applications and Appointment to Interview:


The Fellowship provides experiences in all aspects of neuroradiology, including basic and functional magnetic resonance imaging, CT and CT angiography, multimodality perfusion imaging, MR spectroscopy, neuroangiography, pediatric imaging, spine intervention, pain management, and advanced image processing.

There is extensive interdisciplinary clinical and academic collaboration with working conferences in pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, head and neck oncology, pediatric neurology, vascular neurology, and ophthalmology. Fellows lead the team in consultation, preparation of conferences and coordination, and continuity of care.


Facilities include the Radiology departments at Memorial Hermann Hospital, a 600-bed tertiary care center with level I trauma; Debakey VA Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital. These institutions are the primary teaching hospitals for the UT Houston Medical School. There are dedicated faculty members in the Neuroradiology sections, all of whom are fellowship trained and have extensive skills and experience in their subspecialty areas. The facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including (at Hermann alone):

Two 1.5 MRI units, Lightspeed CT, 3T MRI Magnet, 2 Biplane Neuro Angio Suites with 3D Rotational Angiography.

Updated Equipment


Eliana Bonfante-Mejia, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Jeanie Choi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Elliott Friedman, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Leo Hochhauser, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology (Pediatric/Adult)
Marcelle Mallery, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Maria Patino, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Clark Sitton, M.D., Assistant Professor, Fellowship Director, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Alexander B. Simonetta, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology
Emilio Supsupin M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Neuroradiology


Clark W. Sitton, M.D..
Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 2.116
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-704-1704
Fax: 713-704-1715


Nelly Pescina.
Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Coordinator
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 2.025
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-500-7583
Fax: 713-500-0725


The University of Texas Medical School at Houston currently offers 4 one-year accredited fellowship positions in Neuroradiology.


Block Schedule of fellowship consist of:

6 months of general neuroradiology at Memorial Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center (TMC), including Brain and spine MRI, CT, CT angiography, Myelography, and minimally invasive spine procedures.
Perfusion Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
2 months of neuroangiography including exposure to Interventional Neuroradiology (INR),
1 month at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (emphasis on head and neck).
2 months at the VA medical center (emphasis on spine imaging)
1 month at Texas Childrens Hospital


Mentoring of scholarly activity is a priority of the Section Chief. Submission of academic abstracts and presentations of research and education materials at local and national meetings are a requirement of the training program. Participation is supported with travel and academic time. Extensive clinical and basic research opportunities are also available through collaboration with the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology both at UTHSC – Houston and M.D. Anderson.

The fellow is expected to transfer knowledge to residents and students both by teaching on the service and didactic lectures.

Fellows also have an active administrative role in the section, contributing to process improvement of the Fellowship, as well as participating in quality improvement programs for the section and hospital at large.


The fellow will take pager call from home one week out of every four in support of the on call radiology resident. The fellow will also be expected to report for work Saturday and Sunday of the call week at Memorial Hermann Hospital to assist the faculty on call team, with both imaging and procedures.


Fellowship committee meetings are held quarterly to discuss goals and objectives for the rotations, operational problems, call schedules, and work assignments. Written evaluation of the fellow’s performance is done at 1 month intervals. Fellows are asked to provide written criticism of the training program at 1 month intervals. These Documents are reviewed every 4 months with the fellowship director and are discussed with the fellow.

A full description of the policies can be found in the program manual.