Program Director: Nancy Pham, MD
Assistant Professor
Number of Fellowship Positions: 3 per year
Duration of Fellowship: 1 year

The Neuroradiology Fellowship in the Department of Radiology at the University of California-Davis Medical Center is a one-year ACGME accredited program designed to provide a comprehensive training environment in diagnostic neuroradiology for board certified/eligible radiologists. The fellowship provides trainees with the opportunity to develop, under supervision, progressively independent skills in the performance and interpretation of neuroradiologic imaging studies and invasive procedures.

The fellowship program is based at the UC Davis Medical Center campus located in California’s capitol city of Sacramento. The medical school, the multidisciplinary cancer center, and several research groups, including the MIND Institute, the imaging research center, and the telemedicine group are located on site along with the main hospital.  The hospital provides tertiary care in all fields of medicine, and is a referral center for patients throughout Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital is located on campus, and is also partnered with Shriner’s Hospital for Children, where patients with complex neuromusculoskeletal conditions are diagnosed and treated.

The greater Sacramento area provides a wide range of activities for all interests, with an active arts community, including the internationally known Sacramento Ballet and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, professional sports teams including the Sacramento Kings, and a variety of award-winning restaurants and entertainment venues. It is also located a mere 80 miles east of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, and 80 miles west of Lake Tahoe, which is home to some of the best and most picturesque skiing in the country.

Clinical Training:

Diagnostic Neuroradiology:

Fellows spend approximately 8 months on this rotation, which includes general neuroradiology, Head and Neck, Spine, and Pediatric imaging. Each fellow will interpret at least 1,500 neuroradiological CT scans, 1,500 neuroradiological MR scans, and 250 MR/CT angiograms in adult and pediatric patients.
In the general neuroradiology rotation, there is an emphasis on standard imaging modalities and sequences, but there is also intensive exposure to advanced CT and MR techniques, including CT perfusion, MR spectroscopy, MR perfusion, dynamic CSF flow imaging, and diffusion tensor imaging. Fellows are trained in and expected to perform the post-processing and interpretation of all of these modalities, in many different applications, including the evaluation of stroke, tumors, and brain injury.

During the Head and Neck rotation, fellows will participate in most of the interventional procedures of the head and neck, including angiography, embolization, and biopsy. Fellows will be involved in multidisciplinary evaluation of complex skull base and head and neck tumors including CT, MR, PET, and SPECT.

During the Spine rotation, in addition to multimodality imaging, fellows will perform a minimum of 50 image-guided invasive spine procedures. This will include, but not necessarily be limited to, diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar punctures, myelograms, cisternograms, blood patches, chemotherapy injections, vertebroplasties, discograms, facet and epidural steroid injections, and biopsies.

The Pediatric rotation provides an opportunity to review a large number of studies of patients from UCD Children’s Hospital as well as from the adjacent Shriner’s Hospital, entirely staffed by UC Davis radiologists.

Interventional Neuroradiology:

The service provides fellows with an opportunity to perform and interpret invasive diagnostic and interventional vascular procedures under direct supervision. Each fellow will rotate through Interventional Neuroradiology every third week. Fellows will achieve competency in catheter-based diagnostic neuroradiology procedures and may assist in the performance of occlusion of aneurysms, AVM, AVF, Wada tests, balloon test occlusion studies of the carotid artery, and other endovascular procedures. Fellows will also assist in intraoperative angiography. Each fellow will participate in a minimum of 50 catheter-based angiographic procedures and at least 5 intracranial microcatheter procedures for thrombolysis and endovascular treatment.


There are two dedicated neuroradiology conferences each week, a didactic lecture on Wednesday mornings, and a case conference on Friday mornings. There is a pediatric neuroradiology conference, given the first Thursday of each month, and fellows are also encouraged to attend the resident pediatric and adult neuroradiology conferences during the noon hour.

Fellows are required to attend, and eventually contribute to, all of the inter-disciplinary conferences, with faculty supervision and guidance. These conferences include Skull Base, Neurovascular, Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board (separate adult and pediatric), and ENT Tumor Board. Additionally, fellows will provide graduated consultations with referring physicians.

Fellows will be expected to participate in the education of residents and medical students, as well. Each fellow will give at least once lecture to the medical students each year, and will be responsible for daily teaching “at the board” of residents on the service.


All fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects currently underway in our section. Fellows are required to submit at least one abstract for presentation at a national meeting.


  1. Completion of four-year residency in the United States or Canada.
  2. Requirements and procedures for licensing in California have changed and are substantially different than years past.  Please visit for specific details of the new requirements.  Additional information concerning licensure is available from the Division of Licensing, Medical Board of California, 2005 Evergreen Street #1200, Sacramento, Calif. 95825, telephone (916) 263-2344 or by visiting
  3. Requirement for acceptance of international medical graduates at UC Davis for postgraduate training

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials to the fellowship coordinator at the address below.

  1. Current CV.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the director of your radiology residency program mailed from the Dean's office directly to our program.
  3. Two additional letters of recommendation from physicians of your choice addressed to the fellowship director.
  4. Medical school transcripts and USMLE scores.
  5. Personal statement.
  6. Current photo (to ensure we have the correct applicant with the correct file during rank period).

Contact information

If you have questions or would like to submit your application materials, please contact:

Nancy Pham, MD.

Seema Prasad (Fellowship Coordinator)

Phone: 916-703-2273
Fax: 916-734-8490

UC Davis Health System
Department of Radiology
4860 Y Street Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817