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Fellowship Program

About the program

Fellowship goals

The Thoracic Imaging Fellowship program provides advanced training in all aspects of cardio-pulmonary imaging enabling the fellow to develop specialized skills necessary for a successful career in academic radiology or in a large subspecialty private practice.

Clinical experience

Our fellows are actively involved in all aspects of clinical thoracic imaging under the supervision of the program director and the thoracic imaging faculty and are exposed to a wide spectrum of pathologic processes, diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system and mediastinum. They receive specific mentoring in the diagnostic interpretation of thoracic CT, high-resolution chest CT, CT aortography, MR, and conventional chest radiography as well as in the performance of lung biopsies and pleural drainages.

Interested fellows may also receive instruction in the performance of radiofrequency ablation for both primary and metastatic disease to the chest through our Interventional Radiology specialty.

Three months of dedicated time in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging is allotted for those fellows desiring additional expert training and clinical experience in state-of-the-art cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.

Additional information regarding this facet of the fellowship experience can be acquired by contacting John D. Grizzard, M.D., Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging.

The VCU Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital, with multiple intensive care units, including a burn ICU, cardiac ICU, cardiac surgical ICU, medical respiratory ICU, neurosurgery ICU, surgical ICU, and surgical-trauma ICU. Additionally, the VCU Medical Center is a level-one trauma center, burn center and cardiac transplant center, performing both orthotopic and artificial heart transplantation. We are a major oncology referral center with a busy thoracic oncology and general thoracic surgical service.

Every day the Thoracic Imaging specialty receives numerous consults on a multitude of interesting cardiac, pulmonary and mediastinal diseases. We have a strong working relationship with the Division of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine and actively participate in daily radiologic-clinical rounds with these services.


Thoracic Imaging has an extensive education program in which our fellows actively participate. Two imaging conferences are held with the radiology residents each month. Mock oral board examinations are given to each resident rotating through the service at the completion of their rotation.

A weekly Thoracic Imaging-Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine Imaging Conference is also held. This popular multi-disciplinary conference is attended not only by Radiology, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine, but also by Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Pathology. We also participate in a weekly multispecialty Chest Tumor Conference at the Massey Cancer Center and a weekly quality assurance conference.


Two to three radiology residents at various levels of training and two to four fourth year medical students rotate through our specialty on a monthly basis. Thoracic Imaging Fellows regularly participate in both resident and medical student education both at the workstation and in teaching conferences.


Both the Thoracic Imaging and Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging specialties have an active clinical research program. Our faculty participates in annual meetings with the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, and the Society of Thoracic Radiology. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects in conjunction with our staff. The Department of Radiology provides secretarial assistance and support in preparation of exhibits, presentations and manuscripts. Support is also provided to fellows for presentation of research at major radiological society meetings.


Upon completion of the program, the graduating fellow will receive a certificate attesting to their specialized training in Thoracic Imaging and or Thoracic-Non-invasive Cardiopulmonary Imaging.

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Currently we are offering one-year fellowship positions. For the 2019 academic year beginning July 1, 2019, the application deadline is August 1, 2017.

To apply please complete the Fellowship application [PDF] and send a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation addressed to:

Mark S. Parker, M.D.
VCU Medical Center
Division of Thoracic Imaging
Department of Radiology
Box 980615
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0615

One letter must be from the Residency Program director and two letters from faculty members well acquainted with your abilities. A copy of the applicant’s medical school transcripts, National Board scores and a letter from the dean is also required. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to be ABR eligible or certified and must obtain a full Virginia medical license and DEA number prior to the start of the fellowship. Candidates will be invited for a personal interview and tour.

For more information, please send an email to RADFELLOWS.

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Mark S. Parker, M.D.;F.A.C.R.
Division of Thoracic Imaging
Main Hospital, 3rd Floor
Phone: (804) 828-5064
Fax: (804) 628-1132


Mark S. Parker, M.D.
Section Chief, Thoracic Imaging
Director, Thoracic Imaging Fellowship

John D. Grizzard, M.D.
Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging

Charles H. Cockrell, M.D.

Administrative assistant

Fellowship Coordinator
Sanger Hall, Room 4-050
Phone: (804) 628-5535
Fax: (804) 828-6129

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