Medical Student Mentors

Students:
The Interventional Radiology Medical Student Council's mentorship program connects IR residents, fellows, and attendings with current medical students. We intend for this resource to help students get advice about how to enhance their IR experience during medical school, whether it’s regarding electives, research opportunities, or establishing greater IR exposure at their schools. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with some outstanding mentors from around the country.

Mentors:
If you are a senior student, resident, fellow, or attending, please consider joining our mentorship community to help others learn more about the outstanding specialty of IR by filling out this online form.

Have thoughts, questions or concerns? Simply email us at sir.msc.mentor@gmail.com and an IR resident, fellow, or attending will be on hand to provide a response.

 

  • Mentor List

    Name
    email
    Affiliation
    Status
    Number of Research Projects
    Clinical Interest
    Alexander Sheua-sheu@fsm.northwestern.eduNorthwestern UniversityMedical StudentRarely (<1 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Colin Burkecburke@med.miami.eduUniversity of MiamiMedical StudentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Kush Shahkshah@med.miami.eduUniversity of MiamiMedical StudentFrequently (3+ per year)Vascular Disease
    Colin Burkecburke@med.miami.eduUniversity of MiamiMedical StudentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Arteriovenous Malformations
    Kien Vuukien.vuu@gmail.comKaiser Los Angeles Medical CenterAttending Physician/FacultyOccasionally (1-2 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Gaurav Gadodiaggadodi@emory.eduEmory University School of MedicineMedical StudentRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Vertebral Fractures
    Andrew Bunneybunne035@umn.eduUniversity of MinnesotaResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Geogy Vatakencherry MDgvataken@gmail.comKaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical CenterAttending Physician/FacultyFrequently (3+ per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Mikhail SilkMikhail.silk@gmail.comSUNY DownstateMedical StudentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Sabeen Dhandsabeen-dhand@fsm.northwestern.eduNorthwesternResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Vertebral Fractures
    Shankar Rajeswaranshankar.rajeswaran@gmail.comNorthwesternResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Arteriovenous Malformations, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Nikki Zimmermannicole.a.zimmerman@gmail.comSUNY Upstate Medical UniversityMedical StudentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Vascular Disease, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Noah SchwindNoah.schwind@gmail.comNorthwestern memorial hospitalResidentRarely (<1 per year)Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Gaby Gabrielgabgab005@gmail.comUniversity of KentuckyResidentRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Eric Kingkingec2@vcu.eduVCUMedical StudentRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    lewandowskir-lewandowski@northwestern.edunorthwesternAttending Physician/FacultyFrequently (3+ per year)Interventional Oncology
    David Hunterhunte001@umn.eduU of MN PhysiciansAttending Physician/FacultyRarely (<1 per year)Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Brian Johnsonbrian.johnson@med.lecom.eduLECOMMedical StudentRarely (<1 per year)prostate embolization
    Ramona Guptargupta1@nmff.orgNorthwestern UniversityAttending Physician/FacultyOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology, Access to care (VA)
    Larry Donahuelarrydonahue34@gmail.comNMHResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Ahsun Riazahsun.riaz@gmail.comNorthwestern UniversityResidentRarely (<1 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Reza Rajebimrajebi@gmail.comBaptist Cardiac and Vascular InstituteFellowFrequently (3+ per year)Vascular Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Device development
    Zach Bermanztberman@gmail.comCleveland Clinic | CWRUMedical StudentFrequently (3+ per year)Interventional Oncology
    Tina Hardleytina.l.hardley@kp.orgKaiser Permanente-Los AngelesAttending Physician/FacultyRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Vertebral Fractures
    Alok Bhattalokbbhatt@gmail.comUSCResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology
    Jason SalsamendiJasonsalsamendi@gmail.comUniversity of Miami/Jackson Memorial HospitalAttending Physician/FacultyFrequently (3+ per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Elan Rosenthalelan.h.rosenthal@kp.orgKaiser Los Angeles Medical CenterAttending Physician/FacultyRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Vertebral Fractures, Varicose Veins
    David StempelDavidstempel@gmail.comKaiser Permanente LAMCAttending Physician/FacultyOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Vertebral Fractures, Venous disease
    Anne Robertsacroberts@ucsd.eduUCSDAttending Physician/FacultyFrequently (3+ per year)Vascular Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Steven C. Rose, MD FSIRscrose@ucsd.eduUCSD Health SciencesAttending Physician/FacultyRarely (<1 per year)Interventional Oncology
    Isabel G. NewtonIsabel.newton@va.govVA San Diego Healthcare SystemAttending Physician/FacultyFrequently (3+ per year)Interventional Oncology, Molecular imaging
    Sahil Mehtasvmehta@bidmc.harvar.deduBeth Israel Deaconesses Medical Center/Harvard Medical SchoolResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional oncology, Pain
    Andrew Chiandrew.chi7@gmail.comUniversity of ColoradoResidentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Interventional Oncology, Vascular Disease
    Rakesh Navuluri rnavuluri@radiology.bsd.uchicago.edu The University of ChicagoAttending
    Mohamed Jabermjabermd@gmail.comDetroit Medical CenterResident
    Samdeep Moulisammouli@gmail.comNorthwesternResident10-15Interventional Oncology
    Gulraiz ChaudryGulraiz.Chaudry@childrens.harvard.eduBoston Children's HospitalAttending5-6 per yearPediatric Vascular Abnormalities
    Dennis Kaydkay@ochsner.orgOchsner Health SystemAttendingIntervention Oncology and Abdominal Transplant
    David Kirschdkirsch@ochsner.orgOchsner Health SystemAttendingIntervention Oncology and Abdominal Transplant
    Shantanu Warhadpandeshantanu.warhadpande@osumc.eduThe Ohio State UniversityMedical StudentOccasionally (1-2 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Genitourinary Interventions
    Alexandria Joalexandria.s.jo@gmail.comUniversity of HawaiiResidentRarely (<1 per year)Vascular Disease, Interventional Oncology, Arteriovenous Malformations, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Vertebral Fractures, trauma
  • Mentorship Testimonials

    Abhi Aggarwal Mentee: Abhi Aggarwal, George Washington University, MS-IV

    Mentors: Drs. J. Fritz Angle and Auh Whan Park

    “I initially reached out to Dr. Angle after obtaining his contact info from the SIR mentorship program, who then connected me with Dr. Park. I have been fortunate to work with him on a couple of different projects and continue to do so at this time. We have a paper that will be published shortly. Furthermore, Drs. Park and Angle have connected me with program directors, been an invaluable resource during my residency search, and gave me insight into the life of an interventional radiologist. I will be completing an away rotation at the University of Virginia this fall as a direct result of this mentorship match and look forward to learning so much more from both Dr. Angle and Dr. Park. Thank you to the SIR for providing this wonderful and meaningful opportunity.”



    Anand Patel Mentee: Dr. Anand Patel, University of California San Francisco, PGY-6

    Mentors: (Primary) Drs. Steven Hetts and Mark Wilson
    (Secondary) Drs. Gloria Hwang and Stephen Solomon

    “Over the last 3 years I have been very fortunate to have been given a lot of autonomy to develop a novel interventional oncology device that is a platform technology that could significantly improve cancer treatment. During my PGY-4 of residency at UCSF, I was awarded an NIH-T32 grant to develop this concept with my mentors, Drs. Steven Hetts and Mark Wilson. With this time, as well as seed grants from UCSF and the SIR, I was able to develop the first prototypes of the ChemoFilter device, which is the first of its kind intravenous catheter that could filter out chemotherapy during TACE procedures. With the help of UCSF, I co-founded and became CEO of ChemoFilter, Inc, a startup spun-out of UCSF to develop this technology. Shortly thereafter, I was the first trainee in our department to ever be awarded an NIH/NCI STTR/SBIR R41 grant to perform animal studies and prototyping to further the ChemoFilter concept with UCSF. The UCSF residency and IR fellowship programs and department in general were quite supportive of this innovative work and grant. As of recent, the ChemoFilter startup and technology was acquired by a larger medical device company. We are now working with this company very closely to take the technology to the next level, and hopefully commercialize it. Simultaneously, our team at UCSF led by Dr. Hetts has been awarded a multi-institutional R01 grant from the NIH/NCI explore advanced chemotherapy filtration methods. I have been fortunate to have had such a positive experience, working from concepts on the back of an envelope, to performing early stage R&D, animal studies, prototyping, and now working with industry on a larger scale to hopefully commercialize the device. During this process, we have also been fortunate to mentor and have contributors ranging from high school, college, med school, universities, and industry. We have also been lucky to have great support from other prominent members in the IR community such as Dr. Hwang from Stanford IR, and Dr. Solomon from Memorial Sloan Kettering IR. As I go forward, I will be a staff interventional radiologist at an innovative private practice group (Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA), as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCSF and consultant for industry to continue to build this technology.”



    Alexander Sheu Mentee: Dr. Alexander Sheu, Stanford University, PGY-2

    Mentors: Drs. Andrew Larson, Reed Omary, and Robert Lewandowski

    “As I transitioned to medical school, I was undecided on a field of medicine but selected a research project in radiology because of my background in image analysis. Through the Feinberg School of Medicine's (FSM) Medical Student Summer Research Project program, I joined a translational research laboratory headed by Dr. Reed Omary and Dr. Andrew Larson and began a project on uterine fibroid embolization. Under their guidance, I grew increasingly interested in radiology, then interventional radiology, and eventually interventional oncology. I continued to work with my mentors on projects involving transcatheter intraarterial delivery of immunotherapeutic agents guided by magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents with support from FSM's Research Thesis Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Medical Research Fellows program, and the Radiological Society of North America's Research Medical Student Grant. Over the course of my clinical rotations and research projects, I grew excited by what the synergy of clinical and research skills brought to advancing patient care. My mentors emphasized the importance of advocating not only for our patients but also for colleagues and trainees. Dr. Omary once said to me, "For me as a mentor, there is nothing that makes me prouder than to see my trainees go forward and be successful." This message has resonated with me, and as a medical student I worked with Dr. Robert Lewandowski to introduce preclinical students to the field of interventional radiology by leading a student interest group at Northwestern. My mentors have shaped my career through their generosity, their passion for innovation, and their advocacy for the field of interventional oncology. I am excited to continue training in order to serve in this capacity for future trainees. I recently finished my PGY1 year in general surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA and am about to start PGY2 as a diagnostic radiology resident at Stanford University.”