IR Residency


Interventional Radiology (IR) was awarded primary specialty status by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2012. Because of the increasing complexity of IR procedures and increasing involvement of the IR physician in clinical patient care, training in Interventional Radiology is currently undergoing transition from a 1-4-1 pattern (one year of internship, 4 years of Diagnostic Radiology, one year of IR fellowship) to a 1-3-2 pattern (one year of internship, 3 years of Diagnostic Radiology, two years of IR training). A dual certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology will be awarded by the American Board of Radiology (ABR ) upon completion of training and passing the ABR examinations.

For more information about the IR division, please visit the IR division webpage. Click here


Paul Suhocki, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology Program Director, IR residency and fellowship

The eight fellowship trained IR faculty members at Duke pride themselves in providing an excellent learning environment at Duke University Hospital and the Durham VA Medical Center. The breadth of cases performed in state of the art angiography suites prepares the trainee for practice in a busy tertiary care center. Training is enhanced by support from other outstanding departments in the medical center, multidisciplinary conferences, research opportunities and didactic lectures provided by IR and Vascular Surgery faculty. Every effort is being taken to insure a smooth transition from the current IR fellowship training  to that of the new integrated IR residency program.



Charles Y. Kim, M.D., FSIR Associate Professor of Radiology; Division Chief, Interventional Radiology

Tony P. Smith, M.D. FSIR Professor of Radiology Director, Neurovascular Interventional Radiology


Waleska M. Pabon-Ramos, M.D., M.P.H., FSIR Assistant Professor of Radiology








James Ronald, M.D., PhD.

James Ronald, M.D., PhD. Assistant Professor

Jonathan G. Martin, M.D. Assistant Professor, Medical Student Education Coordinator

David Johnson, M.D. Assistant Consulting Professor


Alan A. Sag, MD., Assistant Professor of Radiology

Application Process

Three medical students are accepted into the Duke Integrated IR Residency Program each year. For their clinical internship year requirement, applicants have the option of applying to Duke’s Department of  General Surgery for a preliminary internship year. However, this is not a requirement.  Interviews take place October through February. Medical Students are invited to apply to the Duke Integrated IR Residency through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Choose “Interventional Radiology Residency – Integrated” on the ERAS website. We participate in the NRMP match.

The Society of Interventional Radiology Residents Fellows Students (SIR-RFS) website has many excellent resources for interested students.

Medical students interested in learning more about the new Interventional Radiology Residency can read “The Interventional Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology Certificate and Interventional Radiology Residency” by John Kaufman, M.D. (Radiology 2014;273:318-21). Details can also be found at