Cardiothoracic Imaging at OHSU offers basic to advanced imaging care. We use standard radiographs and computed tomography (CT) on a daily basis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is occasionally used for more advanced problem solving and mediastinal diseases or in younger patients with radiation exposure issues.
The chest radiograph remains the mainstay of our diagnostic imaging division, sufficient to evaluate most thoracic problems. Our CT scans are used to assess for the more persistent or serious problems that are not adequately evaluated on the standard radiographs. We also commonly use thin section scanning for fine detailed examination of the lungs and pulmonary vessels. Meet the Cardiothoracic Radiologist Team.
Routine and advanced imaging services provided
Adult congenital heart disease | Congenital heart disease | Coronary artery anomalies | Cardiac tumors | Cardiomyopathy | Acute and chronic myocardial infarction | Cardiac tumors | Cardiomyopathy | Coronary artery calcium scoring | Coronary artery disease | Coronary artery bypass graft patency | Heart failure | Myocardial disease; infiltrative diseases, iron imaging | Myocardial viability | Myocardial perfusion | Adenosine stress myocardial perfusion | Pericardial disease | Pulmonary vein imaging | Valve disease
Outpatient imaging for acute or chronic diseases | Diffuse lung diseases | Airway diseases: Bronchiectasis and Small airway problems | Pulmonary vascular diseases: Acute and Chronic | Pleural diseases | Lung malignancies | Lung Cancer Screening | Pulmonary infections | Mediastinal diseases | Aortic diseases |Lung biopsies for cancer or infection | Pleural effusion sampling | Multidisciplinary evaluation of lung cancer | Lung and Bone marrow transplant evaluation | Unusual/Rare thoracic diseases | Diaphragmatic diseases | Pulmonary Hypertension evaluation
The Cardiac Imaging Section of Diagnostic Radiology is a multidisciplinary team of Radiologists and Cardiologists. We perform detailed anatomic, functional, and physiologic imaging of the coronary arteries, myocardium, cardiac chambers, valves, aorta, pulmonary arteries, and pericardium using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) in adults and pediatric patients suffering from a broad range of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases.
All radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology; in addition, they have completed subspecialty training in the area of both thoracic and cardiac imaging. Cardiothoracic Imaging works closely with many clinical departments, such as the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Pulmonary Medicine and the Knight Lung Cancer team. We participate in multiple daily & weekly multidisciplinary conferences and rounds with these clinical colleagues, offering a unique approach to patient care. Faculty presents at numerous local, state and national conferences as well as invited national and international lectures. Our division works closely with the OHSU School of Medicine in regards to teaching and research.
As the only academic health center in in the state of Oregon, Oregon Health & Science University provides a full spectrum of care to a diverse and growing population. OHSU is home to numerous research centers and institutes, including one of the first Clinical and Translational Science Award-funded programs in the country (Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute), the Advanced Imaging Research Center, the Dotter Interventional Institute and both the Knight Cancerand Knight Cardiovascular Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute is the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in Oregon.
The OHSU cardiothoracic imaging section is staffed by four fellowship trained cardiothoracic radiologists and they cover all aspects of cardiac and thoracic imaging including radiography, CT/CTA, MRI/MRA and thoracic biopsy procedures. There is plenty of opportunity for institutional interdisciplinary interactions through numerous multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards, including medicine/family medicine, pulmonology/critical care, pathology, thoracic and cardiac surgery, medical oncology and radiation medicine. We strongly encourage fellows to participate in collaborative research. Collaborations with the Knight Cancer and Knight Cardiovascular Institutes allow for cutting edge technologies and research, both clinical and preclinical. We also encourage and offer support for fellows to present at regional and national conferences. Support is offered through protected academic time and a conference discretionary fund. Our department's advanced facilities and expert mentors will give fellows the skills required to become first-rate cardiothoracic radiologists.
The program has filled through June 2024. We will be accepting applications for two 2024/25 fellowship positions starting in August 2022.
To apply, please mail or email:
- One completed and signed application form
- curriculum vitae
- personal statement
- three letters of recommendation*
- photocopy of the Dean's letter from your medical school or ECFMG certificate
- USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 scores
*If emailed, letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender (or assigned admin.) If a hard copy is mailed, it must be in a sealed envelope.
Email your application packet to Caroline Lerner.
Address and mail the packet to:
Chara Rydzak, M.D., Ph.D. - Cardiothoracic Radiology Fellowship Director
ATTN: Caroline Lerner
Mail Code: L-340
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
A confirmation letter or email will be sent to you once all documents are received. For additional information or questions, contact Caroline Lerner.
Foreign applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S., or eligible to obtain work authorization. Initial and extension J-1 Visas are considered in very rare circumstances. All non-ACGME fellowship candidates must be eligible for H-1B visas, which includes successful completion of all USMLEs.
We are unable to support J-1 applicants that require a Conrad J-1 waiver in order to be eligible for an H-1B visa. All visa applicants must have successfully passed all USMLE steps at least 6 months prior to fellowship start as USMLEs are required for visa applications. LMCC exams are not accepted for H-1B applications.