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Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

The Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute (previously known as Miami Vascular Institute) provides a unique opportunity for fellows to develop into a true clinical interventionalist. Our accredited fellowship provides a comprehensive experience in non-invasive vascular diagnosis, vascular intervention, and non-vascular image guided intervention. Having been established in July 1, 1989, The Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute recently celebrated its 20th year anniversary in 2009.


Mission of Fellowship

The mission of the MCVI fellowship is to train fellows to be the most well rounded, the most clinically competent and the most technically advanced physicians in the United States and to prepare them to enter an interventional radiology practice on equal grounds with other specialists.


Why Do Your Fellowship at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute?

  1. Your fellowship will be served under a group of full-time interventional radiologists whose collective experience and knowledge will serve to benefit you directly. In addition, you will have significant interaction with our vascular surgeons, oncologists, nephrologists, urologists, and other clinicians to solidify your clinical knowledge and experience.
  2. The program is blessed with a very large volume of vascular and interventional material, including significant exposure to peripheral vascular disease and oncologic interventions.
  3. In addition to the extensive experience in vascular disease, you will get a very strong experience in interventional oncology. We sponsor the Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology meeting in Miami Beach every January, which is the first meeting of its kind to show live cases in the field of IO. You will participate in this conference and present live cases to an international audience. We have a rapidly growing radioembolization program (with both Sirsphere and Therasphere), a tumor ablation program (using radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, and microwave ablation), and chemoembolization program. You will also participate in biliary interventions for malignancy and pre-op portal vein embolization. You will leave here with a solid experience in both peripheral vascular disease and interventional oncology, which is not commonly seen in many other interventional fellowships.
  4. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredits this program. It is a subspecialty radiology training program under the parent radiology training program of the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The successful completion of this program will qualify you to sit for the American Board of Radiology's subspecialty examination for Added Qualifications in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (CAQ).
  5. The BCVI fellowship prepares you for any type of career that you desire. Graduates have become renowned physicians in academics and research as well as leaders in community hospitals.
  6. You will acquire more patient management skills in this fellowship than in any other in the country.
  7. There is ample opportunity for you to participate actively in research. We have over twenty ongoing clinical research trials involving aortic aneurysms, erectile dysfunction, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, interventional oncology, and neurovascular disease. Click here for our ongoing research trials
  8. You will attend and perform live cases for the annual ISET meeting (International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy) and CIO meeting (Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology). In addition, if selected as a fellow, you will have the opportunity to attend the ISET/CIO meeting the year prior to your fellowship as part of an all expense paid trip.
  9. We have one of the best facilities in the world in which you will serve your fellowship year.


Fellowship Positions

  • Five ACGME accredited vascular and interventional fellowship positions are available each year
  • One neurointerventional fellowship position is available each year


Program Director

James Benenati, M.D.
Program Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Peripheral Vascular Laboratory
Adjunct voluntary faculty, University of South Florida School of Medicine
Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute
8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176


Program Faculty - Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute


Application Process

Five (5) vascular and interventional fellowship positions are available each year. The Institute participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or "The Match." Candidates must apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please note that our program is listed as University of South Florida Morsani Program A - ID# 4271121025. Please make sure you select the correct program. Applications are considered ready for review when the ERAS application is completed and the following documents are submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Wallet-sized color photograph
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • ECFMG Status Report (International Medical Graduates only)
  • Personal statement, including career goals and professional plans
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the program director or chairman of the department. This letter must document the number and length of interventional rotations you have or will have had during your training. An overview of the type of cases you performed with supervision is required.

Requirements for Appointment

United States and Canada Applicants

Graduates of medical schools within the United States and Canada must have the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to the program:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Successful completion of two consecutive years of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Successful completion of USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3 or its equivalent.
  • Board eligible in Diagnostic Radiology. Core Exam must have been taken prior to start of fellowship and a strong preference is given to those who pass.
  • Successful completion of an approved course in ACLS and BLS, an unrestricted valid Florida license to practice medicine in the State of Florida, and a DEA license with a Florida address.

International Applicants

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to the program:

  • Current valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Full unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Full training and board eligibility in Radiology in the U.S.
  • Successful completion of two consecutive years of a diagnostic radiology residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • J-1 visa

Further Information

Please contact Fellowship Coordinator:

Lourdes Santiago
Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute
8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176
Email: LourdesS@baptisthealth.net
Phone: 786-596-5992
Fax: 786-596-2999

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