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Department Of Radiology


Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Radiology residency at Columbia University Medical Center, where our department's rich history provides a strong foundation upon which we have developed a state-of-the-art radiology program.

At Columbia Radiology, we train 21st century radiologists to become integral members of a medical team.  Not only do our residents gain competency in traditional radiology settings, but they also develop the equally important non-interpretive and digital literacy skills that help them become compassionate care providers who are leaders in their field. 

Columbia serves as a major tertiary care center for the tri-state area and nationwide. We also serve as a primary care institution for the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.  Our strong reputation extends worldwide, bringing us a large network of international patients.  Through these different venues our residents encounter a great diversity of pathology and gain exposure to both common and rare cases across all specialties.  Finally, the presence of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York (CHONY) ensures exceptional training in pediatric imaging.  As a result, our residents are exceptionally well prepared for careers in academic radiology and private practice.

Our training program is structured so that our residents can maintain a flexible curriculum while also satisfying the format and timeline requirements of the new American Board of Radiology examinations.  The fourth, final year of diagnostic training is often devoted to personal educational pursuits such as sub-specialization in one or more fields, procedures or research.

Research participation is integral to our residents' overall education.  Many members of our faculty have served on editorial boards of numerous radiology journals and as executive members of various radiological societies. All of our residents participate in a yearly research rotation where they explore opportunities within the department and Columbia University, and several have received RSNA grants.  Most of our residents routinely deliver scientific paper and poster presentations at national and international meetings, which are funded by the department.

Our teaching mission is also an important part of the program. Residents closely work with and teach the exceptional students from Columbia University Medical School who rotate through the department. For those who lean towards an academic career, these frequent educational sessions provide a solid foundation with which to hone teaching technique both in the classroom setting as well as at the workstation. Many of the students cite their experience with our residents as a significant contributing factor to why they themselves choose a Radiology residency!

Columbia Radiology is proud to offer imaging services to international communities in need. The Columbia chapter of RadAid is dedicated to providing offsite CT scan interpretation for patients in Haiti and onsite breast imaging services in India. Several of our attending radiologists and residents have traveled to these sites to offer services.

Thank you for your interest in our program.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us directly or through our program administrator, Madeline Mateo, at 212 305-4928 or

Elise Desperito, MD

Rama Ayyala, MD