Pediatric Radiology Fellowship

The program is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.  There is also an unexpected opening for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Please contact Sumit Pruthi MD or for more information.

Benefits and Stipend
Hospital and Community
Handbook and Policies


The Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Radiology Section offer a one year fellowship experience, with an optional second year. With our 2 accredited ACGME positions, we offer participation in all modalities including radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, MR, and nuclear medicine. Pediatric subspecialties include musculoskeletal imaging , neuroradiology, interventional radiology.  Services include fetal MR.

We have a large service, and we see up to 120,000 cases per year.  Because of our common reading room, our fellows can see every single interesting case in a given day, taking advantage of this more intimate reading room setting. During their rotations, our fellows become ambassadors, and “the face” of pediatric radiology to our clinicians, discussing cases during conferences, and aiding imaging planning when clinicians come to the reading room for help.  

We are a tertiary referral center and the major children’s hospital for Middle Tennessee, and therefore we have a wide spectrum of cases. 


A formal application is required, including letters of reference from faculty at the applicant's residency program. Please email for information regarding application. The applicant must be board eligible.

Benefits and Stipend

The Office of Graduate Medical Education webpage keeps a current posting of house officers’ salaries and benefits. Their webpage also has other resources for house officers.


We have the opportunity for additional subspecialty training in nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, neuroradiology and musculoskeletal imaging, and have faculty with additional accreditation and training in these areas. The specific interests and needs of the fellow can be accommodated during this one year experience, or further pursued during a second year, if the candidate so chooses.  See our complete faculty web page

Hospital and Community

Our division prides itself on an outstanding working relationship with our referring physicians, both centered at Vanderbilt Children’s hospital (VCH) and in the community.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is a free standing, full service children’s hospital, with services ranging from primary care to neonatology to ECMO and transplantation. We have a full gamut of subspecialist clinicians, and these physicians’ practices generate a full radiologic experience. Our colleagues in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, pediatric urologic surgery, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric hematology/ oncology (and many more) provide a full service children’s hospital and an outstanding center for medical education.  

We serve our referring pediatricians with pride, and offer “peds out” services, which is a way for pediatricians to receive imaging results quickly, while the family is still in the department, in order to expedite treatment and management of common conditions, such as cough and fever, pneumonia, injury and fractures.


The Vanderbilt radiology residents, rotate through Pediatric Radiology, and our fellows help to educate the residents and medical students, with noon teaching conferences and daily teaching in the reading room.

Our fellow(s) are involved in multiple multidisciplinary conferences, presenting the imaging portion of the patient discussion.

Weekly conferences include:

  • Surgical conference
  • Pulmonary conference
  • Tumor board with hematology/oncology, pathology, and surgeons
  • Fetal Care conference

Monthly conferences:

  • Gastrointestinal conference
  • Vascular malformations

Bi Monthly conferences:

  • Brain tumor board
  • Neurovascular conference
  • Pediatric epilepsy conference
  • Teleconference with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital


Our fellows participate in scholarly projects. We have faculty with a wide variety of interests, and can aid in the completion of at least one project within the one year time frame. The Institute of Imaging Science, which is part of the Radiology Department, provides additional unique opportunities for research and development and to pursue interests in advanced imaging.

 We aim to have at least one scholarly project submitted to a national meeting, such as the meeting of the Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR), which also allows for attendance at the meeting. Protected academic time is available.

Sample of Recent Projects of our Fellows:

  • Intraoperative Ultrasound Use in Children with Brachial Plexus Birth Injury and Glenohumeral Instability: A Case Series. F. Daniel Dunnavant MD, Melissa A. Hilmes MD, Christopher M. Stutz MD, Jason Hooper BS, RDMS, RVT. Electronic exhibit, presented at the 2014 meeting of the SPR
  • Human metapneumovirus: radiographic findings and clinical correlation. F. Daniel Dunnavant MD, Wendy Ellis MD, Sudha Singh MD, Melissa Hilmes MD, John Williams MD. Oral presentation, presented at the 2014 meeting of the SPR
  • Wilms tumor and beyond: Radiologic pathologic correlation of renal masses. Renee Bonetti MD, Sumit Pruthi MD, Marta Hernanz-Schulman Mi. Electronic exhibit, presented at the 2013 meeting of the SPR
  • Hydrocephalus: an imaging update. Wendy Ellis MD, Sudha Singh MD, Sumit Pruthi MD. Electronic exhibit, presented at the 2012 meeting of the SPR


Upon graduation, our fellows are fully prepared to take on any pediatric radiology practice, whether in an academic or in private practice setting, having gained a vast experience in pediatric radiology. Our fellows are candidates for the Certificate of Added Qualification in pediatric radiology and are candidates for full membership in the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR).