Program for Matched Interventional Radiology

Applicants pursuing a career in Interventional Radiology have been increasingly interested in a preliminary year in General Surgery at the University of Washington. This heightened interest in a preliminary year in Surgery makes perfect sense given: (a) the congruent interests in human anatomy present in our two fields, (b) the opportunity as a surgical resident to see 3-D anatomy in its normal and pathologic states in the OR and correlate this with peri-operative imaging, (c) the ability for an internship in general surgery to provide the future Interventional Radiologist with a broad-based foundation in the surgical specialties and in pre/post-procedural care, (d) the close working relationship and team approach required by Interventional Radiologists and Surgeons every day for the excellent care of their patients, and (e) development of technical procedural skills. With this in mind, the University of Washington Department of Surgery developed a Designated Preliminary Program designed specifically for future Interventional Radiologists.

We are proud of our training program as being one of the top in the U.S. and at the same time valuing an atmosphere of camaraderie, mutual respect and high resident morale. Our faculty represents many of the Who’s Who in American surgery. We take pride in treating all of our residents equally – whether categorical or preliminary. Due to the overwhelming success of this program it has become very popular.


Rotations are chosen with a focus on providing a broad based experience in some of the general surgery specialties (GI/Colorectal, Vascular/Endovascular, CT, ICU, Trauma, Breast, Surgical Oncology, and EM) and the sub-specialties (Orthopedic and Neurosurgery) in both the elective and trauma settings. The Program Director is open to accept limited special rotation requests within the pool of options. Most of the time we are able to accommodate them.

Information for applicants to UW Interventional Radiology Program

Although not a requirement, the UW IR Program Director strongly recommends that those applicants applying to the UW IR Residency fulfill their internship requirement in surgery, and he encourages application to the UW General Surgery Program. A separate application for your preliminary year is required through ERAS. Residents coming from other areas of the country often want to move to Seattle and get familiar with our hospital systems and start developing important relationships at the UW which are extremely beneficial and will carry over into IR training.