Matthew Heller, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Radiology Residency Program

Nikhil Amesur, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Contact Information:
Trish Martino
Academic Manager

Residency Program

The Radiology Residency Program at UPMC has been carefully designed to provide a superb academic experience and nurturing environment for trainees that they will draw from throughout their medical careers. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education currently accredits our program for 60 residents. The residency is four years in length, consisting of rotations through all subspecialties of radiology.

Residents spend approximately 50 percent of their time at UPMC Presbyterian, the flagship hospital of the UPMC health system and one of the top hospitals in the country. Rotations are also done at UPMC Shadyside, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the University Drive VA Hospital. All residents also participate in the four-week course in radiologic-pathologic correlation at the ACR/AIRP in Washington, D.C. This curriculum complies with the ACGME requirements.

Radiology residency positions nationwide have become increasingly competitive over the last several years, and our radiology residents compare favorably with those from any other program in the country. Quantifiable measures of our residents’ performance include written and oral American Board of Radiology examinations and the annual American College of Radiology (ACR) Diagnostic Radiology In-service Examination. Over the past decade, the mean performance of University of Pittsburgh radiology residents on these standardized examinations has been consistently excellent. Our unparalleled caseload and traversed patient mix allows us to easily meet all newly instituted ACGME requirements for radiology residency training programs. Our department is currently ranked 11th in the nation in NIH grant funding for radiology departments allowing ample opportunities for academic research. Accordingly, the Radiology Residency Program is well represented at multiple major radiology meetings yearly by residents' scientific presentations and exhibits including the two largest national radiology meetings — the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), as well as other subspecialty conferences throughout the U.S. Many of our residents have also participated in publications in peer-reviewed journals including Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology. In addition, all residents attend the RSNA meeting in Chicago during their first or second year.

The majority of our residents undertake subspecialty fellowship training following the completion of their residencies. Our residents consistently obtain fellowship positions at leading institutions across the country. Many have then gone on to academic positions at various institutions, but our residents are equally well-suited for careers in community radiology.

Radiology Residency Program - Mission Statement The radiology faculty and staff at UPMC are dedicated to providing an unparalleled academic and clinical experience in a supportive environment for trainees. It is our goal that the radiology family at UPMC will continue to be a resource our graduates will draw from throughout their medical careers.

The program consists of rotations in all of the subspecialties of radiology where residents interact closely with nationally recognized academic radiologists and clinicians to maximize their training in a collegial, comfortable, state-of-the-art facility. Training focuses on excellence in clinical care, research, and teaching while fostering the individual interests and talents of residents. The various radiology divisions regularly provide services across institutional/hospital lines throughout UPMC to assure uniform excellence of clinical care and teaching.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Radiology is committed to training the finest radiologists in the country. All department graduates will be well prepared for eventual careers in community or academic medicine.