Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship

The Body Imaging and Intervention fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is an advanced clinically based program for board-eligible physicians who want to acquire expertise in Computed Tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. The program offers an abundance of clinical studies, dedicated faculty and support for a truly individualized educational experience.

The program benefits from having an active clinical practice in a multifaceted health care setting, diverse pathology and a close relationship with our core diagnostic radiology program, which supplements the training experience with educational opportunities across our interdisciplinary teams.

The Body Imaging team is headed by Rola Saouaf, MD and Cindy Kallman, MD, who share in the role of program director and operation of the program. Our team of fellowship trained radiologists has expertise in all applications of body imaging and are committed to developing the medical knowledge, skills and confidence essential to providing independent patient care. 

Rola Saouaf, MD, Program DirectorCindy Kallman, MD, Program Director

We welcome board-eligible candidates who are currently enrolled in or have completed a diagnostic radiology residency from an ACGME-accredited program to apply for the fellowship program.

Fellows participate in cutting edge procedures such as microwave and cryoablation of the lung taught by Peter Julien, MD, a leading authority on pulmonary microwave ablation.  Fellows participate in 2 to 5 ablations per week.  Dedicated MRI training, CT and US and a wealth of image-guided biopsy and drainage procedures offers experience in a large volume and range of procedures.  

When on CT, fellows perform from 5 to 10 CT guided procedures per day. Chest, abdomen and pelvis examinations, as well as MRA and CTA are covered.  MR spectroscopy, congenital heart imaging and MR-guided breast interventions are a few examples of the more advanced studies and procedures performed in the body imaging section. Fellows also participate in cardiac MR in a range of clinical applications. Research is an important attribute to a quality fellowship program and an abundance of research projects are available along with mentoring and support.

The program has a close relationship with the core program and elective time is available in many modalities. The program accepts a maximum of 2 fellows each academic year and our faculty to fellow ratio exceeds the teaching faculty available in most programs.
Fellows present conferences to radiology residents related to their area of training. Teaching responsibility includes reviewing studies with the resident assigned to the service, reviewing procedure cases and participation in resident conference. Conference attendance includes, but is not limited to liver transplant conference, neuroendocrine tumor board, multidisciplinary breast conferences and Cancer Center tumor board.  


Weekday coverage of the reading room is Monday through Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Weekends consist of Saturdays from 8am to 6pm.  Weekday and holiday hours are 12 pm to 8 pm.  Four fellows participate in alternating call.  Fridays are usually covered by an attending.


Moonlighting opportunities are available weekly.  Moonlighting must be approved in writing by the program director and may be withdrawn for any reason.

For consideration of the 2014 or 2015 program:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in or have completed a diagnostic radiology residency from an ACGME or RCPSC-accredited program.  There are no exceptions.
  • Candidates must be board-eligible and possess a California medical license prior to the start of the program.
  • Submit a CV, a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the program director), personal statement and a color passport-sized photo.

Direct inquiries to:

Debbie Kenneybrew
Academic Program Coordinator, Fellowships
(310) 423-4454

Our Fellows

2013-2014: Above left: Lien Doan, MD, Residency:  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

2012-2013: Above left, Irene Dansby, MD,  2012-2013; above right Edward Yi, MD.


2011-2012 Fellows Dalia Artal, MD (above left) and Glenn Groat, MD (above right)

2010-2011: no photos
David Ishimitsu, MD
Residency:  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Natalia Zarzhevsky, MD
Residency:  University of Michigan Health System

2009-2012: Above left, Alfred Sein, MD, Residency:  UC Irvine; above right, Arman Forouzannia, MD, Residency:  Virginia Mason Medical Center

2008-2009: No photo
Chau Huynh, MD
Residency:  New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center

2007-2008: No photo
Dan Lee, MD
Residency:  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center