Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program

The Independent IR residency program has replaced the IR fellowship as the option for subspecialized IR training after completion of a diagnostic radiology residency. PGY-4 DR residents may apply to the residency through ERAS with the match taking place the following spring and eventual matriculation occurs after completion of the PGY-5 year. UCSF will accept up to 4 Independent Residents per year.

The UCSF Interventional Radiology Section is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion as these remain vital to the practice of minimally invasive image guided therapies for patients, trainees, faculty and workforce. The principles of equity and inclusion, as rooted in our anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobic programmatic values, are essential to the educational mission of our fellowship. Our curriculum and educational practices reflect our ongoing commitment to dismantling structures of power, oppression and privilege within graduate medical education, and in recruitment practices to the specialty of Interventional Radiology. Our aim is to create a safe and equitable learning environment for all members to thrive. 

Educational Program

The Independent Residency is either a one or two-year training program. DR residents that complete a certified Early Specialization in IR (ESIR) curriculum during their DR residency are eligible for a 1-year Independent Residency. An ESIR curriculum includes completion of 500 procedures and 8 months of IR (or IR related) rotations in the PGY-5 year plus an ICU rotation. DR residents that do not complete an ESIR curriculum during their residency are eligible for a 2-year Independent Residency. UCSF’s Independent IR Residency program includes IR rotations at 3 campuses (Moffitt-Long, Mission Bay and Mt. Zion) as well as rotations on the Vascular Surgery service and in the IR clinic.

IR Faculty

The IR faculty consists of seven full-time Interventional Radiologists under the direction of Dr. Maureen Kohi, the IR section chief and Evan Lehrman, the IR residency program director.

Application Process

Summary of Application Process For Residents Entering July 2024


  • Application Deadline: December 16, 2022
  • Interview Notification By: December 30, 2022
  • Interview Dates: February 2023 with dates TBD (All Interviews will be virtual)
  • Rank Order List Deadline: TBD
  • Match Day: TBD
  • Start of Residency: July 1, 2024

Application Procedures

UCSF Application Deadline: December 16, 2022

The Independent IR residency is part of the ERAS ACGME Fellowship December cycle. The December fellowship application cycle allows applicants to start applying to programs as soon as November 16, 2022.

UCSF's application deadline is December 16, 2022. UCSF Interventional Radiology participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and all positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program.

UCSF Interventional Radiology will be accepting applications in both the ESIR and Non-ESIR tracks in ERAS. Candidates should only apply through one training track. ESIR candidates that are willing to train for two years as an independent IR resident can indicate this in their personal statement.

ESIR candidates must use the standardized letter template "ESIR Applicant Diagnostic Radiology Program Director Standardized Letter of Recommendation" in their ERAS application to submit ESIR verification. No verification documents will be accepted outside of ERAS. the ESIR letter template is available from the Society of Interventional Radiology. 

The following information will be required to complete your online application: Current CV, personal statement, digital headshot, copies of USMLE scores or equivalent, i.e. LMCC, and three current letters of recommendations (one must be from your current program director).


We want you to have a pleasant and informative visit to UCSF. We suggest that you look upon the interview day as an opportunity to find out more about our department -- the people, programs, and facilities -- and to help us learn about you. Feel free to ask questions, and please let us know if we can assist you in any way.


During recruitment for July 2024 positions, you will have the opportunity to virtually meet the Program Director, learn about the program, interact with current trainees, see a didactic conference, and discover research opportunities. We host our virtual interviews using Zoom and utilize breakout rooms for our one-on-one interviews.

Second Visits

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for second visits or "second looks".  After your interview, if you have additional questions about the department, please email or call your interviewers, the program director or the residents.

Independent Interventional Radiology Residency Program Directors


Assistant Professor
Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Programs
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director of the Interventional Radiology Residency
Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology