Diagnostic Radiology

The Diagnostic Radiology residency training program at Bridgeport Hospital is an ACGME accredited four-year residency training program approved for 16 residents. We participate in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) administrated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) after application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Bridgeport Hospital is a member of the Yale New Haven Health System, and is a private, not-for profit acute care community hospital with 383 licensed beds, plus 42 beds licensed under Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Residents are exposed to a variety of patients from the community with a wide range of medical needs. Both the inpatient and outpatient population reflect the diseases of the diverse immigrant populations represented in the Greater Bridgeport area. In addition, the hospital serves a large middle and upper-middle class residential community from Fairfield County. The diversity of the patient population ensures that residents experience a wide range of disease entities.

With 31 subspecialty-trained faculty members, our residents receive the hands-on training skills necessary to become excellent radiologists. Our goal is to fulfill the ACGME core competencies, from medical knowledge to patient care, and prepare our residents for the American Board of Radiology exams. We strive to train our residents to be excellent radiologists and exceptional teachers.

We wish you all the best in your medical career. Please feel free to contact us at 203-384-3834 should you have any questions about our program.

Noel B. Velasco, MD  
Program Director
Scott C. Williams, MD  
Associate Program Director
Khaleila Thompson
Program Coordinator

Our residency program is designed to give gradual increased responsibility to our residents in all of the many subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology. It is important to undertake the multiple specialties gradually so that the acquired skills are maintained during the entire residency. With occasional minor variations, residents may expect the following rotations, which includes elective rotations at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology, Yale New Haven Hospital for Pediatrics and Nuclear Medicine, and an off-site women’s imaging center.

First-year resident

Angiography/Interventional 4 weeks
Bone 4-8 weeks
Chest 4-8 weeks
Computed Tomography (includes Neuroradiology 8 weeks
Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary 4-8 weeks
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (includes Neuroradiology  4 weeks
Mammography 4 weeks
Nuclear Medicine 4-8 weeks
Pediatrics 4-8 weeks
Ultrasound 8 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Second-year resident

Angiography/Interventional 4 weeks
Bone 4-8 weeks
Chest 4-8 weeks
Computed Tomography (includes Neuroradiology) 4-8 weeks
Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary 4 weeks
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (includes Neuroradiology) 4-8 weeks
Mammography 4-8 weeks
Nuclear Medicine 4-8 weeks
Pediatrics 4-8 weeks
Ultrasound 4-8 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Third-year resident

Angiography/Interventional 4 weeks
Bone 4 weeks
Chest 4 weeks
Computed Tomography (includes Neuroradiology) 4 weeks
Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary 4 weeks
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (includes Neuroradiology)  8 weeks
Mammography 4-8 weeks
Nuclear Medicine 4-8 weeks
Pediatrics 4-8 weeks
Ultrasound/OB US 4-6 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Fourth-year resident

Bone 4 weeks
Chest 4-8 weeks
Computed Tomography (includes Neuroradiology) 4 weeks
Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary 2-6 weeks
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (includes Neuroradiology)  8 weeks
Mammography 4-8 weeks
Nuclear Medicine 4-8 weeks
OP Mammo 4 weeks
Pediatrics 4-8 weeks
Ultrasound/OB US 4-8 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

As part of their training, residents in the Diagnostic Radiology residency are provided with free access to online educational systems, i.e. STATdx, RADPrimer and e-Anatomy. STATdx is a digital, clinical decision support system that helps physicians make fast, accurate diagnoses in complex cases. RADPrimer provides residents and program directors with tools to assess and track imaging knowledge in the core disciplines of Radiology, and E-Anatomy is an award-winning online atlas of the human anatomy.

2018

Dr. Waqaar Ahmad, Interventional Radiology, University of Iowa

Dr. Sreelatha Divity, Body Imaging, Emory University

Dr. Kusum Hooda, Breast Imaging, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Shuo Li, Interventional Radiology, Jackson Memorial Hospital

2017


Dr. Melkamu Adeb, Abdominal Imaging, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Daichi Hayashi, Musculoskeletal, SUNY Stonybrook

Dr. Nisarg Parikh, Abdominal Imaging, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Salil Sharma, Private Practice

2016


Dr. Dara Fedele, Breast Imaging, Mallinckrodt Institute

Dr. Fang Lu, Pediatric Radiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Laura Miller, Abdominal Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess

2015


Dr. Michael Akinyemi, Interventional Radiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Rajoo Dhangana, Interventional Radiology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Neuroradiology, University of Minnesota (2009-10); Abdominal Imaging, Jackson Memorial Hospital (2008-09)

Dr. Ankitiumar Shah, Interventional Radiology, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston



A typical weekly conference schedule would include 10 conferences, including multi-disciplinary conference and didactic lectures from faculty and outside lectures. A sample of our weekly multi-disciplinary tumor conferences might include:
January 11 Cervix
  18 Head & Neck
  25 Multidisciplinary
 
February 1 Hematology
  8 National Cancer Prevention Month
  22 Multidisciplinary
 
March 8 Colorectal/Kidney
  15 Head & Neck
  22 Multidisciplinary
 
April 12 Head & Neck/Testicular/Esophageal
  26 Multidisciplinary
 
May 10 Brain/Skin/ Melanoma
  17 Head & Neck
  24 No conference, holiday
 
June 14 Cancer Survivor Day
  28 Multidisciplinary
 
July 12 Bladder/Sarcoma
  19 Head & Neck
  26 Multidisciplinary
 
August 9 Open
  23 Multidisciplinary
 
September 13 GYN/Hodgkin’s Lymphoma/Leukemia/Multiple Myeloma/Ovarian/Thyroid/Prostate
  20 Head & Neck
  27 Multidisciplinary
 
October 11 Breast/Liver
  24 Multidisciplinary
 
November 8 Lung/Carcinoid/Pancreatic/Stomach
  15 Head & Neck
  22 Multidisciplinary
 
December 13 Open
  27 No conference, holiday

PGY-5

Ahmadreza Ghasemiesfe, MD
Puneet Kochar, MD
Pranav Sharma, MD
Rami Sulaiman, MD

PGY-4

Muhammad Umer Afzaal, MD
Gunjan Garg, MD
Rahul Hegde, MD
Harpeet Sawhney, MD

PGY-3

Mohamed Elbanan, MD
Megha Kureti, MD
Mohammed Osman, MD
Amir Rahspar, MD

PGY-2

Anas Bamashmos, MD
Ashkan Behzadi,MD
Kareem Elfatairy, MD
Ayah Megahed, MD



The Radiology Department is a fully digitalized department equipped with two (2) 16-slice CT scanners and a 1.5 Tesla MR scanner. The department includes a modern angiographic suite and a suite for uroradiologic procedures. Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine units offer high-tech equipment for gray-scale ultrasonography and isotopic studies, including two gamma cameras, all digital with SPECT capabilities and computer software dedicated to computerized flow and quantitative radioisotopic procedures. The department is also equipped with a digital mammography and digital stereotactic breast biopsy systems, with tomosynthesis expected within the next year,

A state of the art Radiology information system maintains all orders, results and statistics for the entire department, and this information system is interfaced with the entire Yale New Haven Health System information system for improved patient care. Filmless images from the PACS system can be viewed not only in the Radiology Department, but in all other related clinical and education areas throughout the hospital.

PRESENTATIONS

Abdelbaki A, Hayashi D, Bhatt N, Abdelbaki S, et al. Clinical audit of standardized handover process in interventional radiology: Implementation of a new tool for improving communication and patient safety. Educational exhibit at the RSNA 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago IL; November 26-December 1, 2017.

Abdelbaki A, Ghasemiesfe AR, Bhatt N, Li S, Jacob J, et al. Efficacy and safety of percutaneous CT guided celiac plexus neurolysis block in treating intractable abdominal pain. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Abdelbaki A, Ghasemiesfe AR, Bhatt N, Valles F, DiBartholomeo T. Single center experience in the management of latrogenic femoral pseudoaneurism: A retrospective analysis. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Abdelbaki A, Ghasemiesfe AR, Bhatt N, Suliman R, DiBartholomeo T. CT guided interscalene brachial plexus block for the management of thoracic outlet syndrome. Electronic exhibit at the 118th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Washington, DC; April 22-27, 2018.

Afzaal MU, Ghasemiesfe AR, Sawhney HS, Kochar PS, Marrinan, GB. Penetrating Pelvic Trauma:  What Every Radiology Resident Should Know. Electronic exhibit at the 119th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Honolulu, HI; May 5-10, 2019.

Bhatt N, Abdelbaki A, Sulaiman R, DiBartholomeo T. CT guided percutaneous scaroplasty in the management of sacral insufficiency fractures. Electronic exhibit at the 118th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Washington, DC; April 22-27, 2018.

Ghasemiesfe AR, Abdelbaki A, Sharma P, Marrinan G. MR Arthrography of Shoulder. A case-based approach to glenoid labral tears. Electronic exhibit at the 118th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Washington, DC; April 22-27, 2018.

Ghasemiesfe AR, Rahsepar AA, Abdelbaki A, Marrinan GB. Pulmonary Vein Mapping. Common and Uncommon Imaging Findings. What clinicians want to know!  Poster presentation at the 2019 Bridgeport Hospital Science and Education Day, Bridgeport, CT; April 25, 2019.

Ghasemiesfe AR, Sharma P, Kochar PS, Smith SD. Labral tears and femoroacetabular impingement syndrome: What radiology residents should know! Electronic poster at the Association of University Radiologists 66th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL; May 7-10, 2018.

Hedge R. Imaging spectrum of the pathologies of the pons. Electronic exhibit at the 118th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Washington, DC; April 22-27, 2018.

Hegde R, Kochar PS, Rosovsky MA. Imaging Spectrum of Cystic Parotid Lesions. Poster presentation at the 2019 Bridgeport Hospital Science and Education Day, Bridgeport, CT; April 25, 2019.

Hegde R, Sharma P, Sawhney HS, Cohen S. Gastric Pneumatosis: Benign and Life-Threatening Conditions. Poster presentation at the SAR 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting and Educational Course, Orlando, FL; March 17-22, 2019.

Jacob J, Ghasemiesfe A, Abdelbaki A, Valles F, Bhatt N, et al. SAM or MALS, which is it? Case discussion, overview of the disease entities, angiography and treatment. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Jacob J, Rotem E. Didactic lectures in uterine artery embolization and uterine vein embolization can help OBGYN physicians provide better card for patients. ePoster presentation at the ACR 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.; May 19-23, 2019. 

Jacob J, Valles F, Kumar Y, Ahmad W, Akinyemi M, et al. Pre-operative CT guided lung nodule wire and radiolabeled localization, A single institution experience. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Kochar PS, Sawhney HS, Sharma P, Pirreca C, Schwartz DS. Sonographic Diagnosis of Neonatal Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis. Poster presentation at 2019 Bridgeport Hospital Science & Education Day, Bridgeport, CT; April 25, 2019.

Kochar P, Sawhney H, Sharma P, Smith SD. Sulci and cyri identification made easy: utilization of various signs on MR Imaging. Electronic poster at the Association of University Radiologists 66th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL; May 7-10, 2018.

Kochar P, Soin P, Sharma P, Pirreca C, Schwartz DS. Sonographic Diagnosis of Neonatal Cerebral Venous sinus Thrombosis. 1st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR), New Orleans, LA; January 18-20, 2019.

Lazaga F, Khan S, Williams SC.  Hyperparathyroidism-Jaw Tumor Syndrome: What the Radiologist Needs to Know.  Electronic exhibit at the 119th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Honolulu, HI; May 5-10, 2019.

Lazaga F, Sawhney HS, Rosovsky MA. Nndolymphatic Sac Tumors:  What the Radiologist Needs to Know. Electronic exhibit at the 119th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Honolulu, HI; May 5-10, 2019.

Lazaga FJ. Kumar Y. Small Bowel Obstruction from Internal and External Hernias: An Approach to Imaging Interpretation. Poster presentation at RSNA 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; Nov. 25-30, 2018.

Li S. Imaging findings of cystic adventitial disease. Electronic exhibit at the 118th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Washington, DC; April 22-27, 2018.

Rahsepar AA, Ghasemiesfe AR, Suwa K, Marrinan G. How Can Cloud Storage Platforms Help Scientists to Work Even More Efficiently? Oral presentation at the Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA) 26th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; May 24-May 26, 2019.

Sawhney HS, Kochar PS, Sharma P, Sulaiman R, Velasco NB. Polyembolokoilamania: Role of Imaging in Diagnosis and Management. Electronic presentation at 119th Annual Meeting of the ARRS, Honolulu, HI; May 5-10, 2019.

Sharma P, Kochar P, Sulaiman R, Hughes T. Y90 checklist for radiation safety in hepatic chemoembolization. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Sharma P, Kochar P, Yadav A, Rotem E. CT guided percutaneous drainage in necrotizing pancreatitis - Highly successful in appropriately selected patients. Educational exhibit at the 43rd SIR Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA; March 17-22, 2018.

Sharma P, Kochar PS, Sulaiman R, Ghasemiesfe AR, Smith SD. Mimicking Appendicitis—Case Based Pictorial Review. Electronic poster at the RSNA 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; Nov. 25-30, 2018.

Sharma P, Kochar PS, Sulaiman R, Ghasemiesfe AR, Smith SD. Radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: Essentials for radiologists. Electronic poster at the Association of University Radiologists 66th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL; May 7-10, 2018.

Sharma P, Gandhi D, Kochar P, Kumar Y, Pucar D, et al. Brain FDG PET and its role in diagnosis of various dementia syndromes using altered FDG metabolisms. Educational exhibit at the ASNR Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada; June 4-7, 2018.

PUBLICATIONS

Abdelbaki A, Assani S, Bhatt N, Karol I, Feldman A. Retained wooden foreign body in the second metatarsal. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2018 Mar;108(2):168-171.

Abdelbaki A, Bhatt N,  Gupta N, Li S, Abdelbaki S, et al. Complicated jejunal diverticulosis: Report of three cases and review of the literature. Connecticut Medicine 2018.

Abdelbaki A, Bhatt N,  Gupta N, Li S, Abdelbaki S, et al. Emphysematous osteomyelitis of the forefoot. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2017 Dec 8;31(1):100-101.

Barbon DA, Hegde R, Li S., et al.  Bilateral external auditory exostoses causing conductive hearing loss:  A case report and literature review of the surfer’s ear. Cureus 9(10): e1810.

Chanana C, Gupta N, Bansal I, Hooda K, Sharma P, et al.  Different sonographic faces of ectopic pregnancy.  J Clin Imaging Sci. 2017 Feb 20;7:6.

Diviti S, Gupta N, Hooda K, Sharma K, Lo L.  Morel-Lavallee Lesions-Review of Pathophysiology, Clinical Findings, Imaging Findings and Management.  Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online]2017 Apr[cited:2017 Jul 26] 04 TE01 - TE04

Golestanirad L, Rahsepar AA, Kirsch JE, Suwa K, Collins JC, etal. Changes in the specific absorption rate (SAR) of radiofrequency energy in patients with retained cardiac leads during MRI at 1.5T and 3T. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019;81(1):653-669.

Goyal P, Gandhi D, Gupta S, Li S, Kumar Y, et al.  Elastofibroma dorsi. Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center) 2017;30(3):340-342.

Gupta N, Bhatt N, Bansal I, Li S, Kumar Y. Tennis players and water polo athletes now have something in common to talk about: MRI findings of extensor carpi ulnaris chronic subsheath injury. Cureus. 2018 Apr 16;10(4):e2489.

Gupta N, Devgan A, Bansal I, Olsavsky T, Li S, et al. Usefulness of Radium-223 in patients with bone metastases. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2017;30(4):424–426.

Gupta N, Goyal P, Bansal I, Li S, Kumar Y, et al. Modified palliative biliary stenting in situs inversus totalis patient with carcinoma gallbladder: Feasibility and technical details. Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol 2017;2:27.

Gupta S, Goyal P, Sharma P, Soin P, Kochar PS. Recurrent diabetic myonecrosis-an under-diagnosed cause of acute painful swollen limp in long standing diabetics. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2018 Sep;35:141-145. doi:10.1016/j.amsu.2018.09.003. PMID:30302243

Gupta N, Grover H, Bansal I, Hooda K, Sapire JM, et al. Neonatal cranial sonography: Ultrasound findings in neonatal meningitis-a pictorial review.  Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2017 Feb;7(1):123-131.

Goyal P, Tenenbaum M, Gupta S, Kochar PS, et al. Survival prediction based on qualitative MRI diffusion signature in patients with recurrent high grade glioma treated with bevacizumab. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2018 Apr;8(3):268-279.

Hegde R, Li S, Gupta N, Cohen S. Aortic intramural hemorrhage secondary to penetration atherosclerotic ulcers. Am J Med Sci. 2018 Feb;355(2):e5.

Khrichenko D, Saul D, Adeb M, Jaimes C, Betts KN, et al. Intra- and inter-observer variability of functional MR urography (fMRU) assessment in Children.  Pediatr Radiol. 2016 May; 46(5):666-73. doi: 10.1007/s00247-015-3532-4. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

Kochar PS, Kumar Y, Sharma P, Kumar V, Gupta N, et al. Isolated medial longitudinal fasciculus syndrome: Review of imaging, anatomy, psychopathology and differential diagnosis. Neuroradiol J. 2018 Feb;31(1);95-99.

Kochar PS, Soin P, Sharma P, Goyal P, Garg G, etal. Small bowel ascariasis: A rare clinical entity in United States. Connecticut Journal of Medicine, 2018;82(8):463-467.

Kumar Y, Hayashi D. Role of magnetic resonance imaging in acute spinal trauma: A pictoral review. BMC Musculoskeletal Disrod. 2016 Jul 22:17(1):310.

Kumar Y, Hayashi D, Hooda K, Lo L, Karol I. Longitudinal stress fracture of the femur: A rare entity. Connecticut Medicine 2017;81(1):31-33.

Kumar Y, Sharma P, Bhatt N, Hooda K. Transarterial therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma: A comprehensive review with current updates and future directions. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2016;17(2):473-8.

Lazaga FJ, Sharma S, Li S, Abdelbaki A, Kumar Y. Kipple-Feil syndrome with bilateral spengel deformities, omovertebral bones and ear abnormalities. ACR Case in Point; Feb 27, 2018.

Li S, Garg G, Goyal B, Abdelbaki A, Hegde R, etal. Rhombencephalitis in cocaine-induced nasal septal perforation and skull base erosion. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, DOI:10.1080/08998280.2018.1536586.

Li S, Goyal B, Cooper JD, Abdelbaki A, Gupta N, etal. Splenic rupture from babesiosis, an emerging concern? A systematic review of current literature. Ticks and Tick Born Diseases 2018 Sep;9(6):1377-1382. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.06.004. Epub 2018 Jun 12. 

Mangla R, Mangla M, Li S, Abdelbaki A, Bansal I, Kumar A, Kumar Y. (2018): Dedifferentiated parosteal osteosarcoma of the calvaria, Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, https://doi.org/10.1080/08998280.2017.1391047.

Patel H, Abdelbaki A, Steenbergen P, Li S. Know the name: Acute epiploic appendagitis - CT findings and review of the literature. AME Case Reports. March 2018.

Rahsepar AA, Ghasemiesfe AR, Suwa K, Dolan RS, Shehata ML, etal. Comprehensive evaluation of macroscopic and microscopic myocardial fibrosis by cardiac MR: Intra-individual comparison of gadobutrol versus gadoterate meglumine. Eur Radiol. 2019 Jan 7. doi:10.1007/s00330-018-5956-3. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:30617490

Sharma P, Kochar PS, Sharma S, Gupta N, Li S, Hooda K, Kumar Y. A case of pulmonary arteriovenous malformation: Role of interventional radiology in diagnosis and treatment. Ann Transl Med 2017.

Sharma P, Sharma S, Yadav A, Rotem E. CT Guided Percutaneous Drainage in Necrotizing Pancreatitis – Highly Successful In Appropriately Selected Patients - Single Center Experience. Journal of the Pancreas. 2019 Jan;20(1):291-96.

Soin P, Afzaal MU, Sharma P, Kochar PS. Isolated spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea as a rare presentation of idiopathic intracranial hypertension: Case reports with comprehensive review of literature. Indian J. Radiol Imaging. 2018 Oct-Dec;28(4):406-411. doi: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_228_18. PMID:3066220

Soin P, Sharma P, Kochar PS. Pancreatic Echinococcosis. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. 2019;1:1-3.

Soin P, Sharma P, Goyal P, Kochar PS. Isolated Intraparenchymal Tension Pnemocephalus. 2018 Oct 2;3(4):537-538.