Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD

Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD
Program Director
(310) 267-8773
[email protected]

Aarti Luhar, MD

Aarti Luhar, MD
Associate Program Director
[email protected]

The UCLA independent IR residency is a one-year or two-year program accredited in good standing with the ACGME. One to two independent IR residents are recruited each year. The program is similar in most respects to our IR fellowship program which sunsets in June 2020; our first independent IR residents will begin July 2020. We are accepting applications from 1/1/2019 to 4/1/2019. 

The independent IR residency program provides excellent experience in all facets of interventional radiology:

  1. Interventional oncology (including TACE, Y90, portal vein embolization, thermal and cryo-ablation, IRE)
  2. Peripheral vascular disease (including angioplasty, stents, drug-eluting stents, drug-eluting balloons)
  3. Venous disease (including DVT treatment, IVC and SVC recanalization, IVC filter placement and retrieval, and varicose veins)
  4. A multidisciplinary fibroid treatment program (including UFE and HIFU)
  5. A multidisciplinary HHT treatment program (including pulmonary angiography and embolizations)
  6. Dedicated experience in pediatric IR (with a pediatric IR specialist at the largest Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles)
  7. Portal interventions including liver transplant interventions (including TIPS, BRTO, CARTO)
  8. Thrombolysis (including venous and arterial lysis, interventional PE treatment, and mechanical and pharmacologic methods)
  9. Embolization (including renal, splenic, hepatic, prostate, pre-operative, etc)
  10. Trauma (level 1 trauma center)

Residents rotate through 8 rotations over the course of the year, to provide experience in a very wide array of procedures and practice settings:

  1. IR3 rotation at Ronald Reagan Hospital (main angio suite for complex procedures at RRH)
  2. SMH IR at Santa Monica Hospital (main angio suite for complex procedures at SMH)
  3. CSIR (cross-sectional interventions including biopsies, drainages, and cryo, radiofrequency, and microwave ablation of tumors in the lung, liver, kidney and elsewhere)
  4. VA IR at the West Los Angeles VA hospital (tertiary care VA hospital with a wide array of peripheral vascular and other interventions)
  5. IR1/MB rotation (split time between the secondary angio suite at RRH for a wide array of procedures, and the Manhattan Beach outpatient imaging center with experience in varicose vein evaluation and treatment)
  6. CHLA IR at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (tertiary care pediatric hospital with a wide variety of pediatric interventions including AVM treatment)
  7. Clinic (dedicated outpatient IR clinic with high volume of pre-procedure consultations and post-procedure follow-ups for all types of IR procedures)
  8. ACI (acute care imaging rotation)

The IR independent residency stands out as offering an extremely well-rounded IR training experience in a collaborative and pleasant environment, and our trainees are extremely well-prepared for job opportunities in both academic and community practice.


Contact Information

For fellowships:

Evelyn Velasco
Fellowship Coordinator
[email protected]
TEL: (310) 267-8785
FAX: (310) 267-2059

For credential verification:

Christine Hanna
Education Coordinator
[email protected]
TEL: (310) 270-8542