IR/DR Residency Program

The Vascular & Interventional Radiology Division offers positions in an ACGME accredited IR/DR Integrated and Independent residency programs. The section, which is staffed by five faculty members, cares for more than 6,000 patients and performs over 8,000 procedures per year. The VIR Division features six state-of-the-art angiography suites, a hybrid OR, two dedicated CT guided procedure suites, and a dual-source CT scanner for performance of high resolution cardiovascular imaging. MUSC has historically offered 4 fellowship positions per year, this year being the final fellowship year.  With the ABMS approval of the IR/DR dual certificate residency, we currently have full ACGME accreditation for both IR/DR Integrated and Independent residency.

MUSC accepts IR/DR Integrated applicants currently in their final year of training in either and accredited medical school in the United States or Canada, Accredited college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, or medical school outside the United States or Canada along with ECFMG certification.  Our program participates in the NRMP Match (Integrated and Independent) and match information can be found on the NRMP website

Applicants must submit application materials through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are complete when the following is received through ERAS:

  • Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one of these letters should come from a radiologist)
  • Official copy of your USMLE Scores

Our 2019/20 fellows, the final year of VIR Fellowship, are Dr. Bryan Ashley, Dr. Nolan Irish, Dr. Alex Smith and Dr. Buck Tramel

Our IR/DR Residents are Dr. Stephen Bracewell (chief) and Dr. Shawn Hobby (PGY5), Dr. Antony Gayed and Dr. Stephen Stringfellow (PGY3), Dr. Gunner Forsberg and Dr. Max Stroebel (PGY2). To learn more about our present and past residents, click here.

As we move forward, transitioning from the conventional model of IR Fellowship training to the new IR/DR dual certificate pathway, we will gradually increase the complement of IR/DR residents via both Integrated (accredited for 10 residents) and Independent (accredited for 2 with a temporary increase of 2 more to accommodate the ‘gap years’ making a total of 4) for pathways.

MUSC is ACGME accreditation for Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR). ESIR will include three full years of diagnostic radiology experience including the standard three months of IR during PGY-2 through PGY-4 years. The PGY-5 year will include an ICU month + nine months of IR resulting in 12 months of IR training during the R1-R4 (PGY2 to PGY5) years of residency. The PGY-6 year will then be dedicated to 12 consecutive months of IR.

Residents who match into Diagnostic Radiology will have the opportunity to pursue IR/DR by applying for ESIR during residency.

Our training curriculum fully meets all requirements of the new dual certificate residency, including clinical experience in outpatient clinics and the inpatient consult service.

Please visit our Residency Application Page if you are interested in applying to our IR/DR Residency program or our Diagnostic Radiology Residency program with the possibility of applying for ESIR during your residency.

General information regarding IR/DR can be found at the SIR website.

IR/DR Program Team


Program Director

Ricardo Yamada, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Madelene Lewis

Assistant Program Director

Madelene Lewis, M.D.
Assistant Professor


Questions? Contact:

Jessica Albert
IR/DR Residency Coordinator
MUSC Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
96 Jonathan Lucas St. Suite 210, MSC 323
Charleston, SC 29425