Diagnostic Radiology Program Structure


The Diagnostic Radiology Residency training program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides education and training in Diagnostic Radiology that incorporates the ACGME’s core competencies and the ACGME Milestones. Goals and objectives have been developed to appropriately guide the resident through each rotation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of "everyday" radiology. Residents participate in daily interpretations of routine radiographic, cross sectional, sonographic, mammographic, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopic examinations. Diagnostic rotations include nuclear medicine, vascular and interventional, CT/MR body, ultrasound, neuroradiology, mammography, cardiac/chest and ER.

Residents are involved in daily clinical experiences within each subspecialty, including case review with attendings as well as dictation of reports. In addition, residents may be involved in procedures such a fluoroscopic GI/GU studies, vascular and interventional radiology procedures and other image-guided procedures. When performing procedures, the residents are advised by Radiology attendings. The resident/faculty ration is 2:1.

The majority of the rotations take place at St. Vincent's Medical Center. The pediatric radiology rotation takes place at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford, CT. Residents attend the four-week radiologic / pathologic course at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Washington, D.C. Electives, both away and in-house, are reviewed and offered on a case by case basis.


The Diagnostic Radiology Residency employs a night float system from Sunday through Friday from 9 PM to 7 AM. Weekends are split into 12 hour shifts from 8 AM to 8 PM. Saturday night is a separate 8 PM to 7 AM shift. A short evening shift, from 5 PM to 9 PM, occurs Monday through Friday and is shared by all residents.

First year radiology residents, PGY2/R1, do not take any independent overnight call until their second year as per ACGME guidelines.


The program designates 2 hours a day towards didactic or case based conferences. Lectures cover the spectrum of radiology and the program employs both their own faculty and outside faculty for sub-specialty lectures.

Outside faculty come from Columbia, Albert Einstein/Montefiore, Yale, Mt. Sinai, NYU and other university based institutions in and around the greater tri-state area. A variety of multi-disciplinary conferences at the hospital also provide a well-rounded opportunity for learning with the clinical faculty and include areas such as thoracic, breast, CNS, OB/GYN, etc.

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Staff

  • Joshua Sapire, MD, Program Director
  • Sarah Rosasco, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Elizabeth Lopez, Program Coordinator

Our Radiology Residents 2022–2023

  • Yasir Ahmad , MD - G4
  • Hisham Alwakkaa, MD - G5, Chief Medical Resident
  • Richard Assakar, MD - G5, Chief Medical Resident
  • Ranjit Chaudhary, MD - G3
  • Yaser Baghdadi, MD - G3
  • Latif Bashirov, MD -G2
  • Husein Husein, MD - G3
  • Vivek Kesari, MD - G4
  • Arun Kumar, MD - G2
  • Vahab Nemati, MD - G4
  • Kalpana Shah, MD - G4
  • Ravindra Shah, MD - G2
  • Jose Vargas, MD - G5, Chief Medical Resident

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