Emergency & Trauma Radiology

Site(s): Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)


Six funded and up to 4 sponsored/self-funded positions are available every year in the dynamic subspecialty of Emergency & Trauma Imaging. The start dates for ER Fellowship are July 1st and January 1st of each year and at the discretion of Fellowship Directors.

This Fellowship is organized and instituted to provide excellent exposure to acute polytrauma and other emergency medical conditions such as acute stroke, vascular and non-vascular emergencies in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis as well as musculoskeletal trauma.

Successful applicants will provide, under the supervision of a staff radiologist, rapid final interpretations of CT, Radiograph, MRI, and US studies, including multiphase CTA and CT Perfusion studies in acute stroke, whole-body CT in trauma, MRI in acute abdominal pain, post-mortem CT following trauma, and may also gain exposure to a more limited number of musculoskeletal ultrasound exams.

24/7 coverage is provided by the Emergency Department at the Vancouver General Hospital site, which also include remote teleradiology coverage of multiple hospitals within the province of British Columbia within the Northern and Interior Health Authorities, as well as BC Women’s Hospital. The emergency and trauma radiology team is directly involved with every major trauma and stroke cases and is expected to recommend, organize and interpret all relevant imaging to help manage the patient expeditiously. In addition, emergency and trauma clinical fellows are required to protocol and interpret Coronary CTAs in both the acute and outpatient settings and should anticipate level 2 CCTA certification after the 12-month fellowship period.

The latest 3rd generation dual-source CT system sited within the Emergency Department of our institution allows ample exposure to dual-energy imaging examinations for indications such as acute crystalline arthritis, iodine quantification, mapping and subtraction, bone marrow edema, stroke detection, and renal calculi analysis. Our Department has a close working relationship with industry vendors including Siemens and Toshiba and has conducted successful research projects in the field of rapid whole body “FLASH” imaging, high pitch ultra low dose CT, volume dynamic perfusion imaging as well as an array of projects examining emerging applications for dual-energy and polytrauma imaging. Emergency Department is also active in Artificial Intelligence and Equity, inclusion and diversity research.

Learning opportunities include weekly dedicated teaching rounds in Emergency and Trauma Radiology, weekly radiological-surgical rounds in collaboration with the Acute Care Surgery and Emergency and Trauma Radiology teams (ACSERT Rounds), weekly trauma rounds with both clinical and radiological topics presented, and monthly Emergency Radiology journal clubs. Fellows are also invited to multiple radiological and clinical rounds managed by the various radiology subspecialty divisions at VGH.  Fellows are also involved in delivering teaching sessions to the UBC Radiology residents and medical students.

Protected academic time includes an average of a weekly half-day in which research is encouraged. Fellows are expected to conduct an Emergency and Trauma Radiology related research project under the supervision of the faculty members, with the goal of submitting and presenting at a major radiology conference (RSNA, ASER, CAR). Funding is also available for abstracts accepted as a podium presentation. For more information regarding this program please visit: http://emergencyradiology.ca


The Emergency & Trauma Radiology Team:

Dr. Ismail Ali, Division Head and Fellowship Program Co-Director

Dr. Savvas Nicolaou, Fellowship Program Co-Director

Dr. Sarah Barrett, Fellowship Program Co-Director

Dr. Shamir Rai, Fellowship Program Co-Director

Dr. Luck Louis, Head of Education

Dr. Faisal Khosa, Head of Grant and International Collaborations

Dr. Nicolas Murray, Faculty

Dr. Paul Mallinson, Faculty

Dr. Adnan Sheikh, Faculty


Application Information:
Please see the Step by Step Application Guide to fill the application.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
All documents should be in PDF format only.

All applicants must provide their referees’ name and information in application form, however only shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the reference letters.  Please note that currently this is only applicable to ER and MSK SPH fellowships and if you are applying for any other fellowship program your reference letters must be submitted to ubcrad.fellowship@ubc.ca before the application deadline

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Emergency &Trauma Fellowship

Directors / Contact Information

6 fully-funded positions 

Up to 4 Sponsored or Self-Funded positions


2024-2025 positions are filled


Accepting applications for 2025-26

Application Deadline

October 31, 2023

Dr. Savvas Nicolaou



UBC Radiology
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, British Columbia,

Canada V5Z 1M9