Vijay M. Rao, MD
Professor & Chair,
Department of Radiology
Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship
The Musculoskeletal Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson is considered one of the most rewarding and sought after in the country. We have one of the highest musculoskeletal MRI volume with more than 100 joint MRIs per day with a large number of sports-related injuries. We are the only MSK division in the country providing imaging interpretation for four professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers. Additionally, the Philadelphia Ballet, various college and high school teams get imaged at Thomas Jefferson.
Moreover, our division performs all MR imaging and ultrasound-guided exams at an institute in South Philadalphia specialized in core muscle ("sports hernia") and hip injuries. It is one of the elite sports-related surgery centers in the country treating professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer players from all over the United States. Our fellows are directly involved in the care of athletes on a daily basis and participate in weekly sports medicine conferences in the reading room. The MSK staff travels to Indianapolis every year for the NFL combine to interpret imaging and evaluate Philadelphia Eagles prospects. MSK ultrasound is provided every year at the Phillies spring training and we have a research collaboration with the US Olympic team. Our division is strongly involved and takes leadership positions in the major musculoskeletal imaging societies. For further general information about the MSK division, including the staff, please click here.
Our department has one of the busiest and most renowned MSK ultrasound sections which performs about 30 diagnostic MSK US studies per day, the majority are followed by US-guided procedures including tenotomies, PRP injections, lavage of calcific tendinosis, flexor retinaculum release for carpal tunnel, release for trigger finger etc. Fellows perform several US-guided procedures every week.
Aside from the sports medicine training, our fellows are exposed to a high orthopedic oncologytumor volume with an average of about 15 CT guided tumor biopsy procedures per week including spine and bone marrow biopsies. Additionally, several musculoskeletal soft tissue lesions are biopsied under ultrasound every week. Several vertebroplasties, radiofrequencyablations (mainly osteoid osteomas) and advanced joint arthrograms (elbows and wrists arthrogams) per month round out the extensive procedure experience of our fellows. A weekly conference in the reading room with the orthopedic oncology team is used to interpret tumor cases and plan biopsy approaches for upcoming patients. Moreover, the MRI volume ofpediatric sports injuries is very high.
Our division is actively involved in research, recent publications can be found here.
Our fellows work hard, but we take great pride in making sure they have received the most complete and cutting-edge MSK training available. Apply here
Visiting MSK MRI fellowship
Radiologists, Orthopedists, and Sports Medicine practitioners interested in spending time in our section to experience our MRI readouts, use our digital learning resources as well as observe musculoskeletal procedures are welcome.
Visiting MSK US fellowship
More information about the visiting MSK US fellowship can be found here.