Welcome from the Director
Donald Romanelli, MD, Program Director
As one of the oldest hospitals in the nation and the first hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mount Auburn sits alongside the banks of the Charles River just a short walk from Harvard Square and minutes from downtown Boston. Our ideal location and affiliation with Harvard Medical School provides our residents with outstanding educational and social opportunities. Whether it’s attending a specialty course at the medical school, rotating at other Harvard affiliated hospitals or cheering from the bleachers at Fenway, our residents graduate as exceptional radiologists and develop lifelong bonds with their colleagues and the Department.
Rich in history, the radiology residency program at Mount Auburn has educated future radiologists since 1947. Founded by renowned radiologist Dr. Richard Schatzki, the Department has long been focused on simultaneously setting the standard for excellence in patient care and academic achievement. While at Mount Auburn, Dr. Schatzki described many radiologic signs that are now considered fundamental to the practice of radiology. Dr. J. Pierre Sasson leads the department as Chair and continues its dedication to resident education. Dr. Sasson was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Leo A. Blacklow Teaching Award for excellence in medical student and resident education by the staff, residents, and medical students at Mount Auburn Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Our Department Associate Chair and Radiology Residency Program Director Dr. Donald Romanelli continues this long tradition of educational excellence. Dr Romanelli is an interventional radiologist who established our highly successful ESIR program and was awarded the 2016 Stephan Schatzki Teaching Award by the radiology residents. Our residents are taught by subspecialty trained faculty in a supportive environment that encourages professional and personal growth. 2.5 hours of daily dedicated conference time supplements teaching at the PACS workstation and in the interventional suite and exposes the residents to a high volume of cases with diverse pathology. We have found that our style of training builds confidence and fosters exceptional decision making abilities in the post graduate years. In addition, the absence of fellows allows our residents unique hands-on procedural experience. All residents participate in research, quality improvement projects, and teaching medical students and fellow residents. The residency is also engaged in global outreach with opportunities to provide care to the underserved and disadvantaged.
Our graduates are all ABR certified and the program has enjoyed an extremely high ABR board pass rate for over 18 years. 100% of our graduates pursue fellowship training and more than half end up in academia. We have a wonderful network of graduates who frequently return to teach and advise our residents.
Reading about Mount Auburn radiology cannot relay the sense of community, academic curiosity, professional and personal support, and camaraderie that our residents share. We love coming to work every day and look forward to learning and teaching in an enjoyable, supportive and academically stimulating environment.
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Donald Romanelli, MD
Director, Radiology Residency Program
Mount Auburn Hospital
Instructor in Radiology
Harvard Medical School