Lori Pierce, MD - 2013
Lori Pierce, MD was chosen to receive the 2013 AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award. Dr. Pierce is a Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and is the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and then received her MD degree from Duke University. She was a resident and chief resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania and then became a Senior Investigator in the Radiation Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. She then joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan in 1992.
Her clinical area of expertise is the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Pierce’s research focus is the use of radiotherapy in the multi-disciplinary treatment of breast cancer. Specifically, her research has included contemporary radiation treatment planning with emphasis upon cardiac sparing, patient outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, the use of radiation in women with breast cancer who carry a breast cancer susceptibility gene, and the incorporation of potential radio-sensitizing agents in locally refractory disease.
Dr. Pierce has published over 100 papers and numerous book chapters and her work has been funded by the NCI, the Department of Defense, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Komen for the Cure, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is currently on the Board of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is a Komen for the Cure Scholar, is on the Steering Committee of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group at Oxford, and was inducted as a Fellow to the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). She is on multiple editorial boards, breast cancer committees, and study sections and is an invited speaker at national and international symposia. Honors awarded to Dr. Pierce have included travel grants from both the American and European Societies of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the Sara Goddard Power Award, the Morton M. Kligerman Award from the University of Pennsylvania, and teaching awards including the University of Michigan League of Educational Excellence award and the AMA Women Physician Mentor Award.
Mentoring medical school students, residents, fellows and junior faculty has been a passion for Dr. Pierce through the years, and many have gone on to establish successful academic careers. In fact, some of these individuals collectively nominated Dr. Pierce for the AAWR Marie Curie Award. In her role as Vice Provost, she is able to work with faculty across the University of Michigan campus and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty from different schools and colleges which is a very satisfying part of her career.
Parvati Ramchandani, MD
Parvati Ramchandani, MD was selected as the 2012 AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award Recipient. Dr. Parvati (Parvi) Ramchandani is a Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. After attending medical school in India, Dr. Ramchandani did her radiology residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She then moved to Philadelphia to pursue a fellowship in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at Temple University Hospital with Dr. Renate Soulen, a pioneering radiologist whom Dr. Ramchandani counts as one of her most influential mentors and close friends.
After ten years as an academic IR radiologist, Dr. Ramchandani changed career directions and moved to the University of Pennsylvania where she was fortunate to encounter her second mentor, Dr. Howard Pollack, who steered her into Genito-urinary radiology. Dr. Ramchandani currently practices both diagnostic and interventional GU radiology at Penn. Teaching and mentoring trainees in both radiology and other specialties remains an enduring joy for her, and is one of her most meaningful professional activities.
Parvi is married to her high school sweetheart, a psychiatrist in academic practice in Philadelphia. They have two daughters, and eagerly await the safe arrival of their first grandchild early this winter.
Zhongxing Liao, MD
Zhongxing Liao, MD was selected as the 2011 AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award Recipient. Dr. Liao is an associate professor and Center Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She was the Chair of AAWR Radiation Committee for 4 years. She currently serves as the Secretary of AAWR, and the Editor-in-Chief for Focus. She also serves on the nomination committee, membership committee, radiation committee, and Public Relationship Committee.
Born and raised in Hunan, China, Dr. Liao graduated from Hunan Medical College (Central South University, Xiangya School of Medicine) 1983 and entered the field of radiation oncology since then. Her career then took a fateful turn when she was awarded a fellowship from the World Health Organization, which allowed her to develop her career in US. She was a research fellow in Dr. Elizabeth Travis’ lab for 4 years, studying the effect of radiation to normal lung. She pursued her resident training in radiation oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and has become a faculty of the department since 1999.
Dr. Liao has served as a mentor to many physicians and residents, especially other women. She was the Co-PI on an RSNA grant “to teach the teacher from the Emerging Nations” and supervised many radiation oncologists from China. She has served on committees for many national organizations including the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, known as ASTRO, the International Association for Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the Fletcher Society. She is the Trustee of Yale-China Association.
Dr. Liao specializes in radiation for thoracic malignancies, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thymoma, and mesothelioma. Her research focuses on innovative molecular targeted therapy for radio enhancement in tumor, translational research in physical and biological basis of lung toxicity, and integrative oncology.
Ewa Kuligowska, MD, FACR – 2010
Ewa Kuligowska, MD, FACR has been selected as the 2010 AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award recipient. Dr. Ewa Kuligowska was born and raised in war-torn Warsaw Poland and earned her MD degree from Warsaw Medical School, where she also completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology in 1970. From 1970-1972, she was an Assistant Professor in the Radiology Department at the Warsaw Medical School, pursuing her goal to be an academic radiologist while simultaneously working on her Ph.D dissertation. In 1971, she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the medical students and residents in the Radiology Department. Her life took an unexpected turn during the summer of 1972 when she came to the US to visit her husband who was on sabbatical at Harvard Law School and she learned that he had decided to immigrate to America.
This pivotal decision presented her with several new challenges. Her priority was to reunite her family. Her two sons, aged 7 months and 7 years had been left during her vacation in Communist Poland under the “Iron Curtain” which forbade a family’s emigration. Secondly, she had to learn English and pass all the American Medical requirements to be eligible to apply for Radiology Residency in the United States.
With steadfast perseverance and great daring over the next6 years, she succeeded in bringing her two sons to America and completed a second residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Temple University in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship in Body Imaging. She passed the American Board of Radiology examination in 1978 and moved to Boston to join the Radiology Department of the Boston University School of Medicine in July 1978. She accelerated rapidly through the academic ranks and was promoted to Professor of Radiology in 1989. In 1980, Dr. Kuligowska was appointed Chief of the Ultrasound Section, and Chief of the Abdominal Imaging Section in 1993.
Dr. Kuligowska‘s initial contribution was to develop and promote ultrasound guided abdominal and pelvic biopsies and drainages using novel transrectal, transvaginal, and abdominal approaches. Her interest also focused on ultrasound applications for the diagnosis and management of gynecologic disorders. Dr. Kuligowska has been fortunate throughout her career to have the opportunity to mentor many young radiologists. She served as a mentor, role model, and coach for young women, junior faculty, fellows and residents encouraging them to develop and pursue their academic careers and to make choices to balance their family and professional lives.
In 1990 and 2002, she received the Teacher of the Year Award for Radiology at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kuligowska has authored or co-authored more than 160 research articles, reviews, and abstracts for national and international meetings. She has also authored 1 book and 18 book chapters. She has been invited to give over 25 named or keynote lectures and has been a Visiting Professor at more than 25 institutions, 14 outside of the USA, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, and Poland.
Dr. Kuligowska is a reviewer for Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology. From 1990 to the present, she has served as an Examiner for the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology. From 1992-1993, she served as Vice President of New England Roentgen Ray Society. From 1993-1996, she served as President of the New England Society of Ultrasound in Medicine. In September 1994, she was named an Honorary Member of the Polish Society of Ultrasound. In 1995, she was given the Witold Zawadowski Award for Teaching at the 34th Congress of Polish Radiologists.
Since 1997, she has been a Fellow of American College of Radiology. In June 1998, she was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Polish Medical Society of Radiology. In 2000, Dr. Kuligowska was honored in Cannes France by the Polish Academy of Science with its “Polonia Semper Fidalis” Honorary Medal in recognition of her career accomplishments and for educating a generation of Polish Radiologists.
In 2004, Dr. Kuligowska was elected President of the AAWR after being an active member since 1986. She was also the founder of the International Membership of the AAWR. Dr. Ewa Kuligowska has been married for over 30 years to Dr. John Noble, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She has 2 sons, Martin, criminal defense lawyer and Lukasz, graduate student in linguistics.
Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR–2009
Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR has been elected as the 2009 AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award recipient. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of radiology. Dr. Kazerooni is a Professor of Radiology, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kazerooni is currently the President of the American Roentgen Ray Society, a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology, and chairs the Committee on Chest Imaging, American College of Radiology Commission on Body Imaging. She has severed many roles in organized radiology, including president of the Society of Thoracic Radiology, the Association of University Radiologist and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research in Radiology. She is an elected member of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance and Fleischner Society.
Dr. Kazerooni was recently installed as the president of the American Roentgen Ray Society at the annual meeting in Boston, and received a gold medal from the Association of University Radiologists in May.
With a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis, her research focuses on the development and evaluation of advanced imaging technologies as applied to diseases of the cardiothoracic organs. This includes evaluating the technologies at several levels, from safety to validity and reliability, reader agreement and impact on medical decision making. Specific areas of research include lung cancer screening, and the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, pulmonary embolism, thoracic trauma, interstitial and obstructive lung diseases. She is the institutional PI for the NIH/ NCI National Lung Screening Trial, and a co-investigator on numerous NIH funded grants, including the COPD gene study, PIOPED III, the Lung Imaging Database Consortium, Reference Image Database to Evaluate Response to therapy in lung cancer and the Imaging Database Resources Initiative.
Dr. Kazerooni enjoys working with and helping junior faculty, fellows and residents develop their academic careers, is active in several career development programs, and has received both the Teacher of the Year Award and the Mentor of the Year Award from the radiology residents at the University of Michigan. She is a frequently invited guest speaker at academic institutions and national/international meetings. Dr. Kazerooni has been an active member of the AAWR since 1993.
Beryl Benacerraf, MD, FACR – 2008
Dr. Benacerraf is Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and Radiology. From 1991 through 1993, Dr. Benacerraf was co-Director of High-Risk Obstetric Ultrasound at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and from 1993 through 1999 she was Director of the Obstetrical Ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1982, Dr. Benacerraf has served as the Medical Director and President of Diagnostic Ultrasound Associates, PC. During that time, Dr. Benacerraf did the original research that linked nuchal thickening directly to an increased risk for fetal Down syndrome and developed the genetic sonogram. Dr. Benacerraf is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, Treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, a committee member of the Radiological Society of North America and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the New England Roentgen Ray Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.
She has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles reporting her original research on the detection and significance of fetal anomalies. Contributions include the development of the genetic sonogram scoring index to assign risk factors for fetal aneuploidy and the implementation of 3-dimensional ultrasound in both obstetrics and gynecology. She has contributed chapters to many textbooks in the field and is the sole author of Ultrasound of Fetal Syndromes, now in its second edition.
Dr. Benacerraf currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Chair of the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Medicine. Dr. Benacerraf has lectured at educational institutions, professional societies and international congresses around the world, and has received many awards and recognitions for her pioneering contributions to fetal diagnosis and management.
Kay Shaffer, MD, FACR - 2007
Dr. Shaffer has been involved with the AAWR since its inception, serving as Secretary from 1981-1989 before moving up to President in 1991. She has served on multiple committees over the years, and chaired the Corporate Support Committee from 1994-2003.
Kay graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her radiology residency at the Medical College of Virginia. She then came to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she has spent her entire career, reaching the rank of Professor in 1992. Her academic interests include Breast Imaging and Head and Neck Radiology. Dr. Shaffer has been active in multiple professional societies, and is a fellow in the Society of Breast Imaging and was President of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology in 1988. She received the society’s gold medal in 2003.
Kay served the American College of Radiology as a Councilor from Wisconsin for many years and was elected to the Council Steering Committee in 1998. She was also active in the Wisconsin Radiological Society, serving as President in 2000. She also has chaired two RSNA committees. Kay was appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Diagnostic Radiology by the AMA, serving a six year term and chairing the committee for her last two years (the first woman to do so).
Carol M. Rumack, MD, FACR – 2006
Carol M. Rumack, MD, FACR is a pediatric radiologist who is Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics with Tenure at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. She received her MD at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, where her class had 100 men and 5 women. Her Pediatric internship was at the University of Maryland. After spending a year at Johns Hopkins in Pediatric Radiology with John Dorst, Dick Heller and Mike Weller, she was so impressed with their outstanding work and great enthusiasm for radiology that she decided to switch from pediatrics to pediatric radiology. Following her husband back to Denver, her Radiology residency was at the University of Colorado and she talked the chair into creating the first fellowship in the department in pediatric radiology. After a year in private practice, she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Carol Rumack was the founding president of the American Association for Women Radiologists in 1981-82. She became the AAWR Councilor to the American College of Radiology in 1987 and was appointed to the Council Steering Committee twice during this time. In 2002, she was elected to the ACR Board of Chancellors as Chair of the Ultrasound Commission. Dr. Rumack received the Alice Ettinger Award from the AAWR in 2000 for her lifetime achievements in radiology and for the advancement of women in radiology. Dr. Rumack served in an ad hoc basis on the AAWR Executive Committee while an ACR Councilor and Board member as an advisor to new leaders and particularly AAWR presidents. Dr. Rumack was a pioneer in neonatal brain imaging with ultrasound and continues clinically to practice neonatal imaging in the high risk NICU.
Ritsuko Komaki, MD, FACR – 2005
Ritsuko Komaki, M.D., FACR is a Professor at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Houston, Texas. She also holds The Gloria Lupton Tennison Distinguished Professorship in Lung Cancer. She received her M.D. degree from Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Hiroshima, Japan in 1969. Dr. Komaki also trained in internal medicine, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, Hiroshima, Japan, 1969-1970. Subsequently she was encouraged to come to the United States where she did her residency and fellowship training in radiation oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI from 1974-1978. She began her faculty position at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI in 1978. She was American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) certified in 1979 and recertified in 2001. She was appointed Associate Professor and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY in 1985. She joined M. D Anderson Cancer Center in 1988 and became a Professor in 1994.
Dr. Komaki has over 240 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. She is also the lead editor of the book, “Lung Cancer, M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Series.” Dr. Komaki serves as the Principal Investigator of the RTOG Protocol Studies, Associate Medical Director of the Thoracic Center, and Program Director, Thoracic Section, of the Department of Radiation Oncology at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is also a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) as well as a member of the Board of Directors, International Association on Lung Cancer (IASLC). She received the Business and Professional Women’s BPW/Texas Award for 2005 as well as the 2005 AAWR Marie Sklodowska -Curie Award. Dr. Komaki has given numerous lectures and presentations nationally and internationally. She is a much sought-after speaker on the topic of lung cancer. Dr. Komaki’s current research direction is in translational research in lung cancer. She has been awarded several externally funded grants including current “Biological Modifiers of Lung Cancer”.
Melissa Rosado de Christenson, MD, FACR – 2004
Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson retired from active duty in the United States Air Force as a Colonel in 2001 after over 25 years of service. She was a member of the charter class of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where she received her M.D. degree and was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force in 1980. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC and became a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology in 1984. Her first assignment as a radiologist was at the 13th Air Force Medical Center, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, where she was Consultant in Radiology to the Pacific Air Force Surgeon General. Dr. Rosado de Christenson was assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in September of 1988 as Chief of Pulmonary and Mediastinal Radiology and became Chairman and Registrar of the Department of Radiologic Pathology in 1995. She is the first woman and the first Air Force officer ever to serve in this capacity since the establishment of the department in 1947. She served in the faculty of the Department of Radiologic Pathology at the AFIP for over thirteen years and has trained over 18,000 radiologists, residents and other physicians who attended AFIP courses. In 2003 she joined the faculty of the Department of Radiology of the Ohio State University Medical Center where she is a Clinical Professor of Radiology.
Dr. Rosado de Christenson has published on the subject of radiologic-pathologic correlation of thoracic diseases. She has been a featured speaker in national and international radiology meetings and a visiting professor at universities throughout the United States and abroad. She is Past-President of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), and became a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 1999. Dr. Rosado de Christenson is a member of the Executive Council of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) and Chairs the ARRS Instructional Courses Committee. She also chairs the ACR’s Continuous Professional Improvement Panel. Dr. Rosado de Christenson is the recipient of the AAWR’s 2004 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award. She formed part of the organizing committee for the Asociación de Radiología Torácica Latinoamericana (Latin American Chest Radiologic Society) in 2004 and was elected its inaugural President in 2005. Dr. Rosado de Christenson is married to Paul J. Christenson, CAPT, MC, USN (RET), currently a private practice urologist in Columbus, Ohio. They have three children, Edwin Jon, Jennifer Ruth, and Heather Kathleen.
Theresa C. McLoud, MD – 2003
Dr. Theresa McLoud joined the AAWR in 1989. She is currently the Associate Radiologists-in-Chief and Director of Education at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McLoud received her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal; and she completed her residency at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She also completed a Chest Radiology Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. McLoud is a member of the Board of Directors of the RSNA and past president of the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Society of Thoracic Radiology. She is also a member of the Fleischner Society.
Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, FACR – 2002
Dr. Hricak is one of the world's most distinguished leaders in diagnostic radiology. She is known as a pioneer in the development of modern multimodality techniques for visualizing the structure and function of male and female genitourinary cancers (anatomic and functional imaging) and for her extensive research and clinical expertise in pelvic imaging. In particular, Dr. Hricak is recognized for advancements in diagnostic imaging in the evaluation of kidney cancer, prostate cancer and cancer of the uterus and ovary. She is also known for her leading role in the creation of patient-specific radiologic guidelines, in which the choice of imaging procedure is tailored to the needs of individual patients. Dr. Hricak is currently the Chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering University; and she has been a member of the AAWR since 1986.
Karen King-Wah Fu, MD – 2001
Kay H. Vydareny – 2000
Helen C. Redman – 1999
Dr Helen C. Redman passed away in March 13, 2000. She was the past president of the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA), a founding member of the American Association for Women Radiologists and vice-chairman of the radiology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She was long recognized as a pioneer in the field of vascular and interventional radiology.
After completing medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr Redman completed her internship and radiology residency at Palo Alto Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. As a James Picker Fellow in Radiologic Research, Dr Redmond studied under Professor Olle Olsson in Lund, Sweden. Dr Redman, an acknowledged leader, role model and mentor to women in radiology, was Dr Herbert Abrams’ first female resident at Stanford, and the first female president of the RSNA (1994–1995), and the Texas Radiological Society.
Active in professional societies and organizations, Dr Redman served on the RSNA Board of Directors from 1987 to 1993, when she became Chairman. She also served on the RSNA Research and Education Foundation Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998, and in 1998 she became its Chairman.
Sarah S. Donaldson - 1998
Dr. Donaldson is professor of radiation oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA; she practices general radiotherapy with special interest in pediatric radiotherapy. Born in Portland, OR, she received her undergraduate training in nursing at the University of Oregon and obtained her MD degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in the Division of Radiation Therapy at Stanford University Hospital and later completed fellowship training in pediatric oncology at both the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, and the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, France.
Dr. Donaldson has authored or coauthored over 100 journal publications, more than 50 review articles and book chapters, as well as the definitive text, Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases. She has participated in major presentations on both the national and international level. Dr. Donaldson is on the editorial board of numerous journals, including the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, Medical and Pediatric Oncology, American Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Radiation Oncology Investigations, and the Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.
A long-standing member of the AAWR, Dr. Donaldson has served as president of the American Board of Radiology and as both president and chairman of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). A fellow of the American College of Radiology, she is the current ASTRO councilor to the ACR. At the Stanford University School of Medicine, she holds the Catharine and Howard Avery Endowed Chair. Dr. Donaldson has won the Dartmouth College Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement, as well as the Henry S. Kaplan Memorial Prize for Teaching. She was the 1995 Radiation Oncology Orator for the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
Anne Brower, MD - 1997
Dr. Brower received her M.D. degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1964. She did a fellowship in Hematology and her Radiology residency at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
Her academic career was developed initially at the University of Virginia, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, then at the Medical College of Virginia, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda. Dr. Brower was a Professor of Radiology at George Washington University Medical Center until 1993. When she was recruited to chair of the Department of Radiology of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.
Dr. Brower is leader in the field of musculoskeletal imaging and an inspirational role model for other women radiologists. She has written many peer-reviewed papers and is well known for her outstanding book "Arthritis in Black and White". Her lectures at the AFIP are very popular and she is frequently invited to participate at national symposia promoted by the RSNA and International Skeletal Society.
She is a fellow of the ACR and a member of the editorial board of several respected national peer-reviewed publications. As one of the founders of the Society for Skeletal Radiology, she promoted the open discussion of new ideas in skeletal radiology research focusing on young radiologists. Her dedication to the teaching of residents was recognized this year with the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award from EVMS.
At this point, Dr. Brower has decided to receive additional training in medical ethics, so that her interest in this area can better serve students, residents, and ultimately, the patients.
Ruth Ramsey, MD - 1996
Dr. Ramsey attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and did her radiology residency at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital. She was the first neuroradiology fellow at the Rush-Presbyterian - St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and later joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. Continuing to break new ground, Dr. Ramsey was the first woman elected President of the Chicago Radiological Society.
Dr. Ramsey is a Professor of Radiology and Head of Neuroradiology at the University of Chicago, with a full clinical and on call schedule, which she has found extraordinarily satisfying for her entire career. Well known for her teaching abilities she is a prolific author with several single authored textbooks in neuroradiology, many book chapters and numerous articles. Dr. Ramsey has been very involved in organized medicine, serving the Chicago Radiological Society, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Society of Neuroradiology and the American College of Radiology. She has been a member of the Board of Chancellors of the ACR for the past 8 years and was responsible for the creation of the Resident Section of the ACR. As a result, she feels that she was able to have some positive effect on the practice of Radiology. She is seen as a wonderful role model for all women radiologists, performing the multiple roles of radiologist, wife and mother with ease.
Dr. Ramsey stated that she was thrilled to receive the Marie Curie Award, a recognition from her group of peers for years of efforts and hard work in the field of Radiology.
Anne Osborn, MD - 1995
Dr. Osborn received her M.D. degree and completed her residency training at Stanford University and her fellowship as the James Picker Advanced Academic Fellow at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is the William and Patricia Child's Presidential Endowed Chair in Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Sterling Winthrop Inc., Visiting Professor in Diagnostic Imaging at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.
She is an internationally known neuroradiologist with a busy travel and lecture schedule that have not interfered with significant contributions to the academic literature. Her 1994 textbook "Diagnostic Neuroradiology" received the Award of Best Book in Clinical Medicine from the American Association of Publishers (Professional and Scholarly Division). This book is used extensively by radiologists and residents around the world.
Dr. Osborn has been a very active participant at the RSNA and ASNR, edited the ACR Learning File's Neuroradiology section and is a founding co-editor of the International Journal of Neuroradiology. She has a commitment to reach a large number of people, organizing and directing new courses with an international appeal not only in the USA and Canada, but also in many other countries.
Ann Lewicki, MD, MPH - 1994
Dr. Lewicki was born in Poland and migrated to the US with her family at age 19. She received her M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, MD and in 1976 she obtained her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
During her radiological academic career, Dr. Lewicki has worked at Stanford University, Harvard Medical School / Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and George Washington University, always with a focus on gastrointestinal imaging and a special interest in teaching.
She was a founding member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists and of the American Association for Women Radiologists. In 1981 she was made a Fellow of the ACR.
At the present time, her activities include serving on the Commission for Medical Economics of the D.C. Medical Society, interviewing medical school applicants at Georgetown University and teaching residents there and at Walter Reed Hospital.
Florence Chu, MD - 1993
Dr. Chu was born in China and received her medical degree from the National Medical College of Shangai in 1942. Following a radiology residency at the teaching hospitals of that College, she received a scholarship from the Chinese government to pursue post-graduate studies in the United States. She completed a fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology at City Hospital in New York due to the change of government in China she and her husband decided to stay in the U.S.
Dr. Chu was then accepted as a fellow in both Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; then as a Radiation Therapy Attending she joined the faculty at Cornell University Medical Center.
In 1976, Dr. Chu was appointed Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial, the first woman to head such a major department in a world renowned cancer center. After she stepped down from the chairmanship in 1984, Dr. Chu became the Head of the Radiation Center of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
Her pioneer work was recognized on the Chairman's Address made by Dr. Sarah S. Donaldson during the meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Dr. Chu feels grateful to have been able to contribute to the teaching, research and patient care in Radiation Oncology. She retired in 1996, after 47 years of challenging work and now leads a quieter life, holding medical issues close to her heart.
Mary Stuart Fisher, MD - 1992
Dr. Fisher received her M.D. degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1948. She started her radiology residency at Columbia Prebyterian Hospital in New York and finished it at Grover, Christie and Merritt in Washington, D.C. For many years she worked at the Philadelphia General Hospital, and when it closed she was the "de facto" chairman of Radiology. She became a faculty at the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Temple University, where she now is a Professor Emeritus and works on a part time basis.
Although she started her practice as a general radiologist, over the years, Dr. Fisher concentrated in the areas of chest, bone and mammography. Dr. Fisher particularly enjoys teaching radiology and was most pleased when she received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching at Temple. Among her other honors are a fellowship in the ACR and a past presidency of the Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society. She proudly displays the AAWR Award on her office's wall.
Dr. Fischer is now able to spend more time with her family, and enjoy the hobbies shared with her husband- music, reading and traveling.
Linda Olson, MD - 1991
Dr. Olson was born in Berkeley, CA, and received her M.D. degree from Loma Linda University in 1976. Her radiology residency was done at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles and she joined the University of California at San Diego in 1982, where she is currently a Professor of Clinical Radiology and Vice-Chair of Clinical Radiology.
Her main clinical interests continue to be breast and pulmonary imaging. She collaborates on a 40-hour Mammography Practicum for technologists, which has been particularly rewarding.
Dr. Olson became a Fellow of the ACR in 1993 and in 1996 she received one of the four UCSD Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards; she believes that being a recipient of the Marie Curie Award was a contributing factor in both of these recognitions. Besides being busy with two teenage children, Dr. Olson finds herself more involved with Departmental, Hospital and School of Medicine planning than she ever thought she would!
Eleanor D. Montague, MD - 1990
Dr. Montague was born in Genoa, Italy, and received her M.D. degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1950. She did a residency in Pathology at Kings County Hospital in New York, followed by a residency in Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, and a fellowship in Radiotherapy at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, completed in 1961.
She then joined the Department of Radiotheraphy at that institution as a faculty and therapist, until 1987, with an interlude at Baylor College and other hospitals in the Houston area.
Dr. Montague's work in the area of breast cancer treatment resulted in many scientific publications with significant impact on patient management. She received many awards recognizing her contributions, including the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America in 1985, the Gold Medal of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in 1992 and the Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Achievement Award from the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1986.
In Dr. Montague's words the Curie Award was "an affirmation of the worth of clinical research done by women on a women's disease- breast cancer". She retired in 1987 and has enjoyed these years traveling with her husband, visiting relatives and doing volunteer work.
Adele Swenson - 1989
Adele Swenson was born in North Dakota, in the Red River Valley of the North, granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants.
After completing her degree at a private college she launched an eclectic career in government, in secondary education, in financial management in industry and in community service.
In 1971 she was appointed Executive Director of the Radiological Society of North America, then headquartered in Syracuse, New York. She also served as business manager of RADIOLOGY and of RADIOGRAPHICS. In 1979 she arranged to move the headquarters to suburban Chicago. She worked with the founders of the American Society of Women Radiologists to establish their organization and to define their relationships with RSNA.
She served as Executive Director until 1985 and then formed her own consulting corporation for not-for-profit organizations, FCSA, Ltd.
Ms. Swenson currently is Trustee and Treasurer of the RSNA Research and Education Fund and serves on its Fund Development Committee. She is also a Regent of the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and is on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts in Central Minnesota. She also volunteers as a marketing and communications consultant to local organizations.
Ms. Swenson holds the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America and the Thanks Badge, the highest award of the Girl Scouts of USA. She is an honorary member of the Chicago Radiological Society.
Wilma C. Diner, MD - 1988
Dr. Diner received her M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina and completed her radiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, serving as a chief resident during her last year of training. Dr. Diner was the first MGH resident to receive training in nuclear medicine. She worked at the University of Arkansas Medical Center for over 40 years years until her retirement this year.
Dr. Diner's career interests have ranged from gastrointestinal radiology and mammography to the teaching of radiology to medical students and residents. She was not only able to balance a distinguished academic career, but managed a busy family life raising three children and finding time for a variety of other outside interests. Her retirement finds her volunteering, traveling, and enjoying family activities.
Barbara Chick, MD - 1987
Dr. Chick was born in Boston, MA, and received her M.D. degree from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1958. She completed her residency in Radiology at the E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, affiliated with The Roswell Park Memorial Hospital, a leading cancer center in Buffalo, NY. During her formative years, Dr. Chick developed an interest in the human and socio-economic side of medicine.
Dr. Chick started the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Glens Falls Hospital, NY, and worked also in the Diagnostic and Therapeutic areas of Radiology until her retirement in 1984. She was the first woman on the Board of Chancellors of the ACR and the first woman Vice-President of the ACR.
Since her retirement, Dr. Chick has been the Acting Director of the Albany area Radiation Therapy Program, done locum tenens and enjoys her many hobbies.
Lucy Frank Squire, MD - 1986
Dr. Squire obtained her medical degree in 1940 from the Women's College of Pennsylvania, now known as the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her radiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1945 and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Rochester. In 1966, Lucy Squire began teaching part time at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, now the State University of New York Health Science Center. Dr. Squire retired in 1993, at the age of 78, as Distinguished Service Professor of Radiology at the SUNY Health Science Center. She died suddenly three years later on September 15, 1996 and will be always remembered as a truly remarkable woman.
From the start, Lucy Frank Squire loved teaching, whether the piano or radiology. In 1964, she wrote "Fundamentals of Radiology", the first radiology textbook for medical students. Her clear explanations and warm humor propelled the book to best-seller status, selling approximately 8000 copies a year. She also co-authored two other texts, Exercise in Diagnostic Radiology and Living Anatomy.
Dr. Squire received achievement awards from the Radiological Society of North America, the Association of University Radiologists and the Regional Conference of Women in Medicine. She was the first recipient of the Marie Curie Award, a unanimous recognition of her accomplished career by her peers.
During an interview after her retirement, she encouraged AAWR members to read as broadly as possible and, "most importantly, do something you really love!"