The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology. The awardee has demonstrated accomplishments in leadership, clinical care, teaching, and/or scholarship that impacted women in our professions.


The 2016 recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR, FSCBTMR.


Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR, FSCBTMR is Professor of Radiology, Urology and Oncology in the School of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University, and Assistant Director for the Imaging Translational Program of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - ICTR in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Dr. Macura earned her MD and PhD degrees from the Medical University of Lodz in Poland. Following post-doctoral research in artificial intelligence at the University of Georgia, she completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Medical College of Georgia, and a fellowship in cross-sectional body imaging at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Macura’s expertise is in genitourinary radiology, oncologic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and image-guided diagnostic interventional procedures. Dr. Macura established a clinical and research prostate imaging program at Hopkins with focus on MRI. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Prostate MRI Working Group and the PI-RADS - Prostate Imaging and Reporting Data System. She is a director for the Prostate MRI course at the American College of Radiology (ACR) Educational Center.

Dr. Macura was recognized with the 2012 and 2014 Radiological Society of North America Honored Educator Awards. She received the Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year award in 2005 from Hopkins Radiology residents and in 2016 the “Diamond” Jim Brady Urology Residents Teaching Award.

Dr. Macura is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance. She authored over 150 publications, 8 book chapters, and a book - Case-Review Series: Genitourinary Radiology (3rd Edition, Elsevier, Inc 2016). She delivered over 100 national and international presentations.

Dr. Macura is past President of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) and during her tenure in 2005 the AAWR was recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award. She served as the AAWR Web Master 1998 – 2008 and developed and edited the AAWR web site as the society’s on-line resource and communication tool, to enhance AAWR’s visibility and document its leadership role in engagement, mentoring and networking. The web site was to serve as AAWR’s historical repository and archive for AAWR Newsletters Focus documenting AAWR’s history of achievements. Dr. Macura developed a Mini Tutorial on the Internet published in the AAWR Newsletter Focus, Spring 1999 - Fall 2000; this 7-part tutorial was subsequently re-printed by the RSNA News 2001-2002 giving the AAWR additional visibility. In celebration of 25th AAWR Anniversary in 2006, Dr. Macura organized and composed “Portraits from AAWR” - Reflections from Women Radiologists, an anthology aimed to answer questions about women’s careers in radiology and the balancing act between the family and the professional life . She co-authored the 2006 RSNA Educational exhibit and a Radiographics article on the history of AAWR

Dr. Macura is past President of the Maryland Radiological Society (MRS), a state chapter of the ACR. During her term in 2013-2015, she established the MRS Resident Fellow Section to engage radiology trainees in advocacy on behalf of radiology. Dr. Macura currently chairs the ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity to improve professional opportunities, participation, representation, and contribution of women and other under-represented minorities to the radiological professions at all levels of training, practice and leadership

The Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award , recognizes the lifetime achievement and lasting contribution to radiology/radiation oncology and to the American Association for Women Radiologists. Candidates must be long-term members of the AAWR and must have distinguished careers as mentors, teachers, and leaders in radiology/radiation oncology, and public service. 

The 2016 recipient of the Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award is Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD, FACR.


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 is a graduate 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 an officer in the United States Air Force. 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 also served as Consultant in Radiology to the Pacific Air Forces 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 was 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 trained over 20,000 radiologists, residents and other physicians who attended AFIP courses. She serves as Section Chief of Thoracic Radiology in the Department of Radiology of the Saint-Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri and is Professor of Radiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Rosado de Christenson has published on the imaging features of various thoracic diseases and is particularly interested in the pathologic basis of disease. 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 became a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 1999. She is Past-President of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR), the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), and the Asociación de Radiología Torácica Latinoamericana (Latin American Chest Radiologic Society). Dr. Rosado de Christenson is the recipient of the AAWR’s 2004 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, and in 2010 she received the ARRS Best Educator Award in recognition of her contributions to radiology education. Dr. Rosado de Christenson is married to Paul J. Christenson, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (RET), who is Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas. 

The Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology recognizes outstanding contributions in clinical care and scholarship. The nominees must be members of the AAWR and must be in residency training at the time of the award.  Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding contributions in clinical care, teaching, research, or public service.

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD
University of California San Diego Medical Center

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, is Chief Resident at the University of California San Diego and on the research track.  Her research focuses on diffusion MR imaging in the breast and prostate.  She is a previous recipient of the RSNA research grant as well as a member of the RSNA research committee.  She helped found the Council of Early Career Investigators, a branch of the Academy of Radiology Research.  As a resident, she has co-authored 11 scientific articles (3 as first author) and 13 conference abstracts.  She plans to continue her training as a Women’s Imaging fellow at UCSD and continue a career as a physician-scientist.





The Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology recognizes contributions to radiology or the AAWR, community involvement, service during residency, or research endeavors.

2016 Winner
Christina H Chapman, MD

University of Michigan Medical Center


The 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award, is Christina H Chapman, MD.

Christina Hunter Chapman, M.D., M.S. is a Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan.
She received her Bachelor in Arts in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2012 and her Master of Science in Health and Healthcare Research from the University in Michigan in 2016 with an emphasis on health services research, health policy, and health equity. Her research interests involve health equity for minority and underserved populations, the use of MRI for improvement of radiotherapy delivery with an emphasis on gynecologic malignancies, and racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in medicine. She has served in leadership capacities as the founder of the University of Michigan House Officer Diversity Network, a member of the House Officer Quality Safety Council, and on the board of the Young Physician's Committee of the National Medical Association. In September 2017, she will start as an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan and will treat veterans at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System.

The Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology (Foundation), American College of Radiology (ACR), and American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) have established an award to provide leadership opportunities for women in neuroradiology. Since neuroradiologists must be leaders in the field, this award is for mid-career women with demonstrated experience and promise for leadership in neuroradiology and/or radiology overall. The objectives are to provide the awardee with additional skills and insights to enhance opportunities for advancement.


2016 Recipient Neuroradiology Leadership Award Recipient

The Foundation of the ASNR, along with American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Amy Kotsenas from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has been selected as the 2016 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award recipient.  A review committee consisting of representatives from the three organizations reviewed the submitted applications.


This Award was established to provide leadership opportunities for mid-career women in Neuroradiology with demonstrated experience and promise for leadership in Neuroradiology and/or Radiology overall.  As the Award recipient, Dr. Kotsenas has been invited to attend the 2016 ACR Radiology Leadership Institute to be held at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, September 8-11.   Congratulations Dr. Kotsenas!


Amy Kotsenas, MD is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and a board-certified neuroradiologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Her clinical expertise is in epilepsy and stroke imaging. Her research interests are focused on autoimmune neurologic disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, spine imaging and radiology informatics.

Dr. Kotsenas is an active member of the ASNR, AAWR and ACR. She currently co-chairs the ASNR Website and Social Media Committee. She also serves as President-elect of the Minnesota Radiological Society, is an ACR Councilor and a member of the ACR Council Steering Committee.