AAWR History

On the 25th anniversary of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), the association's accomplishments in promoting the careers of women radiologists were reviewed. Programs that feature opportunities for women to balance their careers and their personal lives have contributed greatly to promoting networking opportunities at national meetings. Highlights of women's accomplishments in national radiology organizations underline how far women have advanced in the specialty. Future initiatives for the organization center on increasing women's involvement in recruiting and mentoring other women in radiology.

"The Past, Present and Future of the AAWR" as presented by Carol M. Rumack, MD
AAWR President’s Lunch -- RSNA 2002
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AAWR Refresher Courses


2013 ARRS
"Dementing Disorders – What We Can Do With Imaging"

Moderator Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH, University of Washington
Speakers: Susan M. Resnick, PhD (NIH); Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH (University of Washington) and Gloria Chiang, MD (Cornell)

2013 RSNA

"Women and Cardiovascular Disease"

Moderator: Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH, Jill E. Jacobs, MD, FACR of NYU Langone Medical Center; "Coronary CTA Application for Cardiovascular Disease";  U. Joseph Schoepf, MD of MUSC "Cardiac CT Perfusion for Coronary Artery Disease";  Gisela Mueller, MD of University of Michigan  "Cardiac MR for Myocardial Infarction"


2011 ARRS - “Nuts and Bolts of Getting a Job”
Julia R. Fielding, MD; Rosaleen Parsons, MD and Corinne Deurdulian, MD

2011 RSNA - “Imaging and Treatment of Breast Cancer in the Pregnant Patient”
Julia R. Fielding (Moderator), Cherie Kuzmiak, DO (Diagnosis and Staging of Breast Cancer in the Pregnant Patient); Tracy Ann Jaffe, MD (Strategies to Reduce Fetal Radiation Dose during Maternal Cancer Staging) and Beth Michelle Beadle, MD, PhD (Optimal Therapies for Breast Cancer in the Pregnant Patient)


2010 ARRS - “Emerging Technologies in Breast Imaging”
Vijay M. Rao, MD, FACR (Moderator); David Gur, ScD; Margarita Zuley, MD and Jules Sumkin, DO

2010 RSNA - “New Developments in Breast MR Imaging”
Vijay M. Rao, MD, FACR (Moderator), Mary C. Mahoney, MD (Breast MRI: Indications and Controversies); Elizabeth Morris, MD (MR Screening for High Risk Women); Janie Lee MD (MR Guided Breast Biopsy)


2009 ARRS - Colorectal cancer (Epidemiology. Screening, CT Colonography) - Judy Yee, MD

2009 RSNA - RC616: Imaging and Role of Radiation in Gynecologic Malignancies
Z Liao, MD, Houston, TX Moderator Dec 03 2009 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM, S403B

  • Staging Gynecologic Malignancies J R Fielding, MD, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Role of Imaging in the Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies with Radiation P J Eifel, MD, Houston, TX
  • Imaging Assessment of Treatment Response in Gynecologic Malignancies K J Macura, MD, PhD, Baltimore, MD


2008 ARRS - “Lung Cancer Screening Developments” – Judith Amorosa, MD, FACR (Moderator); Claudia Henschke, MD, PhD; and Dennie Aberle, MD

2008 RSNA - “Patient Safety in Imaging” - Lynn Fordham, MD (Moderator), Dolores H. Pretorius, MD., F.A.C.R. (Ultrasound), Kimberly Applegate, MD, MS, FACR (CT) and Susan Ascher, MD (MR)


2007 ARRS - “Breast Imaging” – Julia Fielding, MD, FACR (Female Pelvic Imaging), Mary Mahoney, MD (Update on Breast MRI) and Deborah Levine, MD (Fetal Imaging)

2007 RSNA - Dr. Ellen Shaw-De Paredes, Dr. Cherie Kuzmiak and Dr. Elizabeth Morris; "Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: State of the Art"


2006 ARRS - Leonard Berlin, MD, FACR, “Medicolegal Issues in the Doctor-Patient Relationship: How to Communicate Effectively in High-Risk Radiology”

2006 RSNA - Dr. Judith Amorosa, Dr. Denise Aberle, Dr. Claudia Henschke and Dr. Martine Remy-Jardin, “Lung Cancer Screening and Coronary Artery Disease Screening: The Present and the Future”


2005 RSNA - "Radiation Exposure and Your Professional Life: Facts and Controversies"
Katarzyna Macura, MD, PhD - Moderator, Speakers: M. Victoria Marx, MD, John Damilakis, MSc, PhD and Jadwiga Strzelczyk, PhD

2005 ARRS - Instructional Course: Lee F. Rogers, MD
“Publishing in the Radiology Literature”

2000 - 2004

2000 – Your Professional Life: Myth and Reality of Radiation Exposure
Fred A. Mettler, Jr., M.D.

2001 – Medical Malpractice in Women’s Imaging
Kathleen A. Ward, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Leonard Berlin, M.D., Susan Marzec Hannigan, J.D., et al

2002 RSNA –“Work Force Issues in Radiology Panel Discussions” RC# 317
Kimberly E. Applegate, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Kay Vydareny, M.D., Carol Rumack, M.D., Hedvig Hricak, M.D., James Borgstede, M.D.

2002 ARRS - “24/7 Workforce Issues in Radiology Panel Discussion”
Kimberly Applegate, MD, MS (Moderator), Bill Bradley, MD, PhD; Dimitrios Spigos, MD and Curtis Harlow, MD (Panelists)

2003 RSNA - Encouraging the Advancement of Women
Speaker: Janet Bickel, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, D.C.

2003 ARRS - “Balancing Career and Family: Working Strategies for Radiologists”
Jocelyn Chertoff, MD and Ewa Kuligowska, MD, FACR (Panel discussion)

2004 ARRS - Instructional Course: Alexander Margulis, MD
“Lessons in Leadership”

2004 RSNA - Ewa Kuligowska, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Boston University Medical School, M. Victoria Marx, MD, Professor of Clinical Radiology University of South California – Keck School of Medicine, Anne Roberts, MD, FACR, Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Radiology, Thorton Hospital in La Jolla, Lindsay S. Machan, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Head Angiography and Interventional Radiology, Vancouver Hospital, Ewa Radwanska, MD, Director, Invitro Fertilization Program, Rush University, Moderator: Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions “Infertility and the Professional”

1991 - 1999

1991 – Mentors in Radiology
Kay Shaffer, M.D., Moderator
Speaker: Kathleen Valley, M.B.A., Bruce Hillman, M.D., and Lori Barr, M.D.

1992 – Mentors in Radiology
Kay Shaffer, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Lori Barr, M.D., Bruce Hillman, M.D., and Margaret Neale, Ph.D.

1992 – Problematic Diagnoses In Women’s Health
Karen Reuter, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Carl D’Orsi, M.D., Deborah Hall, M.D., and Frank Reale, M.D.

1993 – Working Toward Gender Equity in Radiology Conceptualizations, Barriers, and Strategies
Lynne Steinbach, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Murray L. Janower, M.D., Sharyn A. Lenhart, M.D., and George R. Leopold, M.D.

1994 – Evaluation of Women with Pelvic Floor Problems
Judy M. Destouet, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Linda Brubaker, M.D., Frederick Kelvin, M.D., and Linda Brubaker, M.D.

1995 – Presentations that Work:Presentation Skills Workshop
B.J. Manaster, M.D., Ph.D., Moderator
Speakers: Bobbie Lawrie and Teri Goudie, Craddock Communications

1996 – How to Succeed in Radiology Organizations If You Really Try
Nancy Rosenfield, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Sarah Donaldson, M.D., Helen Redman, M.D., and Kay Vydareny, M.D.

1997 – Getting Your Work Published: Editors and Authors Tell All
Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Anthony V. Proto, M.D., William W. Olmsted, M.D., Laurens V. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., B.J. Manaster, M.D., Ph.D, and Wendy R.K. Smoker, M.D.

1998 – Women’s Imaging Centers and the Women’s Imaging Subspecialty: Emerging New Frontiers in Radiology
Teresita L. Angtuaco, M.D., Moderator
 Speakers: Ellen Shaw de Paredes, M.D., Kelly McAleese, M.D., Hedvig Hricak,M.D., Ph.D.

1999 – Antecedents of Osteoporosis
M. Ines Boechat, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Dorothy Nelson, Ph.D., Sharmila Majumdar, Ph.D,Vicente Gilsaz,M.D., Ph.D.

1981 - 1990

1981 – Practice Patterns of U.S. Radiologists: Do They Differ Between Men and Women?
Linda M. Fahr, MD, Moderator
The Academic Radiologist Speakers: H. Paul Jolly, PhD; Eugene C. Klatte, MD; Anne G. Osborn, MD; Rosalind H. Troupin, MD
The Private Practice Radiologist Speakers: Paul A. Riemenschneider, MD; Barbara E. Chick, MD; Helen C. Redman, MD: Theodore A. Tristan, MD

1982 – Dual Career Marriages
Linda M. Fahr, Moderator
Speakers: Barry Rumack, MD; Carol Rumack, MD; Wende W. Logan, MD; Jonathan Logan, MD; Renate L. Soulen, MD; Michael C. Soulen, BA

1983 – Joining a Group: Contracts—The Ins and Outs
Kay Vydareny, MD, Moderator
Speakers: A. Everette James, Jr., JD, MD; Burton A. Johnson, MD, LLD; Millard C. Spencer, MD; Joan Thomas

1984 – The Radiologist as Entrepreneur Developing a Private Practice
Gretchen Gooding, MD, Moderator
Speakers: Ayn Woodruff, MD; A. Patricia Harper, MD; Noel K. Harper, MBA; Ann Louise Steel-Buck, MD

1985 – Malpractice: Radiologic and Legal Interaction
Anita P. Friedman Price, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: John D. Hayes, J.D., Jane McAttee, J.D., and Neil K. Quinn, J.D.

1986 – Climbing the Ladder: Barriers and Strategies
Patricia A. Randall, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Susan Adelman, M.D., and Joseph Sackett, M.D.

1987 – Part-time Careers: Legal Rights and Economic Realities
Sandra K. Fernbach, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Diane Rothenberg, Ph.D., and Everette James, Jr., SC.M., J.D.,M.D.

1988–1990 – Patient-Initiated Mammography: The Potential and the Problems
Peggy J. Fritzsche, M.D., Moderator
Speakers: Barbara Monsees, M.D., Edward Sickles, M.D., James Brenner, M.D., J.D., and Ronald Evens, M.D.