Kristin Kelly Porter, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section
UAB Department of Radiology

Dr. Kristin Porter is an Assistant Professor in the Abdominal Imaging Section of the Department of Radiology at UAB (the University of Alabama at Birmingham) in Birmingham, AL.  She completed her undergraduate training at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), graduating in 1998. After working for two years as a biologist in Pfizer’s neuroscience drug discovery division in Groton, CT, she returned to the MD/PhD program at Dartmouth College.  She completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2004 and her MD in 2009 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School.  After completing her radiology residency in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2014 and the Body and Cardiovascular MRI Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2015, she joined their Diagnostic Imaging faculty in the Body Imaging Division at Johns Hopkins until 2016. In 2016 she joined the Abdominal Imaging Section at UAB.
Dr. Porter is certified by the American Board of Radiology. In addition to being on the Board of Directors of the AAWR as secretary, Dr. Porter serves on the Awards Committee for the AAWR.  She is a reviewer for Abdominal Radiology and a question writer for the American College of Radiology (ACR) RADAR2 ultrasound section and for the ACR and ADPR (Association of Program Directors in Radiology) Radexam MR section. Her primary research interests focus on Quantitative MR techniques.  She is a prior Siemens Healthcare/RSNA Research Fellow Grant award recipient and a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/
Fellowship recipient.

Dr. Barbara Pawley

Barbara Pawley, MD
University of Kentucky Medical Center


Amy K Patel, MD
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine


Dr. Amy Patel is a Board-Certified Radiologist who specializes in Breast Imaging. She is a Breast Radiologist, Medical Director of the Women’s Imaging Center at Liberty Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. 

Dr. Patel is a graduate of the combined BA/MD accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Kansas-Wichita where she served as the first female chief resident in an all-male program. She completed her Breast Imaging Fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Washington University in Saint Louis. 

Dr. Patel's professional interests include recruitment of women in radiology, as she established the American College of Radiology (ACR) Resident and Fellow Section Women and Diversity Advisory Group when she was in training and now serves on the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity. She is also on the steering committee for RADxx, an initiative to recruit women into imaging informatics. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for AAWR. Her interests also include mentorship, social media, also serving on the social media committee for the Society of Breast Imaging, and leadership, being a former recipient of the Radiology Leadership Institute Summit Scholarship. 

She also has an avid interest in radiology political advocacy, serving on the RADPAC Board and is the social media liaison for the Radiology Advocacy Network. She is also a former ACR Rutherford Lavanty Fellow in Government Relations. She is also the first female and youngest radiologist recipient of the ACR Howard Fleishon MD Advocate of the Year Award. 

Image result for candice johnstone Candice Johnstone, MD
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine


Dr. Candice Johnstone is an Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology and the Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at St Joseph’s Hospital.   Her patient care emphasis is Lung, Breast, and Esophageal cancers, as well as palliative care.  She is the co-editor of a leading handbook titled Palliative Radiation Oncology.


Dr. Johnstone contributes to clinical program development and research and has special expertise in SBRT, the primary treatment of inoperable lung cancer.  At MCW she is the course director for the community oncology elective.  She received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine, completed her residency at Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Meridith J. Englander, MD, FSIR
Associate Professor of Radiology
Albany Medical College

Dr. Meridith Englander is an interventional radiologist at the Albany (NY) Stratton VA Medical Center. She graduated from Smith College and received her medical degree from Albany Medical College, where she also completed her radiology residency. Her fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Englander’s clinical work focuses on chronic venous disease.


Dr. Englander is a vocal advocate for gender equity issues in medicine and has published widely on this topic. She was the inaugural chair of the Women in Interventional Radiology section of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and was the 2020 recipient of the SIR Women in Interventional Radiology Champion Award. She currently serves as the Chair of the Data and Benchmarking Committee of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group at the SIR.


Dr. Englander is also a strong advocate for Interventional Radiology, serving as the chair of the SIR Government Affairs Committee. She is an SIR delegate to the AMA, where she is the Chair-elect of the Specialty and Service Society, the largest caucus of specialty medical societies at the AMA. She is also an alternate Councilor for the SIR to the American College of Radiology. At the ACR, she serves on the Commission on Interventional and Cardiovascular Imaging and is a member of the Committee for Women.


Dr. Englander has served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Radiology and has been a member of the AAWR Fellowship Selection Committee.




Lucy B Spalluto, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville 


Dr. Lucy B. Spalluto is a board-certified radiologist specializing in Women’s Imaging.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. Spalluto received her medical degree from the University of Virginia. After an internal medicine internship at Cabrini Medical Center in New York, NY, she attended the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. Her fellowship in Women’s Imaging was completed at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Spalluto’s clinical work focuses on breast imaging and pelvic and obstetric ultrasound.


Dr. Spalluto is actively involved in patient-centered research, female faculty development, and teaching residents and medical students.  She is the Co-Director of Vanderbilt’s Women in Radiology initiative and holds a grant from the American Medical Association for “Female Faculty Development in Radiology – Designing and Implementing a Module Based Educational Program.”  She serves on the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care, the AUR Taskforce on New Models for Research Mentoring, and is a founder of the AAWR Bookclub.

Michelle Dorsey, MD

Dr. Michelle Dorsey is a dedicated public servant, committed to driving excellence and innovation in health care. Initially distinguishing her facility by contributing to the development of the VA’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, she subsequently broke the glass ceiling as the Phoenix VA’s first female Chief of Radiology. During a time of high-profile crisis, Dr. Dorsey transformed a challenged department into a national leader in providing timely and state of the art radiology care. Renowned for her process improvement and change management abilities, Dr. Dorsey was quickly tapped for multiple senior executive positions: Acting Associate and Deputy Directorships at the Phoenix VA, and Acting Associate Director of the VA National Teleradiology Program. This culminated in her selection as the first physician to represent the Department of Veterans Affairs as a White House Leadership Fellow. In her placement at the Office of Management and Budget she is responsible for programmatic leadership of the Federal Government’s Customer Experience Cross-Agency Priority Goal.


More broadly, Dr. Dorsey monitors global health issues and, as a United Nations Observer, has been a delegate at multiple high-level UN meetings in New York and overseas. A volunteer with RAD-AID International, she develops radiology resources and provides training in underserved countries, with a focus on women’s health and breast imaging. Additionally, Dr Dorsey has undertaken many active roles in the American College of Radiology, Arizona Radiological Society and American Board of Radiology. Author of multiple publications and speaker at national and international events, Dr. Dorsey has received multiple honors including being named to the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s “Guide to America’s Top Physicians.”


Dr. Dorsey is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist, having completed a musculoskeletal imaging fellowship with additional emphasis in breast imaging at the Mayo Clinic Arizona. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Radiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Her residency was undertaken at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, following a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently Dr. Dorsey earned an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Dr. Kathleen Horst,
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford Medicine




Member at Large - Radiation Oncology

Emily Merfeld, MD

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Emily Merfeld, MD, is a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, followed by medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where she’s now a PGY-3 radiation oncology resident.


Dr. Merfeld is interested in cancer outcomes research, with a particular emphasis on gynecologic cancers, brachytherapy, and clinical trial development. She is additionally involved in gender equity research and community outreach. 

Member at Large – MIT  DX
Shadi Esfahani, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital


Shadi Esfahani MD, MPH is a Diagnostic Radiology Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is spending her final year of residency training at the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and will pursue Abdominal Imaging Fellowship at MGH beginning July 2020.

Dr. Esfahani received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Immediately after graduation, she started a postdoctoral fellowship at MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she focused on development and translation of molecular imaging approaches to optimize diagnosis and treatment of cancer for three years. Subsequently she completed her transitional internship at MetroWest Medical Center in Tufts School of Medicine prior to radiology residency. She is actively involved in pre-clinical and clinical research in the field of molecular imaging with particular interest in the application of PET/MR and Hyperpolarized MR imaging for personalized treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies. She is the principle investigator on an RSNA Resident Research Grant and a Ralph Schlaeger Research Award.

Dr. Esfahani serves as the President of Resident and Fellow Section of Massachusetts Radiological Society (MRS). She is also a member of MRS Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Early Career and Trainees Working Group of Women in Nuclear Medicine. She serves as a member of ACNM Nuclear Medicine Resident Organization, SNMMI Resident Committee and SCBT-MR Communications Committee. She is the ACNM 2020 Leadership and Health Policy Fellow and the SNMMI 2020 Future Leaders Academy Fellow. She also serves as the RSNA alternate delegate to American Medical Association (AMA).







Member at Large - Private Practice

Catherine Everett, MD, MBA, FACR

Coastal Radiology Assoc PLLC

Catherine is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University with a degree in mathematics, and received her MD degree at the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine.  She finished her residency and fellowship at UNC, and entered private practice at Coastal Radiology in New Bern, NC where she is still working 39 years later. 

She is a long term managing partner of the practice, and currently serves as president. Catherine served on the executive committee of the medical staff at Carolina East Medical Center for 16 consecutive years, as both chair of the department of imaging, and an at-large member.  She was the first, and only, female chief of staff.

In 2010, Catherine received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She then started volunteer work with the ACR, and has served as president of the North Carolina chapter, on the Council Steering Committee, as chair of the economics committee of the General Small Emergency and Rural Commission, and as chair of the steering committee of the Senior Retired Section.  She is on the board of the American Association of Women Radiologists.

She is co-founder and president of Eidetico, a company which supplies a report library of template reports.

Catherine enjoys wakeboarding, water skiing, gardening, and is a CrossFit fanatic.  She dotes on her two grandchildren, Betsy and Eason.

ACR Councilor

Susan Ackerman, MD
Medical University of South Carolina