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 nominee has undertaken in leadership, clinical care, teaching, and/or scholarship and the accomplishments that impacted women in our professions. 

The 2015 recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is Kimberly Applegate, MD, MS, FACR.


Dr. Applegate, a widely respected leader in radiology and strong advocate for women in radiology, was introduced by Dr. Katarzyna Macura, past president of the AAWR (2005).


Dr. Applegate maintains a strong leadership presence in radiology at a national level.  She is the Speaker of the Council of the American College of Radiology (ACR), President of the Association for University Radiologists (AUR) Research and Education Foundation, and Past President of the AUR, AAWR (2003), and Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research.  She is a founding member of the Image Gently Campaign.


She has been recognized for her outstanding efforts in the field of radiology by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Lifetime Achievement Award, ACR Indiana Chapter Gold Medal, American Roentgen Ray (ARRS) Scholar Award, AUR Gold Medal, RSNA Editorial Award and the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Presidential Recognition Award.  Moreover, she has provided mentorship to more than 20 mentees receiving awards, including the AUR Memorial Award and the Henry Goldberg Prize. 

Dr. Applegate’s research focuses on evidence based imaging appropriateness, radiation safety, and health services and policy.  She is a member of both the National and International Councils for Radiation Protection and the Steering Committee for the Image Gently Campaign and has over 170 publications.


In addition to her tremendous efforts in radiation safety, Dr. Applegate has been an advocate for women in radiology since the start of her career.  She succeeded in securing childcare and lactation facilities at the Annual RSNA Meeting.  She contributed to the AAWR Survivor’s Guide to Radiology Residency and Parenting Guide for AAWR Members.  She has numerous publications focusing on women in the radiology workforce including “Female medical students’ interest in radiology careers” and “The future workforce in academic radiology: gender, generational, and cultural influences.”


The AAWR is grateful to Dr. Applegate for her career long efforts in research, leadership, and advocacy for women in radiology.  


Dr. Applegate's  Acceptance Speech at RSNA


Thank you for this very important and meaningful award. It really does mean a great deal to me to receive this honor from the AAWR today so I thank you from my heart. I want to share 2 short stories with you and then ask something of each of you. 



I first attended the RSNA meeting 25 years ago as a resident. The RSNA had invited some residents to an introduction to research program where I met several that have remained friends and colleagues to this day—one is a past president of the AAWR, Lynn Fordham. As I walked up the stairs of the McCormick main entrance that day, I saw a sea of men in blue suits. At that time, there were exhibit booths between the North and South Building. As I strolled down one side, I viewed an unexpected sight: a photo of Marie Curie in one of the booths. I paused and a woman at the booth asked if she could help me with any questions about the AAWR. This simple question began my involvement with this wonderful mentoring organization. That woman was Kay Shaffer, AAWR President, and now retired neuroradiologist at Medical College of Wisconsin. I take this opportunity to thank Kay and many others like her—including Ewa Kuligowska, Kasia Macura, and importantly, Carol Rumack. These conversations, support, and mentorship by women certainly made a difference to me and will make a difference for the next generation of men and women in the Radiology Community.

The second story is one of family. While we do not get to choose our parents, I was very lucky. They believed in hard work and they believed in education, for both their daughters and son. My father was a role model in that he practiced solo family medicine in a small town, taking me on house calls, and was beloved by his patients. When I met my husband early in training, we shared similar values.

We have been married for 24 years and raised 3 sons. I could not have had the professional career I have without him. Shall I paraphrase the saying that ‘behind every good woman is an even better man’?; nor would I have the family without him. We are partners, best friends, and more. I am so proud to be his wife. Please stand George Parker, so I may thank and acknowledge you today, and the richness of our lives together. We may each have given up hobbies from our younger years and yet each have gained much as a family, from each other and our children.

Finally, I will end by asking each of you in this room to actively be kind to each other. Social norms seem to want women to be critical of each other; please do not do so. Instead, be supportive. Think about the women who have made the way a bit easier for you. There are so many within this organization that serve as silent role models and so I ask you, in turn to ‘pay it forward’. Let’s help each other succeed at our professional and personal goals. One of my favorite quotes by Marie Curie is that ‘nothing is to be feared, it is only to be understood’. It starts with kindness, but also our understanding, and humanity.

Thank you.



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 Alice Ettinger Distinguished Award was not presented in 2015

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.

Jennifer Favinger,MD grew up in Bellingham, WA and graduated from Tufts University with a major in Biochemistry. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School and is currently the Chief Resident in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Washington.  She has been active in the AAWR and in the Women in Radiology group at her home institution.



 Gelareh Sadign grew up in Tehran, Iran and received a medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2009, where she had the opportunity of participating in several research projects on the preventive strategies for contrast-induced nephropathy and patient safety. After graduation, she moved to Michigan as a Research Scholar in the Department of Radiology at University of Michigan, and focused her research in health services having world-known researchers as my mentors.

In 2012, she began an internship and then residency at Emory University, where she had a great mentorship support from the Department and had the opportunity of continuing my research with a focus on comparative effectiveness, appropriateness, and imaging utilization. In 2015, she was awarded the RSNA resident research scholar grant, for my project about evidence based-health care delivery in cancer survivorship.  Dr. Sadign also was honored to be one of the resident scholars participating at Radiology Leadership Institute summit.



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

Miranda (Kim) Lam MD, MB
A has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the AAWR Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Lam received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Amherst College in 2006. She then received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School. Dr. Lam is currently a chief resident in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program in Boston, MA. Her research interests involve health services and health policy research focusing on cancer care cost and delivery. In addition to her research, she has an interest in residency education. She was elected to the Brigham and Women’s Education Committee and has been serving as the radiation oncology resident representative on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee working alongside program directors and department chairs to evaluate all U.S. radiation oncology residency programs for accreditation.

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.


Dr. Erin Schwartz:  2015 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award Winner

As the recipient of the 2015 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award, generously provided by the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology (FASNR), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), I was afforded the opportunity to attend the 2015 ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit at the Babson Executive Education Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to further their leadership skills.

The course is highly interactive and, well prior to arriving at the Babson College campus, educational materials and homework assignments were electronically distributed, so that we could hit the ground running at the start of this jam-packed three day program.  The combination of didactic, but highly interactive, lectures and hands-on, small group breakout sessions was an extremely effective way to learn the business and leadership skills with which many of us are not familiar, and to directly apply them to real world and healthcare situations. The breakout sessions also fostered tremendous interactions between radiologists and other professionals from a wide variety of practice settings, including large and small academic and private practice groups, with fascinating discussions of practice patterns, models, and demands.

The faculty from Babson College and the RLI were uniformly outstanding. Sessions on Negotiation, Industry Change, Marketing, and Emotional Intelligence all provided fantastic overviews and directly applicable skills on these complex subjects, and were as dynamic and interesting as I had hoped. However, the session on Investing in Your Practice, Wisely –  3 and ½ hours dedicated to finance, investments, and a primer on discounted cash flow analysis – initially sounded about as uninteresting to me as a topic could be. I could not have been more wrong! The presentation was outstanding; the lecturer made the material approachable and understandable even to the most financially naïve. And its importance cannot be overstated. As a leader, making substantial financial decisions and recommendations for capital expenditures for your practice requires a knowledge of these fundamentals.

The other session which I found particularly valuable was on Strategy. Without a clear understanding of the mission, values, vision, and strategy for your group, including the fundamental differences between each of these, a leader cannot effectively lead. Going through the exercises of scenario building and strategy development has allowed me to begin the process of critically assessing each of these factors in my practice, to be more well prepared for upcoming changes in healthcare.

 I am most grateful to the FASNR, ACR, and AAWR for this tremendous honor and the chance to attend the RLI Leadership Summit. Applying what I have learned has already made me a better leader, both in my practice and as President of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, and has stimulated me to pursue formal RLI leadership certification. I encourage all women with an interest in leadership to join the RLI and attend the next RLI Leadership Summit. You will personally benefit from it, and our field will benefit from your leadership.