AAWR Research and Education Foundation

The goal of the AAWR Research & Education Foundation is to provide Professional Leadership Awards and Research Grants to AAWR members. The Foundation sponsors one junior and one mid-career AAWR member to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Professional Development Seminars. The AAWR Research Grant Program is designed to support research projects conducted by AAWR members. The AAWR Research & Education Foundation thrives on donations from our members and support from our corporate partners.

RESEARCH RECOGNITION AWARDS

Member-in-Training Awards for Outstanding ASTRO Presentations in Radiation Oncology

The selected applicant will be presented with a monetary award of $100, an honorary certificate of recognition for professional development, and the abstract will be published on the AAWR website and Focus Newsletter.

Applicants must be a member of the AAWR on January 1 of the year of application. The applicant must be a fellow or resident who is the first author and presenter of the abstract accepted for scientific presentation at  ASTRO. The online application will ask all applying residents and fellows to provide: the title of the paper or abstract and unique ID number, and the applicant’s involvement within the AAWR (e.g. committee member, prior award recipient, lunch attendee, etc.). Additionally, please upload the following documents on the submission form in support of your application:
 

  • Copy of the abstract
  • The letter of acceptance
  • Current curriculum vitae 
  • A letter from faculty support
  • A letter of support from AAWR member or physician in applicant's specialty
  • Application -  Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology

    Apply Now! 
    Deadline August 23, 2022

Member-in-Training Awards for Outstanding RSNA Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology

The selected applicant will be presented with a monetary award of $100, an honorarium certificate of recognition for professional development, and the abstract will be published on the AAWR website and Focus Newsletter. 

Applicants must be a member of the AAWR on January 1 of the year of application. The applicant must be a fellow or resident who is the first author and presenter of the abstract accepted for scientific presentation at the RSNA.  The online application will ask all applying residents and fellows to provide: the title of the paper or abstract and unique ID number, and the applicant’s involvement within the AAWR (e.g. committee member, prior award recipient, lunch attendee, etc.).   Additionally, please upload the following documents on the submission form in support of your application: 
 

  • Copy of the abstract,
  • The letter of acceptance
  • Current curriculum vitae 
  • A letter from faculty support
  • A letter of support from the AAWR nominating member with the letter of application.
  • Application -  Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology

**To complete the application: when/if the applicant receives an invitation to present at RSNA 2022, she must email a copy of the invitation to aawr@acr.org.

Apply Now! 
Deadline August 23, 2022

Past Research Winners

ASTRO Member-In-Training

 

2021 ASTRO MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Amishi Bajaj, MD

Resident, Radiation Oncology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

 

 

Dr. Bajaj was raised in Oak Brook, Illinois and attended boarding school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy before completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where she majored in Psychology and graduated with Honors. She then enrolled in The Chicago Medical School and spent a year during medical school completing research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center, thereby graduating with an MD with Distinction in Research.

 

She went on to complete her internship training at the Presence St. Francis Hospital Transitional Year program in Evanston, Illinois, and she is now a radiation oncology resident at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Bajaj is passionate about women’s health, novel imaging techniques, patient safety, quality improvement, mentorship, multidisciplinary collaboration, and all research initiatives that strive to meaningfully improve clinical practice.

 

 

 

2020 ASTRO MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Deborah C. Marshall, MD, MAS

Mount Sinai Hospital

 

 

Deborah Marshall is a Chief Resident and Holman Pathway Resident in Radiation Oncology and a T32 Research Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in comparative ethnic studies and working in immigration law, Dr. Marshall pursued her medical training and a Master's degree in clinical research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She then completed her transitional year internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

 

As a research fellow, she now leads a multidisciplinary team studying female sexual toxicity after pelvic radiotherapy supported by grants from the Patty Brisben Foundation, NRG Oncology, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. Her clinical and translational scientific research focuses on achieving more equitable health outcomes through evidence-based strategies to reduce treatment-related toxicities and improve quality of life in priority cancer populations, including women and persons with HIV. Her social scientific research focuses on financial conflicts of interest in medicine and health policy. .

 

 

 

2019 ASTRO MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Susan Y. Wu, MD

Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology
University of California, San Francisco

 

 

Susan Y. Wu, MD, received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Biological Sciences magna cum laude from Rice University in 2010. She subsequently completed her MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she received the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship to investigate the late effects of hypothalamic radiation among pediatric brain tumor survivors. 

 

She is currently a radiation oncology resident at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include the impact of 68Ga-PSMA PET imaging on radiation treatment plans for patients with prostate cancer, thoughtful use of palliative radiotherapy at the end of life in patients with metastatic disease, and evidence-based tools to support patient decision-making.  Her work has been recognized by the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, the American Radium Society (ARS) Young Oncologist Essay Award, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award. 

 

 

 

 

RSNA Member-In-Training

 

2021 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Aylin Tahmasebi, MD

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

 

 

Aylin Tahmasebi, MD, is a physician and researcher from Iran. She has lived in countries spanning four continents in pursuit of her medical education and clinical experiences. She moved to the United States in 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow to continue her research at Thomas Jefferson University. She served in some of the world’s most remote areas with limited healthcare access. 

 

Dr. Tahmasebi has been involved in both clinical and preclinical research and has presented her work at many international conferences. She is a peer reviewer and editorial board member for several journals. She is passionate about gender equality in the healthcare industry. 

 

Her current research focus is on the application of Artificial Intelligence in Radiology, women's imaging, ultrasound Elastography, and Microbubble contrast.

 

 

 

2020 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Hena A. Cheema, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

 

 

Hena Cheema, MD, is a second year diagnostic radiology resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is originally from Carmel, Indiana. 

 

Dr. Cheema attended Indiana University in Bloomington on a full merit scholarship as a Wells Scholar and graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Chemistry in 2012. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2018 where she also conducted research as a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow. She is interested in breast imaging, global radiology, and technology innovation. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading autobiographies, oil painting, and cooking (especially making her signature samosas and chutney!). 

 

 

 

2019 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Anna Trofimova, MD, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine

 

 

Dr. Anna Trofimova is a fourth-year resident in Emory Diagnostic Radiology Residency Research Track. 

 

Her scientific focus is on investigating applications of advanced diagnostic techniques in the assessment of microstructural and functional changes of the brain. Dr. Trofimova is a recipient of the 2018 RSNA Research Resident Grant for her project investigating brain connectivity alterations in patients with vestibular impairment after mild traumatic brain injury. She is also interested in studying appropriateness and utilization of diagnostic imaging tests in neuroradiology. 

 

Dr. Trofimova has designed and is currently developing a neuroanatomy course specifically tailored to the educational needs of radiology trainees, incorporating hands-on experience with 3D-printed anatomic models for which she received the Adopt-a-Resident Grant of the Emory University Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. 

 

Her research efforts have been recognized by multiple awards including the 2019 RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, 2019 RSNA Trainee Research Prize, and 2019 Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research Harvey L. Neiman Award. She serves in leadership positions including as a Chief Resident at Emory Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program as well as on the institutional and national committees. 

 

After residency and fellowship training, Dr. Trofimova plans to pursue an academic career in neuroradiology. 

 

 

 

2015 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Linda Chen, MD

University of Washington Medical Center

 

 

 

 

 

2014 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Noushin Yahyavi Firouz Abadi, MD

Resting State fMRI as a Predictor of Vision Loss in Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)-associated Optic Pathway Gliomas

 

 

Dr. Yahyavi was born and raised in a family of physicians in Tehran, Iran. She entered the medical school after ranking 1st in the Iranian national universities medical examination among almost half a million participants. After obtaining her M.D. degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, she moved to the United States as a post-doctoral fellow. Subsequently, she did her internship in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St Louis. She is currently a diagnostic Neuroradiology fellow at the Russell H. Morgan Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has been author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented in many international and national conferences. Her honors and awards include RSNA trainee research prize, RSNA Certificate of Merit award, and multiple  travel awards from European, American, and international societies. 

 

Her research interests/expertise includes functional imaging (resting state and task based fMRI), head and neck imaging, spine imaging and intervention, and healthcare policies and management. 

 

 

 

2014 RSNA MIT Outstanding Presentation Award

Jennifer Shah, MD

The Role of PET/CT in the Nodal Management of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

 

 

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Shah completed her undergraduate studies in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this time, she was involved in multiple research projects pertaining to tumor biology, which led to her interest in medicine and oncology. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received other awards for academic distinction. She excelled during her internship as well, receiving the Intern of the Year Award at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is currently a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford. She enjoys caring for cancer patients immensely. During her residency training, she has developed particular interest in clinical research pertaining to head and neck cancer, lung cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, and esophageal cancer. Her research focuses on the role of radiation therapy and neck dissection in oral cavity cancer. She is also initiating a prospective clinical trial investigating toxicity management for radiation dermatitis. In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Shah has a strong interest in medical education and has played an active role in mentoring medical students and contributing to the educational resources in her residency program. Upon completion of her residency training, Dr. Shah looks forward to pursuing an academic career in radiation oncology. 

 

 

 

ARRS Member-In-Training