Winter 2021 • Volume 41 • Number 1

 

President's Address

Kristin Kelly Porter, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section

University of Alabama - Birmingham 

Department of Radiology

Dear AAWR Members,

It is my great honor to write this rallying cry to you as the 2021 American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR) President.  In her 1937 biography, Dr. Marie Sklodowska Curie wrote, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”  As you know, the AAWR is gifted for advancing women in radiology and this we must attain.

 

The year 2020 was not easy for any of us; however, under the leadership of Dr. Lucy B. Spalluto, the 2020 AAWR President, and Stephanie Hige, AAWR Executive Director, our organization persevered. I want to thank them and you sincerely, as the strength and resolve of the AAWR at this time is critical.  Across practice types, women in radiology are experiencing increased stress during the pandemic, likely due to women being disproportionately responsible for caregiving and household tasks with reduced support. This increased stress results in higher rates of burnout, decreased productivity, and increased attrition with a potential consequence of worse future advancement of women in radiology [1].

 

I am in awe of AAWR’s 2020 accomplishments:  we increased our membership by 50 percent compared to 2019 with the highest number of members since 2016. This increase in membership is the direct result of exceptional programming and productive partnerships, including eight new virtual events. Many of these events specifically supported women in radiology during the pandemic, such as the webinar, Parenting and Radiology Practice in the COVID-19 Era, co-sponsored with the American College of Radiology Diversity and Human Resources Commissions. A productive partnership with Ambra and RadXX resulted in an incredibly useful webinar series on Financial Freedom, which is available for members on our website in the Webinar Archives if you missed it (https://www.aawr.org/Events/Webinar-Archives).

 

One of the AAWR’s greatest strengths is the dedication of its senior members.  I look forward to celebrating these women at our virtual 40th Anniversary Celebration on May 11 when past AAWR leaders will reflect on their AAWR experience, and our first President, Dr. Carol Rumack, will give a keynote address.  Another great strength of the AAWR is the enthusiasm of our amazing members in training (MIT), led in 2020 by Drs. Shadi Esfahani and Anna Lee.  They are the future of our organization, and it is heartening to witness the growth in their numbers. 

 

Important work remains and we must harness our momentum to support one another, recruit women to our ranks, and elevate more women radiologists to senior leadership positions, particularly as we confront the consequences of the pandemic.  As Dr. Curie also said, “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”   With this in mind, we must persevere.   My personal goal for the AAWR this year is to reach and support more mid-career women in radiology, particularly those in private practice, through our committees, programming, and sponsorship. We need to support these women as future radiology leaders and create a well-traveled path to senior and leadership radiology positions for our numerous MIT.  We must patch the leaky pipeline [2]. 

 

Thank you for your continued support of the AAWR, its mission, and an improved radiology culture and future.  I am at once humbled and proud to be a part of this incredible organization.

 

Respectfully,

Kristin

 

 [1]         Wolfman DJ, Porter KK, Johnson DL, Parikh JR. Unsustainable: COVID-19 Demands Increased Support for Radiologists. Clin Imaging 2020;73:18-9.

[2]         Daldrup-Link H, Villavasso K, Zhao Q, Lu Y, Ranieri A, Simard C, et al. How to Prevent a Leaky Pipeline in Academic Radiology: Insights From a Faculty Survey. J Am Coll Radiol 2019;16(9 Pt A):1220-4.

 


 

 

 

 

Editor's Note

Meridith J. Englander, MD, FSIR

Associate Professor of Radiology

Albany Medical College

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in so many ways. We have had to reimagine how we work, parent, socialize, and live. As an organization, AAWR has seized the opportunity to build community and support our members. Online events and webinars have provided valuable content and demonstrate the power of a virtual network.

 

AAWR members are joined by a common bond in radiology. But as women diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, and radiation oncologists, we share another connection that influences and guides us as we navigate career, relationships, and life.

 

As we begin a new year, as we line up for our vaccines, and as we continue to balance career demands with home responsibilities, let us take some time to reflect on the hurdles we have overcome this year. Know that you are not alone, that you have a supportive network of women colleagues across North America. AAWR is at its core, a home for women in Radiology. As I look forward to 2021, I am glad to be part of this special community.

 

 

Meet the Newest AAWR Board Members

Secretary

 

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.

 

 

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. 


 

2020 Accomplishments

2020 was a banner year for the Association!
Thank you for your membership and commitment to supporting women in radiology. 

MEMBERSHIP​

240 new members (70 more than 2019) - membership increased by 50%​.

Membership is highest since 2016​.

AAWR database includes ~4,000 individuals. 950 members or prospects were added in 2020​.

President-Elect became Membership Committee Chair.

EVENTS

Transitioned established events to virtual and executed 8 new virtual events​.

 

BYLAWS CHANGES​

Five sections of the bylaws updated.


COMMITTEES

Three new committees.​​

Survey: Goal - send out two separate surveys to members and lapsed member/prospects in early 2021​​.

Chapter: Goal -  write protocols for institutions/practices to create chapters​​.

Mentorship: Goal - write protocols and collect volunteers for pilot program.

 

Learn more and watch the 2020 Members Meeting - https://www.aawr.org/Events/Webinar-Archives

 

 

Achieving Your Goals Through Mentorship 

Anna Trofimova, MD, PhD
Neuroradiology Fellow, PGY-6
Emory University School of Medicine

Jointly sponsored by the AAWR and the Society for Advanced Body Imaging (SABI), a webinar entitled “Achieving Your Goals Through Mentorship” took place on January 15 featuring four truly inspirational leaders in radiology – Drs. Tara Catanzano, Stephanie Spottswood, Carolyn Meltzer, and Susan Ascher.

 

Dr. Kristin Porter, 2021 AAWR President, opened the webinar and introduced the first speaker, Dr. Tara Catanzano, who is a Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Radiology Residency Program Director, and Associate Director for Academic Career Development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also serves as a SABI Education Chair and AAWR Mid-Career Chair. Dr. Catanzano discussed the importance of mentorship and shared 10 tips to leverage mentors for professional career development, including surrounding yourself with the people you admire the most, finding a mentor that allows you to be yourself, looking for a mentor outside of your specialty, and knowing when and how to end mentorship relationships.

 

The next speaker, Dr. Stephanie Spottswood, Emerita Professor of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an ICC Certified Coach, focused her discussion on the nuances of three types of professional guidance in academic medicine - mentorship, sponsorship, and coaching, and clarified which of these three will be of greatest benefit in one’s professional career. Dr. Spottswood explained that while a mentor supports a mentee through building skills and confidence to facilitate career advancement, a sponsor promotes a protégé directly by providing transformative connections with key people, organizations, and opportunities. Finally, a coach might not be a subject matter expert, but is a professionally trained individual who helps a coachee to empower change, clarify desired outcomes, design specific actions, and achieve results.  

 

Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, Professor and Chair of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Academic Advancement, Leadership and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Emory University School of Medicine, continued the discussion and provided insights into institutional career growth. Dr. Meltzer emphasized the importance of having a discussion of career interests and goals with the department chair or a division director, tying individual goals into institutional or departmental strategic priorities, proactively asking for feedback, and making it clear you are open for continuous professional development. She emphasized the importance of building trusted networks when transitioning into a new position, discussed the ways of cultivating sponsorship, and the role of social media in this process. Be authentic, be generous, connect with others, avoid personal chatter, and go big at national conferences, says Dr. Meltzer about professional presence on social media.

 

The final speaker, Dr. Susan Ascher, Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair of Research at Georgetown University, and 2019 SABI President, discussed the role of professional society engagement in cultivating mentorship and sponsorship. “Joining a professional society is kind of like choosing a college,” says Dr. Ascher. Dr. Ascher shared her advice on how to successfully engage in a professional  society: know yourself and do your homework to learn more about the society; attend a meeting and network broadly; ask the staff for help in looking for opportunities to get involved; volunteer judiciously and 120 percent; and finally, speak up, thoughtfully and respectfully.

 

This one-hour discussion was highly motivational and full of actionable information that will help women excel in the areas of mentorship, sponsorship, and coaching at any stage of their professional career.

 

The recording of the webinar is available on the AAWR website: https://www.aawr.org/Events/Webinar-Archives

 

 

 

 

Don't Miss These Informative Webinars and a Special 40th Anniversary Celebration! 

 

 

February 25, 2021

Speed Mentoring
Sponsored by Bracco Diagnostics
Register Here – space is limited.

Dr. Cheri Canon               Open for Questions

Dr. Amy Patel                  Contract Negotiation

Dr. Elizabeth Arleo           Goals We Set, Goals We Get

Dr. Lucy Spalluto             Transition into Practice

Dr. Lori Deitte                 Well-Being and Work-Life Integration

Dr. Johnson Lightfoote     Leadership and Professional Societies

Dr. Michele Johnson        Things I Wish I Would Have Known Earlier in My Career

Dr. Catherine Everett       Academic versus Private Practice

Dr. Gail Morgan               Battling Imposterism

Dr. Susan Ackerman        Asking for What You Want


March 11, 2021
Historical Diversity Perspective in Radiology
Dr. Johnson Lightfoote
ACR Chair, Commission for Women and Diversity, Pomona Valley Hospital
Registration Coming Soon!

April 7, 2021 
Dare to Lead
Personal Development Webinar/Workshop
Registration Coming Soon!

May 11, 2021
AAWR's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Check website for updates!

 

 

 

 

President's Award 

Kimberly Beavers, MD

AdventHealth Orlando

The President's Award, new in 2020, is presented to a member who has made outstanding contributions to AAWR during the president's term. The first recipient of this prestigious award is Dr. Kimberly Beavers.

Dr. Beavers is a breast and body imaging radiologist at AdventHealth Orlando. She completed her residency training at AdventHealth Orlando and fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Her interests include the recruitment and promotion of women in radiology, excellence in breast imaging, and legislative advocacy. 

Twitter chat with Dr. Beavers @kbeaversmd. 

 

 

Marie Sklodowska Curie Award 

Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, FAAWR, FSAR

Professor, Chair of Radiology

University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine

 

Cheri L. Canon is a Professor and Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the UAB School of Medicine and sits on the UAB Medicine Joint Operating Leadership Council, the senior leadership team for the health system. She served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for 11 years,  was a member of the Board of Trustees, and now sits on its Board of Governors.

 

Dr. Canon was the vice chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR)  Board of Chancellors, and previously served as the chair of the ACR Commission on Education. She is the president of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) and the co-creator of LEAD, a women’s leadership development program jointly developed by SCARD and GE Healthcare. Additionally, she sits on the boards of directors for the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Abdominal Radiology, and the Academy of Radiology Research Academic Council.

 

She is active in the Birmingham community and is a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club and the immediate past president for MOMENTUM, a Birmingham women’s leadership organization.

 

          

 

Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FAAWR, FACR, FASTRO
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Associate Dean of Medical Admissions

Stanford University School of Medicine

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, is a Professor of Radiation Oncology, Professor of Neurosurgery (courtesy), and Associate Dean of MD Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gibbs has served in several educational leadership roles within the institution and nationally and is a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Gibbs’ clinical and research areas of expertise are pediatric and adult brain tumors and robotic radiosurgery. Dr. Gibbs was the founding co-Director of the Stanford Cyberknife Radiosurgery Program for more than a decade where she helped to build world-renowned clinical programs in innovative radiation treatments for patients with central nervous system tumors and robotic radiosurgery. 

Dr. Gibbs has earned professional recognition as Fellow of the American College of Radiology, Fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellow, and Fellow of the American Association for Women in Radiology. She has served on several local and national boards and committees including the Board of Governors of the Stanford Medical Alumni Association, the University of Delaware College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, the Radiosurgery Society, the American Board of Radiology (ABR), American College of Radiology (ACR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

She is a past chair of the National Medical Association Section on Radiology and Radiation Oncology, and the current President of the Board of the Radiosurgery Society, an international society of experts of radiosurgery.

 

 

 

Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology 

Shadi A. Esfahani, MD, MPH

Abdominal Imaging Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

 

 

Shadi Esfahani MD, MPH, is finishing her clinical training as an abdominal imaging fellow at the MGH Department of Radiology. 

 

Dr. Esfahani received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Immediately after graduation, she started her postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging where she focused on development of translational molecular imaging approaches for three years. She is a graduate of the diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine residency program at MGH. Her particular research interest is pre-clinical and translational application of PET/MR and Hyperpolarized MR imaging for personalized treatment of malignancies. She is the principal investigator of an RSNA Resident Research Grant and two Ralph Schlaeger Research Awards.

 

Dr. Esfahani serves as the Co-Chair of the AAWR Member-in-Training Committee, Past President of Resident and Fellow Section of Massachusetts Radiological Society (MRS), member of MRS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Early Career and Trainees Working Group of Women in Nuclear Medicine. She serves as a board member of ACNM Nuclear Medicine Resident Organization and on multiple committees at SNMMI. She is the ACNM 2020 Leadership and Health Policy Fellow and the graduate of SNMMI 2020 Future Leaders Academy. She also serves as the RSNA alternate delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA).

 

Dr. Esfahani will start her academic radiology career by joining the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the MGH Department of Radiology and MGH Martinos Center in July 2021.  

 

 

 


Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology 

Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, MD, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Radiation Oncology Program

 

 

Dr. Oladeru is a PGY-5 Resident in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. She is driven by her humble experiences growing up in Nigeria and her passion for improving access to care and cancer-related outcomes in vulnerable and overlooked populations.

She attended Yale University for premedical and graduate studies, obtained her medical degree from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and completed a medicine internship at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Besides mentoring young women and underrepresented STEM scholars, she leads telehealth initiatives that support efforts to mitigate disparities in modern radiotherapy access in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Oladeru looks forward to an academic career with a clinical focus on patients with breast cancer and health services research on cancer in incarcerated populations.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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!)

 

Shaffer’s Generosity Supports Radiology Leadership Institute Award

Katherine (Kay) Shaffer, MD, FAAWR, FACR

AAWR President 1992

 Katherine (Kay) Shaffer MD, FACR has contributed a generous gift to the American Association of Women in Radiology (AAWR) that will support women radiologists’ pursuit of leadership. Dr. Shaffer, longstanding AAWR member, was on the founding AAWR Steering Committee in 1981, served as AAWR Secretary from 1981-1989, and served as the 1992 AAWR President.  Kay received the AAWR Alice Ettinger Award in 2000 and the AAWR Marie Curie Award in 2007.  

 

Dr. Shaffer’s gift will fund an annual scholarship award for an AAWR member to attend the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Radiology Leadership Institute  (RLI). The RLI offers leadership skills training, professional development programming, and networking opportunities for radiologists who want to advance their careers.  RLI’s portfolio of programming includes contract negotiation, leading change, expanding leadership skills, and addressing practice culture. “The AAWR is committed to furthering the career advancement of women in radiology.  I am excited to be able to support these efforts through an annual scholarship to attend the RLI," says Shaffer.

 

The first recipient of the Katherine A. Shaffer, MD Leadership Award is Dr. Anna Trofimova who will attend the upcoming 2021 RLI Leadership Summit. Of the award, Dr. Trofimova says, "I’m deeply honored to be the first recipient of the Katherine A. Shaffer, MD Leadership Award. I believe that being a leader means to serve others, and it is particularly important for radiologists to be equipped with a solid set of leadership skills in the current era of dynamically changing healthcare landscape. The AAWR is a flagship in supporting and promoting women in radiology and I greatly value the opportunity provided through this scholarship to attend the 2021 RLI. I look forward to furthering my leadership skills, learning the perspective of renowned thought leaders in radiology, and establishing new professional connections at the 2021 RLI Leadership Summit."

 

Dr. Shaffer attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed her residency in radiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Kay’s entire academic life was spent at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Throughout her career, Dr. Shaffer has extensively contributed to the field of radiology.  She has chaired the ACR Committee on Radiologist Resources and served on the ACR Nominating Committee and Council Steering Committee.  Kay served as the Wisconsin Radiology Society President in 2000 and 2001.  She was a founding member of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR), served as the 1987-1988 ASHNR President, and received the ASHNR Gold Medal in 2003.  Dr. Shaffer was the first woman to serve as chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee in Diagnostic Radiology (1997 and 1998).  She is a Fellow of the ACR and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).

 

The AAWR is grateful for Dr. Shaffer’s very generous donation and her longstanding commitment to the organization.  To learn more about applying for the Katherine A. Shaffer, MD Leadership Award to attend the RLI 2021 Leadership Summit please click here.

 

This article was written by Lucy B. Spalluto, MD, MPH, AAWR Immediate Past President.

 

 

 

Research Rounds: Tracking the Pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® studied imaging utilization in different settings over the course of 2020.

With the sudden onset of the pandemic in March, radiologists were eager to know whether the impact observed at their practices was also being seen throughout the country. Furthermore, policymakers and their constituents needed to understand the indirect consequences of the pandemic. With Americans advised (or ordered) to stay at home, and fearful of COVID-19, it was important to understand changes in imaging that could translate to gaps in care, missed diagnoses, and delayed treatments — and, conversely, whether increased case rates of COVID-19 were driving up imaging in some categories. The five studies completed to date tell a story of dramatic declines in imaging that started immediately after the first COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in New York.

Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider and a Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (NHPI) research partner, presented a perfect case study of the first U.S. COVID19 hot spot. Therefore, Northwell data offered a leading indicator of what might occur in other parts of the country.

Two additional approaches evaluated how imaging was impacted in other parts of the country. First, data was collected from community practices across all regions of the U.S. Next, a survey of 228 radiology practices explored broader concerns from the practice perspective.

At Northwell, during the first seven weeks after COVID19 hit last spring, there was a 28% decrease across all imaging, compared to 2019. Strikingly, outpatient imaging dropped by 88% and ER imaging by 46% — in contrast to the 14% inpatient decline. By modality, mammography took the biggest hit, with a 58% decline. In mid-April, mammography hit its lowest point, coming in 94% lower than the previous year.1

A second study explored Northwell’s inpatient imaging in more detail and found that the changes in most imaging modalities — CT, MRI, and mammography — were comparable to the global changes. The key exception was radiography, which exhibited a small 4% increase in the inpatient setting and a smaller decline in US. In the inpatient setting, US declined by 33% (compared to the 47% drop across all settings).2 Lung X-ray and US have been key to identifying and treating respiratory problems stemming from COVID-19, such as pneumonia, and may have accounted for the lesser drop in the inpatient setting.

A separate study of potential health disparities found that the pandemic also created distinct changes in the demographics and socioeconomics of patients receiving imaging. Imaging services at Northwell increased in groups that have historically received less imaging but are known to be more susceptible to the coronavirus infection: men, minorities, lower income, and the uninsured.3

The analysis of national community practices was no less bleak. There was an overall 52% decrease in imaging in the first week of April, which was slightly higher in the outpatient setting (66%). Mammography was down by 92%, which was almost equivalent to the 94% drop observed at the nadir at Northwell. CT and radiography both decreased by about 30% in community practices.4

Not surprisingly, radiology practices endured major challenges as a result of the pandemic. Revenue for all types of practices in April was cut by more than half, on average, according to survey data. More than 70% of practices applied for financial relief, but 87% still had to cut positions or reduce salaries. In response to the pandemic, almost a quarter of surveyed practices developed teleradiology capabilities.5

From a policy perspective, it is important for national, state, and local leaders to understand the unintended consequences of the pandemic on other aspects of health. The observed decline in mammography is a key example of how COVID-19-related restrictions — or personal choices to reduce risk — could translate to adverse health consequences for an unrelated disease. For example, cancelled or deferred mammograms could result in a swift rise in breast cancer cases identified too late to avoid progression.

Promoting safe protocols for patients to get the imaging they need to stay healthy is clearly critical as COVID-19 cases are still rampant across the country. However, the extra resources, staff, and PPE required to ensure safety pose additional costs to practices. CMS should consider reimbursement that accounts for these extra expenses.

Finally, as we look toward recovering from the pandemic, public health campaigns need to encourage patients to reschedule any missed appointments, screenings, or treatments. These campaigns, combined with communications from healthcare and insurance providers, will be critical to minimize the indirect and broader consequences of this crisis for public health.

By ELIZABETH Y. RULA, PHD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HARVEY L. NEIMAN HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE®

ENDNOTES

  1. Naidich JJ, Boltyenkov A, Wang JJ, Chusid J, Hughes D, Sanelli PC. Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic on Imaging Case Volumes. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Jul;17(7):865–872.
  2. Naidich JJ, Boltyenkov A, Wang JJ, Chusid J, Hughes D, Sanelli PC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Shifts Inpatient Imaging Utilization. J Am Coll Radiol.2020 Oct;17(10):12891298.
  3. Naidich JJ, Boltyenkov A, Wang JJ, Chusid J, Hughes D, Sanelli PC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Shifts Inpatient Imaging Utilization. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Oct;17(10):12891298.
  4. Duszak R Jr, Maze J, Sessa C, Fleishon HB, Golding LP, Nicola GN, Hughes DR. Characteristics of COVID-19 Community Practice Declines in Noninvasive Diagnostic Imaging Professional Work. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Nov;17(11):14531459.
  5. Malhotra A, Wu X, Fleishon HB, Duszak R Jr, Silva E 3rd, McGinty GB, Bender C, Williams B, Pashley N, Stengel CJB, Naidich JJ, Hughes D, Sanelli PC. Initial Impact of COVID-19 on Radiology Practices: An ACR/RBMA Survey. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Nov;17(11):15251531.

Reprinted with permission from the ACR Bulletin, December 2020. Click here to read online:

https://www.acr.org/Practice-Management-Quality-Informatics/ACR-Bulletin/Articles/January-2021/Research-Rounds

 

 

A little birdie told us…

 Check out some of the many accomplishments of our talented members that have been shared on #RadTwitter recently!

  

Rachel Zimmerman Bass

@rzbass

Presented her first lecture at an MSK radiology attending at UAB

https://twitter.com/rzbass_/status/1318632609912705025?s=20

Cheri Canon

@chericanon

Awarded the ACR Gold Medal

https://twitter.com/KMagudia/status/1318942160285179904?s=20

Cheri Canon

@chericanon

Received the AAWR Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award

https://twitter.com/DrIanWeissman/status/1326007699650260992?s=20

Aditi Chaurasia

@draditichauras1

Published in CVIR Endovascular

https://twitter.com/draditichauras1/status/1345837012591341568?s=20

Melissa Chen

@MelissaChenMD

Featured expert in ASNR’s “Healthcare 2021 and Beyond” Townhall

https://twitter.com/TheASNR/status/1334546717438521344?s=20

Jena Depetris

@JenaDepetrisMD

Awarded Certificate of Merit at RSNA 2020 for Educational Exhibit on Intracardiac Shunts

https://twitter.com/MGHImaging/status/1334190021897805829?s=20

Shadi Esfahani

@ShadiEsfahani

Awarded the Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology

https://twitter.com/AAWR_org/status/1333839590696902656?s=20

Lori Mankowski Gettle

@Lori_M

_Gettle

Lectured on Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Biopsies at RSNA 2020

https://twitter.com/UWiscRadiology/status/1334981878349172736?s=20

Reshma Jagsi

@reshmajagsi

Selected at LEAD2020 Woman Oncologist of the Year

https://twitter.com/tmprowell/status/1312103056167694337?s=20

Tabby Kennedy

@tabby_kennedy

Inducted into AOA and honored with the Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award

https://twitter.com/UWiscRadiology/status/1339307049553944576?s=20

Jenna Khan

@JennamKhan

Presented Grand Rounds at OHSU - Guided Gynecologic Cancer Brachytherapy: Beyond Point A

https://twitter.com/OHSURadMed/status/1347589786605740034?s=20

Jacqueline Koomson

@jackiekoomson

Published in Clinical Imaging - Dr. Marilyn Goske: Innovator in pediatric radiation safety and education

https://twitter.com/DrGMcGinty/status/1322139645413646336?s=20

Amy Kotsenas

@AmyKotsenas

Published in AJNR: Imaging Review of Paraneoplastic Neurologic Syndromes

https://twitter.com/PeterGKranz/status/1321447184932458496?s=20

Amy Kotsenas

@AmyKotsenas

Presented: Radiology Informatics Mistakes and War Stories from the Physician Front Lines at RSNA 2020

https://twitter.com/MayoRadiology/status/1334573118644514825?s=20

Nina Kottler

@RadKottler

Published in JACR – Artificial Intelligence: A Private Practice Perspective

https://twitter.com/Summerin3D/status/1323460173919363073?s=20

Elizabeth Krupinski

@EAKrup

Chosen as Outstanding Research for RSNA 2020

https://twitter.com/EmoryRadiology/status/1323315255271936003?s=20

Katarzyna Macura

@KatarzynaMacura

Published in RadioGraphics: PI-RADS Version 2.1 A Pictorial Update

https://twitter.com/radiolobt/status/1323385989109145600?s=20

Kirti Magudia

@KMagudia

Published in Radiology: Population-Scale CT-based Body Composition Analysis of a Large Outpatient Population Using Deep Learning to Derive Age-, Sex-, and Race-specific Reference Curves

https://twitter.com/nellytanmd/status/1334305278821621771?s=20

Itani Malak

@ItaniMalak

Published in Abdominal Radiology: Right-sided scrotal varicocele and its association with malignancy: a multi-institutional study

https://twitter.com/GhanehF/status/1324590533239468033?s=20

Amy Patel

@amykpatel

Published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology: Communication Strategies and Our Learners

https://twitter.com/DancingRadMom/status/1331043281749291009?s=20

Amy Patel

@amykpatel

Launched a website about breast health: dramykpatel.com

https://twitter.com/amykpatel/status/1314378887208595456?s=20

Kristin Porter

@KPorterUAB

Published in Clinical Imaging: Unsustainable: COVID-19 Demands Increased Support for Radiologists

https://twitter.com/rzbass_/status/1346129060129251328?s=20

Jessica Robbins

@JRobbinsMD

Presented Grand Rounds at Vanderbilt University: Social and Emotional Intelligence in Radiology

https://twitter.com/VUMCradiology/status/1343965217248608257?s=20

Carol Rumack

@rumackc

Honored as a CU Distinguished Professor

https://twitter.com/CURadiology/status/1331346843247153154?s=20

Welela Tereffe

@WTereffeMD

Named MD Anderson’s Chief Medical Executive

https://twitter.com/MDAndersonNews/status/1335218382665347072?s=20

Anna Trofimova

@DrTrofimova

Presented RSNA InAMinute - Arterial Spin Labeling MRI in Carotid Stenosis: Arterial Transit Artifacts May Predict Symptoms

https://twitter.com/RadITrainEditor/status/1317124472432832512?s=20

Achala Vagal

@vagal01

Moderated ASNR Neuroradiology Webinar Series

https://twitter.com/CoolAsANeuroRad/status/1339404072487628800?s=20

Stephanie Walker

@StephWalkerKU

 

Published in Current Urology Reports:

Role of mpMRI in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Assessment and Treatment

https://twitter.com/radiolobt/status/1321049997551390720?s=20

Pamela Woodard

@PamelaWoodardP

Published: The RESCUE Trial in JAHA

https://twitter.com/MIRimaging/status/1342153198686101506?s=20

We LOVE hearing about the triumphs of our members! If you know of an AAWR member who has done something awesome recently and we missed it, tweet us at @AAWR_org so we can all give them the props they deserve!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

Welcome!


The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members who joined the Association since October 1, 2020:

 

              Leen Abazid

Dr.          Julia Asmar

Dr.          Sarah Averill

Dr.          Hassana Barazi

Dr.          Krista Birkemeier

Dr.          Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith

Dr.          Courtney Byers

Dr.          Alexandra Cadena

Dr.          Grace Castelli

Dr.          Tonuka Chatterjee

Dr.          Cindy Chew

Dr.          Shelby Crants

Dr.          Sarah Crowley

Dr.          Alexandra De Leo

Dr.          Katyucia De Macedo Rodrigues

Dr.          Irene Dixe de Oliveira Santo

Dr.          Patricia Hardenbergh

Dr.          Sanna Herwald

Dr.          Jeanne Horowitz

Dr.          Melina Hosseiny

Dr.          Shama Jaswal

Dr.          Monica Kassavin

Dr.          Azka Khan

Dr.          Tasnim Khessib

Dr.          Navpreet Kaur Khurana

Dr.          Varsha Kumar

Dr.          Jenna Le

Dr.          Juhyun Lee

Dr.          Ainsley MacLean

              Molly Miller

Dr.          Simone Montoya

Dr.          Megumi Mori

Dr.          Simona Morochnik

Dr.          Laura Neuburger

Dr.          Janis O'Malley

Dr.          Maansi Parekh

Dr.          Neema Patel

Dr.          Mila Quinn

Dr.          Farzaneh Rahmani

              Anushree Rai

              Alexsandra Ramirez

Dr.          Olivia Richardson

Dr.          Francesca Rigiroli

Dr.          Aishwariya Sai Vegunta

Dr.          Aarti Sekhar

Dr.          Elisabeth Sidden

Dr.          Catherine Song

Dr.          Teresa Victoria

Dr.          Tess Vindischman

Dr.          Lisa Wendt

Dr.          Jennifer Yoon

Dr.          Marlene Zawin

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Dr. Meridith J. Englander

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Barbara L. Hickman, MS, CMP

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