June 2015 • Volume 33 • Number 3

Message from the President,
Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, MD, PhD, FACR

Professor of Radiation Oncology

Associate Center Director for Applied Technology

GRU Cancer Center, Medical College of Georgia,
Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA


Dear Esteemed members,

In the winter at RSNA, and in the winder editions of the newsletter, I discussed how collaborations with other organizations can further the cause of AAWR. In the spring’s newsletter, we continued the conversation with ideas about how radiology and radiation oncology learn from each other. Now, in the summer, I would like to focus on Win-Win Collaboration at the level of individual women—She Wins, You Win, I Win, and We Win.


First let us look at women leaders at the global level and in our country, the United States. We see some improvement recently. In the world, there are currently twenty-two women presidents or prime ministers, accounting for about 11% of the countries in the whole world of 195 countries. Nationally, although here in the US we have never had a female president, there have been women candidates for president and vice president positions during every election since 1968, and Hillary Clinton is a frontrunner for 2016.

For women in business, you may heard of Gail Evans’ book She Wins, You Win, The Most Important Rule Every Businesswoman Needs to Know”. Evans, also the author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman”, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week business bestseller, is the CNN's first female executive vice president. According to Evans, the “path to success begins with this single most important rule: Every time a woman succeeds in business, every other woman's chance of succeeding in business increases.”

When She Wins, You Win.

From AAWR alone, there are already many established women leaders. For example, Hedwig Hricak, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a recipient of the Marie Curie Award from the AAWR, was the 2010 President of Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Sarah Donaldson, MD, the first female president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), an AAWR member since 1986, a recipient of the Marie Curie Award from the AAWR, was the 2013 President of the RSNA. Colleen Lawton, MD, FASTRO, our AAWR member 1987 was the 2013 President of ASTRO, and is the immediate Chair of ASTRO Board. Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, FACR, AAWR member since 1989 pass President of AAWR, was the Speaker of the Council of 2014, and 2015 ACR Annual meetings.

Now let us focus on several of our AAWR members who are up-and-coming: after all, as Evans suggests, their success is our success.


Dr. Kandace Klein et al in Georgia Radiological Society 

Kandace Klein, DO, Assistant professor of radiology, a member of our membership committee, plays an important role in the Georgia Radiology Society. Dr. Klein has been the Chair of the Education and Program Committee of the Georgia Radiological Society since 2011. In 2011-2012, she was also Co-Program Director for the Joint Meeting of the Georgia and South Carolina Radiological Societies. Since 2012, Kandace and Amanda Corey, MD, have been the Co-Program Directors for the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Radiological Society. Under leadership of Dr. Klein et al, The Georgia Radiological Society was awarded the 2014 Division D Award for Excellence in Meetings and Education. Dr. Klein has invited quite a few women speakers include the following women radiologists who have recently presented at the Annual Meeting: Kathleen Gundry, MD; Oluwayemisi Ibraheem, MD; Yulia Melenevsky, MD; Kimberly Applegate, MD; and Carolyn Meltzer, MD. During the annual meeting of 2015, on June 14, former President of AAWR Kimberly Applegate, MD presented update of ACR to the members of Georgia.  Dr. James Rawson, an AAWR member since 2008, is the 2015 President of Georgia Radiological Society.  

Dr. Beatriz Amendola at Innovative Cancer Center, Florida

 Beatriz Amendola, MD, FACR, FASTRO, FACRO, an AAWR member since 2000, a co-Chair of our membership committee, is a highly respected radiation oncologist and an honored member of the leading medical societies of the specialty in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Dr. Amendola, current owner of Innovative Cancer Center in South Florida, previously served as Acting Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan and Director of Residency Program at the University of Miami, Department of Radiation Oncology. She has edited a textbook on Radiation Oncology, published more than 60 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals of the specialty, and delivered more than 500 scientific presentations, scientific exhibits, and lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Beatriz Amendola was recently awarded Honorary Membership in the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR) at the Biannual Congress of SEOR in Valencia, Spain, June 1-3, 2015 because of her multiple contributions to the specialty of Radiation Oncology in Spain. Dr. Amendola also recently received the Gold Medal of ALATRO, a special Proclamation from the City of Miami and the 2015 Uruguayan American Chamber of Commerce “Uruguay Excellence Award in Science” for her outstanding career in the Medical field in the United States.



Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo at New York - Presbyterian / Weill Cornell


Elizabeth Arleo, MD, an AAWR member since 2009, is Board-Certified radiologist specializing in Women’s Imaging. She is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Radiologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College Campus. Dr. Arleo is a graduate of Yale College and Yale University Medical School, and currently holds several national leadership positions, including being the liaison member of both the ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity, and the ACR Commission on Human Resources. She is also on the ACR Committee on Communications for Breast Imaging, the RSNA Content Advisory Panel for Breast Imaging, and on the Editorial board of Clinical Imaging for Women’s Imaging. Dr. Arleo was recently appointed to be the Secretary of AAWR 2015.


Congratulations and Cheers, Elizabeth, Beatriz, Kandy! I am looking forward to working with you for the great cause of AAWR.


At the last, not least, in the spirit of win-win collaboration, I would like to ask you again, what, in your view, are the priorities for women professionals in radiology and radiation oncology? How can we make our environment more conducive to the success of women? Can you promote a woman today? I would like to remind you again, just as in Business, in Politics, and in all the world—in Medicine:

When She Wins, You Win, I Win, and We win.



Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, MD, PhD, FACR

AAWR President

Professor of Radiation Oncology

Associate Cancer Center Director for Applied Technology

Co-Leader of Lung Multidisciplinary Clinic

Co-Director of Lung and Esophageal Programs


Women in Radiology: The “ Ohio Buckeye Perspective”

Richard D. White, M.D., FACR, FACC, FAHA, FSCCT
Professor, Radiology & Cardiovascular Medicine
Chairman, Department of Radiology
Director, Imaging Signature Program 
Department of Radiology

As a radiation oncologist and member of AAWR, I’d like to continue on our theme of Win-Win collaborations by taking a look at the dynamic collabor

I currently serve as Chair of the Department of Radiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a position I have held for the past 5 years, but preceded by a 5-year period as Radiology Chair at another academic institution. Hence, I am just now completing a decade of leadership of academic Radiology programs during rapidly changing and uniquely challenging times. Nevertheless, a constant source of stability and strength has been my marriage to an extraordinary combined life-long partner, friend, confidant, and medical professional (General Pediatrician) over the past 32 years.  In support of my duties as Chair, she has provided me with invaluable encouragement, people-management advice, and flexibility in home responsibilities.  At the same time, she has been a tremendous role model for our four children, especially our two daughters (now 26 and 28 years old, both non-medical professionals).  My involvement in the lives of these three special women have, I believe, helped me to more effectively lead my Department, including in the facilitation of the personal and professional growth of the women faculty.

As leader of the Department, I would like to help the women faculty and staff flourish, both personally and professionally, and help to enable them to reach their full potential. Personal development, I believe, should be put ahead of professional development, since only those who have a successful and balanced personal life first are able to then channel their energies and resources into professional development. While professional development is, of course, also strongly supported, increasing academic rank should not, in my opinion, be seen as the sole measure of self-worth or success. To that end, together with my women faculty, we have formed a Women in Radiology (WIR) group within the Department which encourages women faculty to work together in order to uncover true or perceived issues, which are then discussed with me in order to seek opportunities for improvement. This group also discusses support for the promotion and tenure process at the level of the College of Medicine, acknowledging that academic advancement is not only good for the individual female faculty member, it provides the needed balance during consideration of promotion of women faculty to follow.

I strive to encourage an atmosphere of equality and fairness in my Department, a goal which I feel is particularly important given increasingly bothersome gender statistics in the field of Radiology.  According to recent published data, the majority of US radiologists in private practice are male, and women continue to shun the professional pursuit of medical imaging even though the number of women and men in medical programs has reached 50-50 parity. I believe that this disparity can be gradually overcome, if we support our current female faculty and trainees who then, by example, would attract more female residency candidates.

I also feel that bringing more women into leadership positions in the Department and institution can both help narrow the gender gap and enhance the work environment; by involving women faculty more intricately in the administration and operational oversight of the Department, it will become more evident that a career in Radiology can provide both personal and professional growth and stimulation.   I have successfully promoted several women to leadership positions internally with immediate positive results. By having women in the Department leading divisions, both technically and professionally, I believe that our Department grows as a whole by engaging a greater diversity of viewpoints, as well as demonstrating that we value the work of our women faculty. Additionally, I actively encourage faculty to participate in hospital-based committees which address issues of gender equality. I have also provided and supported the opportunity for interested women faculty to participate in the Faculty Leadership Institute organized by our Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring, and Engagement; this year-long course serves to enhance leadership skills among the OSU Wexner College of Medicine faculty and strengthens engagement and retention, fosters inter-departmental collaborations, and improves the quality of patient care.  While this course is open to both men and women, attempts are made to maintain gender equality and diversity amongst the participants.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has significant interest in the issue of gender equality and has invested resources, both to educate staff and to encourage this cultural change. As the Chairman of Radiology, I also feel that this is a promising and very important area for growth; I will continue to promote this goal as well as to seek input from the Department faculty on how I can help facilitate these needed changes.

From The ACR Bulletin July 2015
Why Hiring Women and Minorities is Good For Your Practice Prioritizing diversity isn't just a good ethical principle — it's good business sense.
By Meghan Edwards, copywriter for the ACR Bulletin



What do companies like MasterCard, IBM, and Dell have in common? They’re all successful organizations that make it a point to promote diversity in their hiring practices.

And it’s no coincidence that these organizations are thriving.Diversity has been linked with a host of tangible benefits to businesses, including increased sales revenue, greater market share, and higher profits.

With these kinds of gains, it seems obvious radiology practices and academic departments would want to foster diversity. Yet one of the most glaring examples of radiology’s homogeneity is the lack of women in the specialty. Despite the fact that 47 percent of medical students are women, only 27 percent of radiologists are female.

Sometime during their education, women are opting out of radiology. “There are enough women coming into the medical field, but we’re losing them somewhere along the way. Is it an issue of radiology not being able to att act diversity, or do women face an unwelcoming environment when they consider pursuing radiology? That’s something we need to figure out,” explains Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR, chair of the department of radiology and imaging sciences and associate dean for research at Emory University School of Medicine and a presenter at the ACR 2015TM session “Entrepreneurial Women Leaders in Radiology.”

M. Elizabeth Oates, MD, chair of the department of radiology at the University of Kentucky and former president of the American Association for Women Radiologists, acknowledges that some aspects of radiology may not appeal to women. She hypothesizes that women may not pursue radiology because of a perceived lack of patient communication and interaction.

Many female physicians also assert that cultural factors play a role in radiology’s diversity shortage. For instance, “When I was in medical school, a good student was referred to as a ‘stud.’ Even in the language we used, masculinity was pervasive. Being strong and having male characteristics was perceived as essential to being a good physician. And although the term was meant positively, things like this can make women physicians feel unwelcome,” says Meltzer.

The male-oriented atmosphere may affect medicine as a whole, but it can be worse within specialties in which males are the majority. These specialties may need to make extra efforts to foster a more gender-neutral culture, according to Oates.

“I saw a presentation a few months ago where the presenter featured a picture of his residents. They all looked the same — about 20 male faces. I thought, ‘Why would a woman want to go into that program? She’d have to be comfortable knowing she didn’t have any colleagues like herself,’” she says.

Radiology groups that are not inviting diversity into their practices may be selling themselves short. Research into some of the top innovative businesses shows that having a diverse set of voices — be it in terms of class, race, gender, or sexuality — fosters success.

Cristian Deszö, PhD, of the University of Maryland, and David Ross, PhD, of Columbia University, analyzed the effect of gender diversity on the top firms in Standard & Poor’s Composite 1500 list. They found, on average, companies that valued innovation and had female participation in upper management saw an increase of at least $42 million in firm value over the span of 15 years.

Bottom line aside, it makes sense for your workforce to mirror your patient population. Patients feel more comfortable when the physicians they see resemble the makeup of their own community, Oates says. Studies have shown that female patients prefer female physicians and report higher satisfaction scores when they see female physicians.

Ultimately, says Oates, promoting diversity is all about awareness. “There are a lot of women who have the capabilities and potential to become real leaders in the field, but we have to find them and recognize those who have made contributions,” she says. “But unless you do this consciously, it won’t get done.”


Dr. Carol Rumack inspired all who attended the AAWR breakfast meeting at ACR.  Her presentation of “Why Women Don’t Ask” gave us food for thought while we enjoyed our breakfast.

One of the more telling stories shared by Dr. Rumack centered on a group of men and women who participated in a project with the understanding that  payment was to be set between $3 and $10. Many men received $10 while women received $3.  Women, for the most part, accepted the lowest possible payment without any further questioning.  She also relayed that men were mainly chosen to head summer programs in graduate studies.  Upon request of explanation, it was pointed out that women simply didn’t ask to head the programs so they were not appointed.

We have a lot to learn and Dr. Rumack has a lot to share.  She embodies her words of wisdom.  She puts them into action by nominating women to higher positions in organizations such as AAMC and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. Her message is twofold: be bold enough to sell yourself and ask for what you deserve. If you find yourself being the woman with more opportunities then be secure enough to lend a hand to the one climbing the ladder.

At a time when the venue was changing for the ACR meeting, we were delayed in securing a location for the event.  Dr. Rumack was willing to step in as a late request and share her thoughts. We gained from her career experience, her generosity in sharing the precious commodity of time, and her tangible application of principles.

Upcoming Events


1. AAWR/ASTRO Luncheon 
Women, wealth and wisdom:  Making the right choices

Eric D Ulhberg, CFP, CIMA
Senior Vice President Wealth Management 

Monday; October 19, 2015
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ticketed Event
Room 214A/B


2. RSNA – Chicago, IL – Dec 2015
Refresher course  Dec 2nd, 2015
a.  8:00-10:00 
b.  Program: 
    Residency  – What does it take ? 
    Climbing the ladder - Challenges and opportunity 
    Challenges of private practice   -  How to be successful 
    Women at the top - Do's and Don’t
c. Speakers:
  i. Rachel Nelson, MD
  ii. Madelene Lewis, MD
 iii. Beatrix Amendola, MD
 iv. Carol Rumack, MD


Current Book Selection 


Nice Girls Don’t Get

the Corner Office

101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make
That Sabotage Their Careers

 Lois Frankel, PhD 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015
 7 pm Eastern

 Available on Amazon

We hope you will join us for the AAWR’s 2nd Book Club event. This open forum phone conference event welcomes members of all ranks to participate as we discuss Dr. Frankel’s book and exchange views on workplace behaviors and challenges women face in the workplace.

to be sent a reminder email

Join us via conference call: 1-866-670-5102
Participant: 971529



The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members that joined the Association between 
April 1, 2015 and May 31st, 2015.

Dr. Janet Horton

Dr. Christie Lincoln
Dr. Maria Manning
Dr. Anita Baghai Kermani
 Dr. Linda Chen
Dr. Eileen Delaney
Dr. Kristin Harris
Dr. Stephanie McCann
Dr. Cara Morin
Dr. Ramanjyot Muhar
 Dr. Alexandra Roudenko
 Dr. Lindsay Thornton
Dr. Pamela Walsh
Ms. Georgetta Bundley
Dr. Jessica Burk
Mr. Amit Chakraborty
Dr. Allie Herschel
Ms. Sofya Kalantarova
Dr. Kimberly Murdaugh
Dr. Suzanne Palmer
Dr. Yolanda Tseng
Dr. Marjan Boerma
Dr. Linda Chen
Dr. Enid Choi
Dr. Amanda Derylo
Dr. Azadeh Elmi
Dr. Jolinta Lin
Dr. Myrna Wallace-Servera
Dr. Nilda Witty

Kudos and Member News


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 Elizabeth K. Arleo, M.D.

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