Spring 2021 • Volume 41 • Number 2


President's Address

Kristin Kelly Porter, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section

University of Alabama - Birmingham 

Department of Radiology

Dear AAWR Members,

I was disappointed in the cancellation of our Dare to Lead Webinar co-sponsored with GE, and I am hopeful that it will be rescheduled. I was looking forward to learning how to succeed and lead through vulnerability. 

Personally, I have been feeling particularly vulnerable as I emerge from the pandemic, and this was exacerbated by my thirteen year-old being placed in a cast and a boot for bilateral stress fractures just as he was to return to in-person school for the first time in more than a year. That they were stress fractures seemed to fit the feeling that they elicited in me and, upon returning to work, I was mortified to realize that this President’s Address was overdue as a result. While I know that I am not alone in this feeling of vulnerability and its impact, how to navigate the dropped balls is an enduring question. In seeking the answer, I am consistently reminded of the value of the AAWR network.

Whenever I drop a ball, I think of the book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu, shared with me by 2019 AAWR President Dr. Elizabeth Arleo. I admire Elizabeth and doubt that she drops very many balls, but it is comforting to think of her support when I do. When I find that I am dropping balls, I am also grateful for the recent 2020 Speed Mentoring event sponsored by Bracco Diagnostics and organized by the AAWR Members in Training under the impressive leadership of Dr. Ragni Jindal.  The mentors were excellent and their advice invaluable.  For example, I am incorporating the gratitude journal practice of Vanderbilt Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Education Dr. Lori Deitte to refocus on the balls that I actually catch instead of those that I drop. 

Writing of caught balls and gratitude reminds me of the impressive juggling of American College of Radiology President Dr. Geraldine McGinty. Dr. McGinty continues to join the forces of Radxx and the AAWR sponsored by Ambra Health to deliver the amazing “Financial Freedom” webinar series. I am looking forward to our event on April 19 exploring the experiences of women radiologists in industry. Without the AAWR, I would not have my courtside seat to watch and learn from Geraldine’s impressive ball handling skills.

I have heard it said that, “Your network is your net worth,” as such, the AAWR is a source of great abundance for its members and me. Under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Pawley, AAWR Vice President, and Executive Director Stephanie Hige, the AAWR has recently completed its membership renewal drive. Keeping our network strong is a priority, and our strength comes from our membership numbers and engagement (please encourage others to join). I experience the value of the AAWR network throughout my day and encourage you to use its programming for inspiration, its connections for career advancement, and its high-achieving members’ examples for lessons in leadership, and, finally, when you drop a ball, its support in knowing that others are there with you. 

 I look forward to celebrating 40 years of the AAWR network during our Anniversary Celebration on May 11, and I hope that you will join. Thank you for your continued support of the AAWR, its mission, and our rich network.











Editor's Note

Meridith J. Englander, MD, FSIR

Associate Professor of Radiology

Albany Medical College



I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about how the pandemic has changed my life. Everywhere I look, I see the impact of COVID. And while I acknowledge the pain and loss that we all experienced, I am amazed at the positive impact this period of time has had.


Just now, looking out the window at my backyard, I see the work that we put into the yard last year to make the space more inviting and comforting. Our puppy is sitting by my feet, not wanting to get too far from me. We never would have adopted a dog if not for COVID. My daughter has learned how to play guitar, taking virtual lessons. And my son, who took the year off from college, logged over 5,000 miles on his bike last year and this winter, he became a certified ski instructor. We have taken the extra time to explore new interests and enjoyed the flexibility of not having plans. We have cooked, baked, watched endless movies, played games, and spent many weekends without anything to do. Slowing down has been wonderful.


With limited opportunity to see or spend time with friends and family, I appreciate the relationships I have at work more. We went through so much together, adjusting to new rules and risks. We were each other’s support and listening post. And even though we weren’t allowed to eat in the same room together, we started to order lunch on Fridays. This new routine is something we all look forward to each week.


While I definitely want to get back to in-person meetings, I have enjoyed the flexibility of the virtual platforms. Last month I was able to attend both the SIR and the AVF Annual Meetings on the same weekend. Not having to travel to far away meetings will help make meetings more accessible to all, especially those who either want to limit their time away from home or have limited travel budgets or leave time.


I am eager to return to my pre-pandemic life. I look forward to dinner parties, theater, travel, and hugs. But I will miss the pace of life we had this year. How about you?


Increasing our Impact Through Partnership with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Abbey Goodyear, Yiing Hu, Emily Merfeld, Shadi Esfahani


Despite women comprising roughly half of all medical students, the percentage of women entering radiology residency remains around 25 percent1 and around 30 percent in radiation oncology2. One of the major reasons for this disparity is a lack of female radiology mentors in medical school and a lack of exposure to women in the field.3


With a goal of increasing visibility of women practicing radiology and radiation oncology for female medical students, AAWR has formed a partnership with AMWA’s medical student division. This partnership will allow both organizations to reach a broader group of individuals, collectively leading to a greater impact. Our joint efforts include social media campaigns, joint advertising, and co-hosted events aimed at increasing visibility of radiology and radiation oncology among female medical students. Stay tuned for a diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology panel in April, as well as an “Instagram takeover,” in which a radiologist from AAWR will post on AMWA’s social media for a day.


Through these initiatives we hope female medical students experience greater exposure to radiology and radiation oncology so that they can see the opportunities they have to offer for women!


  1. Baker SR, Barry M, Chaudhry H, Hubbi B. Women as radiologists: are there barriers to entry and advancement? J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 Feb;3(2):131-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2005.10.001. PMID: 17412023.
  2. Vengaloor Thomas T, Perekattu Kuruvilla T, Holliday E, Bhanat E, Parr A, Albert AA, Page B, Schuster J, Chapman C, Vijayakumar S. Cross-Sectional Gender Analysis of US Radiation Oncology Residency Programs in 2019: More Than a Pipeline Issue? Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Jul 30;5(6):1099-1103. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2020.07.008. PMID: 33305070; PMCID: PMC7718546.
  3. Kubik-Huch, R.A., Vilgrain, V., Krestin, G.P. et al. Women in radiology: gender diversity is not a metric—it is a tool for excellence. Eur Radiol 30, 1644–1652 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00330-019-06493-1





The AAWR is celebrating 40 years of empowering, promoting, and supporting women in radiology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology.  Please join us as we reminisce and share inspiring stories of our last 40 years. Purchase Your Seat

Carol Rumack, MD, FAAWR

AAWR's First President 

Carol M. Rumack, MD, is a pioneer in pediatric brain ultrasound. She is a Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and has a clinical practice based at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Her primary health research has focused on neonatal sonography of high-risk infants. Dr. Rumack has authored many texts within the field and lectured frequently on pediatric ultrasound.

 In 1982, she was elected first president of the American Association for Women Radiologists. Dr. Rumack is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, serving as Chancellor and Chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Ultrasound. Dr. Rumack’s awards include AAWR's 2001 Alice Ettinger Award and the 2006 Marie Sklodowska Curie Award.


Ritsuko Komaki, MD
2001 AAWR President

Dr. Komaki is  Emeritus Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She received her medical degree from Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Hiroshima, Japan.

In 2005, she received the award of Business and Professional Women in Texas. The New York Times, People Magazine, and USA Today have interviewed her because of her scientific commitment to Radiation Oncology and patient care. In 2002, Dr. Komaki was listed in the Best Doctors in Houston. In 1991 she was also listed as one of the top cancer doctors for women in Good Housekeeping magazine. Dr. Komaki serves on the editorial board of many journals. She has published 200 papers in peer reviewed journals.


Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, Ph.D, FAAWR​
2005 AAWR President

Dr. Macura's clinical expertise and current clinical research interests are in genitourinary MR imaging. Dr. Macura leads the Imaging Core of the JHU Institute for Clinical and Translational Research funded through the NIH-CTSA initiative.

Dr. Macura was voted the top 5th women's imaging specialist in the country in a national survey of the readership of Medical Imaging Magazine, and she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the radiology residents at Johns Hopkins


Susan Ackerman, MD, FAAWR
2016 AAWR President

Dr. Ackerman is a Professor, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Director, Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina. She currently chairs the Women’s Committee, which is part of the ACR Diversity and Women’s Commission. She is Vice- Chair of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.



Reshma Jagsi, MD, D.Phil.
AAWR Fellow, Past Committee Chair, and 20 Year Member

Dr. Jagsi is a Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Gender equity in academic medicine has been a key area of her scholarly focus, a subject to which she brings her perspective as a physician and social scientist to promote evidence-based intervention.  She is the author of more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including multiple high-impact studies in journal. Her research to promote gender equity has been funded by R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health.

She is an internationally recognized clinical trialist and health services researcher in breast cancer. Her work is frequently featured in the popular media, including coverage by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and national network nightly news.  Frequently invited as a keynote speaker, she has delivered invited talks at more than 50 institutions and professional societies.

A birthday party wouldn’t be complete without savory treats and a gift for our guests! During the live event attendees will enjoy a chocolate tasting together.  

Your ticket purchase will include a party favor box to be sent to your preferred address, including a collection of artisan chocolates. The event host will guide you through the tasting and share tasty tidbits on the creation of each piece.  Your box will also be full of AAWR surprises!

Active Member: $75
Member In-Training: $40
Non Members: $100


Space is Limited. A portion of your ticket cost will be tax deductible learn more

Deadline to Register: May 1st


A Chance to Say Thank You
The last 40 years have created countless mentoring, friendship, and advising relationships. This celebratory event will give you the opportunity to say thank you, honor, or praise another AAWR member.  For a small donation you can create a slide or a 30 second video to be played during the event. Get creative!

Donate and Honor 
In-Training: $25
Active Members: $50

Deadline to purchase: May 5th
























 After the Talk, You Will Understand:

  • How to combine a role in industry with a radiology practice
  • Surprising insights about working in industry compared to a radiology practice
  • Inspiring advice from all panelists about adding a role in industry to their career portfolio



Upcoming AAWR Events


AAWR 40th Celebration
 May 11, 2021
Register Now!

Exploring careers in radiology
and radiation oncology

April 21, 2021: 8:00 - 9:00 ET
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April 21, 2021: 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
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Upcoming AAWR Events


AAWR 40th Celebration
 May 11, 2021
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A Career in Industry,
Is It For You? 
 April 19, 2021
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AAWR Speed Mentoring 

Elainea Smith, MD
Co-Chief Resident, Diagnostic Radiology

University of Alabama - Birmingham 



On the evening of February 25, the 2021 Winter AAWR Speed Mentoring was held virtually, sponsored by Bracco. This event was hosted on the online platform Wonder, which allowed for a more realistic virtual “table” seating arrangement. Mentoring attendees were assigned groups through which each mentor rotated to host short discussions on their topics of expertise and to allow for a new digital version of face-to-face networking.


Dr. Susan Ackerman discussed how to ask for what you want in your career with potential future contract negotiation. Dr. Elizabeth Arleo covered “goals we set and goals we get” and time management tricks she uses to accomplish her many goals. Dr. Cheri Canon was open for discussion on any topic or question posed by the group. Dr. Catherine Everett discussed different aspects of academic vs. private practice, and her experience with each.


Dr. Lori Deitte gave valuable advice on well-being and work life integration. Dr. Michele Johnson covered things she wished she would have known earlier in her career. Dr. Johnson Lightfoote discussed leadership and various professional societies, and offered advice on which are valuable at various times during your career. Dr. Gail Morgan covered battling imposter syndrome. Dr. Amy Patel discussed contract negotiation and tips and tricks for beginners. And, lastly, Dr. Lucy Spalluto covered transitioning from training into everyday practice.


Seats were limited to allow the unique virtual set up to enable dynamic networking, interaction in a smaller group setting, and the ability to connect with each mentor. Stimulating conversations ensued! Many thanks to Bracco for hosting this event.


Three other webinars were hosted this winter by AAWR, which are pre-recorded and available on the AAWR website. These include Achieving Your Goals Through Mentorship, Financial Freedom with RadXX: A Path to the Boardroom, and Historical Diversity Perspective in Radiology.


These webinars are available online at https://www.aawr.org/Events/Webinar-Archives.










 New Fellow Applications are Due April 20! 

The  American Association for Women in Radiology is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Class of AAWR Fellows! These most accomplished members meet the rigorous AAWR Fellow criteria. The Fellow ceremony and title is an opportunity for the AAWR to recognize these members for the hard work, dedication, and support they have given to the organization over the years. Fellows can proudly add "FAAWR" to their credentials.

The eligibility requirements for Fellowship can be found on the AAWR website - please read them carefully before submitting your application. All materials must be received by end of business on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Nominations received after that date will not be considered.

We look forward to inducting our fourth Fellow class at the November 2021 Business Meeting. To learn more about AAWR Fellowship and to view the full list of AAWR Fellows, please visit the AAWR webpage.  All Fellow applicants must be current members. If you are unsure about your membership status, please contact aawr@acr.org.

The following items must be included:

1. Fellow Nomination Application

2. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae.

3. Two letters of endorsement from current AAWR members (one can be a colleague; ideally one is an AAWR Fellow) can be submitted here. The letters should detail the length and nature of the relationship with the candidate and should describe the candidate's past, present, and anticipated future contributions to the AAWR by virtue of his/her national or international reputation, excellence as a teacher or researcher, or service activities. 

If you need assistance please contact AAWR@ACR.ORG









Dr. Canon to Receive ACR Gold Medal at ACR 2021

Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, FAAWR, FSAR

Professor, Chair of Radiology

University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine


Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, FSAR, FAAWR, professor and Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of the department of radiology at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, has been described by one ACR past president as “the best of the best.” Canon has risen to a respected leadership position at UAB, he notes, in a time and in a region where diversity is only now being embraced.

Some of Canon’s most notable accomplishments have been in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and is currently its president, only the second woman to hold this position. In her leadership role with the society, she championed the adoption of parental leave, which was subsequently supported by the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. She was also the co-creator and co-director of the SCARD-GE Healthcare LEAD (Leading, Empowering, and Disrupting) Women’s Leadership program. To date, the program is recognized as a model for empowering rising women leaders in radiology.

However, as one colleague pointed out, Canon’s leadership and mentoring abilities are not confined to radiology. She is the past president of MOMENTUM, an organization in Alabama that empowers a diverse group of promising women to develop leadership skills that positively impact business, culture, and politics. Her dedication to mentorship and sponsorship over the years is evident in many of the College’s current efforts to encourage aspiring radiologists to break down traditional barriers.

Canon has been involved with the ACR since 1996, when she was the resident representative from the Alabama Academy of Radiology at the ACR’s annual meeting. She has served on more than two dozen ACR committees/commissions — chairing several — and has served on the ACR BOC, including as vice president. Canon became an ACR Fellow in 2012, just 14 years after completing her residency. With her work on the executive committee of the Intersociety Conference, Canon drafted the professionalism statement adopted by many professional societies and included as part of maintenance of certification attestation.

She was a founding member of the board of directors for the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute® and serves on the board of directors for the Association of University Radiologists. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the Society of Abdominal Radiology and has staffed multiple editorial boards, notably the JACR®, for which she has received Recognition of Exceptional Manuscript Review.

Canon serves on the ABR Board of Governors and is the recipient of the ABR Lifetime Service Award. Last year, the American Association for Women in Radiology bestowed her with their highest honor, the Marie Curie Award, and UAB recognized her with the President’s Award for teaching. She has delivered many talks by invitation at numerous national and international universities and conferences. She has served as visiting professor at a host of institutions and authored nearly 70 publications — many seen as gamechangers in diversity and inclusion, parental leave, and wellness and professionalism.



VA Radiologist Leads Multidisciplinary Effort to Respond to COVID-19

Michelle Dorsey, MD, MPH


Dr. Michelle Dorsey recently served as the Interim Chief of Staff at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) and led the Medical Operations branch of the facility’s COVID-19 Incident Command. She has been involved in the facility’s response to COVID-19 since March, 2020, when she was tasked with leading the Continuity of Operations (COOP) Team. COOP was charged with delivering on VA’s mission of providing continuous care during the COVID-19 response. The COOP Team’s efforts resulted in the PVAHCS leading the nation in the provision of virtual care for veterans during the pandemic, through the rapid adoption of telework and telehealth technologies.


The COOP Team was part of PVAHCS’ Incident Command structure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing a massive transformation in the way providers deliver care. Telework became mission-critical to maintain a healthy workforce and conserve personal protective equipment (PPE). The Team quickly educated and equipped staff and coordinated service line efforts to enable continuous provision of care. New solutions, including issuance of desktop computers and mass provisioning for remote computer access, were implemented for the first time. While IT peripherals were vanishing from stores, the Team acted to procure and distribute more than 700 card readers and 1,000 headsets, enabling staff to telework. In total, 1029 pieces of equipment were issued by OI&T in under two months, and the Team actively triaged hundreds of requests to prioritize mission-critical primary care and mental health. Faced with bandwidth limitations, the Team directed the implementation of alternate tours to maximize telework capacity. In less than a week, the Team executed a mission-driven shift to telework, which encompassed more than 50 percent of Phoenix VA staff, with Primary Care achieving 59 percent telework.


To improve the veterans’ experience, the Team developed a new Teleflu clinic for veterans with COVID symptoms. A process was instituted to directly refer patients from the call center to a team of nurses and providers who were re-deployed to assist during the pandemic. Based on a CDC algorithm, scripted questions were developed to triage patients via phone. All symptomatic patients, regardless of COVID test results, had a series of follow up phone calls over 7-10 days to ease anxieties and ensure their safety and wellbeing. This reduced unnecessary ED/urgent care utilization as well as staff and veteran exposures for mildly symptomatic cases that could be safely managed at home. Teleflu served 596 unique veterans over 1503 encounters with only 28 (4.7 percent) having to seek face-to-face care for their symptoms. In six weeks, based on the minimum cost of an ED visit, the program saved at least $300,000 in VA ED visits and $300,000 in community care visits. PPE burn rates were also significantly reduced. To spread this success, a Tele-Urgent Care pilot was launched in collaboration with the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) to expand the service in VAs across Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.


The Team facilitated a surge in the use of telehealth modalities to mitigate COVID-19-related disruptions in care. New virtual care appointment grids were proactively built for all services in early March, with nearly 1,500 clinic grids built/changed and 700 new grids developed in weeks. Next, eligible veterans were rapidly rescheduled to telehealth appointments by leveraging the use of technologies such as VetText. The Team then stood up an Encounters Workgroup to broadly re-skill clinical staff. Written encounters efficiency guidance for all providers was quickly developed to clarify, standardize, and simplify operations in the new virtual setting. This guidance has been considered a best practice and was shared by the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network and with Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) Coordinators nationwide.


A significant educational effort was undertaken, with multiple video trainings, skype demonstrations/Q&A’s, and small group sessions. SMEs were established in multiple services. Encountering correctly the first time reduced rework needed to fix errors, shifting efforts to higher value work. The Team also identified relevant encountering metrics and implemented a robust monitoring system. Multiple dashboards were developed to increase productivity transparency, ensure Veterans were receiving timely care, and identify and train patients on the use of telehealth via VA Video Connect (VVC). Throughout the crisis, the Team delivered clear, consistent, direction-setting communications to staff through daily “COOP Updates” emails.


As a result of these efforts, PVAHCS providers were better able to complete care, decreasing open encounters in April by 66 percent, from 5,324 to 1,808. Only 0.225 percent of encounters went unclosed in April, beating Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) averages nationwide. The percent revisit rate after cancellation due to COVID-19 surpassed all benchmarks, with Phoenix at 82 percent (VISN22 71 percent, National 68 percent). Phoenix captured a greater share of the workload in VISN22, for the first time surpassing Greater LA to lead in total encounters. Over a one-month time frame, face-to-face encounters were reduced 79 percent while increasing VVC encounters 90 percent and phone encounters 61 percent. By May, 72 percent of specialty care clinicians were using VVC (target ≥ 10 percent), as well as 95.2 percent of primary care and 97.2 percent of mental health (target ≥ 60 percent). Phoenix achieved the fastest rise in the use of VVC in the nation and had the greatest numbers of VVC visits in the country in April 2020.


COOP Team efforts transformed organizational performance during the pandemic, while supporting a Veteran-centric approach to care. PVAHCS Veteran trust scores reached an all-time high in May, at 86 percent. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Healthcare Transformation selected three promising COOP practices to share with other medical centers through the Diffusion Marketplace: Teleflu, telehealth scheduling grids, and IT equipment.


The COOP Team operated from March to May, 2020 and comprised 13 members:


Michelle Dorsey, MD, MPH (COOP Lead)

Gauri Behari, MD (Clinical Telehealth Director, COOP Telehealth Lead)

John Buterbaugh, MD (Deputy Chief of Radiology, COOP Specialty Lead)

Marie Houseal-Vasquez (Lead Primary Care Float Provider, COOP Education Lead)

Sharon Ford (Group Practice Manager, COOP Encounters Lead)

Marcos Amaya (Health Systems Specialist, COOP Administrative Lead)

Mary Streetman, MD (Deputy Chief of Primary Care, COOP Outpatient Lead)

Robert Goldy (Nurse Manager, COOP Nursing Lead);

Gilbert Barrera (Chief of Scheduling Operations, COOP Scheduling Lead)

Deborah Dominick (Chief of Social Work, COOP Mental Health Lead)

Luke Bader (IT Area Manager, COOP IT Lead)

R. Scott Nevins (Human Resources Officer, COOP HR Lead)

Joseph Alviar (OIT Support Supervisor)


Dr. Katherine A. Shaffer Award for the RLI Leadership Summit

An integral part of the AAWR mission is to offer members opportunities for training, mentorship, and recognition of achievements. The AAWR Awards Committee is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for The Dr. Katherine A. Shaffer Award for the ACR RLI Leadership Summit. The award offers one scholarship each year for an AAWR member to attend the well-renowned ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit.

RLI Virtual Leadership Summit, September 10-11, 2021

The RLI Leadership Summit is the only leadership training program in radiology that is designed in close collaboration with business school experts to examine the best business theories and research on how to improve your practices and departments. Each session at the Leadership Summit will provide you with a deeper understanding of several of the biggest challenges facing health care and radiology today and how to turn those challenges into opportunities for capturing greater value in the modern patient cycle of care. Learn More 

One (1) AAWR member will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover the costs of attending the RLI Leadership Summit in September 2021. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continuing effects of the pandemic, the 2021 RLI Leadership Summit will be held virtually.

To be considered for this scholarship, applications must be received before midnight, Friday, June 4, 2021. All submissions will be reviewed by the entire Awards Committee.

Don’t miss this chance to attend! Apply now!



Tackling Imposter Syndrome





A little birdie told us…

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


Grace Castelli Kessler


Won 1st place in the OSU Education Symposium Poster Presentation, “Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Student Education”


Melissa Chen


Published in Radiology Artificial Intelligence Special Report “Who Will Pay for AI?”


Michelle Dorsey


Appointed Chief Medical Officer of VA Desert Pacific Health Care Network


Ami Gokli


Published in Pediatric Radiology “RADIAL: leveraging a learning management system to support radiology education”


Lauren Golding


Published in Radiology Artificial Intelligence Special Report “Who Will Pay for AI?”


Yu-Hui Huang @yuhuihuang

Received a 2021 ARRS Resident/Fellow in Radiology Executive Council Award


Lara Hewett


Winner of ACR Case in Point Case of the Year


Ann Jay


Authored JACR article “The F-Word”


Amy Kotsenas


Lectured on “Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence” for the Texas Radiological Society Annual Meeting


Elizabeth Krupinski


Lectured on Telemedicine at Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting


Elizabeth Krupinski


Published in Radiology Artificial Intelligence, “Integrating Eye Tracking and Speech Recognition Accurately Annotates MR Brain Images for Deep Learning: Proof of Principle”


Anna Laucis


Published in ASCO Connection, “We Cannot Lose Another Oncologist to Burnout: Encouraging a Path Towards Wellness”


Geraldine McGinty


Presented the Women in IR: Champion Award & InspIRed Lecture at SIR 2021


Geraldine McGinty


Published in JACR, “Radiology in Our Changing Climate: A Call to Action”


Elizabeth Morris


Appointed chair of the UC Davis SOM Department of Radiology


Jessica Robbins


Published in Academic Radiology, “Senior Authorship in Academic Radiology Journals: Roles, Responsibilities, and Rewards”


Jessica Robbins


Published in Radiology, “No Time for Complacency: Near-Term Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Author Gender in Radiology”


Aarti Sekhar


Presented New Horizon Lecture, “Communicating in the Virtual World” at SAR 2021


Lucy Spalluto


Published in Journal of Breast Imaging, “Educational Strategies to Achieve Equitable Breast Imaging Care”


Welela Tereffe


Highlighted in MD Anderson’s Black History Month video


Sherry Wang


Published in Clinical Imaging, “Provocative thoughts from COVID-19: physician-centric solutions to physician burnout” and also posted a behind-the-scenes video




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!










































































The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members who joined the Association since January 2021:


First Name Last Name Designation Title Member Type 
Vasantha Aaron     Active Member
Othria Ahmed     Member-In-Training
Parul Barry     Active Member 3 Year
Sarah Bastawrous     Active Member
Christine Boone     Member-In-Training
Kimberley Brown     Member-In-Training
Brooke Burkins     Member-In-Training
Tonuka Chatterjee     Member-In-Training
Suzanne Chong MD, MS   Active Member 3 Year
Priyam Choudhury     Member-In-Training
Jessica Chuang MD   Member-In-Training
Niayesh Cortese     Member-In-Training
Paba De Alwis     Member-In-Training
Alexandra De Leo     Member-In-Training
Charisma DeSai     Member-In-Training
Annie Dinh     Member-In-Training
Irene Dixe de Oliveira Santo     Member-In-Training
Basak Dogan     Active Member
Jennifer Febbo     Transitional Member 2 Year
Tami Fink     Active Member
Justin Foutes     Associate Member
Shelby Frantz MD   Member-In-Training
Carol Geer     Active Member
Sanna Herwald     Member-In-Training
Susan Hobbs     Active Member
Shama Jaswal   Research Technician (Volunteer) Member-In-Training
Lindsey Kiiskila     Member-In-Training
Stacy Kim Faculty   Active Member
Beth Kline-Fath     Active Member
Nidhi Krishna MD   Active Member
Amy Le MD   Member-In-Training
Leah Lin     Active Member
Katherine Link     Member-In-Training
Dorothy Lowell     Transitional Member 2 Year
Licia Luna MD, PhD   Fellowship Member 
Maria Martin     Active Member
Mary McGunigal Medical Student   Member-In-Training
Kathleen Miao     Member-In-Training
Molly Miller     Member-In-Training
Melanie Moses     Active Member 3 Year
Hima Musunuru     Member-In-Training
Yasmeen Nabhani     Member-In-Training
Janis O'Malley     Active Member
Casey O'Neil     Member-In-Training
Melina Pectasides     Active Member
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Dr. Meridith J. Englander

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Barbara L. Hickman, MS, CMP

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