Fall 2017 • Volume 37 • Number 1

Margaret Szabunio, MD, FACR
2017 AAWR President
Professor, Department of Radiology, Surgery & Biomedical Engineering 
Division Chief, Women's Radiology
Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Program Director, Women's Radiology Fellowship
University of Kentucky

Hello, AAWR members!

It has been an honor to serve as your AAWR President this past year.  As I finish my presidency I want to thank each and every one of you for all we have accomplished together during 2017.  I especially wish to express my genuine thanks and great appreciation to Katie Robbins, Executive Director, for her assistance throughout the year.


During the upcoming RSNA meeting, AAWR will hit a major milestone.  We will celebrate our Inaugural Fellowship Class during the business meeting on Monday, November 27th from 12:00-1:00pm in Room W192c.  These new AAWR Fellows are women who have gone above and beyond to support the growth of AAWR.  I would like to recognize M. Elizabeth Oates, MD, chair of the new Fellowship Committee, for her initiative and hard work preparing for this event.


I am looking forward to seeing you at this year’s President’s Lunch on Tuesday, November 28th from 12:00-1:00pm in Room W192c.  This year we are happy to welcome Lisa Kachnic, MD, FASTRO, who will speak on a timely topic, “Gender Bias in Academia: Secret Confessions of a ‘Mature’ Female Department Chair.”  


On Wednesday morning, November 29th, AAWR is pleased to again offer a refresher course with another timely topic, “Unconscious Bias in Recruiting Radiologists”.  The speakers will be Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Katarzyna Macura from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Madelene Lewis from the Medical University of South Carolina.  The AAWR Higginbotham Resident’s Luncheon will be held on Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm in Room W192c.  Dr. Susan Ackerman will speak on yet another timely topic, “Work / Life Balance”.


You can learn more about the AAWR events during the RSNA in the contents of this newsletter.


As the year concludes, I will be passing my duties to Maria Kelly, MD.  Our organization is in great hands, and it will continue to thrive under her leadership.  As an active AAWR member, I look forward to watching future leaders guide us to even greater levels of success. 


Hope to see you in Chicago.


Happy Holidays!


Margaret Szabunio, MD, FACR

Kristin Kelly Porter, M.D., PhD

Assistant Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section
UAB Department of Radiology
AAWR Secretary



Many AAWR members are busy preparing for the 103rd Annual RSNA Meeting in Chicago, November 26-December 1.  I particularly look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual AAWR R&E Foundation Celebration Dinner and at the AAWR Presidential Luncheon for the inaugural induction of the AAWR Fellows.  


As you prepare for the meeting, in addition to the AAWR schedule of events provided in the Focus Newsletter, some of our members may find it helpful to know that the Camp RSNA Childcare and the Nursing Room/Lactation Suite for mothers are available in the South Building-Level 1, Room S106A.

Camp RSNA info is included on the registration form here: http://www.rsna.org/uploadedFiles/RSNA/Content/Annual_Meeting/Attendees/Registration_and_Housing/Camp-RSNA-Registration-Form.pdf


Prior to RSNA in Chicago, I would also like to encourage you to revisit Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo and Dr. Valerie P. Jackson’s article on “The Value of Getting Involved”. Both Dr. Jackson and Dr. Arleo are wonderful examples of women who are involved in national radiology organizations with Dr. Jackson serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the RSNA and Dr. Arleo serving as the AAWR Vice President.  I want to emphasize their advice to Show Up, Speak Up, and Follow Up for those AAWR members attending the 2017 RSNA meeting and to encourage you to volunteer, particularly with the AAWR.


For those AAWR members unable to travel to Chicago, please know that the Newsletter and Meetings subcommittee members of the AAWR Communications Committee will be reporting about the AAWR functions in the Winter Focus Newsletter.  You will be missed, but we will make sure that you are in the know!



Kristin Kelly Porter, MD, PhD

AAWR Secretary




On October 10, 2017, Drs. Courtney Tomblinson, Susan Ackerman and Lucy Spalluto hosted the AAWR Book Club on “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women” by Valerie Young, Ed.D.  AAWR members participated via the phone and online.  AAWR members discussed the book’s theme of impostor syndrome, which Dr. Young defines as a persistent belief in one’s own lack of intelligence, skills, or competence.  Members shared their own experience with Imposter Syndrome and suggestions for recognizing and overcoming it.  They also discussed the value of feedback and criticism, among other topics.  If you were unable to attend, you can still benefit from many of the useful pieces of advice from AAWR members, as  Dr. Tomblinson compiled the discussion with highlights from the book in a Story on Storify: https://storify.com/cmtomblinson/aawrbookclub-the-secret-thoughts-of-successful-wom


AAWR at RSNA 2017
November 26 - December 1,
2017 Chicago, Illinois

SOLD OUT! AAWR R&E Foundation Celebration Dinner (limited space available) - Sunday, November 26, 2017
All dinner tickets are tax-deductible, by donating to the society - learn more

2017 AAWR Business meeting - Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: W192C

Global Women in Healthcare Leadership Panel: Be Fearless (In partnership with GE) - Monday, November 27, 5:30 pm- 7:15 pm
At Marriott Marquis Hotel (Attached to McCormick Place), 2121 S Prairie Ave, Chicago 60616
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Check-in and networking 
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Moderated panel discussion
6:45 PM – 7:15 PM Wrap and continued networking
Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

Panelists include:

  • Cheri Canon, MD, FACR, University of Alabama
  • Barbara Pawley, MD, University of Kentucky
  • Terri Bresenham, VP & CEO, GE Sustainable Healthcare Solutions
  • Catherine Estrampes, President & CEO GE Healthcare Europe
  • Andrea Dabal, Executive Client Director, GE Healthcare

AAWR Presidential Luncheon
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
“Gender Bias in Academia: Secret Confessions of a ‘Mature’ Female Department Chair”
Lisa Kachnic, MD, FASTRO – Professor and Chair, Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt
Room: W192C

Unconscious Bias in Recruiting Radiologists 
Wednesday, November 29th  8:30-10:00 AM | RC516
• Unconscious Bias in Recruiting Radiology Faculty - M. Elizabeth Oates, MD
• Unconscious Bias in Recruiting Radiology Residents & Fellows - Madelene C. Lewis, MD
• Encouraging Women Medical Students for Radiology - Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD 
Moderator: Margaret Szabunio, MD, FACR
Room: S104A

AAWR MIT Speed Mentoring:  There is no cost but you must pre-register. - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:30 am.
Room: W192C

AAWR Higginbotham Resident Lunch 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
"Work / Life Balance"
Susan Ackerman, MD 
Room: W192C
Due to a generous donation by the Higginbotham family in honor of Edith A. Higginbotham, MD, MS, residents can attend for free! However, you must still pre-register for the lunch during the AAAWR/RSNA registration process. To learn more about Dr. Higginbotham’s extraordinary life and read her family’s tribute, please go here


Register Here


Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, MD, Valerie P. Jackson, MD

The Value of Getting Involved

Many radiologists may want to get involved with their local or national radiology organizations but do not know what to do, when to find time to do it, where to do it, or how. Others may already be involved but may have lost sight of why they got involved in the first place, given many other competing interests. To address this specific issue, in this article we ask. "The five W’s and one H” questions (Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?), a set of queries used in journalism and research, to develop a comprehensive picture of the issue [1]. 


Whether you are a resident or a fellow, a new attending radiologist or a not so new one, in academics or private practice, working full- or parttime, you are the who of who should participate in your local and national radiology organizations. This is particularly true for residents or fellows, who may feel that they have nothing to offer compared with the years of experience of others. This is certainly not the case: trainees have a unique “in the trenches” perspective to add, and as the future of radiology, it is vitally important that they get involved early and for the long term. To emphasize the importance of trainee involvement, many radiology
now have dedicated resident and fellow sections devoted to the needs and future of those still in training.



Radiology: A 2017 Update, featured AAWR President, Dr. Margaret Szabunio, MD

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Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Kohi in her new role as section chief of UCSF IR!

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Congratulations to 3rd year IU Priya Rajagopalan, recipient of a 2017-2018 RSNA Resident Research Grant

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Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Baumgarten, on her new appointment as Director of the Division of Abdominal Imaging  Emory Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences!





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The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members that joined the Association between Aug 1 - Nov 22, 2017

Dr. Jacquette Caldwell
Dr. Erin Cooke
Tulay Ekinci
Dr. Janine Katzen
Dr. Jina Pakpoor
Dr. Courtney Raybon
Monica Sheth
Dr. Fara Shikoh
Dr. Yining Wang
Dr. Elysa Widjaja
Fan Yang
Hong Yu
Asha Ziembiec

Chief Editor
 Dr. Kristin Porter

Administrative Editor
Stephanie Huppert