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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • Emergency Radiology Division Created

    This fall, Dr. Samir Abboud was not only appointed as faculty in the Department of Radiology, but he was also tasked with creating a new medical specialty within the clinical divisions -- Emergency Radiology. Dr. Abboud was happy to talk about his background in the area, as well as the goals for this exciting new division. 

    When asked where his interest in Emergency Radiology came from, Abboud pointed to his time as a resident here at Northwestern. "Taking call in the emergency room is probably one of my favorite experiences from residency," he said. "The wide range of pathology, the pace, and the intensity definitely keep you on your toes." And, if residency isn't enough, he also recalls that he was also exposed to this area of medicine through his family. "It doesn't hurt that my mother is an emergency physician. So I guess one could say I was exposed to emergency medicine in utero."

    It is not easy to start a new division, but physicians have recognized the need for it. Abboud offered an explanation for this change. "Growing volumes and demand for rapid, near real-time turnaround has shifted imaging services in the ED from an after-thought service to an essential entity within our department." Emergency Radiology at NMH will cover a a wide variety of diagnostic needs. The long-term challenge, according to Abboud, is "maintaining a Northwestern Radiology standard of quality while managing clinical necessity of high volumes and rapid turnaround time. With ever-evolving practice of radiology, it will be crucial to deploy novel imaging modalities or techniques in order to maintain or even improve patient care in an efficient manner."

    Meeting patient needs is only the beginning, however. The goal is also to exceed expectation. As for how Emergency Radiology bolsters ED care at NMH, he said, "Physicians and acute care/ emergency surgical services benefit from the direct, customized attention and centralized nature offered by an Emergency Radiology division. Tailoring our imaging protocols and techniques should allow us to maintain the Northwestern standard of quality while addressing the ED's particular needs. The formation of an Emergency Radiology specific operations group will allow for regular evaluation of our methods and manners. I also believe that Emergency Radiology serves a very specific patient population rahter than being a system- or organ-based specialty."

    Dr. Abboud is the sole member of his team right now, so he has his work cut out for him. However, he has an outline of his goals to get this division off the ground. "Only with a strong relationship to the ED can we work together to build an Emergency Radiology division in an intentional, thoughtful manner. Establishing a high-touch, high-communication relationship is my number one task," he said. "Within the context of the broader Northwestern Radiology umbrella, I believe the unified PACS and VNA provides an amazing opportunity, both for me professionally and for the department as a whole. Building the section with an eye towards eventual system-wide overnight emergency coverage, I believe, is a natural step for Northwestern Radiology. I am excited to be a part of this era of growth and opportunity."

    We are also looking forward to what Dr. Abboud will bring to Northwestern with this fantastic new division!

  • 10.01.2019
    Feinberg faculty and students celebrated the ninth annual Medical Education Day at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center with sessions, lectures and workshops that examined the future of medical education.
  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael Magnetta

    Dr. Magnetta has joined NU Radiology as Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Body Imaging Division. He attended medical school at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine before going on to complete his Diagnostic Radiology residency and Abominal Imaging fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was also Chief Resident. In his spare time, he enjoys devoting time to the three C's: Cycling, Cooking, and Computer Programming. Dr. Magnetta is originally from St. Charles, Illinois, and says he is happy to be back in the Chicagoland area after so many years away. We are so excited to see all the great work Dr. Magnetta will bring to his division and the department! 

  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tyler Litton

    We are happy to welcome Dr. Tyler Litton as Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Breast Imaging Division. Litton, who grew up in St. Louis, but has traveled extensively for his education. Litton attended medical school at the NYU School of Medicine and completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at St. Louis University, where he was Chief Resident. He then completed his breast imaging fellowship at Duke University. The food scene excites Dr. Litton the most about Chicago. He is new to the city, so recommendations are welcome! He also is a baseball fan and enjoys playing recreational softball. 

  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Bradley Allen

    Former Chief Resident Brad Allen has returned to NU as an Assistant Professor of Radiology as of August 1, 2019. Dr. Allen recently completed a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. A native of Illinois, he is a graduate of the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and also completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency at NU. Dr. Allen is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoys running and playing both guitar and saxophone in his free time. His appointment is in the Cardiothoracic Imaging division, and we can't wait to see all of the research work he will bring to our department!

  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Samir Abboud

    We are so pleased to welcome aboard Assistant Professor Samir Abboud! He joined our faculty as of August 1, 2019 as full-time faculty and the first member of our newly-formed Emergency Radiology Division. Dr. Abboud attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency and a MSK Imaging fellowship program here at Northwestern. He is also an avid sailor and has competed in multiple long-distance races, in addition to regularly racing on Wednesdays and weekends. Perhaps the best news yet is that Dr. Abboud is willing to teach anyone who would like to join him! We look forward to the inroads Dr. Abboud will make in his Division and as faculty at NU!

  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mohammed Elbaz

    This month, Dr. Mohammed Elbaz joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor of Radiology, specializing in cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Elbaz came to Northwestern as a clinical research associate under Dr. Michael Markl in 2018. He had previously obtained his PhD in Biomedical Imaging and Image Analysis from Leiden University in the Netherlands, as well as one year of post-doc training there. He went on to spent another year in the Computer Science Department at the University of Calgary in Canada before accepting his position here. 

    His experience spans computer science, medical imaging, and applied fluid dynamics. At Northwestern, his research focuses on developing advanced computational image and flow analysis techniques for cardiovascular MRI. Through his interdisciplinary training, he is working toward better patient-specific, personalized diagnostics and clinical outcome prediction in adult and congenital cardiovascular diseases. 

    We are excited to bring Dr. Elbaz on board as research faculty because of his accomplishments and experience. Please join us in welcoming him!

  • New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Susan Palasis and Dr. Jillian Krauss

    We are excited to announce two new faculty members on our Lurie team. Please welcome Dr. Susan Palasis and Dr. Jillian Krauss! 

    Susan Palasis

    Dr. Susan Palasis is the new Division Head of Pediatric Neuroradiology and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University and also the Medical Director at the Facility for Education & Research in Neuroscience (FERN) Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center at Emory University. Dr. Palasis previously worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and was an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Her neuroradiology fellowship training was at Duke University and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She has conducted research and published on advanced neuroimaging techniques in the evaluation of pediatric neurologic disease. She is a frequent invited speaker on a broad variety of topics pertaining to pediatric neuroimaging in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Palasis is a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and serves on numerous scientific society committees. She is a Past President of the ASPNR and served as Program Chair for the 1st Annual ASPNR Scientific Meeting held in New Orleans in 2019.

    Jillian Krauss

    Dr. Jillian Krauss grew up outside of Columbus, Ohio, was an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, attended medical school at the University of Toledo, and then journeyed north to Royal Oak, Michigan to complete her Diagnostic Radiology Residency at William Beaumont Hospital. She just completed her pediatric radiology fellowship training at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and is joining the Lurie faculty this summer. During her off time, she enjoys exploring Chicago with her husband and dog, traveling, biking, reading, and trying out new restaurants. 

  • Winners Announced for DAISY Award for Nurses

    The DAISY winners were just announced! We are so pleased to see this fantastic group of Interventional Radiology nurses and new hires making the list! Congratulations to:

    Tath Lopez
    Julie Johnson
    Melissa Castro
    Laura Gonzalez
    Laura Coyne
    Jim Judge
    Becca Blinstrub
    Stacy Routh
    Amy Fitchel
    Cindy Griffin
    Katie Martin
    Kris Stiff

    The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. Nurses are given recognition for both clinical skill and compassion in service. The DAISY Award is part of an ongoing recognition effort through The DAISY Foundation. 

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Graduates

    This past week, we have had the great honor and pleasure of graduating another group of residents in every speciality we offer. This has been a great group of people to work with throughout the years. It has been fantastic to watch them grow into specialized interests, form a community, and head out to do a variety of work post-graduation, including fellowships at the University of Washington, Rush University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, UCLA, and UC San Francisco. We can't wait to see what the future brings for each one of them! 

    Several awards were given out at the graduation dinner last weekend. The recipients are as follows:

    Medical Student Teaching Award
    Michael Choe, MD

    RSNA Research and Education Foundation 2019 Roentgen Resident Award
    Kevin Su, MD

    Radiology Resident Excellence in Research Award
    1st Place: Michael Choe, MD
    2nd Place: Stephany Ross, MD
    3rd Place: Simer Grewal, MD

    Eric J Russell Leadership Award
    Aki Tanimoto

    Faculty Teaching Award (selected by the residents)
    Jon Youngner, MD and David Rusniak, MD

    Congratulations to all of the graduating residents!


    Senta Berggruen and residents

  • Yaghmai To Take Chair Appointment at UC Irvine

    We are so happy to announce that Dr. Vahid Yaghmai has been appointed Chair of Radiology at the University of California, Irvine. This is a tremendous honor for him and his family, and we are so proud to call him one of our own. 

    Dr. Yaghmai has been an integral part of Radiology at Northwestern University for over 20 years and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 15 years. He has served our faculty and department with dedication and distinction during that time period. As the Medical Director of Radiology, Medical Director for CT, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and a member of numerous hospital committees, including the Medical Executive and Credentials Committees to name a few, he has worked tirelessly to keep radiology represented at the highest level within the institution and has always put the needs of the department above all else. He is an outstanding researcher, with over 120 peer reviewed publications, 20 book chapters and several national/international awards for his work. He established a unique research collaboration with Siemens Healthineers, which provided uninterrupted funding to explore and apply cutting edge techniques for multi-detector CT and image processing. In particular, he helped pave the way in developing cutting edge methods to reduce radiation dose with CT, which had a direct beneficial impact on our patients. Another notable achievement was his creation of the Quantitative Imaging Core Lab within radiology, a core research facility that is responsible for the processing and analysis of image data for clinical trials at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center. He has trained numerous clinical and research fellows, many of whom have gone on to pursue productive and successful careers in their own right.

    We will miss Dr. Yaghmai here at Northwestern, but he will always remain part of our NU family. 

  • Kim Appointed Director of CV Imaging at CTI

    Starting July 1, 2019, Dr. Dan Kim will step into the role of Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at one of the department's research cores, the Center for Translational Imaging (CTI). Dr. Kim has been on the Northwestern faculty since 2016 and is currently a tenured Professor of Radiology with an additional appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia and did post-doctoral training in cardiovascular MRI at New York University. Before joining Northwestern, he was held an Assistant Professorship at New York University and an Associate Professorship at the University of Utah. 

    Dr. Kim is a highly-collaborative researcher focused on addressing unmet clinical needs by developing new MRI pulse sequences and reconstruction methods to improve translation and clinical management of heart disease. and mentor. He has been a principal investigator on 10 NIH, AHA, and other foundational grants. He currently is the PI on two NIH R01s, two NIH R21s, and 1 AHA Innovation award. Dr. Kim has mentored over eighteen students ranging from the graduate level to post-doctoral fellows working in biomedical engineering, MSTP, and radiology. He has received the Distinguished Investigator Award by The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. Dr. Kim is also a standing member of the NIH EITA review committee, and works on AHA study sections as well as the editorial board for NMR in Biomedicine and other medical imaging journals. 

    Dr. Kim has an exemplary record of success in leading outstanding advanced cardiovascular imaging research programs. He has the ability to collaborate across specialities and lead interdisciplinary teams. We look forward to what his leadership will bring to CTI and the Department of RAdiology in the years to come!


  • 06.05.2019
    Medical student Shahzeb Hassan founded a preventive medicine student interest group at Feinberg and also co-authored a recent piece in JAMA Internal Medicine about precision preventive medicine.
  • 05.09.2019
    In the Department of Radiology, collaboration is essential for translating discoveries from bench to bedside.
  • Salem Delivers GEST Honorary Lecture

    Dr. Riad Salem delivered the honorary lecture at the Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies 2019 meeting in New York City. GEST is an annual symposium for experts in the emoblization field. Dr. Salem, who is Chief of the Vascular Interventional Radiology section, has been commended for his work in radioembolization practices and techniques. We are so proud of his accomplishment!

    Riad Salem

  • Radiology Students and Faculty Attend SNMA 2019

    We had several medical students and faculty attend the Student National Medical Association conference last week, including Dr. Cecil Wood and first-year resident Dr. Imo Uko (pictured below). SNMA is an organization with chapters nation-wide. These programs serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. This organization is also dedicated to ensuring medical education and servies are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations.

    We're so proud of these students and faculty, and we're double-proud to be a part of an organization dedicated to these important communities of people!

     Dr. Cecil Wood and Dr. Imo Uko

  • Portrait Unveiled to Honor Former Chair
    Last week, former Chair Dr. Eric Russell's portrait was unveiled on campus to honor his achievements and contributions during his years in the position. He was joined by current Chair Dr. James Carr and Dean Neilson for the unveiling. Eric Russell
  • Friedewald Weighs In On New FDA Mammography Requirements
    New legislation from the FDA could add new requirements to the results patients receive when they get a mammogram. Proposed changes would require measurements of breast tissue density to be included in mammography examinations and results. Our own Chief of Breast Imaging, Dr. Sarah (Sally) Friedewald, has been vocal about how important knowledge of breast tissue density is to breast cancer diagnosis, and she has been interviewed by a couple of news outlets on the topic. Click here to read more about this!
  • 03.27.2019
    Measures of structural changes derived from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) have significant potential as a noninvasive way to measure the risk of heart transplant rejection, according to a new study.
  • 03.26.2019
    Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, the Loyal and Edith Davis Professor of Surgery, has stepped down as chair of the Department of Surgery after nearly 12 years of leadership.
  • 01.09.2019
    A new full-body scan could help clinicians better assess patients during cancer treatment, according to a recent study.
  • 12.17.2018
    A new study aims to answer a resilience puzzle: Why second-hand experiences of neighborhood violence affect some youth, but not others.
  • 10.23.2018
    James Carr, MD, ’00 ’01 GME, the Knight Family Professor of Cardiac Imaging, has been named chair of the Department of Radiology.
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