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.
- Rad Res Profiles: Samir Abboud06.13.2018
When asked what three words he would use to describe his resident experience so far, year four Samir Abboud said, "Challenge. Growth. Comradeship." These are strong words coming from Samir, who has known that he wanted to get into medicine, as well as what he likes about studying medicine, since his junior year of undergrad -- back when he was a physics major. "I had gotten involved in a few biophysics research projects. From there, it just seemed natural to progress to medical school and, given the physics background, radiology was a natural fit," he recalls before adding, "Of course I toyed wtih teh idea of becoming a surgeon for a while but, in the end, I was always drawn to radiology because of the immediate nature of it (look at the images, look at the data, make a diagnosis), the collegial nature of it (both communicating with other radiologists and other physicians), and the ability to progress in an ever-advancing field. The super-cool technology and beautiful images generated don't hurt."
Samir also knew he wanted excellent training when he was applying for residency. "I wanted an institution with a top-notch reputation in a high-volume setting." Northwestern made the list. It was the city of Chicago, and its proximity to Lake Michigan, really sealed the deal for him. While at work, Northwestern residents are given opportunities to study every type of radiology. Samir has really enjoyed muskuloskeletal radiology. The pathology of it is satisfying "from a biomechanical perspective," he says. "If you can figure out the injury pattern - i.e., the mechanism of injury - you will know what injuries occur in what sequence, and you can go looking for those particular injuries, giving you the chance to find a unifying diagnosis that pulls together all the seemingly disparate findings." Surprisingly, the area he was originally intimidated by has also become a favorite. "I was intimidated by neuroradiology and, to a certain extent, still am. However, for many of the same reasons I love MSK radiology, I have come to enjoy the challenge of neuroradiology cases and take pride in a case well read. It is a field where a small, seemingly insignificant, finding can alter the course of a patient's care for the better."
Samir is keeping a goal of teaching in mind as he makes plans for what he will do after completing his residency. "Teaching is just plain fun when you have highly-motivated pupils, like the junior residents I have interacted with here at NMH," he says. First he plans on pursuing MSK radiology with a fellowship here at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We hope that he continues to be inspired by his community here, and we look forward to all the ways he will surely inspire us!
- 4D Flow Image as Cover for NM Magazine06.01.2018
The Spring 2018 issue of Northwestern Medicine magazine focuses on Northwestern's cardiovascular disease research. One of the beautiful 4D images developed in our own 4D lab was used as the cover image. The article also discusses ongoing research by Dr. Michael Markl and Dr. Cynthia Rigsby at Children's. To learn more about the CV work being done by Northwestern, click here!
- Zhang Wins Distinguished Investigator Award05.23.2018
The Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research selected Northwestern Radiology's Dr. Zhuoli Zhang as one of the 42 2018 Distinguished Investigators. Honorees must contribute significant research and have sustained productivity, including publication, as well display substantial ongoing research through grants. Dr. Zhang, who is the Director of the Translational Imaging Lab and the Manager of Qualitory and Regulatory Affairs in the Quantitative Imaging Core Lab, has been teaching at Northwestern since 2010. His research focuses on pancreatic, liver, colorectal and prostate cancer imaging, diagnosis, and treatment.
Awardees will be inducted into the Academy Distinguished Investigator Council during a ceremony that will be held during the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Co-chair of the Academy’s Distinguished Investigator Council Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., said, “The recipients of this award have made significant contributions in the field of imaging research that rank them in the top 10 percent of Radiology Department faculty nationwide.”
Join us in congratulating Dr. Zhang on this extraordinary achievement!
- Students Name Conference Rooms in Contest05.16.2018
After last summer's expansion of our research office, we had a new conference room. Faculty and staff set up a competition for students, fellows, and post-docs to name both of the conference rooms in the research office after their favorite physicist, which is hard for almost everyone around here to narrow down (or agree on). Once submissions were selected, faculty got together to determine the winners. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and your explanations! The large conference room is now called the Lauterbur Room after Paul Lauterbur. The other conference room is now called the Curie Room after Marie Curie. Congrats to Dr. Kelly Jarvis and Liliana Ma for your submissions, which were selected as the new conference room names!
- Two Labs Say Goodbye to Fellow05.15.2018
Dr. Liang Pan is a radiologist-scientist from China who was awarded a one-year scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to work in two of our imaging labs at Northwestern Radiology. Dr. Pan has been working in both Dr. Vahid Yaghmai's Quantitative Imaging Core Lab (QICL) and Dr. Zhuoli Zhang's Translational Imaging Lab since last May.
In the last year, Dr. Pan has been involved in four projects researching liver tumors, pancreatic cancer in liver turmors, brown fat studies, and genetic KPC. She performed 380 MRI scans on a total of 77 mice and 44 rats. She was also given clinical training at QICL. On top of her studies, Dr. Pan has been prolific in writing about her findings. In collaboration with Dr. Yaghmai's team, as well as with Dr. Al Benson, she submitted a manuscript to Clinical Cancer Research, and has one prepared to send to Radiology.
Our lab teams have been delighted to work with Dr. Pan during her stay. Her work has been significant and enlightening. We want to thank her and wish her all the best luck in the future.
- New Faculty Spotlight: Ceylan Cankurtaran05.04.2018
This week, the spotlight is on our new Assistant Professor Ceylan Cankurtaran, who comes to Northwestern from Thomas Jefferson University and Einstein Healthcare in Philadelphia, PA with a speciality in neuroradiology. Dr. Cankurtaran actually interviewed at Northwestern for a fellowship years ago. Although she chose to stay on the east coast, she says, "My initial impression from years ago has rung true" when it comes to the environment of Northwestern radiology. "This seems to be a place where there is abundant opportunity to grow at any stage of a career. By now, I have lived, trained, and worked in different countries, medical systems, and disciplines. In the U.S., I have explored many different setups. Comparatively speaking, I feel that, here, there is a certain degree of freedom and room for individual contribution. People I have met here are actually helpful. They are kind. I have been impressed by the collaboration and level of engagement."
Academic radiology was one of the biggest reasons Dr. Cankurtaran came to Northwestern, although she started out in a very different area. "After I graduated from my fellowship, my first job was in one of the roughest inner-city neighborhoods in Philadelphia. I saw a ton of trauma in all flavors," she recalls. For a while, it seemed like working with trauma cases was only rote work -- a little "predictable," she says. Then things changed. Through her work, she came into contact with a physician-scientist who studied stroke rehabilitation and consciousness disorders related to trauma. "When I started to look into this pathology more, the predictable trauma now astonished me as it talked to epilepsy, cognition and consciousness disorders, to neuropsychiatric processes and to dementia. Eventually, I have come to see [trauma] as a gateway pathology that demands the neuroradiologist to move beyond what is commonly practiced in order to contribute in a finer way." Now, as a neuroradiologist at Northwestern Medical, as well as a faculty member, Dr. Cankurtaran can share the important connection she made between clinical cases and pathological research.
Dr. Cankurtaran is excited to begin collaboration and researching, as well as teaching and doing work in the hospital. She says, "My very fun colleagues since I joined have been of great help and inspiration. It is not easy to find an environment that is engaging, stimulating, and fulfilling." As far as working to find better clinical practices, she is feeling positive that she is in the right place and with the right people. "This can't be done by one person alone, especially nowadays. It needs several curious minds that are eager to work together." And, as happy as Dr. Cankurtaran is to be here, we are also so happy to have someone with such great experience and so much interest in working with colleagues.
- Rad Res Profiles: Brian Han04.20.2018
This week, our spotlight is on second-year resident Brian Han. Brian came to us from Tulane, though he had a great deal of interventional experience from early in college. "During my undergraduate summer breaks," Hans said, "I worked in an Interventional Radiology laboratory at the NIH. This was my first introduction into medicine and jump-started my interest in both IR and Diagnostic Radiology." Brian maintained an interest in radiology during his time after undergrad as well. He noted, "As an engineering major, I was naturally drawn to radiology because it is a ever-changing, technically-driven speciality, and I enjoy problem solving. During medical school, anatomy was by far my favorite class and I saw how much modern medicine has grown to depend on imaging."
Here at Northwestern, Brian is researching an interventional project with his mentor, Ahsun Riaz. Aside from work around the hospital, Brian lends his voice to the department as the hand behind the @NURadRes twitter account. "I have an interest in promoting our residency program and radiology as a whole via social media. On a hospital-wide level, I am working on increasing the resident voice in curent and ongoing hospital security improvement measures." So if you haven't already, go follow Brian on the RadRes account to find out just how much amazing work they really do!
Brian chose Northwestern after finishing a one-month clerkship in medical school. He remembers, "I found Northwestern to be a perfect fit for me. Our attendings are deeply invested in our education and the level of complexity of cases that we see is like none other. It also helps that chicago is an amazing city to live in and experience." Brian's favorite thing about being here is definitely the culture -- a comment we hear over and over from the residents. "The culture is superb as we are always working hard and looking out for one another." When asked what he loves the most about the field, he said, "There is never a dull moment in radiology, as we see everything from head to big toe. We participate in the care of so many patients through both diagnosis and intervention."
After finishing up his residency, Brian plans on completing an additional subspeciality training in Interventional Radiology. With all of his enthusiasm and experience, Brian will be great in interventional and diagnostic work. We can't wait to see what great work comes from him in the future!
- Rad Res Profiles: Lucy Lester03.16.2018
First-year resident Lucy Lester is glad she chose to come to Chicago for her residency. "Chicago was definitely the cityt that everyone recommended and I'm very glad we chose to move here." Having matched at Northwestern and made her home here, Lester is excited to pursue her interests in the global health track offered through the program here.
When asked about her initial interset in radiology, Lester said, "I decided on radiology because I realized that every field is somewhat dependent on imaging and I liked the diagnostic aspect of radiology." The collaborative nature of Northwestern staff and faculty is a helpful environment for anyone with these interests. Residents work hard to get experience in a number of areas inside a very supportive community. Lester added, "The program director is my favorite part about Northwestern. And the fact that everyone cares so very much about resident learning."
Though she has several years to go, Lester says she likes the city and the seasons, "So I might stay in this area." We hope you do, Lucy!
- NU 4D Flow Image Selected as Textbook Cover03.15.2018
Remember studying from Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine? The latest edition has a new cover thanks to Dr. Kelly Jarvis and our 4D Lab. Last year, the team captured a single-ventricle pediatric patient after Fontan repair using the 4D flow imaging developed in their lab. This image has been awarded first place in Helix magazine's Northwestern Scientific Imaging Contest, displayed in the Museum of Science and Industry, and can even be purchased online.
- SCMR Round-Up02.20.2018
Our cardiac imaging faculty and fellows have returned after traveling to Barcelona for the SCMR conference, which was a joint EuroCMR and society meeting. Northwestern participants gave presentations and attended panels with the best of the best in their field, as well as enjoyed travel around Barcelona and Spain. Congrats to everyone who participated!
Brad Allen - Resident
Pascale Aouad - CV imaging fellow
Alex Barker - faculty
Matthew Barrett - CV imaging fellow
James Carr - faculty
Dan Kim - faculty
Michael Markl - faculty
Ali Serhal - CV imaging fellow
Our CV imaging fellows after a great presentation!
- Rad Res Profiles: Kevin Su02.02.2018
Kevin, now in his third year of residency at Northwestern, first became interested in radiology through mammography because of his mom. As a Northwestern medical student, he involved himself in breast cancer research, discovering a passion for use of technology and minimally invasive procedures. In his fourth year of medical school, he knew he wanted to pursue radiology - interventional radiology particularly.
Community has been his favorite part about the program. While at Northwestern, Kevin says, "I actually enjoyed all of the rotations because of the people that I work with. I liked all the residents/ fellows/ attendings here." He pursued a residency here in the first place because of "the volume, complexity, and breadth of cases similar to other programs on the interview trail." But, at the end of the day he says, "It was the people that I met and worked wtih as a med student that made me want to stay here. I realized throughout med school that working with people I like makes my day really enjoyable, and that became the most improtant factor for me. The day goes by quick when you have more fun."
As for the future, Kevin is currently applying to interventional radiology fellowships to continue his passion for IR. "If that doesn't work out," he jokes, "I think E-sports is a thing now, where you can make money playing video games." With all the success of our interventional programs, as well as our residents, Kevin probably won't have much to worry about.
- New Faculty Spotlight: Donald Kim01.30.2018
Dr. Donald Kim, Instructor of Radiology, started here in the Northwestern Radiology department as an attending in the Body Imaging section last July. Imaging was not Dr. Kim's first passion, however. For his undergraduate, he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in dual Psycho/biology with a specialization in Computing. With that degree, he worked at a bioinformatics company (a subsidiary of Celera, which first decoded the human genome), then at a startup robotics company, and finally at the DirecTV satellite engineering.
It is really wonderful to see how Dr. Kim transformed his experience in the computing field to medical practice. Dr. Kim made the decision to return to medical school at Western University in Southern California, followed by an internship at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Riverside, CA. After completing his radiology residency at Franciscan St. James Hospital, he then completed a dual (abdominal imaging and ultrasound) fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
As a fairly new faculty member, Dr. Kim says the community at Northwestern is his favorite thing about teaching here. "I have had a great experience working with all the brilliant staff, residents, fellows, and attendings," he said. We look forward to seeing all the ways that Dr. Kim can broaden the education at Northwestern.
- Zhang Team Published in Radiology12.19.2017
We have more exciting news coming from research conducted with our newly-added PET-MR. Dr. Zhuoli Zhang and his team recently published an article in Radiology about a PET-imaging-guided method to detect early metabolic response to irreversible electroporation (IRE). The study shows that IRE induces metabolic changes that can be measured readily on 18FDG PET images. This study enabled us to confirm the feasibility of using 18FDG PET images to monitor responses to IRE treatment. 18F-FDG PET imaging biomarkers can be used for early detection of therapeutic response to IRE treatment in a rodent liver tumor model. Early changes in SUVs highlighted by PET may be important to inform practitioners about tumor metabolic changes induced within IRE ablation zones, related to the therapeutic response. This may permit timely adjustments to patient therapeutic regimen as needed to improve clinical outcomes. Drs. Xifu Wang and Zhangliang Su, both visiting fellows, are co-first authors on this research paper. Congratulations, team!
To view the article please click here: https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.ezproxy.galter.northwestern.edu/pubmed/29232185
- Rad Res Profiles: Andrew Weinberger12.15.2017
Andrew Weinberger is a fourth-year resident in our program, joining us after medical school at Sackler School of Medicine. When asked how he became interested in radiology, he said, "During my internal medicine rotation in medical school, we did radiology rounds every morning. The medicine team would pile into a reading room and review imaging for each patient with a radiologist who seemed to be able to tell us everything that was wrong with all of our patients. I loved how much information could be obtained from imaging and how integral radiology was to the medical team." Andrew has taken that initial fascination with how much can be learned from imaging and he has been instrumental in creating a radiology resident morbidity and mortality conference series to help promote a blame-free environment where residents can learn about commonly missed diagnoses.
Community is inspiring and important to Andrew, so it's not surprising that the camaraderie and the friendships have been Andrew's favorite part of his residency. "I chose Northwestern because I loved all of the people I met when I came to visit and I always wanted to live in Chicago." During his time here, he has developed interests in both abdominal imaging and radiology educational practices.
Andrew is going to take these interests into his future. Currently, he is helping to organize a radiology global health trip for the resident program. Once he is finished at Northwestern, he plans on moving to Ann Arbor for an abdominal imaging fellowship at University of Michigan.
- RSNA Round-Up12.13.2017
The dust has settled after the rush of RSNA week -- one of the busiest and biggest conferences of the year for our faculty, students, residents, and fellows. Northwestern Radiology had a great showing this year in several categories including oral abstracts, poster discussions, workshops, educational exhibits, courses, and session moderation. Of note were three Northwestern Radiology educational exhibits chosen for the Certificate of Merit, as well as Dr. Neuschler's high impact clinical trial manuscript posted online in Radiology for the duration of RSNA week. Several fellows and residents also won RSNA Travel Awards and a RSNA Research Scholar Grant. We are so proud of everyone's hard work, and we can't wait for next year!
Let's hear it for our participants:
Jeanne Horowitz - Assistant Professor
Amir Mozafarykhamseh - Fellow
Sara Floyd - Resident
Ingolf Karst - Fellow
Erin Neuschler - Assistant Professor
Bob Lewandowski - Professor
Michael Markl - Professor
Emilie Bollache - Post-doc
Kush Desai - Assistant Professor
Andy Larson - Professor
Michael Iorga - Graduate Student
Maria Aristova - Md/PhD Student
Anas Al-Smadi - Fellow
Tahaamin Shokuhfar - Fellow
Al Nemcek - Professor
Frank Miller - Professor
Riad Salem - Professor
Ryan Dolan - Fellow
Amir Rahsepar - Fellow
James Carr - Professor
- Northwestern High Impact Clinical Trial Published in Radiology11.28.2017
RSNA is in full swing this week. Our faculty, fellows, residents, and researchers are busy presenting and attending sessions all week. Before our highlights post, we wanted to share a fantastic manuscript published from Dr. Erin Neuschler's presentation in the Special Session: High Impact Clinical Trials. This trial is called "A Pivotal Study of Opto-Acoustic Imaging to Diagnose Benign and Malignant Breast Masses: A New Evaluation Tool for Radiologists." The trial compares the specificity of an investigational optoacoustics (OA/US) breast imaging device wtih that of gray-scale ultrasound in evaluating breast masses. The journal Radiology published the manuscript online, and it is available for free to read during the week of RSNA. Read all about it here!
- Miller Travels to Chile as Visiting Professor10.06.2017
Dr. Frank Miller was awarded the Igor Laufer Visitor Professorship from the Society of Abdominal Radiology. The SAR has sponsored an International Education Conference for over fifteen years. This conference brings lecturers from all over the world to countries in Central and South America to provide the latest information and research to the host country's national or regional radiological meetings. This year, the SAR conference was in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Miller, as the society's Visiting Professor, attended the meeting as an invited lecturer to radiologists from across the globe. Join us in congratulating Dr. Miller on this fantastic achievement!
- Barker Collaborates on $3.3 million International Grant08.10.2017
Dr. Alex Barker, Assistant Professor of Radiology who specializes in cardiovascular MRI and biomedical engineering, will be collaborating with Dr. Paul Fedak, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Calgary, on a multi-million dollar NIH R01 grant dedicated to researching personalized treatments for bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Teams here at Northwestern and in Calgary will run a five-year clinical study on 450 patients. Recruitment for the study is already underway and researchers are beginning their work. They will be using 4D-flow MRI to investigate bloodflow, as well as utilizing tissue analysis. This groundbreaking research will help find a way to assess those diagnosed with BAV in order to identify complications that may be associated with their particular case.
- Dr. Zhuoli Zhang Makes Impactful Trip to China07.26.2017
Dr. Zhuoli Zhang, Department of Radiology faculty and manager of quality and regulatory affairs of the Quantitative Imaging Core Lab at the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently returned from a month-long trip to China. During this trip, Dr. Zhang visited collaborators to further his research on radiogenomics projects set forth earlier this year. Peking Union Medical College Hospital -- rated the #1 hospital by the Chinese National Ranking -- welcomed Dr. Zhang for a week of working with collaborators on data gathered on HCC and pancreatic cancer patients. This data will be brought back to radiologists and geneticists teamed up in Dr. Zhang's lab to research the genetics of cancer and cancer therapies. While doing this work, Dr. Zhang also had the opportunity to visit with both the President of the Chinese Radiology Society, as well as the President of the Beijing Resident Training Program in Radiology.
Dr. Zhang also had time to visit with his own family living in China, as well as volunteer for a few days in a developing village. He met a young man who he was able to get to know, as well as to contribute funds to his school tuition for the next five years. This was a truly meaningful experience for Dr. Zhang, who has shown how he likes to give back to the world in a variety of ways.
Photos: Top features Dr. Zhang visiting with Dr. Zhenyu Jin of the Chinese Radiology Society. Bottom features Dr. Zhang and collaborators from Peking Union.
- Three Faculty Awarded as Top RSNA Educators07.19.2017
This year, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) awarded three Northwestern Department of Radiology faculty with the very esteemd Honored Educator Award. The RSNA deems this award "a benchmark of academic productivity" for each individual. The award recognizes the dedication of radiology faculty throughout the nation to advancing education and careers in radiology in future generations. Drs. Vahid Yaghmai, Paul Nikolaidis, and Frank Miller were tapped for their excellence in producing outstanding educational content for the Society. Join us in congratulating these three!
- Keller Awarded Lee F. Rogers Medical Student Research Award06.23.2017
Last Friday, at the Northwestern Radiology Graduation dinner, the department awarded Eric Keller the Lee F. Rogers Medical Student Research Award. This award is inspired by Dr. Lee F. Rogers, whose commitment to teaching and academics continues to inspire radiology faculty at Northwestern and among other institutions. This award honors the commitment of students to furthering the bounds of Northwestern's power in academics and research. Keller came highly recommended from faculty. While obtaining his Masters in Bioethics and Medical Humanities in 2016, he also joined the Radiology department in order to develop a concept of medical specialty professional identity. For eighteen months, Keller conducted research among radiologists of all specialities, investigating what came to be termed "medical tribalism", or how physicians form unique professional speciality identities. These identities, as Keller discovered, shape the way phsysicians talk to one another and make decisions regarding patient care. During this time, Keller also led efforts in cardiovascular imaging research in a number of specific areas. All of this work resulted in an outstanding number of self-written grants, first-authored publications and abstract presentations at both national and international conferences. Keller, a 4th year Feinberg Medical Student, is funded by The Albert Nemcek Interventional Radiology Professor Fund, the RSNA, and SIR.
- Congratulations to ISMRM Participants!05.04.2017
Northwestern Radiology had a great showing at the International Society for Magnetic REsonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI. Several faculty attended as session moderators and presenters. Of note, Dr. James Carr, Vice Chair for Research, gave a featured talk on 2D vs. 4D Flow techniques and applications for the Society for MR Radiographers and Techologists (SMRT), which also took place during the ISMRM meeting. Graduate students, fellows, MD-PhD students, and post-doc researchers participated in oral, electronic poster, and traditional poster presentations. MD-PhD student Liliana Ma's abstract was awarded third place for the Pediatric MR Study Group Abstract Award. Former post-doc Pim Van Ooij also presented a top abstract at the conference. While in Hawaii, the radiology group enjoyed activities such as the ISMRM Fun Run as well as events for conference-goers.
Please extend your congratulations to the following participants:
Alex Barker - Assistant Professor
Emilie Bollache - Post-doc
James Carr - Professor, Vice Chair for Research
Ryan Dolan - Clinical Research Associate
Matteo Figini - Clinical Research Associate
Suvai Gunasekaran - Graduate Student
Hassan Haji-Valizadeh - Student
Kelly Jarvis - Post-doc
Daniel Kim - Associate Professor
Liliana Ma - MD-PhD Student
Nivedita Naresh - Clinical Research Associate
Ozair Rahman - Clinical Research Associate
Amir Rahsepar - Clinical Research Associate
Alexander Ruh - Clinical Research Associate
Susanne Schnell - Research Assistant Professor
Daming Shen - Student
Lingzi Tashakkor - Graduate Student
Zhuoli Zhang - Research Associate Professor
- Nemeth Receives Office of Medical Education Teaching Award03.27.2017Northwestern Medicine's Office of Medical Education recently awarded Dr. Alexander Nemeth with an Outstanding Teaching pin for the 2015-2016 year. This pin is given to faculty the Office of Medican Education wishes to recognize for commitment and excellence in medical student teaching. Dr. Nemeth was commended for his Diagnostic Testing course. Join us in congratulating Dr. Nemeth on his wonderful achievement!
- Congratulations to SIR Participants!03.24.2017
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) was an especially exciting conference this year for the Department of Radiology. Not only were an outstanding number of residents, faculty, and students there to represent Northwestern in Washington DC, but several members of the department walked away with superb accolades. This year's conference was chaired by our own Dr. Robert Lewandowski, who worked hard to put on yet another great event for current and future IRs. The conference introduced new technologies, such as Virtual IR, as well as acknowledged the hard work of women in IR. Dr. Riad Salem was awarded one of the society's top honors - The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Leaders in Innvation Award - in recognition of his work using radioembolization in internventional oncology. SIR also awarded Jingran Ji the Dr. Constantin Cope Medical Student Research Award for his work in image-guided bacteriolytic therapy.
This group, overall, showed twenty-four presentations, five of which were featured presentations at the conference. Join our department in congratulating these people on their incredible work.
Ahusun Riaz - Health System Clinician/ Faculty
Ahmed Gabr - Clinical Research Fellow
Omar Uddin - Medical Student
Soojeong Cho - Clinical Research Associate
Jingran Ji - Medical Student
Joseph McDevitt - Resident
Bartley Thornburg - Health System Clinician/ Faculty
Brian P. Holly
Martin Errea - Resident
Jessica Andreoli - Resident
Rehan Ali - Research Fellow
Nadine Abouchaleh - Medical Student
Suraj Gupta - Resident
Kevin Su - Resident
Maureen P. Kohi
Eric J. Keller - Research Fellow
- Dr. Frank Miller Awarded Visiting Professorship from the Society of Abdominal Radiology03.23.2017Dr. Frank Miller, Lee F. Rogers MD Professor of Medical Education, chief of body imaging and medical director of MR, was selected as the Igor Laufer Visiting Professor for the Society of Abdominal Radiology. The award is especially important to Frank as he trained under the late Dr. Laufer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania early in Frank’s career and Igor was an outstanding mentor to him. Per the SAR website, “The SAR Igor Laufer Visiting Professorship is awarded each year to an outstanding early to mid career, academic radiologist who is a Fellow Member of the Society in good standing and who has demonstrated a history of contributions to the Society. One of the goals of this award is to both recognize and reward an individual for their contributions to GI or GU radiology and the SAR and to provide Society members with interactions at a local and personal level. This should provide a resource to Society members and their institutions nationwide and build an awareness of the SAR to non-members and radiologists in training at these institutions.” Frank will also participate as a faculty member of the 2017 SAR International Education Conference team in Chile and serve as the SAR Honorary Lecturer at the ESGAR 29th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.
- Northwestern Radiology Team Develops Patented MRE Driver03.22.2017
MR elastography is novel noninvasive imaging technique developed by Dr. Richard Ehman and Mayo Clinic to evaluate the stiffness of organs analogous to palpation. It is viewed as the most accurate method to assess for liver fibrosis. Based on collaborations with Dr. Ehman, Northwestern has been an early adopter of MRE. Northwestern has examined approximately 1000 patients with MRE and published several papers related to MRE.
Professor Teresa Woodruff, Director Center for Reproductive Science and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who is a world expert on polycystic ovarian syndrome, has postulated that the extracellular matrix and density contribute to the regulation of follicle development and that MRE would be helpful in these patients with PCOS. Based on these interests, Drs. Frank Miller and Tim Carroll engaged a highly talented and motivated group of biomedical education students, Mayank Vijayvergia, Samantha By, Sumeeth Johnathan, and Gaurav Gadodia, to develop as part of their class a new curved passive driver to allow greater penetration of the waves into the abdomen. The success of their efforts led to a recently approved patent of their work called Curved Passive Acoustic Driver for Magnetic Resonance Elastography. Next step Shark Tank with Marc Cuban?
- Congratulations to SCMR Participants!02.09.2017
The Department of Radiology had much to celebrate at Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance meeting this year. This year, which was the 20th annual SCMR meeting, was an exciting year for celebrating the Society and the accomplishments of cardiovascular MR researchers in our department. Several students, fellows, and faculty from the department presented or moderated sessions helping to make Northwestern Radiology "one of the most represented among participating insitutitions," according to Vice Chair of Research Dr. James Carr. Join us in giving special congratulations the following people who presented oral and poster abstracts!
Alex Barker - Assistant Professor of Radiology
Ryan Dolan - Clinical Research Associate
Kelly Jarvis - PhD Candidate
Daniel Kim - Associate Professor of Radiology
Emily Li - MD Student
Liliana Ma - MD-PhD Student
Nivedita Naresh - Clinical Research Associate
Ozair Rahman - Clinical Research Associate
Amir Rahsepar - Clinical Research Associate
Kenichiro Suwa - Clinical Research Associate
Stan Swat - Resident
More information about SCMR can be found here: http://scmr.org/
- Radiogenomics Program Underway01.12.2017
Last month, Dr. Zhuoli Zhang traveled to China to begin work on a new radiogenomics program. Along with Dr. Maryellen Giger from the University of Chicago, Dr. Zhang connected with colleagues from several hospitals in China to initiate this collaborative work. “The field of radiogenomics is increasingly growing and the use of big data has the potential to truly affect our ability to increase therapeutic outcomes,” Dr. Zhang said. This trip marked the first steps in important work concerning research on genes and pancreatic cancer. Research teams worked on acquiring and studying patient data and scans with the goal of improving diagnostics.
While in China, Dr. Zhang worked in Southwest Hospital in Chongquing. After several training courses, he accessed data on pancreatic cancer patiets. The data opened up discussions with teams of pathologists at Southwest regarding patterns of genetic expression. Dr. Zhang noted that Southwest also contains large sets of glioma databases, which is information the team hopes to use in the future when further researching cancer diagnostics and genetics. Not only are Southwest, UC, and Northwestern proud of this work, but they are also excited that it “will likely open new avenues of very nice relationships with local medical and clinical institutions,” as Dr. Zhang noted. This also means that researchers on the radiogenomics project secured a great deal of growth potential after this groundbreaking trip. Dr. Zhang is looking forward to working more closely with the Giger’s UC teams, as well as expanding this work into Northwestern’s own Quantitative Imaging Core Lab. Our department is proud to support this wonderful accomplishment by Dr. Zhang and this team.
Dr. Zhuoli Zhang (second from left) with Southwest Hospital colleagues
- New Faculty Spotlight: Swati Deshmukh12.06.2016
Assistant Professor Swati Deshmukh, who specializes in Musculoskeletal Radiology, says she is thrilled to have joined the faculty here at Northwestern this past August. Hands down, her favorite part of working here “is definitely the people,” she said. “Everyone is so friendly and kind!”
Dr. Deshmukh comes to us after traveling from coast to coast pursuing her education. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biochemistry and biophysics at Yale University, she went on to Stanford School of Medicine for her MD degree. She then completed a preliminary internship year at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical school in Boston before heading down to Johns Hopkins University for 4 years of residency in radiology. This experience opened doors for her to engage in imaging research through a variety of advanced techniques and in novel areas of medicine. After Hopkins, she sought additional specialized training in New York during her fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics. “I received fantastic training in a plethora of image guided musculoskeletal procedures,” she said before specifying: “joint injections, perineural injections, peritendon injections, spine injections, aspirations, biopsies, ablations...”. At Northwestern, Dr. Deshmukh looks forward to being able to offer patients therapeutic solutions for both acute injuries and chronic pain.
Her approach to the classroom is flavored by her diverse background training experiences. “My research interests have largely focused on peripheral nerve imaging, both with MRI and ultrasound,” she says, but she also loves being able to share her knowledge with the next generation of radiologists. For example, she created a sports lecture series for residents focusing on imaging of different sports such as basketball, baseball, ballet, tennis, rock-climbing and football. This is only one example of how Dr. Deshmukh’s interests lend to a great experience for students and residents at Northwestern.
- Goodhartz Reflects on 24 Years at Northwestern10.20.2016
Last month, Dr. Lori Goodhartz received one of the ten John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Awards given out this year. This award goes to nominees who exhibit passion and skill when providing educational opportunities within the Feinberg School of Medicine. For Dr. Goodhartz, this award can be counted among her other accolades, including a 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award for problem-based learning, as well as two Department of Radiology Teacher of the Year awards. She is currently the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Radiology.
Having spent 24 years Northwestern in the Department of Radiology, Dr. Goodhartz has also received the opportunity to work on projects with real impact on medical education. One great example is the 2006 Augusta Webster Fellowship Award, which she and a colleague at the medical school used to create a student web site that correlated radiological images with Netter anatomy illustrations. Dr. Goodhartz has also served on committees aimed at developing the new Feinberg curriculum. Currently, she serves on the diagnostic testing committee overseeing the laboratory medicine and imaging thread in the medical school curriculum. During her tenure on this committee, Dr. Goodhartz has accomplished several goals. She has been able to connect radiologists with students, allowing students to interact with, and learn from, professionals in the field. She has also worked with colleagues to include more ultrasound – particularly point-of-care ultrasound – in the medical school curriculum, broadening medical students imaging knowledge base.
As far as her own teaching, Dr. Goodhartz prefers interactive teaching methods include problem-based learning, audience response, and team-based learning. In her medical school classrooms, students learn with case studies or use clickers to vote on answers to questions, enhancing their participation in class, as well as their exposure to the material. "Learners like to be more interactive now," she says. Her classroom, as well as in the way she continues to serve the department, show that she is a dedicated educator, continuing to provide quality radiology education to learners here at Northwestern.