News & Announcements
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.
- 09.20.2021Hypertension that leads to vascular dementia in older adults begins to impact the brain by middle age, according to a new study, the first to show the process beginning so early.
- 08.02.2021Enhancing the anti-cancer function of natural killer cells with nanoparticles could unlock their therapeutic potential, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
- 01.13.2021The third annual Northwestern Women in Medicine conference kicked off on December 17, and will feature monthly virtual lectures aimed to empower women in medicine to thrive in a virtual world.
- 10.30.2020A new three-dimensional imaging technique invented by Northwestern scientists greatly improves the visibility of brain tumors in magnetic resonance imaging scans.
- 10.26.2020Targeting the proteins CD47 and HER2 may eliminate radioresistant breast cancer cells and enable more effective radiotherapy treatments for patients, according to a new study.
Several faculty are stepping into new leadership roles within the Department of Radiology today.
Ankur Garg, MD, MBA has been appointed Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. Dr. Garg is an outstanding educator who himself is a graduate of Northwestern Radiology's Diagnostic Radiology residency. He has also previously served as Associate Program Director prior to taking on this position.
Lori Goodhartz, MD will be stepping down as Vice Chair for Education after nine years in the role. Dr. Goodhartz has been a central figure in education for our department since 1999 when she became the Diagnostic Radiology Program Director - a position she filled until 2011 when she became Vice Chair. She has been a role model and leader for many Northwestern Radiology trainees over the last 21 years and has made a lasting impact on our training programs, which are recognized as being amongst the best in the country. We are grateful for everything she has done for education and training in our department.
Senta Berggruen, MD has been appointed Vice Chair for Education and Diversity in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Berggruen has served as Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and as an Associate Program Director for the Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program at Northwestern for 6.5 years. In that period, Dr. Berggruen founded the Women in Radiology group at Northwestern and developed five different interest tracks for further resident professional development. Dr. Berggruen has been an active champion for diversity, equity and inclusion at both the department and institutional levels where she is involved in several committees and initiatives on this topic.
Jeanne Horowitz, MD has been appointed Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Radiology. This is a new position with responsibilities that cover faculty, mentorship, promotion and tenure, as well as faculty wellness and work-life balance. Dr. Horowitz is a recent graduate of Northwestern Medicine's Scholars of Wellness program and she has led the creation of various wellness activities including ergonomics improvement and Reading Room Assistant programs within our department. Additionally, she is responsible for launching and leading NU RaMP, the Northwestern University Radiology Mentorship Program focusing on mentorship of junior faculty. She also co-chairs the Radiology Physician Wellness and Engagement Council.
Alex Korutz, MD has been appointed Vice Chair for Imaging Informatics in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Korutz has most recently served as Medical Director of Imaging Informatics. He plays a critical role in helping oversee the advanced imaging visualization initiative for NM enterprise, which includes the rollout of a new PACS and workflow orchestrator. He also played a vital role in the response and preparedness for Radiology during COVID this year by creating an IT contingency plan for radiologists to function remotely off campus during the height of the pandemic. He has been actively involved in setting up an IT infrastructure for implementing AI research in the department as well as participating directly in several research projects himself.
We wish each of these outstanding faculty members great success in their new roles. As always, we are grateful for their commitment to our Patients First mission.
Dr. Peterson joins Northwestern Radiology from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, she completed her medical degree, a residency in Diagnostic Radiology, and a Breast Imaging fellowship at U of Kansas. She joins our faculty as Assistant Professor in the Breast and Women's Imaging section.
She has a lot of hometown loyalty to her favorite sports teams including the Jayhawks, the Chiefs, the Royals, and Sporting KC. She and her family are excited to move to Chicago. In her free time, Dr. Peterson enjoys reading, exercising, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Goli Houshmand as Assistant Professor in the Breast and Women's Imaging Section of Northwestern Radiology. Dr. Houshmand has an array of education and leadership experience that she brings to our team.
After earning her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, she joined a basic science research lab at the University of Pittsburgh. At U Pitt Medical Center, she went on to finish residency as well as research and clinical fellowships in Women's Imaging. Since 2017, she served as Assistant Professor of Radiology at Magee Women's Hospital.
During her time at UPMC, she was also an active member of residency education and curriculum committees. She worked to initiate a curriculum system based in structured milestones as well as to establish resident-driven diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedure workshops. She received the divisional teacher of the year award at UPMC.
Dr. Houshmand has been an investigator on several NIH-funded grants, has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals, and is invited to lecture at academic meetings.
Dr. Borhani, recently appointed Associate Professor in the Body Imaging Section and Medical Director of CT, comes to Northwestern from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After earning his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, he finished residency, clinical fellowship, and a research fellowship at UPMC. Since 2014, he has served as Assistant Professor of Radiology and Chief of Body CT at UPMC as well.
During his time at UPMC, Dr. Borhani received divisional Teacher of the Year awards for four consecutive years. He has authored five radiology textbooks and more than 60 peer-reviewed articles. His numerous scientific presentations include invited lectures at RSNA and SAR.
To date, Dr. Borhani is an active member of scientific committees in RSNA, SAR, and ACR LIRADS. He is a member of the editorial boards for AJR, Radiology case reports, and the American College of Online Radiology Education.
His main clinical and research interests include imaging of hepatopancreaticobiliary diseases, spectral CT, radiomics, and quantitative imaging. He has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on several funded research projects.
- 02.28.2020We are pleased to announce that Erin N. McComb, MD, is the new Chief of Head & Neck Radiology in the Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology at NMH. Dr. McComb joined the faculty at Northwestern in 2008 after completing a Neuroradiology Fellowship at UCLA and after completing a Radiology Residency here at Northwestern in 2007.
Dr. McComb has served on Education Committees for the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America as well as a reviewer for the American Journal of Neuroradiology. Additionally, Dr. McComb was Program Chair for the 10th Annual Midwest Head and Neck Radiology meeting in 2019.
Dr. McComb succeeds Dr. Achilles Karagianis as the Chief of Head & Neck. Achilles will be leaving NMH after June 2, 2020 to take a job elsewhere. It goes without saying that Achilles will be greatly missed and that his departure will be a major loss for us, but we look forward to continuing the tradition of outstanding service to be led by Dr. McComb in the future.
The Northwestern University Radiology Mentorship Program (Nu RaMP) has officially begun! A kickoff meeting for mentors and mentees was held on February 5 with presentations by mentorship program leadership and research office management. The mentorship program is a result of collaborative efforts between several faculty members led by program facilitator and faculty member Dr. Jeanne Horowitz.
The mentorship program pairs faculty who establish goals and a plan to meet up on a regular basis to work together. Particular areas of focus are career development, leadership skills, research, and promotion. During the kickoff, Dr. Horowitz led a discussion regarding how to set clear and aligned goals, as well as how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship for both mentors and mentees.
Following Dr. Horowitz, Jessica Anaya Agosto, Senior Research Administrator, and Julie Blaisdell, Research Operations Manager, gave a presentation for new faculty and physician scientists about how to work with the Research Office at Radiology to get involved in clinical trials, projects funded by federal or foundation sponsorship, and non-funded industry relationships.
Nu RaMP is one of several wellness initiatives under way in the department. Keep your eyes open for more information about career development, wellness activities, and accessing the full array of what work at the Department of Radiology has to offer.
With RSNA fully underway, it's a great time to highlight some of the student research this society is sponsoring at NU. RSNA offers a number of funded research opportunities for students and faculty at all levels. This year, Aakash Gupta, BS at Northwestern and Monica Matsumoto, MS4 AT University of Chicago were awarded stipends for very different, but very significant research projects that are a great springboard for further work as they continue their graduate studies.
Gupta, sponsored by Dr. Michael Markl, received funding for a project titled "4D flow MRI-derived energy biomarkers for grading of mitral regurgitation severity." His work focused on investigating whether 4D flow MRI-derived energetic biomarkers can be used to quantify and characterize mitral regurgitation (MR) severity. Accurate quantification of MR severity is of paramount clinical importance as current guidelines largely recommend valve repair only for severe MR. This energetic-based approach may also help overcome limitations of current echocardiography and cardiac MRI techniques to capture MR jet distribution and impact on left atrial hemodynamics.
Matsumoto, with scientific advisors Dr. Sam Mouli and Dr. Andrew Larson, is investigating the effects of intra-arterial liver-directed therapies, including yttrium-90 radioembolization, on the expression of immune checkpoint markers in an animal model of liver cancer. More specifically, she is using this animal model of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to analyze the local and systemic immune response to these therapies at different points in time, focusing on the expression of immune checkpoint markers PD-1, PD-L1, CTLA-4. The purpose of this project is to inform the timeline of administering combination intra-arterial and immunotherapy drugs for patients with HCC and better incorporate immunotherapy into the clinical paradigm for liver directed therapies. This project is helping to launch Northwestern's interventional oncology research group's endeavors to incorporate imminology applications into their work.
Congratulations to both of these students on such exciting and forward-thinking work!
"Physician wellness is something that has always been important to me," Dr. Jeanne Horowitz said when asked about her recent completion of the Scholars of Wellness program. Scholars of Wellness is a professional development program with the intention of creating faculty experts in wellness in order to drive meaningful change at NMH. Dr. Horowitz was part of the first cohort to graduate from the program.
As a radiologist and faculty member, Dr. Horowitz has long been aware of the issues of physician wellness, summing it up in these terms. "Physician burnout is a term used to describe emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, cynicism, and reduced self-efficacy. Physicians also have a higher suicide rate than the general population, and efforts to combat burnout are also performed to try to decrease the physician suicide rate."
Burnout is the result of a multitude of factors that can be addressed in the workplace, according to Horowitz. "Many of the factors contributing to physician burnout arise due to work overload, lack of control, lack of fairness, insufficient rewards or recognition, lack of community, and conflict in values."
These factors point to the importance of wellness initiatives, which Scholars of Wellness address with their projects. "Scholars of Wellness teaches physicians about which groups of individuals might be at risk for burnout," she said, "And how to make improvements for physician groups, which could be at the clinic/ section, department, or institutional level."
Dr. Horowitz chose a wellness project relating to radiology faculty and ergonomics. She focused on repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), which are injuries typically located in the wrist, fingers, back, and neck caused by overuse and repetitive motions. Radiologists in the reading room are often at risk of these injuries due to long hours at the PACS workstations. "Twenty-three of our radiologists reported that they currently had a RSI in a survey sent out in January 2019," Horowitz reported. "Another 42% of the radiologists with RSIs surveyed also reported symptoms that can lead to burnout." Based on this evidence, the goals of her project were not only to find a way to reduce RSIs, but also to get the department involved in a wellness initiative involving the PACS stations.
Several interventions were introduced over the course of the past year. Dr. Horowitz organized an ergonomics committee made up of faculty, trainees, NMH management, and IT. This committee worked on the PACS stations themselves by replacing broken chairs and tables with more ergonomic options, as well as adding ergonomic hardware such as mice and wrist pads. An occupational health professional was also brought in to faculty meetings to teach about best practices for radiologists.
Work on this project did not end with graduation from Scholars of Wellness. One great feature of this program is that the projects not only have great potential to create real change, but they also start conversations about ongoing wellness efforts enacted by departments and the institution.
Horowitz detailed other ergonomics-related events in the future. "While wireless M705 Logitech mice were deployed, there are currently a set of G502 Logitech mice being programmed to allow a choice. These G502 gaming mice will be larger with a greater number of customizable btn btn-primarys. IT is also adding a shortcut on our PACS desktops to a folder of auto hot key programs so that radiologists can use btn btn-primarys on the sides of the new mice for their commonly used PACS tools."
The aim of using improved hardware is to prevent RSIs or support current injuries. This additional comfort can also lead to increased productivity, which was described as a "cost savings" factor for NMH due to higher satisfaction with the workplace caused by engagement with physicians' needs. "A happy physician can not only contribute to patient wellness, "Horowitz pointed out, "But can also be a pleasure for other co-workers to work with, contributing to a functional team, which benefits everyone they work with in the healthcare system."
We look forward to more departmental wellness initiatives in the future! Click the link for a glimpse of Dr. Horowitz's graduation poster!
Interviews for both the Diagnostic Radiology and Integrated Interventional Radiology residencies are officially under way until January 9, 2020. Our department has been hard at work fine tuning these programs, which includes appointing three new faculty members as Associate Program Directors for the Diagnostic program. We welcome Ankur Garg, MD, Linda Kelahan, MD, and Jon Youngner, MD to the programming team! They bring a wide range of experience and knowledge of the field in their specialties, as well as their educational experience. As we move closer toward match day every day, we are grateful for the faculty and staff who support students, residents, and fellows every step of the way.