Fall 2015 • Volume 34 • Number 3

Message from the President,
Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, MD, PhD, FACR

Professor of Radiation Oncology

Associate Center Director for Applied Technology

GRU Cancer Center, Medical College of Georgia,
Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA

 

 

Dear Esteemed AAWR Members,
It is autumn, and it is time to harvest before the long incubation period of winter. During the year we have achieved quite a lot, toward a greater win for each of us, and have made AAWR as a whole a greater organization.

The theme of Win-Win Collaboration was kicked off successfully at the Presidential session on December 2nd, 2014, by the keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Donaldson, past President of RSNA, along with 7 Presidents of other radiological organizations(http://www.aawr.org/Events/Events/AAWR-at-RSNA-2014).

 

 

The AAWR convention at RSNA was followed by an international session led by Dr. Ritsuko Komaki, a resident and fellow session on career advancement led by Drs. Nancy Ellerbroek and Richard Gunderman, as well as a much needed speed mentoring session led by Dr. Julia Fielding during the first week of December, 2014.


AAWR had a strong presence at the 1st ACR conference, “The Crossroads of Radiology”. Dr. Carol Rumack, the founding president of our AAWR, emphasized the importance of “asking” and commanded the strength of women leaders in Washington DC, May 19th, 2015.  
 

  

During ASTRO 2015 in San Antonio, AAWR had a successful lunch session with over 140 registered participants, and a very successful inaugural reception of “Chocolate and Coffee, and Meet and Greet”.  Key women leaders of ASTRO, including past President and Board Chair of ASTRO. Dr. Colleen Lawton and current Board member of ASTRO, Dr. Geraldine Jacobson, participated actively. Women leaders from the American Association of Physics in Medicine such as Dr. Jean Moran, and Dr. Ying Xiao were present to share the AAPM women’s initiatives. International participants included Dr. Anneyuko I Saito from Juntendo University School of Medicine, and Dr. Kumiko Karasawa Professor and Chair of Dept of Radiation Oncology Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine,  representatives of Japanese Women Society of Radiation Oncology, Japan; Dr. Zheng Zhang, Department Chair of Radiation Oncology of Fudan University Cancer Center Shanghai China; and current and past Presidents of Philippine Radiological Society and South East Asia Radiation Oncology Group (SEROG) Dr. Mariam Joy Calaguas. All commented on the need of a strong women’s presence in the field and the spirit of Win-Win collaboration.






Last but not least, I would like to share with you some great news: this year we had over 200 new members!  Welcome to all new members to this big and warm family. Congrats and cheers to all our members, for all our individual successes and for our growing organization.  And let’s keep up our great spirit of win-win collaboration, which will take each and all of us to a greater level of success.

When She Wins, We Win.


 

Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, MD, PhD, FACR

AAWR President

The Family and Medical Leave Act Should Be Applicable to
All Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists
(originally published in Oct 2015 in JACR.)


Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, MD, Julia R. Fielding, MD, Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA,

William Shields, JD, LLM, Edward I. Bluth, MD, Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD


As most members are aware, radiology has failed to attract women and other minority medical students into its residency programs in the same percentages as medical schools and other competing specialties. One reason for this may be the need for more flexible scheduling than some groups currently provide. This factor has been recognized by the federal government in all areas of employment, including medicine. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 [1] requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for

     · the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within 1 year of birth;

     · the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within 1 year of placement;

     · care for the employees spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;

     · a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;

     · any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employees spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on covered active duty; and

     · leave to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness (military caregiver leave).


This federal law applies to both female and male employees who have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months (
eligible employees).

Additionally, the US Department of Labor has ruled that residents and fellows can qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act after they have worked for 12 months and completed the requisite number of hours [2,3].


Current ACR policy states, The ACR supports the development of family leave policies in radiology facilities

consistent with federal and state laws; 2001, amended 2011 (Res. 47-i).

Therefore, the ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity and the ACR Commission on Human Resources believe that when feasible, academic radiology and radiation oncology departments, as well as private practice radiology and radiation oncology groups, should consider providing the aforementioned family leave benefits to all of their eligible female and male employees, including residents, whether or not they are required to do so by federal law (in the case of smaller groups with fewer than 50 employees).

There are ethical and social, political and economic reasons for this. For more than a generation, family and medical leave has become a core element of corporate and employment practices in all industrialized democracies. Although the United States is far behind other high-income countries in terms of the level of support provided, it nevertheless recognizes the value of supporting families that accrues directly to employees, employers, and the workforce overall. Specifically in radiology, with the goal of Imaging 3.0_ to enable radiologists to take a leadership role in shaping Americas future health care system[4], we can help

do so by providing all members of our teams (female and male) with family leave. In doing so, our practices

become more inclusive and more productive, and they enjoy the benefits of radiologists who are respected by, valued by their radiologic enterprises, and hence committed to their radiologic enterprises; ultimately, this

may translate into improved patient care as well. President Obama himself has demonstrated a renewed interest

in leave policies, arguing in his 2015 State of the Union address that its time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a womens issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us[5].

Our commissions similarly declare that family leave is a national professional priority. Because many practices and academic departments have not yet enacted family leave policies [6], our commissions propose that members seek financially feasible methods of providing family medical leave to all eligible diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists, including residents, via written, accessible leave policies consonant with federal law and modern employment practices.

REFERENCES

1. US Department of Labor. Leave benefits: family & medical leave. Available at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/benefits-leave/fmla.htm. Accessed May 6, 2015.


2. Mayo Foundation v United States, 09-837. Supreme Court of the United States (2011).

3. Towney D. Labor and employment law, 15thed. Mason, OH: Southwestern; 2013:33

4. American College of Radiology. Imaging 3.0_. Available at: http://www.acr.org/Advocacy/Economics-Health-Policy/Imaging-3. Accessed January 21, 2015.


5. Miller CC. Obama says family leave is an economic necessity, not just a women’s issue. The New York Times January 21, 2015.

6. Heilbrun ME, Bender CE, Truong HB, Bluth EI. Health issues and the practicing radiologist: defining concepts and developing recommendations for leave options and policies. J Am Coll Radiol 2013;10:695-701.

Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, MD, is from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, New York, New York. Julia R. Fielding, MD, is from the Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina. Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA, is from the Department of Radiology, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Edward I. Bluth, MD, is from Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana. Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, is from The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University. William Shields, JD, LLM, CAE General Counsel, American College of Radiology.

The authors have no conflicts of interest related to the material discussed in this article.

Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, MD: New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, 425 East 61st Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10065;

e-mail: ela9033@med.cornell.edu or ekarleo@gmail.com.

Radiology andRadiation Oncology Practices Should Provide Lactation Facilities for All Eligible Employees
(originally published in Oct 2015 in JACR.)

Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, MD, Julia R. Fielding, MD, Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA,
William Shields, JD, LLM, Edward I. Bluth, MD, Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD

    One of the greatest challenges a working mother faces is returning to her occupation after the birth of achild. This challenge may be even greater if she is trying to continue breastfeeding after maternity leave is over. The American Academy of Pediatrics “recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for about thefirst 6 months of life..Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby” [1]. If a woman’s workplace offers a reasonable place and time to pump milk for her baby, then she is greatly assisted in her challenge.

 

    Protected time and location for lactation is supported by federal legislation and laws in 24 states.Specifically, section 7 of the Fair
Labor Standards Act requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide unpaid but “reasonable break time for an employee to express milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth,” and a place to do so “other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public” [2]. This applies to female employees who have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months (eligible employees). This also applies to eligible residents and fellows [3,4]. Additional workplace lactation accommodation laws are in place in 24 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia [5], and breastfeeding women are also protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 (as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978), according to a 2013 ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [6]. In addition, some experts recommend that employers provide electric breast pumps, which are faster than manual pumps, a clean sink for washing pump parts, as well as a private refrigerator to be usedonly to temporarily store pumped milk [7]

 

    Lactation is a natural physiologic condition unique to women after pregnancy [6], and there are health benefits for breastfeeding mothers, including decreased risk for breast and ovarian carcinoma. Benefits to the infant are numerous, including improved neurodevelopmental outcomes and decreased incidence of pulmonary and gastrointestinal infectious and inflammatory conditions, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, leukemia and lymphoma, obesity, and diabetes [1]. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, workplace lactation programs are associated not only with improved productivity and morale but also with decreased absenteeism and lower health care spending [8]. In a study by Tuttle and Slavit [9], it was estimated that for every $1 spent on a workplace lactation program, there was a $2 to $3 return. In another a study by Ortiz et al [10], corporations that provided appropriate lactation facilities and break time reported it to be an important recruitment tool; similarly, increased retention of working breastfeeding women was also noted.

 

    The ethical imperative for breastfeeding is well delineated by the position of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, which states that “breastfeeding is both a woman’s and a child’s right, it is therefore the responsibility of the healthcare system, the media, business and marketing sectors, government and society in general to support and enable each woman to fulfill her breastfeeding goals and eliminate obstacles and constraints to initiating and sustaining optimal breastfeeding practices” [11]. With a broader perspective, this is not just a women’s issue because men wish for healthy wives, children, and grandchildren.

 

The ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity and the ACR Commission on Human Resources thus urge radiology and radiation
oncology practices, academic or private, to seek financially feasible methods of providing lactation facilities and reasonable time for their eligible employees, including residents and fellows. There is no time like the present to encourage and support women, children, and families.

REFERENCES

1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and the use of the human milk. Pediatrics 2012;129:

e827-41.

2. US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. Section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act—break time for nursing mothers provision. Available at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.htm.Accessed August 17, 2015.

3. Twomey DP. Labor and employment law:text and cases. 15th ed. Mason, Ohio: Southwestern; 2013:33.

4. Mayo Foundation v United States, 09-837 (2011).

5. Haight M, Ortiz J. Airports in the United States: are they really breastfeeding friendly? Breastfeed Med 2014;9:5150-9.

6. US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Fifth Circuit holds lactation discrimination is unlawful sex discrimination Available at: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-31-13a.cfm. Accessed April 16, 2015.

 

Dr. Bhavika Patel:  AAMC Early Career Award Winner

I am honored to have had the opportunity to represent the American Association for Women's Radiologists at the Early Career Women Faculty Development Seminar hosted by the American Association of Medical Colleges in Inverness, CO this past July.    I was excited to be part of this group of motivated and talented young women who had all come together to support the professional development of women in academia. 

The weekend began with a name card at a table full of strangers. We introduced ourselves and learned that we shared the common pursuit of being academic radiologists, all of us from different regions of the US. Although there were only seven radiologists in total, we were all excited to share our individual experiences. Before the end of the day, we had discussed work-related issues such as the promotion track at our respective institutions or different approaches to teaching trainees as well as personal topics such as what our spouses do (medicine or not) and how we balance being mothers and academic radiologists.   

 

The days were filled with various lectures ranging from Working Through Differences: Personality Types at Work, Striving and Thriving in Tough Times: Career Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, Transforming Difficult Conversations into Opportunities for Positive Change, and Fundamentals of Leadership. On two afternoons, I attended smaller breakout sessions including Turning Your Clinical, Administrative, and Educational Activities into Scholarship – for Clinician-Educators and Succeeding at Change Management: Bringing New Programs from Theory to Reality.

 

In addition to learning practical workplace skills, the conference focused on self-reflection and determining how our personalities shape our professional goals and workplace dynamic.  To provide additional insights, we took the Myers-Briggs personality test, a fascinating introspective questionnaire which indicates psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The premise is that we all have specific preferences in the way we understand our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation. Although one is able to learn their best cognitive learning style through the test, we learned how to empathize and understand others who were not in our same results group.  These self-reflection exercises provided a framework to be more understanding as co-workers, educators, and, most importantly, physicians.

 

Additionally, in the smaller breakout sessions, we learned techniques to improve our communication skills. One of the role-playing scenarios was to ask a supervisor for something that you have been meaning to address (for instance a promotion or lab space) but the catch was that we had to videotape one another doing it and then analyze our own video. Communication is obviously very important and body language influences how you come across and feel about yourself. The speaker focused on a dialogue by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, who teaches the concept of “Powerposes”.  Cuddy and her team have classified different body positions as “high power” or “low power” poses. In general, we practiced delivery with high power poses which are open and relaxed while avoiding the low power poses which are closed and guarded. More info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ACeoqEjeA.

 

The seminar was especially insightful for me as an academic radiologist and female physician. It was also a comfortable setting to share ideas and ask questions of women in a similar field as well as more experienced mentors in academia. Some of the lessons learned will be carried with me throughout my career and will hopefully be shared with future mentees and trainees of the AAWR.

Dr. Erin Schwartz:  2015 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award Winner

As the recipient of the 2015 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award, generously provided by the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology (FASNR), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), I was afforded the opportunity to attend the 2015 ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit at the Babson Executive Education Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to further their leadership skills.

The course is highly interactive and, well prior to arriving at the Babson College campus, educational materials and homework assignments were electronically distributed, so that we could hit the ground running at the start of this jam-packed three day program.  The combination of didactic, but highly interactive, lectures and hands-on, small group breakout sessions was an extremely effective way to learn the business and leadership skills with which many of us are not familiar, and to directly apply them to real world and healthcare situations. The breakout sessions also fostered tremendous interactions between radiologists and other professionals from a wide variety of practice settings, including large and small academic and private practice groups, with fascinating discussions of practice patterns, models, and demands.

The faculty from Babson College and the RLI were uniformly outstanding. Sessions on Negotiation, Industry Change, Marketing, and Emotional Intelligence all provided fantastic overviews and directly applicable skills on these complex subjects, and were as dynamic and interesting as I had hoped. However, the session on Investing in Your Practice, Wisely –  3 and ½ hours dedicated to finance, investments, and a primer on discounted cash flow analysis – initially sounded about as uninteresting to me as a topic could be. I could not have been more wrong! The presentation was outstanding; the lecturer made the material approachable and understandable even to the most financially naïve. And its importance cannot be overstated. As a leader, making substantial financial decisions and recommendations for capital expenditures for your practice requires a knowledge of these fundamentals.

The other session which I found particularly valuable was on Strategy. Without a clear understanding of the mission, values, vision, and strategy for your group, including the fundamental differences between each of these, a leader cannot effectively lead. Going through the exercises of scenario building and strategy development has allowed me to begin the process of critically assessing each of these factors in my practice, to be more well prepared for upcoming changes in healthcare.

 I am most grateful to the FASNR, ACR, and AAWR for this tremendous honor and the chance to attend the RLI Leadership Summit. Applying what I have learned has already made me a better leader, both in my practice and as President of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, and has stimulated me to pursue formal RLI leadership certification. I encourage all women with an interest in leadership to join the RLI and attend the next RLI Leadership Summit. You will personally benefit from it, and our field will benefit from your leadership.

AAWR at ASTRO
Report by Chelsea Pinnix MD, PhD

The 57th Annual ASTRO meeting took place October 18-21, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  The ASTRO annual meeting is the largest international meeting of radiation oncologists.  This year’s meeting was a success with more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, resident physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, radiation biologists, nurses and therapists in attendance.  The theme of the meeting was “Technology Meets Patient Care”, with the scientific program focusing on the intersection between modern radiation oncology and superior patient centered care. 

The annual AAWR/ASTRO lunch provided an opportunity for practicing radiation oncologists and resident physicians to learn more about an essential topic that is often forgotten and overlooking: financial planning. 

Eric Ulhberg, CFP, CIMA, a Senior Vice President for Wealth Management was the keynote speaker at the event discussing “Women, Wealth and Wisdom: Making the Right Choices”.  He reviewed key elements of financial planning that are relevant from the perspective of early career through retirement.  This was a well-attended event that provided the audience with practical advice to implement in the future

The inaugural AAWR/ASTRO reception was on titled “Coffee and Chocolate.”  Dr. Julia White, head of ASTRO’s membership committee, and Dr. Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong, AAWR president and Fellow of ACR, chaired this reception, which was jointly supported in part by Dr. Feng-Ming Kong, Dr. Beantriz Amendola, Dr. Zhong Xing Liao, Q-Fix, and Vision Tree. Additional key members in this activity included Drs. Maria Kelly, Megan Daly, Salma Jabbbour and Chelsea Pinnix.

Women leaders from several international organizations spoke at this inaugural reception, including Dr. Miriam Calaguas, Past President of South East Asian Radiation Oncology Group (SEAROG), who talked about women leadership and strengths in SEAROG. Dr. Anneyuko I Saito, from the Japanese Association of Women Radiation Oncologists (JAWR), discussed leadership challenges and opportunities for women in Japan. Dr. Johanna Patricia Canal, President of the Philippine College of Radiology, spoke about the strong representation of women in their national and international organizations. Others international attendees included: Dr. Teresa Benedicto, officer of the Philippine Radiation Oncology Society; Dr. Tejinder Kataria, radiation oncologist from New Delhi, India; and Drs. Catalina Tenorio and Sara Alatriste, leader representatives from South American and France.

Distinguished attendees from around the United States at the reception included prior ASTRO president and immediate past Board director of ASTRO, Dr. Colleen Lawton; current board member and fellow of ASTRO, Dr. Geraldine Jacobson; former AAWR president, Dr. Zhongxing Liao; and fellows of ASTRO Drs. Carol Hahn, Debra Kuban, Nina Mayr.

In addition to networking and planning for future ASTRO activities, the inaugural AAWR/ASTRO reception celebrated the accomplishments of women radiation oncologists, including several AAWR members: Dr. Julia White, who received the ASTRO Fellows designation this year at the 2015 Annual Meeting, and Dr. Jacobson’s board director position.

Next year’ ASTRO meeting will take place in Boston and include the 2nd Annual Chocolate and Coffee – we look forward to seeing you there!
 

Update from the ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity

By Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR – Chair

 

The ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity, and its two committees -- the Committee for Women and the Committee for General Diversity -- have been engaged in several projects focused on advocacy and awareness. Please read the following two opinion articles that appeared in the October issue of the JACR. They address very important topics for women radiologists, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)* and Lactation Accommodations*. Kudos to the lead author Dr. Elizabeth K. Arleo.

 

Mark your calendar and join Commission members during the ACR 2016 meeting in Washington D.C. for a workshop Enhancing Workplace Engagement and Other Outcomes Through Diversity and Inclusion on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 3:30 pm – 5 pm. The workshop will be moderated by Laura Castillo-Page, Ph.D., the AAMC Senior Director, Diversity Policy and Programs and Organizational Capacity Building Portfolio.

Visit our web site at: http://www.acr.org/Membership/Commissions-Committees/Operational/Women-and-Diversity

We invite you to share your perspectives concerning the current state of diversity in radiology and radiation oncology in the Virtual Focus Group for the ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity at  https://acrmemberservices.wufoo.com/forms/acr-commission-for-women-and-general-diversity/

 

*Articles mentioned are available in full, within this newsletter

AAWR R &  E Foundation Celebration Dinner

AAWR Celebrates! Support the AAWR R &  E Foundation and Enjoy an evening with your friends and colleagues

DATE: Sunday November 29, 2015 
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION:  Signature Room, 95th Floor John Hancock Building with beautiful views of Chicago!
COST:  $188 per person* ($38 tax deductible portion)
*includes 4 course dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Please contact Michele Wittling at mwittling@aawr.org with any questions

RSNA – Chicago, IL – Dec 2015

Member $45

In Training Member $15

Non Member $50


Monday, Nov 30, 2015
AAWR Board meeting: 10:00- noon

AAWR Business meeting: Noon - 1:00pm

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AAWR Presidential Luncheon: Noon- 1:00:

Benefits and how to's of a career in quality and safety, teaching, research, and administration 
Kimberly Applegate, MD

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Refresher course; 8:00am - 10:00am  
Program: 
    Residency  – What does it take ? 
    Climbing the ladder - Challenges and opportunity 
    Challenges of private practice   -  How to be successful 
    Women at the top - Do's and Don’t
Speakers:
  i. Rachel Nelson, MD
  ii. Madelene Lewis, MD
 iii. Beatriz Amendola, MD
 iv. Carol Rumack, MD   

AAWR MIT Speed Mentoring; 10:30 am

 

AAWR Residents luncheon; Noon- 1:00pm

Healthcare Payment Policy: what you need to know to succeed in practice

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR

 


 

 

Book Club Update
Dr. Lucy Salluto,
The Fall 2015 AAWR Bookclub featured Dr. Lois Frankel’s Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.  This teleconferenced discussion was led by Dr. Lucy Spalluto and Dr. Yoshimi Anzai.  AAWR members of various ranks from across the country participated.

In this book, Dr. Frankel, an executive coach and internationally recognized expert in the field of leadership development for women, offers coaching tips to help readers overcome the unconscious mistakes that can stall women’s career advancement.  The book is sectioned to allow the reader to evaluate her decision making process and how it may affect career advancement.  Sections include: “How you play the game”, “How you act”, “How you think”, “How you brand and market yourself”, “How you sound”, “How you look”, and “How you respond”.

The ensuing open and lively discussion covered several key topics including the importance of developing relationships and networking in the workplace, the encouragement of self-promotion, the use of social media, and the cultural issues of pregnancy/lactation needs in the workplace.

Increased participation in this second AAWR bookclub suggests that members find this forum to be a positive experience for women in radiology and radiation oncology to voice their opinion and listen to the experiences of others.  This open forum offers AAWR members a unique opportunity to “continually build relationships throughout…your professional community”.  I like to believe Dr. Frankel would support the notion.

*We welcome and look forward to suggestions for future book club topics. Book suggestions can be sent to info@aawr.org. With the subject line “Book club suggestions"

The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members that joined the Association between 
June 1, 2015 and November 15th, 2015.

Dr. Maryam Aghighi
Dr. Kermani Baghai
Dr. Hilary Bagshaw
Dr. Marjan Boerma
Dr. Patricia Bonnefil
Dr. Georgetta Bundley
Dr. Jessica Burk
Dr. Ashley Burt
Dr. Edwina Chang
Dr. Christina Chapman
Dr. Linda Chen
Dr. Linda Chen
Dr. Ying Chen
Dr. Enid Choi
Dr. Dania Daye
Dr. Eileen Delaney
Dr. Amanda Derylo
Dr. Swati Deshmukhs
Dr. Johanna Dobard
Dr. Sara Dudley
Dr. Christina Duffin
Dr. Heather Duke
Dr. Meryle Eklund
Dr. Azadeh Elmi
Dr. Pegah Entezari
Dr. Ashley Evens
Dr. Staci Gagne
Dr. Lauren Gates
Dr. Tarana Gill
Dr. Racine Gue
Dr. Gloria Guzman
Dr. Kristin Harris
Dr. Erin Healy
Dr. Allison Herring
Dr. Allie Herschel
Dr. Jennifer Ho
Dr. Janet Horton
Dr. Uzoma Igboagi
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Sofya Kalantarova
Dr. Lauren Kerwin
Dr. Aline Khatchikian
Dr. Aileen Kim
Dr. Erica Lanser
Dr. Megan Lee
Dr. Yun Li
Dr. Jolinta Lin
Dr. Christie Lincoln
Dr. Jami Lyon
Dr. Alyssa Maciejewski
Dr. Olga Mallett
Dr. Maria Manning
Dr. Eleni Maroudas
Dr. Stephanie McCann
Dr. Megan McNeer
Dr. Anne Misiura
Dr. Leslie Modlin
Dr. Dessi Moneva
Dr. Cara Morin
Dr. Shabnam Mortazavi
Dr. Sarah Moum
Dr. Ramanjyot Muhar
Dr. Kimberly Murdaugh
Dr. Lorraine Nadjafi
Dr. Parampara Neupane
Dr. Suzanne Palmer
Dr. Sana Parsian
Dr. Julianne Pollard
Dr. Alixandra Purakal
Dr. Sana Rehman
Dr. Nancy Resteghini
Dr. Carolina Reveron-Arias
Dr. Alexandra Roudenko
Dr. Hina Saeed
Dr. Mamita Sakhakarmi
Dr. Alicia Schrader
Dr. Rachel Seltman
Dr. Garrett Sheehan
Dr. Nadia Silva
Dr. Jae Song
Dr. Anna Starikov
Dr. Jaclyn Thiessen
Dr. Lindsay Thornton
Dr. Leianne Torres
Dr. Karen Tran-Harding
Dr. Yolanda Tseng
Dr. Sherin Vachaparambil
Dr. Kerri Vincenti
Dr. Myrna Wallace-Servera
Dr. Pamela Walsh
Dr. Nilda Witty
Dr. Lori Wong

Kudos and Member News

 Dr. Yoshimi Anzai, a former Director of Neuroradiology at the University of Washington, has moved to University of Utah. She is a Professor of Radiology and serves as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer at the University of Utah Health Care.  One of the major tasks as Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer at the University of Utah is to implement Value Driven Outcomes, a tool to improve Value of care by reducing a cost and improving quality and outcomes, to a broad range of physicians at the University of Utah Health Care.  Through this innovative work, Dr. Anzai recently received the AAMC LHS (Learning Health System) Champion Award representing the University of Utah Health Care and Health Sciences.

 

Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, MD was appointed chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) effective July 1, 2015. Read More

 

Catherine Park, MD was named chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco, beginning July 1, 2015. Read More 

 

Lisa Kachnic, MD was named the new professor and chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Radiation Oncology effective September 21, 2015. Read More

 

Kudos to Dr. Jiyon Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology at NYU, a specialist in breast imaging who led important twitter chat for the Tigerlily Foundation on “Breast Cancer Screening for Younger Women: Which Ones, When, and How Often” on October 29, 2015 in follow-up to the release of the American Cancer Society’s revised guidelines for screening mammography. ​​Read More

 

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 Elizabeth K. Arleo, M.D.
 

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