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.
- 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.
- Goodhartz Receives Best Teachers of Feinberg Award09.27.2016
This week, Dr. Lori A. Goodhartz was selected as the recipient of the John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Award. Dr. Goodhartz is an Associate Professor of Radiology, specializing in women's health, medical education, and healthcare policy. A reception to honor her achievement will be held during the closing ceremony of Medical Education Day, Friday, September 30 at 5:00 pm.
The John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Award is bestowed upon Feinberg School nominees from all departments who go above and beyond in their teaching and scholarship. Medical Education Day day is specially organized by the Department of Medical Education to recognize the accomplishments of the departments within Feinberg, as well as these outstanding individuals.
More information about Medical Education Day can be found here:
- Kim and Park Published in Top Chemistry Journal for Innovations in Tumor Therapy09.26.2016
Recently, Dr. Dong-Hyun Kim (Assistant Professor of Radiology), along with a group collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory and Catholic University of Korea, developed a noble thermo-switchable polymeric photosensitizer which can be applied for optical image-guided combinational tumor therapy (i.e., hyperthermia plus photodynamic therapy). The research article “Intermolecular Structural Change for Thermoswitchable Polymeric Photosensitizer” was recently published in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016, 138(34), pp 10734-10737, IF: 13.038; one of top journals in Chemistry). Dr. Wooram Park (Northwestern Post-doctoral fellow in Radiology) participated as a first-author in the research.
To view the article please click here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.6b04875
- Schnell Awarded American Heart Association Grant09.19.2016
The Department of Radiology is pleased to announce that Susanne Schnell, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, has been awarded a 3-year American Heart Association Scientist Development grant (from July, 2016 to June, 2019) for her work on "Comprehensive Cardiac and Neurovascular 4D flow MRI for Assessment of Efficacy of Embolization Therapy for Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation." The project is a joint effort between the Department of Radiology and investigators at Lurie Children's Hospital.
The provided figure shows an example of 4D flow MRI measured in a Vein of Galen Malformation pediatric patient (5 to 13 months old baby boy). Serial 3D flow visualization during staged embolization clearly depicts distinct changes in blood flow distribution and flow velocities (color coding) in the entire brain arterial and venous vasculature. The goal of this study is to get a better understanding of the effect of step-wise reduction of arterial-venous shunting and identify the degree of shunt flow reduction necessary to improve the impaired neurodevelopment, hydrocephalus or CHF.
- Mendelson Named Professor Emeritus of Radiology09.15.2016
On September 2, 2016, Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, FACR was awarded Professor Emeritus status. Dr. Mendelson is a veteran student and faculty member of Northwestern. After completing her MD and internship at the Feinberg School of Medicine in 1980, she pursued and finished a residency at Northwestern in 1984 and then a fellowship in 1985. Since then, she has been a dedicated faculty member and research mentor for scholars, researchers, and residents. Within the Department of Radiology, she has focused on breast cancer therapies and diagnostic tools such as MRI, mammography, and ultrasound. A widely-pusblished researcher in her field, Dr. Mendelson's most recent studies have concerned use of ultrasound in breast cancer screening. Among her many accolades, in 2011, the Department of Radiology named Dr. Mendelson the inagural Lee F. Rogers, MD, Profesoor of Medical Education honor for her outstanding work. A small celebration was recently held to honor Dr. Mendelson's many achievements.
- German Health Minister Visit08.23.2016
On Wednesday August 10th, a delegation from the German Ministry of Health, led by the German Health Minister, Mr Hermann Grohe, visited Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Department of Radiology. The delegation also included two members of the German Parliament, Mrs Maria Michalk and Mrs. Dr. Katja Leikert, as well as representatives from the German Consulate in the US and deputies from the Federal Ministry of Health. The general purpose of this health policy trip to the US by senior members of the German government was to get insights into US healthcare policy and visit local branches of German healthcare corporations as well as US pinnacles of healthcare and their research facilities. In addition to Northwestern, they also visited Stanford University and MD Anderson as part of the US trip. During their visit, they were given an overview of Northwestern Radiology’s clinical and research operations by Dr Eric Russell (Chair of Radiology), Dr James Carr (Vice Chair for Research) and Dr Vahid Yaghmai (Vice Chair for Clinical Operations), following which they received a tour of the clinical Radiology department and Radiology’s research offices. At the end of the visit, they were given a brief overview of some of the cutting edge research taking place at Northwestern by several of the Northwestern Radiology Research faculty including Drs Andrew Larson, Michael Markl and Daniel Kim. Also in attendance were members of the Siemens research and development team, which consists of four PhD scientists that are embedded in the Radiology research group at Northwestern.
- Center for Translational Imaging (CTI) Receives Outstanding Core Facility Award08.08.2016
The Outstanding Core Facility Award is bestowed on facilities that place in the top 10% (excluding Gold Star Awardees). Each facility will receive a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 voucher for discretionary use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, workshop, seminar program).
All faculty and staff working in core facilities at Northwestern University are invited to the Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on September 23 (see attachment). All awardees will be honored guests at the luncheon and acknowledged in OR's Fall Newsletter and on the core facilities website.
- Dr. Robert Vogelzang Travels with Multinational Team of Specialists08.02.2016
Robert L. Vogelzang, MD, Feinberg School of Medicine Professor of Radiology, and a multinational team of specialists in vascular malformations recently traveled to Cairo Egypt, Lublin Poland and Barcelona Spain to extend advanced curative interventional radiology embolization treatments to patients in three countries.
Dr. Vogelzang, accompanied by Wayne F Yakes, MD, Director of the Vascular Malformation Center in Denver Colorado and Krassi Ivancev, MD, endovascular specialist from the University of Malmo, Sweden, were invited by colleagues to treat patients and teach new techniques during a 10-day humanitarian journey in which a total of 87 treated patients benefited from their expertise and many others were examined and consulted upon.
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- Resident Welcome BBQ07.28.2016
To welcome our new residents to the program, we invited all of the faculty, residents and their families to our annual Resident Welcome BBQ. It was held at resident Dr. Christopher Oustwani's rooftop deck. Delicious food and beverages were provided. The Welcome Party is to provide a relaxing time for colleagues to get together outside of work. The conversations were all positive and upbeat and the weather was fantastic for the party's rooftop location. It was a wonderful time! We'd like to thank Chris for hosting the party at his home and give kudos to the chiefs, Jessica & Bill, Senta, Julia and Cassie for coordinating the event.
We would also like to thank Dr. Russell for all his continuous support to all of our new and current residents.
Our new PGY2s/Class of 2020 at our Annual Radiology Resident Welcome BBQ
(Left to Right: Michael Choe, Krishna Bandi, Michelle Philip, Jon Weber, Brian Han, Ali Habib, Peyton Pinkard, Brad Herynk and Andrew Kure)
Entire Class of 2017 passes their ABR Core exam! Six of nine classmates celebrating together.
(Left to Right: Khariuddin Memon, Suraj Gupta, Ademola Obajuluwa, Yanki Tumer, Sara Floyd, and Alan Emerson Evans; Not pictured: Jessica Andreoli, William McGarry and Faysal Altahawi)
- Michael Markl, PhD named Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)07.25.2016
The Department of Radiology congratulates Michael Markl, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, for being named a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
Dr. Markl is the Lester B. and Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University and his interests lie in functional cardiovascular MRI. The work of his research group has been instrumental in establishing '4D Flow' MR imaging methods and data analysis tools for the comprehensive assessment of 3D blood flow and cardiovascular function. Further accomplishments include the development, validation, and application of novel imaging tools for the evaluation of structure and function of the heart. The ISMRM Fellowship Award for 2016 was presented to Dr. Markl by Jim Pipe (president of the ISMRM) at the annual meeting of the ISMRM in Singapore in May 2016.
- Dr. Zhuoli Zhang Wins His Second NCI/NIH Ro1 Grant07.15.2016The Department of Radiology is pleased to announce that Zhuoli Zhang, MD, PhD, Research Associate Professor in Radiology, was awarded a 5-year R01 grant (from August, 2016 to August, 2021) for his work on “MRI-Guided Dendritic-Cell-Based Vaccine Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer”. This is Dr. Zhang’s second RO1, he was awarded another one in 2015 focusing on MRI-guided irreversible electroporation Ablation in cancer.
- The Investiture of Dr. Robert Vogelzang as the Nemcek Professor of Radiology07.15.2016On June 29, Robert L. Vogelzang, MD, was invested as the Albert Nemcek Professor of Interventional Radiology Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In the formal ceremony, held at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Dr. Vogelzang was joined by fellow honoree Albert A. Nemcek Jr., MD, for whom the professorship was named, as well as several generous philanthropists who made the creation of this endowed position possible, including alumnus Lee F. Rogers, '59 MD, professor emeritus of Radiology and chair of the department from 1974 to 1995. To continue reading please click here.
- Meet Shamit Desai07.12.2016
Many thanks to Shamit Desai for providing the latest Meet the Members of FAME profile. We appreciate Dr. Desai sharing details on so many of the technological and scholastic resources that have made him a better medical educator.
- 3rd year radiology resident Shamit Desai, MD created 3D-CTA reconstruction featured on cover of July 2016 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery!07.12.20163rd year radiology resident Shamit Desai, MD created images for and contributed to the imaging findings on a case report entitled "Right sided aortic arch with isolated left subclavian artery leading to subclavian steal syndrome", which was featured in the Vascular Images section of the July 2016 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Notably, an image created by Dr. Desai, was featured as the cover image of the July 2016 issue of the journal. Dr. Desai collaborated with members of the vascular surgery department on this project. We always encourage inter-departmental collaboration at Northwestern Radiology!" To view the article please click here.
- Maria Carr receives her B. Phil. in Communication from the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies06.17.2016
Class of 2016 graduate, Maria Carr, current Project Manager in the Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, just received her B. Phil. in Communication from the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. She was awarded with membership for achievement in scholarship and leadership in Northwestern University’s Alpha Chapter, Alpha Sigma Lambda, on June 15th 2016. Seen here with husband Dr. James Carr, Knight Family Professor and Morton Shapiro, president of Northwestern University.
- Co-chief radiology resident, Graves, MD, Honored for Commitment to Diversity06.15.2016
Joseph Graves, MD, former co-chief radiology resident, received the 2016 John Franklin Commitment to Diversity award for his leadership and devotion to improving underrepresented minority diversity and mentorship at Northwestern. This annual award is awarded by McGaw and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This year’s award was named after John Franklin, MD, associate dean for Minority and Cultural Affairs at Northwestern. Joseph was an active participant each annual McGaw Medical Center residency showcase for diversity as well as several annual Student National Medical Association Conference throughout his matriculation at Northwestern. He also took an active role and leadership position with NMURFF (Northwestern Memorial Underrepresented Resident and Fellow forum). Joseph will begin his fellowship in emergency and trauma imaging at Emory University in July 2016. He hopes to continue his work through a career in graduate or medical school education. He will pursue a career in academic medicine to follow his passion for teaching and mentoring.
Joseph Graves, MD, ’16 GME, Teresa Mastin, PhD, director of Diversity and Inclusion and John Franklin, MD, associate dean for Minority and Cultural Affairs. Photo credit: Sarah Plumridge
- Andrew Gordon defends thesis06.03.2016
Congratulations to Andrew Gordon, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Tuning Your RADIOembolization: Imaging-guidance of Yttrium-90 Radioembolization” in May! Andrew graduated from Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 2010 with degrees in Biomedical Physics and Mathematics, entering medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine through the combined BA/MD program (Honors Program in Medical Education). After undergraduate coursework sparked his interest in medical imaging, Andrew joined Dr. Andrew Larson’s Interventional Oncology lab. While in medical school, he was recruited to the Medical Scientist Training Program where he had protected time under Dr. Larson’s mentorship to pursue research interests in minimally invasive therapies and image-guided interventions in interventional oncology: imaging-guidance of liver-directed therapies, radioembolization dosimetry, hyperthermia, novel microsphere and nanoparticle technologies. He has received the Lee F. Rogers Award from the Department and the Dr. Constantin Cope medical student research award from the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) for excellence in research. Andrew’s Ph.D. work was funded by the Allied Scientist pre-doctoral fellowship from the SIR Foundation and focuses on improving yttrium-90 radioembolization, a specialized intra-arterial therapy in which imaging is used to guide delivery of internal radiation selectively to liver tumors. He feels privileged to have worked with inspiring role models in IR who have shaped his career and aspires to emulate their enthusiasm, dedication, vision, and curiosity: Drs. Robert Lewandowski, Sarah White, Riad Salem, and Reed Omary. He is also grateful to the thesis committee members that guided his research over these years: Drs. Andrew Larson, Dong-Hyun Kim, Timothy Carroll, Michael Markl, Robert Lewandowski, and Gayle Woloschak. After earning his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Andrew will to return to medical school clerkships in the fall. The Department of Radiology is thrilled to have been a part of Andrew’s training and wishes him the best for his future career as a physician-scientist!
- Randomised data favour Y-90 over TACE in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma05.17.2016
Theresults from a small prospective, randomised single-centre trial, the PREMIERE trial, show that in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a significantly longer time to progression with yttrium-90 (Y-90) radioembolization than with conventional transarterial chemoembolization (cTACE).
The study further finds that improved time to progression with Y-90 therapy did not result in a significant difference in overall survival, when comparing the two treatments, but the researchers posit that the results translate to Y-90 treatment achieving better local tumour control and lower dropout from transplant listing. CTACE is the standard of care for patients ineligible for radiofrequency ablation as included in the study.
You can read the full article here.
- Dr. David Casalino participates in two day CIBR event05.16.2016
Dr. David Casalino, Professor of Radiology, participated in a two-day event sponsored by the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) in Washington, D.C. April 11-12, 2016. CIBR consists of 49 academic radiology departments, including Northwestern, 99 patient advocacy groups, 27 imaging societies, and 13 industry companies working together to enhance patient care through advances in biomedical imaging, educate the public about imaging research, and advocate for federal support of that research. Dr. Casalino, teamed with Lenny Reznik and Miriam Ladin from Agfa Healthcare and Ana Fadich from the Men’s Health Network (pictured), met with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressional staffers in the offices of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) to discuss advances in prostate MRI and MR/ultrasound fusion-guided biopsies; the importance of patients and their healthcare providers having secure, easy access to their medical records, including imaging; and the necessity for increased federal funding of imaging research. During the evening Medical Technology Showcase, over 300 attendees learned how critical imaging is in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of major diseases via 15 research posters, 11 collaboration topic displays, including one from Dr. Casalino and his team, and a series of guest speakers/patients. Dr. Casalino found participation in the event very enlightening and gratifying.
- Bradley Allen, MD awarded RSNA Research Grant05.12.2016
The Department of Radiology is pleased to announce that Bradley Allen, MD has been awarded an RSNA Research & Education Foundation Resident Research Grant.
This grant will provide funding for Dr. Allen's research project entitled: "Cardiac MRI and PET for Early Diagnosis and Screening in Chemotherapy-induced Cardiotoxicity."
Dr. Allen is a second year resident in the Department of Radiology and is mentored in this work by James Carr, MD and Daniel Procissi, PhD, both faculty in the Department of Radiology.
- Dr Soojeong Cho Awarded SIR Pilot Research Grant05.11.2016
The Department of Radiology is pleased to announce that the SIR Foundation has awarded Soojeong Cho, PhD with the Pilot Research Grant.
The Pilot Research Grant will provide Dr. Cho with funding for her research project: “Tumor Associated Macrophage (TAM) – Targeted Radiosensitizers for 90Y Radioembolization”.
Dr. Cho is a post-doctoral fellow to Dr. Dong-Hyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
- Dr. Jeremy Collins Published in IR Quarterly02.12.2016
Jeremy Collins, MD, Assistant Professor of Vascular Radiology at Northwestern University, recently interviewed Cindy Barnard, Vice President of Quality at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, to gain her perspective on what constitutes quality in healthcare. Dr. Collin's article was published in the SIR Foundation Research Forum section of IR Quarterly, Winter 2016 edition, and is available to download here.