NEW YORK and CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- (RSNA) — RAD Women (#RADxx), a networking group for the advancement of women in imaging informatics, today announced the winners of the inaugural RADxx Awards. Winners and honorable mentions of the RADxx Trailblazer, Advocate, Champion, and Rising Star Awards were unveiled at a cocktail reception sponsored by Ambra Health during the annual RSNA conference. The outstanding individuals who have helped to lead the way for women in medical imaging informatics are as follows.
RADxx Trailblazer: Dr. Katherine Andriole
Dr. Katherine Andriole is Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research Strategy and Operations at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham Women's Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science. She has been a leader in biomedical imaging informatics for the last 25 years carrying out research, teaching, clinical service and administrative activities. Additionally, Dr. Andriole was instrumental in designing, building and implementing PACS before they became commercial entities. Dr. Andriole has developed multiple courses, directed fellowships in medical imaging informatics, and mentored over 60 trainees, which makes her the definition of a RADxx Trailblazer.
As a testament to the diversity of backgrounds found among the ranks of nominees for the RADxx awards, honorable mentions for the Trailblazer category also go out to:
RADxx Advocate: Dr. Tessa Cook
Dr. Tessa Cook is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Cook has been a passionate advocate for medical imaging informatics since her residency days and is now the fellowship director for the Penn Radiology Informatics Fellowship. In a prime example of medical imaging informatics at work, Dr. Cook is the principal developer of RADIANCE, a free, open-source dose monitoring software for CT, which was released worldwide in 2010. She is a frequent speaker at imaging informatics events and most recently, she helped develop the National Imaging Informatics Curriculum and Course to introduce senior radiology residents to the fundamentals of imaging informatics, with emphasis on practical concepts and knowledge.
From among the nominees for the RADxx Advocate award, two others that stood out as honorable mentions include:
RADxx Champion: Dr. Curt Langlotz
Dr. Langlotz serves as Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University. For more than 15 years Dr. Langlotz has contributed on a global scale to the growth of informatics in radiology, especially with his work as a committed advocate for improved radiology reports. A respected teacher and mentor, Dr. Langlotz and his trainees have been recognized for their contributions to radiology research with numerous scientific awards. He has personally mentored many of today's women leaders in medical imaging informatics, particularly during his time as Vice Chair for Informatics, Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This career sponsorship of women in imaging informatics is what earns him the distinction of RADxx Champion.
Other notable nominees for RADxx Champion include:
RADxx Rising Star: Dr. Judy Wawira Gichoya
Dr. Judy Wawira Gichoya is a resident Radiologist at Indiana University School of Medicine. In her more than six years experience in imaging informatics, Dr. Wawira Gichoya has received a number of distinctions, including, Best Hackathon project at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) for integrating FHIR images into an open source electronic medical records system, the Young Alumni Award 2015 from Indiana University Purdue University School of Informatics and the Google Anita Borg Award 2012 for women that have excelled in computing. As the RADxx Rising Star, Dr. Wawira Gichoya will receive a travel award to attend the SIIM Annual Conference and will be paired with leaders from the RADxx community to provide a priceless, guided mentor experience while at the event.
Many deserving candidates were among the nominees for RADxx Rising Star, with a few standing out for honorable mention that include:
"The number of submissions for our inaugural RADxx Awards exceeded all our expectations. The level of talent, engagement and diversity represented in the field of imaging informatics is truly inspiring. We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the RADxx award winners and honorable mentions to create more advancement for women in this growing field," said Dr. Geraldine McGinty, Co-Founder of RADxx.
The RADxx Awards recognize the achievements of women in the field of medical imaging informatics, as well as anyone— both men and women— who have supported the career advancement of women in medical imaging informatics. Informatics is a fast growing discipline within healthcare as new technology and increased amounts of patient data converge. Applying that practice to medical imaging requires additional expertise that bridges the gap between patient care, physician workflow, imaging operations and technology solutions. Award winners were selected by the RADxx executive committee from eligible submissions.
RADxx is an initiative sponsored by Ambra Health and founded in 2016 by industry leaders Dr. Geraldine McGinty (@DrGMcGinty) and Mini Peiris (@Mini_Peiris) to foster networking and mentorship opportunities for women leaders in radiology, informatics and IT management of imaging systems. With over 100 women and men in the group, RADxx seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in imaging informatics. The founding team has expanded into a steering committee for the initiative that includes leading practitioners across radiology and imaging informatics. To become a member of RADxx, visit the resource center here.
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