UW Radiology News

Dr. Sharon Kwan Selected to be SIR Fellow

Dr. Sharon Kwan has been inducted as a fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology.   This honor, achieved by fewer than 10 percent of SIR members, is bestowed to those who have demonstrated excellence in research, published works, teaching or leadership within the field of interventional radiology and who have made significant contributions to the society.  Dr. Kwan was recognized at the 2017 SIR Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 6th, 2017.

Gao-Jun Teng, Sharon Kwan, and Xiaoming Yang at the 2017 SIR Award Ceremony

Dr. Kanal Awarded 2017 UWMC Patient Safety Hero Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kalpana Kanal who was awarded the 2017 UWMC Patient Safety Hero Award. This award recognizes UWMC faculty and staff who “go above and beyond for patient safety and wellness”. Dr. Kanal’s colleagues nominated her as a Patient Safety Hero and the UWMC Patient Safety Team has selected her as one of 20 individuals that were honored at the 2017 UWMC Patient Safety Heroes celebration on Friday, March 17th.

Dr. Kanal Accepting the 2017 Patient Safety Hero Award

Dr. Kanal’s Award

Six UW Radiologists Named Seattle’s Top Doctors


Six University of Washington Radiologists have been selected by their peers as the top doctors in their field according to Seattle Magazine.  In Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Hubert Vesselle; in Neuroradiology, Dr. Jerry Jarvik; in Diagnostic Radiology, Dr. Dennis Shaw, Dr. Wendy Cohen, and Dr. Jonathan Medverd; and in Interventional Radiology Dr. Karim Valji.

A full list of UW Medicine doctors awarded the Top Doctor honor can be found here.

Dr. Kanal’s Research Establishes New National Dose Levels for Common CT Exams

Kalpana M. Kanal, Ph.D., a medical physicist, professor and section chief in diagnostic physics in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and colleagues examined actual patient data from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT Dose Index Registry to develop size-based DRLs that enable healthcare facilities to compare their patient doses with national benchmarks and more effectively optimize CT protocols for the wide range of patient sizes they examine.  The use of DRLs have shown to reduce overall dose and the range of doses observed in clinical practice.

See full article here -(http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/pdf/10.1148/radiol.2017161911)

Dr. Grabowski Testifies in Front of US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Dr. Grabowski, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, testified in front of the US Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Wednesday March 8, 2017.  Dr. Grabowski talked about his Alzheimer’s disease research at the University of Washington and the importance of NIH research funding to his work and the work of his colleagues.

The full text of Dr. Grabowski’s testimony can be found here.

Congratulations to Dr. Shuman for being awarded the 2017 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Best Clinical Paper in Academic Radiology

UW Physicist and Radiologist Discuss New Radiation Dose Rules with KING 5 News

Dr. William Shuman, Interim Chair of the Department of Radiology, and Dr. Kalpana Kanal, Director of Diagnostic Physics, were recently interviewed by KING 5 News regarding new CT radiation dose rules in Washington State.  The new rules take effect January 1st, 2017 and will limit CT scan radiation dosage and create new training requirements for technicians.  The full text of the new rules can be read here.  

See the video and read KING 5’s full story here.

The new rules were also reported on in this story from HealthImaging.

Dr. Jalal Andre Awarded 2016 RSNA Research Scholar Grant

Drs. Sina Tavakoli and Baocheng Chu awarded RSNA Research Fellow Grants

Dr. Sina Tavakoli was awarded the 2016 RSNA Resarch Fellow Grant, a one-year $50,000 award. He will use this award to study MR Spectroscopy of Carotid Artery: An NMR Metabolomics Approach to Characterize Bioenergetic Divergence of Macrophages in Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaques.

Dr. Baocheng Chu was also awarded the 2016 RSNA Research Fellow grant. He will use this award to study A High-resolution 3D Isotropic MR Sequence for Combined MRA and Vessel Wall Assessment of Intracranial Vascular Diseases.

Dr. Felix Chew talks about musculoskeletal radiologist burnout

Radiology Day

Interview highlights UW Interventional Radiologist’s article on the future of IR

ARR 2016 Distinguished Investigator Awards Recipients

Dear Colleagues

Please join me in congratulating  Professors Jerry Jarvik and Chun Yuan for receiving the 2016 Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Academy of Radiology Research.

Jeffrey Jarvik Yuan_Chun
Jerry Jarvik, M.D. Chun Yuan, Ph.D.

The ARR was created in 1995 to raise awareness of the value of imaging research and its impact on patient care. The Distinguished Investigator Awards were started in 2012 to acknowledge and celebrate high levels of achievement in radiology research.

“The recipients of this Award have made significant contributions to the field of imaging research that rank them in the top 10% of Radiology Department faculty nationwide,” remarked Reed A. Omary, MD, MS, the Co-Chair of the Academy’s Distinguished Investigator Council.” said Reed Omary,Co-Chair of the Academy’s Distinguished Investigator Council, who isa also the Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair of Radiology at Vanderbilt University.


Paul Kinahan, PhD, FIEEE
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Radiology
Adjunct Professor of Physics, Radiation Oncology and Bioengineering
Head, Imaging Research Laboratory
Director, UWMC PET/CT Physics
University of Washington


Dr. Jerry Jarvik’s and Dr. Chun Yuan’s Distinguished Investigator Award Ceremony at RSNA. 




Milestone marker! Endowment exceeds $500,000

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the UW Medicine Rohrmann Endowment, the principal has grown to $527,700! This fund will continue to impact the UW Radiology Resident experience with a substantive, perpetual source of support for radiology resident education, research, and community service.

The endowment goal is $1 million, so we are over halfway there; achievement of this goal will provide a regular income stream for the residency program of about $50,000 per year. At this level, distributions can fund valuable educational resources, infrastructure, opportunities, and provide meaningful awards to high-achieving residents for experiences that enhance their core training. There is no other source to fund these strong enhancements to the Resident educational experience.

You can join us in making a difference! It’s easy for you to donate – via mail, phone, or online.

Contact: UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195-8045

206-543-5686 or 866-633-2586

Online: http://depts.washington.edu/givemed/give/?page=make&source=rohrma 

Radiology Job Market Improving

The job market for Radiology residents and fellows is improving.  A recent survey of 83 chairs of academic radiology departments found that 95% of department chairs believe that the market for radiologists is better or is the same as last year. 

Open positions in academic radiology are on the rise.  Departments are reporting that the number of available positions is at a six year high.   Sub-specialties in Abdominal, Chest, Breast Imaging, and Neuroradiology are among the most sought after skills.

Medical students interested in radiology can read more about our Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and our Nuclear Medicine Residency Program.

Radiology residents are encouraged to explore our excellent Fellowship Programs.

Dr. David Marcinek Receives Unsolicited Award of $60,000

David MarcinekDr. Marcinek received an unsolicited award of $60,000 from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research.  Glenn Awards were initiated in 2007, to provide unsolicited funds to researchers investigating the biology of aging.  Award recipients are selected from nominees provided by an anonymous scientific advisory committee. Applications are not accepted.

Dr. Jarvik Awarded Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research Achievement Award

Jeffrey JarvikOur own Dr. Jerry Jarvik was awarded the 2015 Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research (RAHSR) Achievement Award.  The RAHSR Awards Committee selects a distinguished researcher whom they feel has made outstanding contributions to health services research. This award is presented at the AUR Annual Awards Ceremony. The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) consists of over 3,000 academic radiologists, residents, and fellows. The AUR encourages excellence in radiological laboratory and clinical investigation, teaching and clinical practice; stimulates an interest in academic radiology as a medical career; advances radiology as a medical science; and represents academic radiology at a national level.

Dr. Habib Rahbar awarded the 2015 RSNA Research Scholar Grant


Congratulations to Habib Rahbar, MD (Breast Imaging) on being awarded the 2015 RSNA Research Scholar Grant.  Dr. Rahbar will use this two-year award to investigate improving treatment outcomes of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast with magnetic resonance imaging.

UW and Tsinghua University form Joint Research Center

MOU Signing

In conjunction with the UW Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) program, the Department of Radiology is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Imaging Research at Tsinghua University to explore forming a joint research center and other partnerships to develop medical imaging technology. In front, shaking hands after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), are Professor Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University (on the left) and UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dr. Jeffrey Riedinger (right). The Center for Biomedical Imaging Technology is a long-time collaborator with the UW Vascular Imaging Lab, directed by Dr. Chun Yuan, Professor of UW Radiology who is in the  back row to the right of Dr. Riedinger.

Dr. Sandstrom Receives the ARRS Gold Award

claire-sandstromDr. Claire Sandstrom received the Gold Award for the top educational exhibit presented at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society in April 2015.  Her exhibit, entitled, “Trauma of the Clavicle: What the Surgeon Needs to Know,” was coauthored by Emergency Radiology colleague Dr. Joel Gross and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Kennedy.  The exhibit focused on clinical and imaging factors most affecting management of clavicle trauma, including clavicle fractures, sternoclavicular and acromioclavicular dislocations, and complex shoulder girdle injuries involving the clavicle.

Dr. Linnau Leads First Ever ASER Multi-Center Study

kenneth-linnauDr. Ken Linnau led the first-ever multi-center study of the American Society of Emergency Radiology as the principal investigator in cooperation with Dr. B. Khurana (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA) and Dr. Jorge A. Soto (Boston University Medical Center, MA). The results of this investigation, “Pelvic Angiography Project ASER (PAPA) Study – A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study of Blunt Pelvic Trauma Patients Who Undergo Catheter Angiography”, which included 879 patients, was presented at the ASER 2015 Annual Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL and was awarded the Cum Laude Award.

Dr. Beauchamp on Employee Wellness