2021 Awardees

ARRS Scholarship

Tatiana Kelil, MD

University of California, San Francisco
Project: To fill the existing gap and utilize all the 3D information in breast MRI as well as determine if machine learning based analysis of BPE can be used to predict future cancer development risk.

Dr. Kelil, an assistant professor of radiology in UCSF’s breast imaging section, will use the protected time afforded by her ARRS Scholarship to pursue personalized breast cancer risk assessment using imaging biomarkers and machine learning. “One such imaging biomarker is background parenchymal enhancement (BPE),” she explained. Noting that BPE is associated with increased breast cancer risk, Dr. Kelil added, “machine learning tools can deduce these patterns that might not be discernible to humans from the imaging data,” which could improve conventional risk prediction models.

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ARRS Scholarship

Camilo Jaimes, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital
Project: To characterize cortical microstructure in fetuses with CHD using motion robust fetal DTI and determine whether there is abnormal white matter.

A neuroradiologist at BCH specializing in advanced pediatric MRI techniques, Dr. Jaimes will use the secured research time from his ARRS Scholarship to investigate fetal diffusion tensor imaging and microstructural brain abnormalities in fetuses with congenital heart disease. Investigation of these abnormalities in fetuses has been hindered by technical challenges of the acquisition—"mainly fetal motion,” he claimed. Reiterating that identifying the onset of abnormalities in brain development and their relationship to clinically relevant outcomes is critical, Dr. Jaimes’ study “will employ novel fetal diffusion MRI techniques to address these aims, harnessing cutting-edge MRI processing tools to correct for fetal motion.”

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2021 Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism

Omer Awan

University of Maryland School of Medicine

An associate professor of musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Omer Awan also serves as associate program director of the diagnostic radiology residency program and associate director of radiology medical student education. Certified by the American Board of Imaging Informatics, Awan interprets a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal imaging studies and performs minimally invasive procedures, including CT-guided bone biopsies and ultrasound-guided soft tissue tumor biopsies.

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Lee F. Rogers International Fellowship in Radiology Journalism

Francesco Giganti

University College London, United Kingdom

An academic radiologist at University College London Hospital and a clinical research fellow in the division of surgery and interventional science at University College London, Giganti’s areas of expertise are genitourinary and gastrointestinal imaging—with a specific interest in prostate MRI. An expert in teaching prostate MRI to radiologists and urologists, currently, he is working on assessing the radiological progression of prostate cancer on MRI during active surveillance (i.e., PRECISE score).

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Executive Council Awards

Keegan K. Hovis, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Keegan K. Hovis, MD earned her medical degree from Boston University and completed her internship at Kaiser in San Francisco and radiology residency at the University of Washington. Currently, she is completing a breast imaging fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hovis has a strong desire to be involved in all aspects of the field—be it advocacy, teaching, research, global health, or novel technologies. In pursuit of these interests, she earned a certificate from UW’s inaugural Radiology Deep Learning Pathway, served as first author on multiple radiology publications, and presented her research at several conferences. To give back, she volunteered at a field hospital in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and worked in a hospital in Delhi, India during her residency.

Dr. Hovis received a 2021 ARRS Resident/Fellow in Radiology Executive Council Award for her research Rate of Contralateral Breast Cancer After Treatment for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ and Associated Clinicopathological and Imaging Risk Factors, which aimed to determine the rate of and risk factors associated with contralateral breast cancer in women treated for ductal carcinoma in situ.

Executive Council Awards

Yu-Hui Huang, MD, MS

University of Minnesota

Yu-Hui Huang, MD, MS is a first-year radiology resident at the University of Minnesota. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She also completed two Masters of Science degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago; one in Biomedical Visualization and a second in Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Huang’s passion for academic radiology has guided her multifaceted career as a physician scientist. She has coauthored over 20 manuscripts, presented at scientific meetings, received a Radiological Society of North America Medical Student Research Grant, and published and exhibited multiple forms of artwork from medical illustrations to oil paintings as well as an outdoor art installation on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Dr. Huang received a 2021 ARRS Resident/Fellow in Radiology Executive Council Award for her research Rectal Tube Placement in Multiparametric MRI of the Prostate: Multi-Reader Evaluation of Image Quality Improvement, which aimed to determine the impact of rectal tube placement on artifact reduction and image quality of prostate multiparametric MRI.

Melissa Rosado de Christenson Award

Madison R. Kocher, MD

Medical University of South Carolina

Madison R. Kocher, MD is currently a third-year radiology resident at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. After a brief polevaulting career on the Wake Forest University track and field team, she graduated from MUSC College of Medicine and completed a general surgery internship. She was recently elected as one of the chief radiology residents at MUSC. She currently serves on multiple American College of Radiology (ACR) committees and is the incoming president of the South Carolina ACR Resident and Fellow Section chapter. Dr. Kocher enjoys cardiac imaging and will be pursuing fellowships in both nuclear medicine and cardiothoracic imaging. Her passions include teaching, imaging informatics, and research, particularly in clinical imaging applications of artificial intelligence.

Dr. Kocher received the 2021 ARRS Resident/Fellow in Radiology Melissa Rosado de Christenson Award for her research Thinking Outside the Breast: Predictive Value of AI-Detected Lung Metastases in Breast Cancer Patients, which investigated the utility of a novel AI model using data from standard initial staging chest CT to accurately predict risk of future progression of disease and death in breast cancer patients.

President’s Award

Ningcheng (Peter) Li, MD

Oregon Health & Science University

Ningcheng (Peter) Li, MD obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Medical Degree from Yale School of Medicine. He's currently completing his integrated Interventional Radiology residency training at Oregon Health & Science University Dotter Interventional Institute. His research focuses on venous thromboembolic disease, mixed reality integration in interventional radiology, and machine learning.

Dr. Li received the 2021 ARRS Resident/Fellow in Radiology President’s Award for his research Multicenter Assessment of Augmented Reality Registration Methods for Image-Guided Interventions, which evaluated and compared manual and automatic registration times as well as registration accuracies between HoloLens 1 and HoloLens 2 for aligning a 3D CT phantom model onto a CT grid.