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June 2009


Radiology Professional Accomplishments

A. Orlando Ortiz, MD, MBA, FACR, Chair, Department of Radiology, presented several refresher courses and papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Vancouver, B.C, Canada. These included co-moderating a self-assessment module, “Spine Interventions: Lessons for Imagers and Interventionalists”; a refresher course, “Imaging Paradigms for Spine Interventionalists”; a “How to Session”, “Osteoporosis Update – Implications for Management and Treatment of Osteoporotic Spinal Vertebral Compression Fractures”; and a scientific paper presentation, “Initial Experience with Structural Kyphoplasty.” He again participated as a judge in the Mentor Program at the annual meeting of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), Lake Buena Vista, FL, which he established several years ago. Dr. Ortiz was also a visiting professor at the Montefiore-sponsored interventional radiology course, which is nationally renowned, was again a visiting radiology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, where he presented a vertebral body reconstruction lecture and hands-on workshop. Dr. Ortiz will also be lecturing at the upcoming American Society of Spine Radiology/European Society of Neuroradiology summer joint meeting, Rome, Italy, on “Management of Patients with Lumbar Stenosis”, as well as on “Discography”, and will be presenting a poster entitled “Sacroiliac Joint Pain Following Vertebral Augmentation for Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures”, at the annual meeting of the International Spine Injection Society, which will be co-authored by radiology attending Asante Dickson, MD, and incoming radiology resident Ritu Bordia, MD. Dr. Ortiz will also be presenting multiple refresher courses/workshops at the upcoming late fall’s annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the world’s largest medical meeting.

Douglas Katz, MD, FACR, Vice Chair, Department of Radiology, was for the second consecutive year was the top reviewer in volume for the American Journal of Roentgenology, the second leading journal in the field. He completed reviews for six different section editors, and was noted as a “Distinguished Reviewer” for the second consecutive year on the AJR masthead. Dr. Katz also continues to serve the leading journal in diagnostic imaging, Radiology, in the capacity of Consultant to the Editor/Conflict of Interest Deputy Editor, under the aegis of Dr. Herbert Kressel, at Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katz gave several workshop and lecture presentations to junior radiology faculty around the county at the development seminar of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR), Arlington, Virginia, at the society’s annual meeting; co-authored ten posters, co-moderated two scientific sessions, and presented a refresher course, “CT of the Acute Female Pelvis”, at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), Boston, MA; was a counselor from New York State/Long Island to the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) annual Leadership Conference, Washington, DC; and co-authored several posters which were presented at the annual meetings of the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists (SGR), the Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR), and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). Dr. Katz was also very recently asked to serve on the ACR Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Gastrointestinal Imaging; was appointed to lead the abdominal imaging section of the ARRS annual meeting refresher course committee starting in 2011; and was asked to be a speaker for the GI section and for the categorical course for the 2010 ARRS annual meeting. He was also asked to speak at the gastrointestinal categorical course of the 2009 RSNA annual meeting, on the “itises”, as well as to moderate a scientific session. Dr. Katz co-authored an exhibit on imaging of pediatric renal masses, with the radiologists at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the 2009 ARRS annual meeting; fewer than 10% of the over 500 exhibits at the meeting were given any award. Dr. Katz also won the Summa Cum Laude Award for the most cases correctly answered (out of 35 entrants) at the case of the day competition at the most recent American Society of Emergency Radiology annual meeting, Houston, TX.

Jonathan Luchs, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Radiology and Ambulatory Radiology, and Director of the Radiology Residency Program, is now serving at the Vice President of the Long Island Radiological Society. At the annual meeting of the Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR), Charleston, SC, he moderated a scientific session and participated in the Executive Committee. He was very recently appointed to the ACR Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging, serves on the Small Residency Program Committee for the AUR/Association of Program Directors in Radiology, and recently served as a counselor from the SSR to the ACR annual Leadership Conference. He was also a Visiting Radiology Professor at the Hospital for Special Surgery on April 29, where he spoke on imaging of musculoskeletal sports injuries. A Certificate of Merit was awarded for an exhibit presented by Dr. Luchs with Anoop Wattamwar, MD, Senior Chief Radiology Resident, on “Radiology and Medical Malpractice: A Few Ways to Reduce your Risk”, at the most recent annual meeting of the RSNA. Fewer than 15% of the many exhibits shown at the meeting were given any award.

Joseph P. Mazzie, DO, attending radiologist, has assumed the role of Radiology Medical Student Education Director. Dr. Mazzie has presented numerous abstracts at many recent national and international radiology meetings, with a focus on continuing education in musculoskeletal radiology. At the 2009 ARRS annual meeting, Dr. Mazzie co-authored/presented five electronic educational exhibits, one of which (on MRI-clinical correlation for shoulder injury) was honored with a press release by the Society, and was presented orally by Dr. Mazzie as a “hot topics” poster.

Elizabeth Y. Yung, MD, Director, Nuclear Medicine, has participated in multiple meetings held throughout the country in her current role of Director of Accreditation for Nuclear Medicine Programs with the ACR. Dr. Yung was honored for her years of service to the ACR with the title of Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR) at the 2009 annual meeting, an honor conveyed on fewer than 10 percent of practicing radiologists during their entire careers.

Dan Barlev, MD, Director, Pediatric Radiology, co-authored multiple abstracts presented at national radiology meetings including the SPR and the ARRS. He gave several recent invited Grand Rounds lectures, including at Montefiore and Jacobi Medical Centers in the Bronx, as well as at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. He also co-authored a very recent publication in the American Journal of Roentgenology on gluteal region pathology in children.

Jason Hoffmann, MD, Emeritus Chief Resident, performed at two fundraising events for the WUH Pediatrics Department, with his band Terminal Ileum, which includes several of our radiology technologists: the “Road to War” to benefit music therapy and other therapy programs for the Kids Cancer Center (Dublin Pub, February), and the “Reach Out and Read” program (Eleanor Rigby’s, May). He also performed at Employee Appreciation Day. Dr. Hoffmann will be a fellow in interventional radiology at the University of Pennsylvania starting this July. Steven Blumer, MD, will be a fellow in pediatric radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (part of the University of Pennsylvania system). James Kim, MD will be a fellow in body imaging at University of California at San Francisco. In the resident group promoted to fourth year radiology residents this July, Nicholas Georgiou, MD and Dr. Wattamwar await their match results for interventional radiology and neuroradiology fellowships, respectively, while Carla Ramas, MD, has secured a fellowship position in body imaging at Stanford University.

Dr. Wattamwar, Senior Chief Radiology Resident, is currently serving as the resident representative to the ACR Committee on Guidelines and Standards for Neuroradiology, as well as on the American Chief Residents in Radiology Association Steering Committee, and as the chief radiology resident representative to the Association of Program Directors in Radiology.

Our radiology residents continue to present at multiple national radiology meetings. Penny Saxon, MD, and Bryan Lazzara, MD, co-authored electronic educational exhibits at the 2009 American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting in Boston, MA. Dr. Saxon, Jocelyn Luongo, MD, Luke Scalcione, MD, Junior Chief Radiology Resident, and Katherine Lameka, MD, amongst other radiology residents, co-authored exhibits presented at the SGR, SPR, and AUR annual meetings. These were also co-authored by multiple radiology attendings, including Ruth Bader, DO, and Dan Barlev, MD.

Dr. Georgiou presented an exhibit at the SIR annual meeting in San Diego, CA, on the CT appearance of inferior vena cava filters – normal findings and complications. Dr. Wattamwar presented multiple exhibits at the AUR meeting. Dr. Scalcione also served as a resident representative to the ACR annual Leadership Conference.

The radiology residents have also been increasingly productive in their very recent publication/writing. Dr. Scalcione has prepared multiple clinical nuclear medicine articles for publication, some of which have already been accepted, including a review article on PET/PET-CT imaging for skin pathology at Clinical Nuclear Medicine. The residents have prepared several radiology-pathology conferences for publication in Clinical Imaging, several of which have already been accepted. Dr. Luongo prepared a comprehensive chapter on imaging of infections and their mimics in an ICU setting, for a book revision edited by Burke A. Cunha, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Katz mentored all of these projects, as well as multiple recent medical student research projects.


Enrico Perez, RT, Administrative Director, Radiology Department, continues his long-standing service to the AHRA (American Healthcare Radiology Administrators) at an even higher level than before, by chairing the 2009 annual AHRA spring meeting. He will also running a local meeting in the fall.















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