Radiology Expo - Introducing Medical Students to a Career in Radiology

Third Annual Medical Student Radiology Expo

Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Third Annual Medical Student Radiology Expo

Lisa Laurent (Keynote speaker)

Lisa Laurent, MD MBA MSHQSM CPE is a Board-certified radiologist and recognized physician leader actively engaged in research, publishing and lecturing, philanthropy, hospital governance, and resident mentorship. She has held multiple leadership positions including President of Advanced Radiology Consultants – the only female private practice corporation President within Integrated Imaging Consultants (IIC); the first female member of the IIC Board of Managers; co-Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH); and currently Medical Staff President of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH), the first female President since 1984. As a partner in a thriving private practice, clinician and Medical Director of Computed Tomography at ALGH and Chairman of the CT Medical Directors of Advocate Health Care, Dr. Laurent led the imaging team at ALGH in earning the distinguished American College of Radiology Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence Award, the first hospital in Illinois to be recognized with this luminary distinction.
Dr. Laurent sits on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). Dr. Laurent founded and chairs the Physician Resilience Committee at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and is the co-chair of the system-wide Physician Wellness Committee of Advocate Health Care.
A graduate of Smith College, Dr. Laurent received her medical degree from Drexel University (formerly The Medical College of Pennsylvania) and completed her diagnostic radiology residency training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center/University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston followed by a cross-sectional imaging fellowship at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Laurent is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and Past President of the Sigma Gamma Zeta II Honor Society at the University of Wisconsin where she was recognized for outstanding scholastic achievement, work ethic integrity and leadership. Dr. Laurent was the winner of the written and oral presentation 2013 Keynote Speech Award and was the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 Honors Banquet at The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Her original essay and presentation, “A Lemon Tree Grows in the Snow: Nurturing Your Own Garden of Education” espoused the values of strength, commitment and perseverance in achieving success and personal fulfillment through adversity and hardship.  Dr. Laurent has been invited to serve as the Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Annual Chicago Radiology Expo in November where she will present her research on resident leadership development.    
Dr. Laurent earned her Masters in Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management (MSHQSM) at the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Her Capstone Project, “Physician Burnout at a Large Metropolitan Level 1 Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital” focused on understanding the factors contributing to physician burnout and the interventions needed to ameliorate this growing healthcare dilemma.  
As Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurent has been the recipient of multiple grants for a variety of IRB-approved investigations.  The most recent was a Russell Institute Research and Innovation Grant for her 3-year Resident Leadership Development Institute project focused on professionalism, coaching and mentorship of female resident physicians.  This work garnered the prestigious Leape Ahead Award for 2016 from the American Association for Physician Leadership and a paper published in the AAPL Physician Leadership Journal.  As the only American invited to speak, Dr. Laurent gave an unparalleled presentation on transformational leadership in the new health care reform era at the 2nd Annual International Leadership Conference at the London School of Business in April, 2013. Dr. Laurent has published articles on mentorship and leadership essentials, hospital cost containment and revenue optimization, hospital-radiologist alignment, strategies to enhance the practice environment, safety and high reliability. 


Carina Yang (Symposium co-chair)

Carina Yang, MD is Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology at the University of Chicago.  She has also been the Neuroradiology Fellowship Director since 2014.  Dr. Yang completed her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2003, and stayed local to complete her Radiology Residency as well as Neuroradiology Fellowship at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center.  She has worked in academics at Children’s Memorial Hospital here in Chicago, in a small private practice in the suburbs, as well as has experience in teleradiology and part-time general radiology.  Aside from clinical responsibilities, Dr. Yang has pioneered the simulation program here at the University of Chicago in the Department of Radiology, and conducts multiple training sessions each year for radiology techs, nurses, and trainees in contrast reaction codes.  In 2015, she helped organize the successful Diversity Dialogue Luncheon entitled “Radiology Residency: Where are the Women?” and in 2016, she led the organization of the inaugural Radiology Expo. She currently serves as co-chair of the departmental Diversity Committee.  She maintains a vested interest in trainee education, and is always seeking novel teaching techniques to enhance her effectiveness.  Her interests outside of work include travel (even with two young kids!), scuba diving, and spending time with her family.


Kirti Kulkarni (Symposium co-chair) 

Kirti Kulkarni, MD is the Director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship program at the University of Chicago Medicine. She is an Associate Professor and physician-scientist in the department of Radiology. Her clinical interests include creating awareness, early breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Her research focuses on newer imaging tools to assess breast specimen margins intra-operatively. She is a member of the global health initiative program at University of Chicago and engages in various outreach programs across the world. She is enthusiastic about a healthy diversity and inclusion climate to create, foster, and sustain a positive, beneficial, and inclusive environment for everyone. A dedicated educator to medical students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Kulkani recently won two awards for teaching excellence at the University of Chicago Medicine.  


Alixandra S. Purakal (Symposium Fellow Co-Director)

Alixandra Purakal, MD is a current breast imaging fellow at the University of Chicago.  She is originally from Southeast, MI.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan studying History of Art and Women's Studies.  She then went on to medical school at Wayne State University, in Detroit. During medical school, she was honored to hold the position of President of the Student Senate for two years as well as Vice President of her class for two years.  Additionally, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was awarded the Class of 2013 Academic Achievement Award for the highest academic performance in her class.  Next, she completed her diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Chicago, where she also served as chief resident during her fourth year.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, and trying new cuisines. 

Andrea Magee (Symposium Resident Co-Director)

Andrea Magee, MD is a fourth year diagnostic radiology resident at the University of Chicago. She earned her BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and subsequently earned her MD from Rush University in 2014, graduating medical school with honors and as an inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During her residency, she has been an active member of the University of Chicago Department of Radiology Diversity Committee, a co-coordinator of the University of Chicago Department of Radiology Contrast Reaction Simulation Lab, and serves as a resident representative on the American College of Radiology RFS Women and Diversity Advisory Group.  She will be matriculating to Northwestern University for a 1-year Breast Imaging Fellowship during the 2019-2020 academic cycle. 

Cindy Yuan (Speaker)

Cindy Yuan, MD PhD is a third year diagnostic radiology resident at the University of Chicago. She earned her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2015 after obtaining her PhD in Economics in 2013 and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology from MIT. Her research interests include cost effectiveness and outcomes research as well as improving understanding of healthcare delivery. Dr. Yuan will be starting her nuclear radiology fellowship at UCSF in 2020



Comeron Ghobadi (Panelist) 

Comeron Ghobadi, MD is one of the chief radiology residents at the University of Chicago. He has a research focus in health policy, medical device innovation, and informatics. Dr. Ghobadi received a degree in biomedical engineering from Saint Louis University, completed medical school at the University of Louisville, and did a transitional year at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Ghobadi has published across several specialties, with particular interest in the process of medical device development and surveillance, providing the foundation for his role in creating and advising medical technology startup companies.



Georgia Giakoumis Spear (Panelist)

Georgia Giakoumis Spear, MD, is Chief of the Department of Breast Imaging at NorthShore University HealthSystem and previously Director of the Clinical Breast MRI Program. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Spear serves on the Breast Program Leadership Board at NorthShore.  She has a special interest in breast imaging research. She has been interviewed on multiple local news programs, including WGN and FOX, on recent advances in breast imaging. Dr. Spear is a board-certified radiologist, residency and fellowship trained at Northwestern University/Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She earned her MD from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.



Emily Marshall (Panelist)

Emily Marshall, PhD is the senior diagnostic imaging physics resident at the University of Chicago. She completed her dissertation work at the university of Florida in 2017. Her dissertation work focused on conceptualizing and producing organ dosimetry models for pediatric patients undergoing both diagnostic and interventional cardiac fluoroscopy studies. Her clinical interests remain focused on both the optimization and longitudinal tracking of doses incurred by pediatric patients from medical imaging. Emily currently sits as a resident member on the departmental Diversity Committee, she feels passionately that a work environment inclusive of all peoples will ultimately lead us to optimal patient care.  



Gustavo Mendez (Panelist)

Gustavo Mendez, MD, is a second-year diagnostic radiology resident at the University of Chicago. He completed a surgical internship at Rush University Medical Center and is a graduate of Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, tennis and taking his puppy, Archie, to the Montrose Dog Beach!




Kevin O'Brien (Panelist)

Kevin O’Brien, MD, completed Undergrad training at the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati in 2013. He had a transitional year residency at Resurrection Hospital on the north side of Chicago and radiology residency at University of Chicago Medical Center. He served as Chief Resident during his final year of residency 2017-2018. Dr. O’Brien is currently an MSK imaging fellow at Northshore University Health System.  He is interested in teaching and his specialty is MSK imaging. He has signed to work with a private practice group in south bend. 



Boyan Petrovic (Panelist and Advisor)

Bojan Petrovic, MD received an undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2004. He completed a transitional year internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois and completed his radiology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2009. He completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2010. He has been practicing neuroradiology at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois since 2010. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and teaches radiology residents and fellows from the University of Chicago. He currently serves as NorthShore Site Director for the University of Chicago’s neuroradiology fellowship. He is the President of the Chicago Radiological Society. He lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife, Polina, and three children.


Polina Petrovic (Panelist and Advisor)

Polina Petrovic, MD received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2005. She completed a transitional year internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois and completed her radiology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois in 2010. She completed an MR-predominant body imaging fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2011. She has been practicing general radiology part-time at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois since 2011. She currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Loretto Hospital. She serves as co-chair for the CT Medical Directors Committee and also as co-chair of the Ultrasound Medical Directors Committee at Advocate Health Care. She lives in Glencoe, Illinois with her husband, Bojan, and three daughters.    

Ingrid Reiser, PhD (Panelist)

Ingrid Reiser, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology. She received her PhD in Physics from Kansas State University.  Dr. Reiser is an ABR board-certified clinical medical physicist and serves as one of the four Radiology Clinical Physics faculty at the University of Chicago Medical Center, who are responsible for the regulatory and accreditation compliance of all radiological imaging equipment and for implementing and optimizing state-of-the-art imaging technologies for best patient care.  She also contributes to education of the Committee on Medical Physics, the Imaging Physics Residency Program, and of the Radiology Residency Program.  Dr. Reiser’s scholarly activities include her research in advanced imaging technologies and her strong presence in national organizations such as the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.



Joy Sclamberg (Panelist)

Joy Sclamberg, MD is the Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Rush University Medical Center.  She has been the program director for more than ten years and enjoys being involved in resident training and education.  She is the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Rush University where she helps run the GME office and is involved in all of the training programs.  She is a body imager with a special focus on ultrasound.  She is active in the Chicago Radiological Society, and serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee.  She thoroughly enjoys guiding medical students and residents.   



Raj Vasnani (Panelist and Advisor)

Raj Vasnani, MD is a vascular interventional radiologist at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.  He is in his second year of practice after completing his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Chicago and fellowship in interventional radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  He currently practices both interventional and diagnostic radiology, with a mix of interventional oncology, image-guided procedures, and peripheral vascular disease.




Morlie Wang (Panelist)

Morlie Wang, MD is a board certified radiologist at Central DuPage Hospital. She earned her doctorate of Medicine as well as a Master of Public Health, with Specialization in Epidemiology, from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Dr. Wang completed residencies in Family Medicine and Radiology at Stroger Hospital in Chicago before becoming a breast imaging fellow at the University of Chicago. Dr. Wang has researched health issues in developing countries and has volunteered at a Hospital in Cambodia. She is a dedicated educator who has served on the editorial board of Radiopaedia. In 2014, her poem “Am I Going to Die Soon?” was a finalist in the Pritzker Poetry Contest at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago. 


Carla Harmath (Advisor) (Organizer of the Advising Session)

Carla Harmath, MD, is an abdominal radiologist with special expertise in abdominal MRI, CT, US with focus on oncologic and transplant imaging. Her approach is one of collaborative and multidisciplinary clinical focus that impacts directly on patient management. Dr. Harmath is an active participant of several multidisciplinary conferences in abdominal and pelvic imaging, including liver tumor and metabolic diseases, organ transplant, genitourinary oncology and gastrointestinal oncology. Dr. Harmath is actively involved in resident and staff education, with emphasis on cutting-edge knowledge, constructive discussions and challenging the status quo, thus promoting understanding and innovation. Her didactic resident conferences focus on interactive learning with unconventional simulations of disease processes and pattern recognition. Dr. Harmath is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committees of both the BSD and the radiology department. Her efforts promote a diverse and equal work environment fostering opportunities for underserved minorities, enriching the workforce with the goal of maximizing gains from each other’s differences.


Rishi Agrawal (Advisor)

Rishi Agrawal is a diagnostic radiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine specializing in thoracic imaging. His clinical interests include interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and pulmonary hypertension. Rishi is also interested in medical education, particularly in the utilization of audience response systems and simulation. He is the associate program director of the diagnostic radiology residency at Northwestern.



Swati Devendra Deshmukh (Advisor)

Swati Deshmukh is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, specializing in musculoskeletal radiology.  She earned a BS in molecular biochemistry and biophysics from Yale University and an MD from Stanford School of medicine.  After completing a preliminary year in internal medicine at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School in Boston, she completed 4 years of residency in radiology at Johns Hopkins.  She then did a one year fellowship in MSK radiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where she served as a clinical instructor for Cornell medical students.  At Northwestern, she does both musculoskeletal diagnostic and interventional radiology with a wide variety of image guided procedures.  Research interests include sports medicine, peripheral nerve imaging, and imaging around metal.




Daniel W. Golden, MD, MHPE (Advisor)

Daniel W. Golden, MD, MHPE, is an Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago. As a radiation oncologist, he provides highly skilled care for patients with a range of cancers, including brain, head and neck, lung and genitourinary malignancies. He also uses targeted radiation therapy to treat benign conditions. Dr. Golden has expertise in many radiation techniques and focuses on minimizing damage to normal tissues. Dr. Golden's research focuses on malignancies of the central nervous system, as well as head and neck and gastrointestinal cancers. He also is active in medical education, teaching and mentoring medical students and residents and developing clinical radiation oncology educational curricula.



Luis Landeras (Advisor)

Luis Landeras, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Associate Director of Cardiac CT and MR at the University of Chicago. He earned his medical degree at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo in La Libertad, Peru in 1998, and subsequently completed his internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University and abdominal imaging fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His clinical and research interests include spectral CT, low dose CT imaging, cardiac CT and MR imaging, CT colonography, CT urography, CT and MR liver imaging, and contrast material reactions.



Deepa Sheth (Advisor)

Deepa Sheth, MD is an Assistant Professor in Radiology Breast Imaging at the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago and continued on as attending faculty in 2015. Her research focus includes the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer through the use of cutting edge technology and innovative imaging. She is currently involved in several multi-institutional trials focusing on advanced ultrafast MRI imaging and its promising role in stratifying certain types of early pre-invasive breast cancer into a treatment category (including surgery and radiation) versus an observation category (watch and wait). The data generated from these trials will allow for impactful recommendations on the management of pre-invasive breast cancer. Dr. Sheth is also passionate about teaching and community service. She is involved in several medical education committees and residency/fellowship educational programs. In addition, she is an active participant in health fairs and community outreach programs in order to increase awareness for breast cancer screening.


G. Scott Stacy (Advisor)

G. Scott Stacy earned his medical degree at Washington University in Saint Louis in 1995, and subsequently completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency and Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship at the University of Chicago.  He joined the Radiology Faculty at the University of Chicago, where he is now Professor and Chief of the Section of Musculoskeletal Imaging.  In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Stacy has spent the past two decades educating medical students, residents and fellows, as well as practicing clinicians and technologists.  He has received numerous teaching awards from the residents and has served as a member of the Department’s Residency Selection Committee, Resident Education Committee, and Clinical Competency Committee.  He was also the Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program from 2008-2010. His academic interests include trauma and sports medicine, bone and soft tissue tumors, and anatomic variants and tumor mimics.


Christopher M. Straus (Advisor)

Christopher M. Straus M.D. is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago.  He also serves nationally at multiple radiology professional organizations in areas relating to his interest in education, especially related to undergraduate and medical students, as well as continuing maintenance education of post-graduates.  He has served as president of the Association of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) and is known for mentoring and innovation in medical school curricula. Dr. Straus has individually mentored and advised over 150 students, in addition to advising approximately 200 undergraduate students annually. Among various awards received include the Excellence in Education award, American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award and indoctrination in the Alpha Omega Alpha society (AOA). Research areas include educational learning, mesothelioma and medical image utilization.