Radiology Expo - Introducing Medical Students to a Career in Radiology

Second Annual Radiology Expo

Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Register here.

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Claudia I. Henschke (Keynote speaker)                          Henschke_0.png


A pioneer and leading expert in diagnostic radiology, Claudia Henschke has long believed that smokers (and those exposed to smoke) should be screened with low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer when a tumor is still small enough to be cured.  Since 1991 she has led city, state, national, and international projects related to lung cancer screening.
With her team, she created a novel study design and protocol that set an international standard for low-dose CT screening that analyzed and managed scan findings requiring further testing. In addition, they developed a 3D computer-assisted diagnostic technique to measure and compare pulmonary nodule lesion growth against that of malignant tumors; as well as other analyses of CT scan results.
Dr. Henschke heads the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), a collaborative group which developed a database of more than 70,000 people worldwide who are at risk of lung cancer  with long-term follow-up data. The new Initiative for Early Lung Cancer Research on Treatment (IELCART) focuses on assessment of optimal treatments for stage I lung cancer.
In 2010, Dr. Henschke joined the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as a Radiologist and Professor of Radiology. She received her BA and MS from Southern Methodist University, a PhD from the University of Georgia, and an MD from Howard University. She completed her Residency and Fellowship training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Henschke was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She has authored over 400 articles and two books, and has trained over 40 Research Fellows in thoracic imaging.

Carina Yang (Symposium co-chair)                               Yang.png

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)                           Kulkarni.png

Kirti Kulkarni, MD is the Director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kulkarni specializes in breast and abdominal imaging and provides comprehensive screening, diagnostic and interventional procedures for breast health. Additionally, she offers diagnostic imaging and interventional services for patients with abdominal and pelvic disorders. In her research studies, Dr. Kulkarni investigates dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging for detecting early breast cancer lesions and for measuring results of chemotherapy and surgery in breast cancer patients. She also explores this type of advanced imaging to better evaluate the extent of prostate cancer in patents.  A dedicated educator to medical students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Kulkani recently won two awards for teaching excellence at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Maryellen Giger (advisor)                                             Giger.png

Maryellen L. Giger, Ph.D. is the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, Committee on Medical Physics, and the College at the University of Chicago.  She is also the Vice-Chair of Radiology (Basic Science Research) and the immediate past Director of the CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Programs in Medical Physics/ Chair of the Committee on Medical Physics at the University.  For 30 years, she has conducted research on computer-aided diagnosis and quantitative image analysis (radiomics) in the areas of breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and bone diseases.  She has also served on various NIH study sections, is a former president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging, and the current President-Elect of SPIE.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of AAPM, AIMBE, SPIE, and IEEE, a recipient of the AAPM William D. Coolidge Gold Medal and the EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award.  She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications (over 300 publications), has more than 30 patents and has mentored over 100 graduate students, residents, medical students, and undergraduate students.  Her research in machine-learning, image-based analyses of breast cancer for risk assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, response to therapy, and biological discovery has yielded various translated components, and she is now using these image-based phenotypes in imaging genomics association studies.

Comeron Ghobadi (panelist)                                         Ghobadi.png

Comeron Ghobadi, MD is a third year radiology resident at the University of Chicago with 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, approval and recall, providing the foundation for his role in creating and advising medical technology startup companies. Dr. Ghobadi also serves as an active member on a Radiology Research Alliance task force where he is investigating the role of artificial intelligence in diagnostic radiology.

Joy Sclamberg (panelist)                                              Sclamberg.png

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 9 years and enjoys being involved in resident training and education.  She has recently become the Assistant Dean/DIO 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.  

Morlie Wang (panelist)                                                Wang_0.png

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.

Deepa Sheth (advisor)                                                   Sheth.png

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.


Carla Harmath (Advisor)                                                Harmath.png

Carla Harmath, MD is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago in the Section of Abdominal Imaging.  She received her medical degree from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana in Brazil in 1996.  She served as a diagnostic radiology resident at Loyola University Medical Center from 1999 to 2003, where she served as chief resident form 2002 to 2003, and received the 2002 RSNA Resident Research award. She completed her training as a fellow in body imaging/MRI at Northwestern in 2004.  From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Harmath served as a staff radiologist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University for the past 10 years.  She Her clinical interests include oncologic imaging, CT and MRI imaging of the digestive system and transplant imaging, as well as multidisciplinary contribution to patient care. Educational interests include learning facilitation and improvement in medical communication, mentoring and goal achievement.

Christopher M. Straus (Advisor)                                 Straus.png

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.

Raj Vasnani (Panelist and Advisor)                           Vas.png

Raj Vasnani, MD is a vascular interventional radiologist at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.  He is in his first 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.

Gustavo Mendez (Panelist)                                       Mendez.png

Gustavo Mendez, MD, is a first 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!

Polina Petrovic  (Panelist)   

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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 Illinios 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.

Pritesh Patel (Advisor)                       Dr. Patel




Pritesh Patel, MD is an abdominal and pelvic radiologist who grew up in the Chicagoland area and most recently finished his training at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital in 2014.  After joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Patel has focused on long term resident education, quality improvement, radiology informatics, body MRI, and Dual Energy CT.


Melvy Mathew (Panelist)                               



Melvy Mathew, MD is an Attending Radiologist in the section of Body Imaging and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Mathew attended the University of Southern California where she was accepted into the institution's Baccalaureate/MD program, earning a BA in Sociology and a BS with honors in Biochemistry.  She returned to Illinois for medical school, graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Mathew moved to the East Coast for her Radiology training, completing her Diagnostic Radiology residency at the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey where she also served as Chief Resident and completing a fellowship in Body/Cross-Sectional Imaging and Intervention at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.  Since joining the University of Chicago faculty following her fellwoship, Dr. Mathew has been very active in the clinical, research, and education realms.  In addition to reading diagnostic exams of the abdomen and pevis daily and performing image-guided biopsies, she is involved in several research projects, including ones related to the prostate, bowel, and kidney.  She is passionate about medical education and was accepted to the 2017 ARRS (American Roentgen Ray Society) Clinician Educator Development Program, receiving a $1000 educational grant.  In additon to Radiology resident education, Dr. Mathew is involved in the education of medical students, giving introductory talks on various imaging modalities.  She has also served as a residency interviewer and is a member of the Radiology Department Diversity Committee.  Dr. Mathew has been a regular workshop speaker at the annual Society of Abdominal Radiology conferences and has contributed to many high-quality education exhibits for this and other radiology meetings.  In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her family (including her miniature schnoodle, Lucy!) and friends, watching "Top Chef", painting, and traveling the globe.


Bojan Petrovic (Panelist)                                        

 Bojan Petrovic


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 internshp at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois and completed his radiology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2010.  He has bee n practicing neuroradiology at NorthShore University HealsthSystem in Evanston, Illinois since 2010.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago.  He currently serves as NorthShore Site Director for the University of Chicago's neuroradiology fellowship.  He is also active with the Chicago Radiological Society and is currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer/President-Elect for the organization.  He lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife, Polina, and three children.

Georgia Giakoumis Spear (Panelist)   

Dr. Spear

Georgia Giakoumis Spear, MD is the Section Chief of Breast Imaging at NorthShore Medical Group.  she received her medical degree from University of Miami Hospitals, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in 2004.  She completed radiology residency and breast imaging fellowhip at Nrothwestern University McGaw Medical Center.  She has been interviewed on multiple local news programs, including WGN and FOX, on recent advances in screening mammography.

Jeanne Horowitz (Panelist)                                          Jeanne Horowitz

Jeanne M. Horowitz, MD is an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Abdominal Imaging section at Northwestern University.  Dr. Horowitz completed her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in 2003, and completed her radiology residency as well as MRI predominant body imaging fellowship at Northwestern Univesity McGaw Medical Center.  Aside from clinical responsibilities, at Northwestern, Dr. Horowitz is involved with numerous radiology resident education related comittees, and was course director for the Grand Rounds series for the Northwestern Department of Radiology from 2014 - 2015.  In 2016, she won the Honorary Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America (SNA), which recognizes RSNA members who have poroduced an array of educational resources that year.  Dr. Horowitz is active in the Society of Abdominal Radiology Disease Focus Panels on hepatic fibrosis and uterine and ovarian cancer, and the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria hepatobiliary panel.  Her publications and research are predominately focused on liver and obsteric and gynecologic imaging.  Outside of work she enjoyes spending time with her husband and three young children.