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Ten Lovell Scholarships Awarded

Posted on Jun 5, 2009

On May 14, 2009, ten graduating medical students were awarded the Dr. B.K. and Tomina Lovell Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes worthy and deserving students entering the field of radiology. Nominations were based on their research projects in our department. All ten students matched into a radiology residency. The list below is a great testimonial to the commitment to research and mentorship by our faculty. The fact that the students are matching to strong Radiology programs (Stanford, Washington University, Utah, OHSU, MCW) indicates that others outside of UW are also impressed by the students' accomplishments and future potential.

Please note that we will continue to expand awareness of this program by prospectively announcing the scholarship to all students during during their first year of medical school. Dr. Lonie Salkowski, leader of the Radiologic Anatomy Module for M1 students, has agreed to serve as a match-maker to link interested students with potential mentors.

  1. Diaz, Teresa. Mentors: Fred Lee, MD and Chris Brace, PhD. Teresa performed a series of ex vivo experiments that demonstrated shrinking in tissues exposed to high-temperature ablation. Her experiments also showed the shrinking was at least partly due to dehydration. The results of Teresa's work were presented as a poster at the 2008 WCIO, where the poster was awarded second prize overall. She is currently preparing a scientific manuscript based on this work. Teresa was also a co-author on an abstract presented at the 2008 RSNA Annual Meeting regarding radiofrequency and microwave ablation in the lung.

    Match: Surgery-Preliminary, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Radiology-Diagnostic, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

  2. Griffin, Michael. Mentors: Chris François, MD and Thomas Grist, MD. Mike's research project involved studying how time-resolved (four-dimensional) contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) circumvents many of the adverse effects and limitations of conventional x-ray digital subtraction angiography. He was first author on a manuscript that reviews the techniques used to perform four-dimensional CE-MRA and provides an overview of how to use these techniques in CE-MRA of the chest and abdomen (Griffin M, Grist TM, François CJ. Dynamic four-dimensional MR angiography of the chest and abdomen. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 2009;17(1):77-90).

    Match: Transitional Year, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI; Radiology-Diagnostic, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

  3. Guite, Kristie. Mentor: Louis Hinshaw, MD. Kristie's project involved looking at radiation dose associated with excess scanning series (i.e. unindicated, majority of the time delayed imaging) performed on patients being scanned at outside institutions. She worked through a complex process of evaluating the indication for these scans, and then worked with Frank Ranallo, PhD to establish the radiation dose of each study and series. Her work was presented at the SCBT and she has already begun work on a manuscript.

    Match: Radiology-Diagnostic in the categorical track, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

  4. Laeseke, Paul. Mentors: Fred Lee, MD and Chris Brace, PhD. Paul has been a long-time member of the tumor ablation laboratory, and continues to be involved in many aspects of their research. In 2008, Paul wrote two scientific manuscripts as first author: 1) comparing single and multiple-antenna microwave ablation in an ex vivo model, and 2) comparing the application of radiofrequency and microwave energy in vivo in kidneys. These studies proved that microwave energy has significant advantages over current technologies for tissue ablation. Paul also co-authored scientific papers relating to radiofrequency and microwave ablation in the lung, a clinical series describing the efficacy of radiofrequency ablation against breast cancer metastases to the liver, and a case report describing contrast-enhanced ultrasound findings in a brucellar hepatic abscess. The latter two papers were written with collaborators in Italy while he was on rotation in Vimercate Hospital in Milan learning advanced ultrasound techniques. All of the manuscripts Paul co-authored in 2008 are accepted and awaiting publication. Paul was also the recipient of the Best Oral Abstract Award at the 2008 WCIO and co-author on oral papers and posters presented at the 2008 WCIO and RSNA Annual Meetings relating to his manuscripts, also describing the use of HYPR-processed CT imaging for ablation monitoring. Paul has served as a manuscript editor and consultant for many projects in the ablation lab and will likely be a co-author on papers for which data is still being analyzed.

    Match: Surgery-Preliminary, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME; Radiology-Diagnostic, Stanford University Programs, Stanford, CA

  5. Loomans, Rachel (Uttech). Mentor: Mark Kliewer, MD. Rachel's project examines the clinical observation that hepatic lesions sometimes become less conspicuous at the time of a biopsy procedure than they were on earlier ultrasound studies. With Dr. Kliewer's guidance, Rachel identified the cause as the transducer cover, and subsequently designed a sequence of experiments to characterize exactly why the lesions were less conspicuous. She studied this phenomenon both with ultrasound phantoms (to characterize changing power spectra, special resolution, frequency effects) as well as in an animal model (by creating ablation lesions within a bovine liver). Her results were both persuasive and illuminating. She then organized the data, analyzed it, and wrote a very credible abstract for presentation at the SGR meeting.

    Match: Transitional Year, St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI; Radiology-Diagnostic, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

  6. Luty, Christopher. Mentor: Louis Hinshaw, MD and Charles Strother, MD. With Dr. Hinshaw, Chris has done some of the early work setting up an IRB and the beginning to collect names for a longitudinal clinical ablation study looking at the results here at this institution.

    Chris has done two electives with Dr. Strother. In his first rotation he developed and completed a project related to a device used to close the arterial puncture after catheter angiography. He presented this work at the ASNT in Chicago and also was second author on a publication in AJNR. He also helped with two animal projects and was 2nd authors on two resulting publications (Turk AS, Luty CM, Carr-Brendel V, Polyakov I, Consigny D, Grinde J, Mukherjee R, Strother CM. Angiographic and histological comparison of canine bifurcation aneurysms treated with first generation matrix and standard GDC coils. Neuroradiology 2008;50(1):57-65. Epub 2007 Sep 27 and Turk AS, Luty CM, Grum K, Grinde J, Consigny D, Pulfer K, Rappe A, Strother CM. Comparison of platinum and first-generation Matrix coils in under-packed canine side-wall aneurysms: evaluation of progressive thrombosis. Neuroradiology 2007;49(11):939-45. Epub 2007 Aug 16). He did a great deal of work helping put together a case book that was used to introduce a new color coded algorithm at the RNSA. A publication is in preparation from this.

    Match: Transitional Year, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, IA; Radiology-Diagnostic, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  7. Marinelli, Nicholas. Mentor: Victor Haughton, MD. With Dr. Haughton's guidance, Nick helped design a project to measure the accuracy of T2 relaxation time measurements in intervertebral disks. The results were recently published (Marinelli NL, Haughton VM, Munoz A, Anderson PA. T2 relaxation times of intervertebral disc tissue correlated with water content and proteoglycan content. Spine 2009;34(5):520-4). On completion of this project, Nick suggested a new project to test the hypothesis that T2 relaxation measurements correlate significantly with the grade of intervertebral disk degeneration in terms of the Pfirrmann grade. He worked collaboratively to develop a protocol, assisted with the submission of the protocol for IRB review, and worked diligently to enroll patients in the study. The results are not yet fully analyzed, but will likely form the basis of another report in an orthopedic or radiologic journal.

    Match: Transitional Year, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI; Radiology-Diagnostic, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

  8. Schenning, Ryan. Mentors: Fred Lee, MD and Chris Brace, PhD. Ryan's project focused on testing a two-antenna array of microwave tumor ablation in an ex vivo model. His experiments proved that ablation zone depends on antenna spacing in a nonlinear way. Importantly, his results have shown that treatment efficacy is highly dependent on placement accuracy when using current technologies. His work was presented at the SIR Annual Meeting in San Diego this spring, and he will be a co-author on a scientific manuscript currently being prepared.

    Match: Transitional Year, Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, Portland, OR; Radiology-Diagnostic, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

  9. Stein, Jill. Mentor: Beth Burnside, MD. Jill worked on a research project involving the value of BI-RADS 4 subcategories in the prospective prediction of breast cancer risk on mammography. Her work was the first to prospectively demonstrate that the BI-RADS 4 subcategories effectively stratify breast cancer risk. She was able to take a dataset of mammographic interpretations and generate an abstract that she presented at the 2008 RSNA meeting.

    Match: Transitional Year, Colorado Health Foundation, Denver, CO; Radiology-Diagnostic, University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, Salt Lake City, UT

  10. Sullivan, Julie. Mentor: Scott Reeder, MD. Julie spent three months working a research project on coronary CTA to determine the incidence and classification of ancillary findings on coronary CTA. She reviewed the reports of over 300 CTA cases, and tabulated the ancillary findings into a meaningful classification system. In addition, she compared the rate of ancillary findings in all comer patients compared to those patients enrolled in a trial comparing coronary CTA with conventional angiography. She performed the statistical analysis, then wrote, submitted, and presented an abstract for the ARRS meeting, and she has completed 90% of a manuscript that will be submitted to AJR.

    Match: Transitional Year, St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI; Radiology-Diagnostic, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI



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