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  • Students win awards in Missouri ACP poster competition[caption id="attachment_28890" align="aligncenter" width="720"]missouriacp_award_anand Gaurav Anand won the student poster presentation competition at a recent meeting of the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians.[/caption] Two students received awards for their research posters at the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians annual meetings at Osage Beach. The meetings took place Sept. 15-18. Fifth-year student Gaurav Anand captured the first prize and Danielle Cunningham, also a fifth-year student, placed third in the student poster presentations. [caption id="attachment_28891" align="alignright" width="258"]missouriacp_award_cunningham Danielle Cunningham[/caption] Anand conducted his research at the Vision Research Center with Peter Koulen, Ph.D., Director of Basic Research and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research, and Christa Montgomery, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Vision Research Center. He titled his winning poster, Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid signaling pathways. “I was interested in the field of neuroscience and ophthalmology," Anand said. "I wanted to start conducting basic science research in order to further explore my interest in these areas before attempting to conduct clinical research." With his first place award, Anand is now eligible to take part in the poster competition at the national ACP meeting next March in San Diego. “Working alongside two outstanding mentors, Dr. Koulen and Dr. Montgomery, I have gained an immense amount of experience and have learned everything from performing basic science techniques to using complex imaging and data analysis programs,” Anand said. “I have also become familiar with the process of compiling data, graphs, and other information in order to create a presentable research poster. All in all, the experience I have gained will be very beneficial for the research projects I conduct in the future.” Cunningham placed third with her poster, Neuroradiologic characteristics of astrobastoma and systemic review of the literature: 2 new cases and 125 cases reported in 59 publications. At the meeting, five students and 13 residents from the School of Medicine presented posters. The Missouri ACP competition drew 20 student posters and 80 posters from residents of medical schools throughout the state.
  • Collaborate with Radiology, virtually anywherePolycom ‘Real Presence’ provides accessibility, efficiency
    Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.) Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.)

    Dr. Doug Rivard and his Radiology team can’t be in person everywhere at once to read images, but the Polycom “Real Presence” tool installed on every Children’s Mercy Hospital PC makes radiologists available to collaborate with providers virtually anywhere, anytime.

    “We want to make subspecialty radiology expertise more available for our referring physicians,” said Dr. Rivard, Radiology Department Chair. “We’ve adopted the ‘Real Presence’ tool so that providers can connect with the radiologist who interpreted their patient’s study regardless of their respective locations to view diagnostic images and collaborate in real time.”

    Radiology has collaborated mostly with CM orthopaedic surgeons by scrolling through images on monitors and discussing the imaging findings in real time while the patient and surgeon are in the operating room.

    “We’ve proven it works,” Dr. Rivard said.

    Radiology_polycom2 Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.)

    Richard Schwend, MD, FAAP, Orthopaedic Surgery, Director-Orthopaedic Research Program and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Orthopaedics, described the benefits of collaborating with Radiology via Real Presence.

    “We have been collaborating with our Radiology colleagues in the operating room with the O arm (surgical imaging system) during spine surgery,” Dr. Schwend said. “Patients with scoliosis may have a very distorted spine, making it most important to accurately place pedicle screws during surgery as fixation points for connecting the rods. After the screws are placed and the O arm is used to image the accuracy of the screws, our radiologist has been able to review with us in real time the actual O arm images. By doing this, we are able to examine the placement and accuracy of each screw.

    “By having our radiologist going through each image with us, we get the benefit of their experienced eyes and an immediate second opinion,” Dr. Schwend added. “This way we can continue attending to the surgery but still be assured that we have thoroughly looked at the radiographic images. Any screws not in the optimal position can be replaced or removed before the rods are connected. This makes for more successful and safer surgery and decreases chance of needing to revise the implants later.”

    Dr. Rivard said, “We’re confident that collaborating with other providers will be just as beneficial and successful as our work with Orthopaedics. The Polycom Real Presence tool will greatly enhance efficiency for specialty providers and for the Department of Radiology. We encourage our colleagues to take advantage of this resource to provide even better care for our patients.”

  • UMKC Student receives Sarah Morrison Scholarship for “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma” research projectOctober 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Award recipients with Dr. Agostino Molteni, Director of Student Research. (L-R: Tarana Gill, Brooks Gimmis, Ravali Gummi, Danielle Cunningham, Dr. Molteni, Omar Qayum, Nidhi Reddy, and Megan Lilley) The Office of Student Research has selected seven students to receive the October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Among the recipients is Danielle Cunningham, who completed a month of research working on a project with UMKC faculty members Lisa Lowe, MD, and Natasha Acosta, MD. The project entitled “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma and Systematic Review of the Literature: 2 New Cases and 125 Cases Reported in 59 Publications,” was presented at the Society for Neuro-Oncology by Ms. Cunningham and has been accepted for publication in the journal, Pediatric Radiology. Sarah Morrison awards of up to $1,500 are given to UMKC School of Medicine students twice a year to provide funding to help students learn the value and application of research in the study of medicine. Students who receive awards are expected to present results of their research at the UMKC Student Research Summit and may be invited to present at other similar venues. For further information on this year’s awardees, or if you are interested in applying for the award (April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines each year), visit the Office of Research Administration’s student research website at
  • Walker to chair case-based review course for national radiology conference The American Roentgen Ray Society has honored Chris Walker, M.D., assistant professor of radiology. He will serve as the thoracic imaging section chair for the organization’s case-based review course at next spring’s 2016 national meeting in Los Angeles. The course provides diagnostic imaging cases in 11 subspecialties that help prepare residents for upcoming exams and private practice. It also helps practicing radiologists refine their skills with an in-depth approach to learning. In addition to his administrative role as section chair, Walker will facilitate a case review focused on pulmonary fibrosis. He was selected to lead a chest imaging case review on pleura/diaphragm in 2014. The society is the oldest radiology society in the world and the organization's annual meeting is the second-largest radiology meeting each year. School of Medicine professor of radiology and a past president of the society, Melissa Rosado de Christenson, M.D., initiated the case-based review courses at the national meetings.
  • Cunningham receives student scholarship in interventional radiology4 sno up close Fourth-year medical student Danielle Cunningham recently received a student travel scholarship to attend the next Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting. The award provides funding for selected medical students to take part in sessions of the organization’s upcoming meetings in April 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Student training programs will focus on topics ranging from the history of interventional radiology to cutting-edge clinical approaches and procedures in vascular disease, pediatrics, liver disease and research. “The Society of Interventional Radiology scholarship will help me learn about how to succeed in the residency match process, as well as the newest techniques in interventional radiology,” Cunningham said. “I’m especially excited for the classes about interventional oncology, which uses interventional radiology techniques to treat cancer.” Students are selected to receive the scholarship based on applications that include their CV, short essays on interventional radiology questions and recommendations by mentors or instructors.
  • Local study wins Best Paper Award at international meetingL to R: Doug C. Rivard, D.O., Brent Reading, M.D., & Brent Culley A report by School of Medicine faculty on tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) as a treatment for abscesses following perforated appendicitis received the “Best Paper Award” at the combined British Association of Pediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPED) meeting July 22-26 in Edinburgh, Great Britain. Shawn St. Peter, M.D., professor of surgery and Director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Center for Prospective Clinical Trials, coordinated the study and presented the paper. Doug C. Rivard, D.O., associate professor and chair of radiology at CMH, was a senior author. The paper evaluated the effectiveness of tPA in resolving abscesses that developed following perforated appendicitis. The study found no advantage to using tPA over saline for irrigation of the abscess cavity, and that there was actually increased drainage and additional cost with use of the tPA. Other authors included Sohail Shah, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, David Juang, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Brent Reading, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, Brent Culley, George W. Holcomb III, M.D./MBA, professor of surgery, and Susan Sharp, Ph.D., the study’s clinical coordinator. The meeting was the first joint meeting of the BAPS and IPEG and drew more than 700 pediatric surgeons from around the world.
  • 7th year in a row; UMKC faculty students and residents receive Awards at RSNAwibley Members of the Radiology Department at UMKC had another strong showing at RSNA in Chicago, IL. RSNA was attended by more than 40,000 this year, and more than 1200 posters were displayed. Awards ranged from Magna Cum Laude, which is given to only about 30 posters, to 4 Certificate of Merits and requests to publish in RadioGraphics. Several persons co-authored more than one poster. A variety posters authored by UMKC facultyresidents and *medical students are as follows.
    • Magna Cum Laude, Radiol Soc Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, Il. Hemorrhagic and Vascualar Complications in Lung Infections: High-Resolutaion CT and Pathological Findings. Franquet TC, Rosado De Christenson ML, Kanne JP, Marchiori E, Martinez-Jimenez S, Gimenez A.
    • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, IL. Bronchial Arteries: Anatomy, Function, Hypertrophy and Interventions. Rosado De Christenson ML, Martinez-Jimenez S, Walker CM, Kunin JR, Wible BC.
    • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA) meeting. Chicago, IL. Thoracic Metastases from Gynecological Neoplasms: How They Differ from Other Metastases, Specific Patterns of Spread, and Pitfalls in Imaging Interpretation. Martinez-Jimenez S, Rosado De Christenson ML, Walker CM, Kunin JR, Betancourt Cuellar SL, Pettavel PP.
    • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer (RSNA). Chicago, IL. Sacroplasty: “A Remedy for Pains in the Butt?” *Bhatt M, Adler K, Strand LA, Wible BC.
    • Certificate of Merit, Radiol Soc N Amer(RSNA). Chicago, IL. MRI of pediatric liver masses. *Loeb JV, *Collard MD, Keup CLowe LHKnowlton JQ.
  • Prof Savvas Andronikou: First UMKC Department of Radiology International Visiting Professorandronikou2_12413The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Department of Radiology had the honor of hosting its first international visiting professor on Dec 4 and 5, 2013. Dr. Savvas Andronikou, the only pediatric radiologist in South Africa, spent two days in the Departments of Radiology at Children’s Mercy and Saint Luke’s Hospital teaching and learning radiology. Dr. Andronikou spoke on international radiology outreach opportunities and imaging of Tuberculosis in children in South Africa. [expand title = "Read More"]Professor Andronikou was trained at Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa. He did his radiology training at Whittington and Great Ormond Street Hospitals in London, UK and received his PhD from the Univ of Cape Town. He is full professor, is currently President of the College of Radiologists of South Africa and Chairman of the South African Society of Pediatric Imaging. He has published more than 200 papers, books and book chapters, has delivered in excess of 165 visiting talks all over the world, is on the editorial board of Pediatric Radiology, was Chief Editor of the South African Journal of Radiology for 3 years, and has organized several radiology courses and meetings in South Africa. He has been a recipient of the Derek Harwood-Nash Scholarship (‘01), the Maurice Weibren Award from the College of Radiology (‘02), was the Derek Harwood Nash fellow (‘07), and received awards for his research from the University of Stellenbosch(’07) and the University of Witwatersrand (‘12). Most recently, the Society for Pediatric Radiology selected Dr. Andronikou to receive the prestigious distinction of 2013 Honorary Member. Currently, Dr. Andronikou is the Chairman of Outreach for the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI). In this role he has relentlessly worked to arrange training in pediatric radiology in Africa and has helped establish service opportunities in Africa through teleradiology connections between various institutions across the world. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments is the time he gives to numerous types and levels of mentees at multiple South African universities helping them perform research with very limited support in the face of extensive public health challenges.  He inspires learners near and far with a dynamic lecture style that is engaging, energetic and humorous all at the same time. Further, he has the knack of using his experience to make complex subjects seem simple. The Department of Radiology at UMKC SOM is fortunate to have Prof. Savvas Andronikou as its 1st International Visiting Professor.[/expand]
  • Radiology Resident's presentation selected as finalist at Aeorospace Med Assoc meetingLernerD2Congratulations to David Lerner MD, PGY3 Radiology Resident, for being a finalist (top 7%) for the Space Medicine Association Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award. His presentation at the 2013 Aerospace Medical Association meeting in Chicago, IL was titled, "Interventional radiology: The future of surgery in microgravity".
  • Twelve UMKC Presentations receive honors at RSNADiagnostic radiology department members receive honors at the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, IL. The RSNA is the largest medical meeting in the world with an annual attendance of over 60,000. More than 2100 posters were displayed at this year’s meeting, including 11 from UMKC. We are proud that 8 of 11 UMKC posters received awards ranging from the highly selective Magna Cum Laude (given to only 30 posters) and Cum Laude awards to Certificates of merit and selection for CME credit. Honored posters authored by UMKC faculty, fellows, residents, *medical students and alumni are as follows.
    • Magna Cum Laude Award. Franquet TC, Suster S, Rosado de Christenson ML, Frazier A, Martinez-Jimenez S, Gimenez A. Bronchiolocentric Lung Diseases: High-Resolution CT and Pathological Findings.
    • Cum Laude Award. Godoy MC, Saldana DA, Benveniste MK, Vlahos I, Marom EM, Erasmus JJ. Role of Multidetector CT in the evaluation of Airway Stents.
    • Certificate of Merit. Vargas D, Restrepo CS, Ocazionez D, Murillo H, Bentancourt C, Martinez-Jimenez S. Primary Pericardial neoplasms: A Pictorial Review.
    • Certificate of Merit. Benson RE, Rosado de Christenson ML, Martinez-Jimenez S, Kunin JR, Watson KR, Pettavel PP. Spectrum of Thoracic Neuroendocrine Proliferations and Neooplasms: Carcinoid, Carcinoid tumorlets, DIPNECH, and Carcinoid Syndrome.
    • Certificate of Merit. Desai N, *Kollipara R, Thacker PG, Lowe LH. Hypoxic Ischemic Injury: An Overview of Clinical and Radiological Manifestations From Premie to Adult.
    • RSNA exclusive selected for CME credit. Sanchez JL, Stull MA, Towsley MS. Spectrum of Stress Injuries of the Foot and Ankle in the Maturing Population.
    • Certificate of Merit. *Chowdhury I, Tellier J, Lowe LH. Guide to Implementing a Milestone based Reporting Curriculum for Radiology Residents: A Method to Teach and Assess Core Competency Communication Skills.
  • Radiology faculty members, Rosado de Christenson and Vidal receive RSNA education awardkudo_2012The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) honored Melissa Rosado de Christenson, M.D., F.A.C.R. (left), professor of radiology and chief of thoracic imaging at Saint Luke's Hospital, and Jorge Vidal, M.D. (right), UMKC radiology residency alumnus and volunteer clinical assistant professor, as 2012 Honored Educator Award recipients. Vidal is also an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

    The annual RSNA Honored Education Award, which began in 2011, recognizes RSNA members who have delivered highest quality education in their field. Rosado de Christenson and Vidal were two of only 44 recipients from across the country for the 2012 award.
  • Congratulations to UMKC SOM radiology residents on Certificates of MeritRadiology residents, Megan Seattele, MD, Kenny Rentas, MD and Suchit Patel, MD received Certificates of Merit for their poster exhibits presented at the International Society for Pediatric Radiology meeting in London, England.rad_resident_award

    The UMKC fellows, residents, medical students and faculty who co-authored the posters included neuroradiology fellow, Matt Sigley; UMKC SOM student AJ Spencer; KCUMB medical student, John Childs; and residents from other institutions.The two honored posters were the following: Saettele M., et al. Differentiation of congenital midline nasal masses: what the pediatric radiologist should know, and Spencer AJ et al. Modern imaging of pediatric appendicitis emphasizing pitfalls and radiation concerns.
  • UMKC student, Neil Thakur, receives prestigious research award at the international Radiological Society of North America meetingthakarThe RSNA selected Neil Thakur, MS 6, to make an oral presentation and receive a 2010 Trainee Research Prize during the 2010 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Meeting, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, in Chicago. The RSNA Scientific Program Committee awarded Thakur for his research project, "Neuroimaging Findings in Neonates Undergoing Whole Body Hypothermia for Hypoxic/Ischemic Brain Injury: Preliminary Findings." The RSNA presents awards annually to radiology residents, fellows and medical students in various categories of radiology research. Thakur conducted his research this past spring with Lisa Lowe, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Radiology. "This is a very prestigious honor to have his abstract selected as one of the winners," Lowe said. "I am very proud of Neil. This is the highest honor for a medical student at the RSNA." The RSNA draws nearly 60,000 people each year to its annual international forum that includes peer-reviewed research, state of the art technology and educational opportunities for radiologists, medical physicists and allied scientists.
  • Rosado de Christenson honored as first recipient of ARRS Best Educator Awardrosado_awardDr Melissa Rosado de Christenson, UMKC Radiology Department faculty member, and Thoracic Imaging Section Chief at Saint Luke’s Hospital is honored at annual ARRS meeting, May 2010 in San Diego, by being the first person to receive the “ARRS Best Educator Award”. According to officials at the ARRS, the Best Educator Award is designed to honor educators in the field of radiology with a track record of (1) disseminating current scientific and clinical information in diagnostic radiology, (2) keeping the worldwide community of radiologists and other health professionals abreast of state-of-the-art techniques in radiology, (3) stimulating critical thinking in the science of radiology, (4) promoting research within radiology, (5) developing and supporting educators in radiology. The award celebrates inspirational people who are dedicated to providing education that results in improved participants’ competence and performance, which ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes. “Dr. Rosado de Christenson’s track record of exemplary education has influenced countless radiology residents, students, fellows and faculty, including myself. Her dedication is beyond compare, and certainly no one is more deserving of this award than she”, says Dr. Lisa Lowe, MD, Academic Chair, Radiology Department, UMKC.