Celebratory Dinner Held for Graduating Residents

The department recently held a graduation dinner for the 4th year residents at the University Club. Residents had the opportunity to vote for faculty for several awards, which were then presented at this dinner. Recipients included Dr. Matthew Heller, who received the Federle Mentorship Award, and Dr. Carl Fuhrman, who received the Ronald J. Hoy Excellence in Teaching Award. Residents chose Abdominal Imaging for the Division of the Year Award.

Divisional Teaching Awards were also announced:
AI – Dr. Matthew Heller
Chest – Dr. Glenn Andrews
EM – Dr. James Patrick
Women’s – Dr. Rita Zuley
IR – Dr. Ernesto Santos
MSK – Dr. Carol Andrews
Neuro – Dr. Tanya Rath
Nuc Med – Dr. Judi Joyce
Peds – Dr. Judy Squires


Dr. Surendra Bansal to retire

Dr. Surendra Bansal will retire this week after 45 years of service at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh/UPMC Mercy Hospital. After obtaining his medical degree in India, Dr. Bansal completed a residency in radiology and a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology in Philadelphia. He then spent several years in Canada, first as a teaching fellow and researcher, and then as a staff radiologist and Instructor. He came to Pittsburgh in 1971 as a Senior Active Staff Member at Mercy and quickly became Chief of the Angiographic Section. Throughout his career, he has provided outstanding care to patients and support of colleagues. The Department will hold a gathering on June 22nd, from noon until 2:00 pm, in the UPMC Mercy Radiology conference room (room 3219D) to celebrate this milestone and thank him for all of the contributions that he has made over the years.

UPMC Radiologists named in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Doctors of 2016

Congratulations to the radiologists selected under Radiology and Nuclear Medicine as “Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Doctors” of 2016:

  • Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR
  • Carl Fuhrman, MD
  • Joan Lacomis, MD
  • James M. Mountz, MD, PhD
  • William Rothfus, MD
  • Mitchell Tublin, MD
  • Giulio Zuccoli, MD

Radiology Fundraiser

The “Radiology has Heart” happy hour fundraiser for the American Heart Association raised $2200. Congratulations to Dr. Joan Lacomis for chairing such a successful event.

Diagnostic Imaging: Genitourinary, 3rd Edition

Congratulations to Drs. Tublin, Borhani, Furlan, Heller and Dysam on the publication of their new textbook, “Diagnostic Imaging: Genitourinary, 3rd Edition”.

Please click the text book image for detail information.

Dr. Modo's Image on Human Brain Mapping Journal

Congratulations to Mike Modo. An image from his paper, “Detection of aberrant hippocampal mossy fiber connections: Ex vivo mesoscale diffusion MRI and microtractography with histological validation in a patient with uncontrolled temporal lobe epilepsy” was featured on the cover of the journal Human Brain Mapping.

New Grants 2015

Dr. Carolyn Anderson’s new R01, “PET Probes Targeting Immune Cells for Imaging Tuberculosis” was recently recommended for funding. This study will develop new PET imaging probes that target activated macrophages and neutrophils found in TB lesions, which could eventually lead to more accurate diagnoses and techniques to assess treatment response.

Dr. Panigrahy has been awarded an R01 to study the brain connectcome and neurodevelopmental outcomes in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. The goal of this study is to evaluate the association between alterations in brain networks and neurocognitive deficits in Fontan survivors to better understand the role of developing neural architecture in cognitive-behavioral phenotypes.

Imaging Research Advocacy

Shandong Wu, PhD received a travel award from the Academy of Radiology research to attend the Medical Technology Showcase on Capitol Hill. This event, sponsored by the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research, brought together researchers, industry representatives as well as members of Congress and their staff as a way to raise the profile of imaging research. Dr. Wu presented his work on developing quantitative breast MRI biomarkers for improving breast cancer risk assessment.


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