Victoria Rendell, MD, Receives SABI 2019 Lauterbur Award for Excellence in Collaborative Radiology and Surgery Research

Posted on November 2019

Victoria Rendell, MD, General Surgery Resident at the UW Department of Surgery, recently received the esteemed Lauterbur Award for her presentation on her research at the Society of Advanced Body Imaging (formerly the Society of Computed Body Tomography & Magnetic Resonance). The Lauterbur award is given for the best MR oral scientific presentation each year. Dr. Rendell was recognized for her research on “Direct Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation of Liver Lesions with an MR-Compatible Localization Device.”

Dr. Rendell’s research project was a collaboration between her department and the UWSMPH Department of Radiology. This project was completed with the collaboration of Emily Winslow, MD, FACS, then a general surgeon in the UW Department of Surgery, and Scott Reeder, MD, Professor in the UW Department of Radiology. “Dr. Rendell did a masterful job of presenting her project at the SABI Conference,” said Dr. Reeder. “In my view, this is a fabulous example of collaboration between Surgery and Radiology. This work was noticed by many in the society and has helped advance UW’s national reputation,” Dr. Reeder said. “I am confident this is just the start of great things to come for Dr. Rendell!”

The Lauterbur award is named after Paul C. Lauterbur, a faculty member of the University of Illinois, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003. Dr. Lauterbur is credited with inventing the MRI. The award is highly prestigious in abdominal imaging circles, and is considered by many in the radiology field to be the pinnacle of scientific awards. There were only 16 abstracts that were selected out of 160 total presentations to present in the scientific session. Out of the 16 who presented, Dr. Rendell’s presentation was considered the best. Congratulations to Dr. Rendell on this significant accomplishment!