Vol. 12 — UW Radiology Makes Major Contributions to Women’s Health

Posted on July 2015


Chief of Breast Imaging Wendy DeMartini, M.D., has been named Co-Director of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast MR with Guided Biopsy course. The course is a hands-on CME class held four times per year at the ACR Education Center in Reston, VA.

This course, led by Dr. DeMartini and University of Washington’s Habib Rahbar, M.D., is designed to provide practicing radiologists with an intensive experience in reading breast MRI. In addition, hands-on MRI-guided biopsy workshops will provide training in accurate and safe MRI-guided biopsy techniques.

Doctor DeMartini is a dedicated breast researcher, interested in breast MRI accuracy as well as the development of a tool for predicting malignancy in MRI lesions. She is also active in the wider academic community through membership in the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and as Director-at-Large of the Society of Breast Imaging. 2011 Resident Research award.


Prior to her retirement in July, Margaret Fagerholm, M.D., was selected as a Champion in Women’s Health by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. The Foundation honors individuals who have devoted themselves and their professional career to improving the quality of life for women and families. Past champions have been instrumental in raising awareness about women’s health issues, and have positively impacted the care that women receive in the state of Wisconsin.

A graduate of Mayo Medical School, Dr. Fagerholm has been with UW since her residency, and is currently serving in the Community Radiology Division. Dr. Fagerholm is a leader in breast imaging in Wisconsin, and we congratulate her on her achievement. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting women in the United States, with over 182,000 diagnoses a year. Early and frequent mammography screening has helped reduce breast cancer mortality by one-third since 1990.


Many radiologists focus on breast imaging, but few do it with the passion of Pamela Propeck, M.D., FACR. This is recognized nationally, and now formally, as she receives the Lifetime Service Award from the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

Dr. Propeck has served the ABR in a variety of ways, including administering the breast section of the oral Board Exam for radiology residents. She is a breast imaging specialist, currently serving as Breast Modality Chief for UW Radiology. When the ABR transitioned to a computer-based exam in November 2014, they tapped Dr. Propeck to sit on the committee that designed the breast imaging portion of the computer exam.

The ABR is one of 24 boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties, the umbrella group that maintains standards for physician certification. The ABR administers certification tests for specialties including diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology.