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Welcome Kathy Mathes and Nick Reichel

Please help welcome our new hires!
Katherine (Kathy) Mathes has joined the Radiology SMPH Administrative Team as the Program Assistant-Supervisor for the Radiology Department (the position formerly held by Carrie Poole & Sandy Yost). In this role, Kathy will be supervising the Radiology clinical administrative assistants and providing support to Margaret Birrenkott for scheduling meetings and assisting with administrative projects. She started on November 2. Kathy has several years of managerial experience in private industry in a wide range of roles: IT Operations Supervisor, Telecommunications Manager, Personnel Manager, and a few years as a Research Analyst for Turner Broadcasting. Her education includes a BA in Journalism and an MBA, with additional training as a Six Sigma Black Belt in Business Process Improvement. Her contact information is: Office: E3/366 (main office) Phone: (608) 263-8311 Email: kmathes@uwhealth.org
Nick Reichel, a UW junior from Racine, has joined the UWSMPH technical support team and will be working a few afternoons a week. Hopefully Nick's presence will alleviate long wait times with support requests. Best of all, you don't have to remember any new phone numbers or email addresses to utilize Nick's services. He has been fully integrated into part of the group and is available by emailing rad-help@uwhealth.org or by calling (608) 265-9572. Nick has already been a big help and has set up more printers for users than the group can normally get to in a month!    

UW Medical Physics Graduate Student receives RSNA Trainee Research Prize

Congratulations to Stephen Brunner, a Medical Physics graduate student chosen to receive the RSNA Trainee Research Prize for his project: "Potential Clinical Use of First Moment Transit Time Perfusion CT Maps: A Quantitative Comparison with Mean Transit Time Perfusion Maps." The work explores the new use of first moment transit time maps in computed tomography (CT), which aid in the visualization of blood flow to the brain. The maps have seen success in MRI studies, but have not yet been extensively investigated in CT. The work was completed under the supervision of two Radiology and Medical Physics faculty members: Dr. Howard A. Rowley, Chief of Neuroradiology, and Dr. Guang-Hong Chen, Director of the UW CT Lab. Brunner won the prize in the resident/physics trainee award category. The RSNA seeks to advance the radiology field through education and research. The RSNA Trainee Research Prize honors outstanding scientific presentations by resident/physics trainees, fellows or medical students.  

MR Safety Project wins "Best in Show" in Quality Week Poster Competition

A recent poster, "Improving MRI Safety At The University Of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics," was awarded "Best In Show" for Technical Innovation & Patient Safety from UW Health's Quality Week 2010 poster competition. The poster was created by Dr. Scott Reeder, Dr. Jeff Kanne, Greg Spicer, Matt Henry, and Holly Krizek and outlines two of the many safety measures implemented in MRI over the past nine months: Outpatient Changing and MRI Safety Time-Ins at the MR room door. Time-Ins achieved a 31% success rate for preventing MRI safety hazards getting into the scan room. This poster will also be presented at RSNA 2010.    

Dr. Kanne quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on radiation doses in child patients

Dr. Jeffrey Kanne, Associate Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Quality and Safety was featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on controlling radiation doses in children during medical imaging procedures. The October 25th article quoted Kanne regarding the preventative benefits of medical imaging in some pediatric patients. He encourages parents and doctors to work together to confirm a scan is using the lowest necessary dose. Read the article at jsonline.com    

Dr. Schreibman Elected to FACR

Professor Ken Schreibman has been elected to become a fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR) on the basis of his “outstanding contributions and service to radiology.” The convocation ceremony will be held at the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on May 15th, 2011. Other faculty in the UWSMPH Department of Radiology who are Fellows of the ACR: Lynn Broderick Marshall Colburn Arthur De Smet Thomas Grist Fred T. Lee, Jr Myron Pozniak Pamela Propeck Michael Tuite Patrick Turski Donald Yandow According the ACR website: One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist is recognition as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching, or research. Approximately 10% of ACR members achieve this distinction. Learn more about ACR Fellowship at acr.org    

Mistretta Symposium & WIMR Imaging Science Center Grand Opening

Join us for the Mistretta Scientific Symposium which will be held Friday, October 22. It will celebrate Chuck Mistretta's 70th birthday and his 40 years of dedication to the field of medical imaging. Hear talks by former students and colleagues, and participate in the GRAND OPENING of the WIMR Imaging Science Center (where you can also come by a bit of ice cream). Tour this state-of-the-art research facility where world-renowned scientists are reaching new heights in the advancement of medical imaging When: October 22, 2010, 3pm (open house, 3-4:30) Where: 1111 Highland Ave, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) Atrium  

Dr. Kelcz to Present at Stanford University Symposium on Advances in Breast MRI

Dr. Fred Kelcz was invited to be on the faculty of the Stanford University 9th Annual Symposium on Advances in Breast MRI in Las Vegas (Oct 14 - 16, 2010). He will address Diffusion Weighted Imaging of Breast Cancer, Advanced Methods for Breast MRI, and will be offering Challenging Cases from the UW Breast Imaging practice. Furthermore, he was invited to debate the question: "3T is Necessary or Breast MRI," and was assigned the negative point of view.      

Dr. Scott Reeder Awarded $2.5M NIH Grant

Dr. Scott Reeder, Associate Professor of Radiology, has been awarded a five-year, $2.5M grant from the NIH. Dr. Scott Reeder is co-PI, along with Dr. Sirlin from the department of Radiology at the University of California - San Diego. Dr. Reeder is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the project “Technical Validation of MRI Biomarkers of Liver Fat” performed at UW-Madison and is jointly responsible for overseeing the overall project with Dr. Sirlin. Dr. Reeder will also work directly with Dr. Gould in the department of Surgery and Dr. Agni in the department of Pathology who are co-investigators at UW-Madison and will interface with the UCSD team lead by Dr. Sirlin.  

Dr. Blankenbaker Travels to Brazil through International Education Program

Associate Professor, Donna G. Blankenbaker, M.D. will bring her medical expertise to Brazil as part of the International Visiting Professor Program offered by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The program fosters international relations among radiology societies to assist with medical education in developing and newly developed nations. Dr. Blankenbaker will be joined by two fellow radiologists as she embarks October 7 on the 12-day trip. She will spend her visit giving presentations and teaching intensive seminars to members of Brazilian radiology societies and hospital radiology departments. The program is mutually beneficial. The visiting team of radiologists informs local doctors and hospitals about the latest advances in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. In turn, the visiting professors experience firsthand the obstacles faced by medical professionals in the host countries. “The RSNA International Visiting Professor Program provides an exciting opportunity to develop and grow long-term relationships with radiologists from other countries,” Dr. Blankenbaker said. “I look forward to learning about the practice of radiology in Brazil and sharing my expertise and experience as a musculoskeletal specialist in the United States.” Dr. Blankenbaker is accompanied by Robert W. Hurst, M.D., from Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Erik K. Paulson, M.D., from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Dr. Blankenbaker will attend the Brazilian Congress of Radiology at Rio Centro in Rio de Janeiro, visit Clinica da Imagem de Goiania in Goiania, then travel to Belem where she will visit Hospital Ofir Loiola and Clinica Lobo. The International Visiting Professors Program was founded in 1986 and is administered by RSNA’s Committee on International Relations and Education. This program is supported by Agfa Healthcare.