2022 Awardees

ARRS Scholarship

Sean Woolen, MD, MS

University of California, San Francisco

An assistant professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) specializing in abdominal imaging and ultrasound, Sean Woolen also serves as director of clinical prostate MRI, patient experience leader on the Quality and Safety Committee, and a member of the Health Equity Task Force Council. Recipient of a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University and a medical doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed postgraduate training at Indiana University School of Medicine (intern), Michigan Medicine (diagnostic radiology resident), and UCSF (abdominal imaging and ultrasound fellow). Woolen has received numerous honors for his research, including awards for Quality Investigator and Best Radiology Research Article from the University of Michigan, a Young Investigator Award from the Society for Advanced Body Imaging, a Radiological Society of North America Travel Award, and a citation for Student Excellence in Radiology from Indiana University. Focusing on health care policy and improving the practice of radiology, currently, he is leading UCSF’s collaboration with Siemens Healthineers to develop a sustainable radiology program by monitoring energy consumption of imaging devices. The data gathered and strategies developed have the potential to decrease the carbon footprints of radiology departments across the globe.

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ARRS Scholarship

Bradley Allen, MD, MS

Northwestern University

Bradley Allen is an assistant professor in Northwestern University’s department of radiology and chief of cardiovascular and thoracic imaging at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In his clinical practice, Allen uses radiography, CT, and MRI to diagnose diseases of the cardiovascular system and chest, while enjoying teaching residents and fellows in these subspecialties. As a clinical leader, he is particularly interested in imaging approaches and clinical tools that enhance efficiency and improve the imaging experience for patients, technologists, and interpreting physicians. Allen’s research focuses primarily on the use of cardiovascular MRI to improve diagnosis and risk stratification of cardiovascular disease—specifically, the clinical translation of 4D flow MRI hemodynamic assessment and advanced myocardial tissue characterization. His work is supported by multiple funding agencies, including the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health.

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Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism

Sam Galgano, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sam Galgano is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and member of the Abdominal Imaging as well as Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics sections with expertise in CT, ultrasound, MRI, fluoroscopy, PET/CT, and PET/MRI. His research interests include novel radiotracer use in PET/CT and PET/MRI for applications in genitourinary and gastrointestinal oncology with particular interest in prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and hepatocellular carcinoma. He is passionate about resident and medical student education and has received awards for medical student education several times during his career. In 2018, he began to serve as Assistant Director for the Abdominal Imaging Fellowship at UAB, becoming Fellowship Director in 2019. In 2020, he began to serve as the section chief for the Abdominal Imaging section.

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Lee F. Rogers International Fellowship in Radiology Journalism

Pankaj Gupta, MD

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Pankaj Gupta is an Associate Professor of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India, one of the largest government-funded teaching hospitals in India. His clinical and research interests are gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary imaging and interventions. His translational and clinical research projects focus on the early diagnosis of gallbladder cancer and use of imaging biomarkers to improve the outcomes. He has been awarded the Dr. Kishor Taori Gold Medal (IRIA) for the best competitive paper in 2019 and the Prof. V.P. Lakhanpal Gold Medal (ICRI) for the best academic contribution in 2019. He has 150 publications in various national and international journals in addition to serving as a reviewer for several international journals, including Abdominal Radiology (NY), Liver International, and Hepatology.

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Resident/Fellow in Radiology Melissa Rosado de Christenson Award

Derek L. Nguyen, MD

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Derek L. Nguyen is a PGY-5 diagnostic radiology resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas and medical doctorate from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. With research interests in patient advocacy, patient-centered communications, and racial/financial inequalities within breast imaging, Dr. Nguyen has presented at national conferences, including the Radiological Society of North America and Society of Breast Imaging, where he received the Gerald D. Dodd, Jr. Research Award for Outstanding Research by a Resident. Dedicated to resident education and mentorship, he is actively engaged in both teaching and curriculum development to enhance the training experience within the field of diagnostic radiology.

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Resident/Fellow in Radiology President's Award

Elham Beheshtian, MD

University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Maryland Medical Intelligent Imaging Center (IM2ii)

A native of Isfahan, Iran, Elham Beheshtian completed medical school at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. After immigrating to the United States in 2018, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the neuroradiology division of Johns Hopkins. Currently, she is delighted to be in her first year of diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland Medical Intelligent Imaging Center (UM2ii). Dr. Beheshtian’s project with Dr. Paul Yi is her first foray into the study of artificial intelligence in radiology.

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Resident/Fellow in Radiology Executive Council Award

Nassier Harfouch, MD

Staten Island University Hospital, Northwell Health

A PGY-5 radiology resident at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), Northwell Health, Nassier Harfouch, MD attended the University of South Florida for medical school and completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Florida. An active journal reviewer and researcher studying radiology resident work volume to tackle graduate medical burnout, Dr. Harfouch has authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than a dozen abstracts at various national conferences, earning the first-place 2021 AUR Trainee Prize, a 2021 ARRS Certificate of Merit, and a 2020 Radiology Leadership Institute Scholarship. He has taken leadership roles: from securing an x-ray unit donation for a developing country to educating medical students through SIUH’s radiology department elective curriculum. After residency, he will be completing an MRI body fellowship at NYU Langone. 

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Resident/Fellow in Radiology Executive Council Award

Kimberlee A. Hashiba, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Kimberlee A. Hashiba is a breast imaging fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. After receiving her undergraduate degree in biological sciences and English literature from Northwestern University and medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dr. Hashiba completed postgraduate training at the University of Hawaii (transitional year) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (diagnostic radiology residency). Prior research honors include a 2019 ARRS Certificate of Merit for an educational exhibit, “Pearls and Pitfalls of Ultrasonography Diagnosis of Pediatric Gynecologic Disorders,” and the 2021 Ralph Schlaeger Research Fellowship Award for her project, “Selection of Optimal Treatment Strategies for Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Using Artificial Intelligence.” Passionate about teaching, Dr. Hashiba was recognized for excellence in medical student education by her residency program.

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