Cocktails for Change 2018

The RADxx awards recognize the achievements of women in the field of medical imaging informatics, as well as anyone— both men and women— who have helped and supported women in medical imaging informatics.

RADxx Award Categories & Winners

The inaugural RADxx awards honor outstanding individuals who have helped to lead the way or are emerging fresh voices, in imaging informatics. These individuals are physicians or work in the field in other roles such as operations, administration or IT. They have actively helped raise awareness for medical imaging informatics— one of the fastest growing disciplines within healthcare as new technology and increased amounts of patient data converge. Congratulations to all our winners and distinguished nominees!

RADxx Trailblazer

Trailblazer Award for RadiologistsAs a testament to the diversity of backgrounds found among the ranks of nominees for the RADxx awards, honorable mentions for the Trailblazer category go out to:

  • Dawn Cram, Managing Partner at the Gordion Knot Group, Member of SIIM Board of Directors
  • Charlene Tomaselli, Director, Medical Imaging Information Technology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Dr. Heike Daldrup-Link, Professor of Radiology at Stanford University, specializing in Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Oncology Imaging.  Leader for Diversity for the Stanford University Department of Radiology

And the Winner is… Dr. Nina Kottler, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Radiology Partners

Dr. Nina Kottler is a practicing radiologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Radiology Partners. As the first radiologist in this practice, she helped create a deconstructed PACS platform that is being used and expanded upon as their practice grows. She also runs RP’s internal teleradiology service, serves on RP’s Clinical Value Team, AI Committee, and much more. She helped to create RP’s first machine learning tool, recoMD, a tool that alerts the radiologist to evidence-based best practices and billing conditions before the radiologist signs off on their report. Dr. Kottler was elected to serve on the ACR’s informatics commission (2017-2019), the Non-Interpretive Panel for the ACR’s Data Science Institute (2018-2019), SIIM’s AI Industry Liaison Subcommittee (2018-2019), the Radiology Informatics Subcommittee for RSNA’s Education Exhibits Committee (2017-2020), RSNA’s RadLex Steering Committee, and the Learning Community in Radiology (2018 – 2019).


RADxx Advocate

Advocate award for leaders in imaging informaticsFrom among the nominees for the RADxx Advocate award, two that stood out as honorable mentions are:

  • Dr. Alex Towbin, Associate Chief of Radiology, Clinical Operations and Radiology Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dr. Marc Kohli, Director of Clinical Informatics, Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco
And the Winner is… Dr. Nabile Safdar, Vice Chair for Imaging Informatics and an Associate Professor at Emory University
Nabile M. Safdar, MD, MPH believes that technology can be leveraged to continuously improve the quality of health care delivery and communication. This belief motivates his work as Director of the Division of Imaging Informatics. Safdar has been a speaker at major professional and scientific conferences and serves on numerous committees at the national level, including the American College of Radiology IT and Informatics Committee, American Board of Radiology IT Advisory Committee, and the American Roentgen Ray Society Research Committee. Safdar completed his Imaging Informatics and Musculoskeletal Imaging at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

RADxx Champion

Champion award for outstanding radiologistThe RADxx Champion award recognizes individuals who have helped to sponsor the career development of women in medical imaging informatics. Notable nominees include:

  • Dr. Amy Kotsenas, Consultant, Department of Radiology and Associate Professor of Radiology at Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Etta PisanoProfessor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Chief Science Officer for the Center for Research and Innovation of the ACR

And the Winner is… Laura Coombs, Senior Director of Informatics and Data Science Institute at the ACR

Laura Coombs is the Senior Director of Informatics and Data Science Institute at the ACR. She has a PhD in Statistics from Oklahoma State University and has been a key expert in the development of the ACR’s registries. Her work in the establishment of the Data Science Institute has been foundational in enabling safe appropriate data science solutions for patients.


RADxx Rising Star

Many deserving candidates were among the nominees for RADxx Rising Star, with a few standing out for honorable mention that includes:

And the Winner is… Dr. Lindsey Shea, Radiology Resident at Indiana University

Dr. Lindsey Shea is a Radiology Resident at Indiana University who has already distinguished herself as an emerging leader in Imaging Informatics. She has presented multiple scientific presentations at SIIM and is part of the leadership team of the Resident/Fellow Committee. In addition to her work at SIIM, Dr. Shea is part of the ACR Data Science Institute serving on the Non-interpretive Panel and the Reading Room Facing subpanel. Dr. Shea’s growing influence in informatics is evidenced by her being asked to give a plenary talk at this years RSNA on social media and helping to lead an RSNA journal club on machine learning/artificial intelligence. Through her work, Dr. Shea has been an advocate for change and improvement through informatics.