Introducing RAD=

Introducing RADequal

When we gathered five years ago, at the annual RSNA conference in November 2016 to kick off RADxx, we could only hope that our initiative would make the kind of impact that we aspired to. Despite significant progress being made in the U.S. to increase the overall representation of women in healthcare, radiology has lagged behind. In fact, only about a quarter of active radiologists in the country are women, according to a 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges report.

The lack of representation gets further entrenched across the industry through fewer women participating in speaking engagements, represented on boards, or in other leadership positions. When women see other women speaking, when they read their byline in an academic journal, when they see other women serving in leadership positions in colleges and on boards, they see that not everyone in radiology looks the same. Many will say to themselves, “that could be me,” which in turn fosters a virtuous cycle and welcoming environment for women to thrive in our specialty.

Fast forward five years from that first RADxx event and the impact of our initiative can be felt across the globe — from regular virtual meet-ups and educational webinars to promoting a speakers’ bureau, recognizing outstanding leadership through an awards program, and even one-on-one mentorship, and most of all, friendship.

We are a robust, growing, and thriving community of women, men, and nonbinary individuals — united in the pursuit of better representation of women in the field of medical imaging and informatics.

But as our organization has grown, so have we. And through conversations with our members, we realized our name is inconsistent with the values and goals of inclusivity to which we aspire. The two female chromosomes to represent women in our name is a narrow and binary view of gender expression that excluded some in our community.

From today forward, RADxx (RAD Women) is becoming RAD= (RAD Equal). Our mission remains the same — to advance the representation of women in radiology and informatics, but our name better reflects the inclusive organization we are. Our pursuit is equality, and now, so is our name.

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4th Annual RADxx Awards Webinar

Watch our on-demand webinar, featuring our host Dr. Geraldine McGinty. Dr. McGinty chats with the four RADxx Award winners as they talk about their accomplishments in the radiology and informatics community.

RADxx Webinar

Financial Freedom with RADxx: Financial Planning for Physicians

Listen to our on-demand webinar, featuring Anjali Jariwala, CPA and CFP®, founder of FIT Advisors, a financial planning firm serving physicians and business owners virtually across the US. Anjali was named one of Investment News Top 40 under 40 for 2019 and named one of Financial Advisor magazine’s Young Advisors To Watch for 2020.

After this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how to better understand your goals and values so that you can align your money with what is most important to you (versus what you perceive you should spend money on).
  • Realize why and how your money script impacts your financial goals.
  • Discuss how to create a checklist for healthy finances, investing, and maximizing cash flow.


Resources Recommended by Anjali Jariwala, CPA and CFP®.

  • The Investment Answer by Murray and Goldie
  • Intelligent Investor by Graham and Zweig
  • Millionaire Next Door
  • The White Coat Investor Book
  • Confidence Code by Kay and Shipman
  • You’re So Money, When She Makes More, Be Money Smart by Farnoosh Torabi
  • Seven Stages of Money Maturity and Life Planning for You by George Kinder
  • Work Your Wealth by Mary Beth Storjohann
  • Anjali’s podcast covers all money topics that are commonly seen in her physician client base. Money Checkup Podcast
Yoga with RADxx

Thank You for Joining Our Yoga with RADxx Event

It has become a tradition during the annual Society For Imaging Informatics conference (SIIM) for RADxx to host a networking event where our community can all meet in person. It’s a great time to connect with fellow leaders in radiology and informatics, while also supporting our mission to promote diversity within the industry. As events have gone virtual, including SIIM, due to the ongoing pandemic – we looked forward to connecting in different ways this year.

Last night, we had our first-ever virtual yoga session! It was a fantastic time to unwind not only during SIIM but during a difficult time that has impacted everyone’s lives in many different ways. Thank you to all who could attend!

It was a fantastic evening for #RADxx members all around. We are also thrilled for Tessa Cook, MD, PhD on winning The Dr. Ruth Dayhoff Award for the Advancement of Women in Medical Imaging Informatics!

RADxx is an initiative sponsored by Ambra Health and founded in 2016 by industry leader Dr. Geraldine McGinty (@DrGMcGinty) to foster networking and mentorship opportunities for women leaders in radiology, informatics, and IT management of imaging systems.

RADxx Cocktails for Change

Supporting Diversity in Radiology and Informatics during RSNA19

Thank you for being a member of the RADxx community. We are excited to share some photos from our RADxx Cocktails for Change event at the annual RSNA conference. We had our greatest turnout yet with over 365 people joining us to support diversity in radiology and informatics and celebrate the winners of our 3rd Annual RADxx Awards!

Getting More Women Speakers in Radiology & Informatics

Getting More Women Speakers in Radiology & Informatics

This article by Ambra Health Senior Marketing Manager, Catherine Slotnick, was originally published on MedTech Boston on August 12, 2019.

If you’ve ever been to a meeting or conference in healthcare, there may be something that you have noticed: the lack of female speakers. And if you haven’t noticed before, I guarantee you will once you start paying attention.

Some have even coined this trend the “manel” — or the all-male panel.

Healthcare isn’t the only industry with this dilemma; a quick Google search will yield plenty of results across IT, engineering, computer science, academia, and more. In fact, there are even some blogs and Tumblr accounts that make fun of this very topic.

However, it’s no laughing matter, especially when it comes to healthcare. Geraldine McGinty M.D., MBA, FACR, Chief Strategy, and Contracting Officer, Weill Cornell Medicine Physician Organization and current Chair of the Board of Chancellors for the American College of Radiology, has been an outspoken voice in this space.

“Diverse representation in radiology is critical to effectively addressing the needs of our diverse patient population. Organizations should be thoughtful about this as they craft their agendas and panels,” said McGinty.

It is well documented that more diverse voices at the table produce better outcomes. According to a Forbes study of 321 executives in companies that grossed $500 million or more annually, one of the key findings was that, “diversity is a key driver of innovation and is a critical component of being successful on a global scale.”

McGinty is a founder and member of the steering committee of RADxx, a movement that fosters networking and mentorship opportunities for leaders in radiology and informatics. Recently, RADxx launched a speakers bureau featuring talented female speakers in the space. Today, the bureau has over 20 women including industry experts like Nicole Saphier, M.D., Director of Breast Imaging, MSK Monmouth and frequent health industry commentator; Carol Wu, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Olga R. Brook, M.D., Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, M.A., and Clinical Director of CT at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

One study, Trends in the Proportion of Female Speakers at Medical Conferences in the United States and in Canada, 2007 to 2017, highlights that while the number of female speakers is on the rise, only about one-third of all speakers at medical conferences today are women.

The goal of the new RADxx speakers bureau, curated and vetted by the committee, is to promote more diversity in meeting and conference agendas.

“When I ask why there aren’t any women on a panel, I frequently get the same response; we didn’t know who to ask,” says Amy Kotsenas, M.D., RADxx steering committee member and Neuroradiologist & Clinical Informaticist at the Mayo Clinic. The RADxx speakers bureau provides a list of highly qualified women who are willing and eager to speak on panels, webinars, and more.

But as Kotsenas actively seeks out women to speak, she sometimes meets resistance.

“I find women to be highly critical of themselves. Even the most qualified candidate is nervous that she isn’t good enough. Comparatively, men are usually more confident in their abilities to speak on a topic even when it was one that they are not experts,” said Kotsenas.

She noted that many women (including herself as a recovering patient!) suffer from imposter syndrome, or a feeling of inadequacy despite being highly qualified. The best solution for imposter syndrome? Encouragement and opportunity. Organizations like RADxx work to sponsor and mentor other women and encourage them to join industries like radiology and informatics where female membership is still low. With only 21% of practicing radiologists today being female, the specialty can sometimes seem like a “boys’ club.”

Optics are important here; medical school residents often site dedicated exposure as a key reason for selecting a specialty during medical school. Many are looking for a mentor, but a mentor and sponsor, although the terms are often used interchangeably, are two very different yet necessary individuals needed in one’s career. Members of the RADxx steering committee have defined a mentor as someone who offers help and advice, but a sponsor is someone who guides you in the steps to advance your career, including advocating for you in the workspace.

Nina Kottler, RADxx steering committee member and VP of Clinical Operations at Radiology Partners, shared on a live webinar event that as someone who has both mentored and sponsored in her career, she finds it highly impactful to share mistakes and get rid of the illusion that successful people never experienced any bumps along the way. Perhaps, if we encourage women that they aren’t an imposter but rather, a highly qualified individual, they will feel more confident in their abilities to take part in conference agendas.

And for those women who have already achieved those goals, it is important to reflect back on who sponsored them along the way and consider offering the same hand to younger women in the field.

Announcing the RADxx Award Winners!

Announcing the RADxx Award Winners!

RADxx Announces 2nd Annual Award Winners for Outstanding Leadership in Medical Imaging Informatics

Awards presented during a reception sponsored by Ambra Health at annual RSNA conference

NEW YORK and CHICAGO (RSNA) — November 28, 2018RAD Women (#RADxx), a networking group for the advancement of women in imaging informatics, today announced the winners of the 2nd annual RADxx Awards. Winners and honorable mentions of the RADxx Trailblazer, Advocate, Champion, and Rising Star Awards were unveiled at a cocktail reception sponsored by Ambra Health during the annual RSNA conference. See photos of the event here. The outstanding individuals who have helped to lead the way for women in medical imaging informatics are as follows.

RADxx Trailblazer: Dr. Nina Kottler

Dr. Nina Kottler is a practicing radiologist and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Radiology Partners (RP). 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).

Honorable mentions for the Trailblazer category also go out to:

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

RADxx Advocate: Dr. Nabile Safdar

Dr. Nabile M. Safdar is the Vice Chair for Imaging Informatics and an Associate Professor at Emory University. He 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. Dr. Safdar has mentored numerous trainees and faculty and, through his leadership of the National Imaging Informatics Curriculum alongside last year’s #RADxx award winner Dr. Tessa Cook, is enabling residents across the country and across the world to develop the informatics skills they will need to succeed.

Honorable mentions for the Advocate category also go out to:

  • Dr. Alex Towbin: Associate Chief of Radiology, Clinical Operations and Radiology Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dr. Mark Kohli: Director of Clinical Informatics, Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco

RADxx Champion: Laura Coombs

Laura Coombs is the Senior Director of Informatics and Data Science Institute at the American College of Radiology (ACR). She has a Ph.D. 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.

Honorable mentions for the Champion category also go out to:

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

Rising Star: Dr. Lindsey Shea

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.

Honorable mentions for the Rising Star category also go out to:

  • Dr. Patricia Balthazar: Radiology Resident at Emory University
  • Dr. Alyssa Watanabe: Chief Medical Officer at CureMetrix
  • Dr. Dania Daye: Resident Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital

“The level of talent among this year’s RADxx nominations was truly inspiring. The RADxx movement is helping to make our profession more diverse and inclusive,” said Dr. Geraldine McGinty, Co-Founder of RADxx.

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 supported the career advancement of women in medical imaging informatics. Informatics is a fast-growing discipline within healthcare as new technology and increased amounts of patient data converge. Applying that practice to medical imaging requires additional expertise that bridges the gap between patient care, physician workflow, imaging operations, and technology solutions. Award winners were selected by the RADxx executive committee from eligible submissions.

RADxx is an initiative sponsored by Ambra Health and founded in 2016 by industry leader Dr. Geraldine McGinty (@DrGMcGinty) to foster networking and mentorship opportunities for women leaders in radiology, informatics and IT management of imaging systems. With over 150 women and men in the group, RADxx seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in imaging informatics. The founding team has expanded into a steering committee for the initiative that includes leading practitioners across radiology and imaging informatics. To become a member of RADxx, visit the resource center here.

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