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Dr. Christine Chung hailed as one of several mentors that help new faculty find their academic niche

April 27, 2016

A recent UC San Diego news release featured Dr. Christine Chung as a valuable mentor helping new hires in other departments find their academic way at UCSD. Excerpts from the article include the following:

When Dr. Jona Hattangadi-Gluth began her career as a new faculty member at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center, she was excited by the possibilities in front of her but concerned about meeting expectations, including her own. At this early stage, how do you prioritize patient care while fulfilling research, teaching and university service obligations? What is the best way to develop a clinical niche and academic career and still have a rewarding personal life? After being matched with a senior faculty mentor in her field, Dr. Christine Chung, she gained insight on how to develop a pathway to accomplish her research, teaching and clinical ambitions.

“It’s challenging to go from medical resident or fellow to faculty member essentially overnight,” explained Hattangadi-Gluth, now assistant professor and chief of the Central Nervous System Tumor Service in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the Moores Cancer Center. “I wanted to get on track quickly—develop my clinical expertise and build a successful research program. The most instrumental piece of advice Christine first gave me was to breathe, take a step back and figure out what I want to do first. She has helped me distill what my overarching goal is, how to navigate getting there, and the timeline in which to achieve it.”

Hattangadi-Gluth took part in UC San Diego Health’s National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) program last year, one of numerous initiatives in place to help new, untenured or transitioning faculty members become acclimated to university culture, develop professional skills for academic career advancement and find a community of peers.

As part of the NCLAM program, new faculty members at UC San Diego Health have the opportunity to enroll in a series of 16 professional development workshops over a seven-month period. During this time, they are matched with a mentor to collaborate on a project, such as a grant proposal or clinical trial. More than 300 have completed the program, forming a sense of community among administrators, senior faculty and new hires.

“This mentorship program is a means of establishing a network of colleagues, trusted relationships where you can discuss things and come to conclusions together,” said Chung, professor of radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “It’s so much easier having someone who has gone down the same path, made mistakes and understands the metrics for success.”

Added Hattangadi-Gluth, “I can talk to Christine about anything, and she can give me advice that many can’t. There are unique challenges for women trying to build a successful career in academic medicine. I have a working spouse and two young kids. She understands because she’s been exactly where I am, and she has provided clarity during this pivotal time in my professional development.”

Dr. Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, assistant professor and chief of Central Nervous System Tumor Service at Moores Cancer Center, with mentor Dr. Christine Chung, professor of radiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Claude Sirlin lead author for article highlighting Novel 3D Imaging that Offers New Tool for Identifying Advanced Fibrosis in Liver

April 05, 2016

Dr. Sirlin, in concert with other researchers and gastroenterologistgs at UC San Diego School of Medicine NAFLD Research Center, discovered that magnetic resonance elastography (MRE ) imaging provides a highly accurate, less invasive method to detect disease. The work is presented in an article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The group studied the efficacy of two-dimensional magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and a novel 3D version and found that both MRE technologies were highly accurate for diagnosing advanced fibrosis, with 3D perhaps providing additional capabilities in some patients. Dr. Hamed Aryafar, Interventional Radiology, also participated in the study.

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UCSD Radiology Welcomes New Administrative Vice Chair Aline Nandelstadt

April 4, 2016

Aline Nandelstadt just began her tenure as Administrative Vice Chair for UCSD Radiology in February. Her responsibilities include strategic and operational oversight of the Department’s professional enterprise. Ms. Nandelstadt possesses 21 years of experience in administration and financial management of departments, including 16 years’ experience in research and healthcare institutions. Most recently, she served at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, as the Chief Adminstrator of the Division of Aging.

Ms Nandelstadt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Darmouth, and a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology and Biomedical Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

UCSD Faculty Club hosts an art show of the work of Sue Hopkins, MD, PhD

March 2, 2016

Sue Hopkins, MD, PhD of the UCSD Radiology Pulmonary Imaging Laboratory creates amazing artwork as well as cutting edge research.  A selection of her watercolors is now on display at the UCSD Faculty Club.  Here is but a small sampling of her artistry.

Sue Hopkins "Day Job" Sue Hopkins "Stolen Time"
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New Mammography System Opens at UCSD Moores Cancer Center

February 8, 2016

The Breast Imaging Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 27 at Moores Cancer Center to introduce their first mammography system with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) capabilities. DBT takes a series of images through the breast, allowing for a more thorough assessment of the breast tissue, and has been shown to find more invasive breast cancers when they are smaller in size. In select cases, DBT can also be used for diagnostic evaluation of clinical or mammographic findings. Many patients and referring physicians have been awaiting this new technology. The exam room includes a video panel displaying garden, forest or ocean scenes with accompanying nature sounds for patient comfort.

(L-R): Dr. Ojeda-Fournier, Medical Director, Breast Imaging Section, and Susana Carmona, Imaging Services Manager.

UCSD Radiology Legends Past and Present Gather Together

January 20, 2016

Dr. Alex Norbash, the newest Chair of UCSD Radiology got to meet the legendary founders of UCSD Radiology, including 3 of our prior Chairs. This luncheon, initiated by the original Chair, Dr. Elliott Lasser, brought together the second Chair, Dr. Robert Berk, and the third Chair, Dr. George Leopold. They were joined by Dr. Jack Forrest, former VA Radiology Service Chief, Dr. Linda Olson, former medical director of Breast Imaging, and Dr. Lee Talner, former Program Director.

After the meeting, Dr. Lasser wrote "You more than lived-up to everyone’s expectations! I personally am now certain that our precious department is in great hands.” Dr. Norbash responded "I'm grateful to be here, and to learn from you all, while trying to benefit and contribute to your amazing and delightful department."

Dr. Norbash brings great vision to the department, augmenting the excellent reputation as set forth by our founders. He specializes in Neuro Interventional Radiology, enjoying its unique combination of technology and humanism. After completing the first Neuro Interventional Fellowship ever offered at Stanford, he moved to Boston. Amongst other things he founded the first Neuro Interventional practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, he received an additional degree in health care management because he wanted to have more financial responsibility. He transitioned to Boston University and has been their Radiology Chair for 11 years. He has performed thousands of endovascular neuroradiology procedures, including innumerable aneurysm repairs and was one of the first clinician-interventionalists to develop and describe the technology of stenting for the carotid and intracranial arteries. Other clinical interests include endovascular aneurysm therapy, endovascular treatment of arteriovenous malformations, and percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. He values innovation and feels that radiology in this era can be the center for creativity and added value for patient care. He extols the importance of democratization when making decisions for change. Dr. Norbash is committed to growing and celebrating the UCSD Radiology Alumni Association and is a committed champion of patient experience, efficiency, and quality of care.

Back row: Drs. Forrest, Norbash, Berk. Front row: Drs. Leopold, Talner, Olson, Lasser

Dr. Rivera named to prestigious interventional fellowships

January 15, 2016

Dr. Gerant Rivera-Sanfeliz has recently been elected to two of the most prestigious interventional fellowships.  These include the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE).  Either induction alone stems from significant contributions to the field of interventional radiology.  To be invited to join both fellowships, a rare and remarkable achievement, highlights Dr. Rivera’s significant clinical and philanthropic work within the field. 

Dr. Tom Kinney honored by patient donation.

January 4, 2016

A grateful patient wanted to do more than simply thank Dr. Tom Kinney, Interventional Radiology,  for the excellent care provided.  He wanted to make a statement.  Therefore, he gave the UCSD Lung Cancer Research group a donation in honor of Dr. Kinney, for his caring manner and life saving treatment.  

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