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6th Annual Chicagoland Radiology Expo

Meet the Team

Meet the people who made it all possible. 

Meet the team

2021 Expo Facilitators

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Anugayathri Jawahar

Conference Role: 

Assistant Professor of Radiology,
Director of MRI and Director of Research observership program

Loyola University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

I love Radiology for the challenging hunt for answering clinical questions and keeps my brain fired up. I am passionate about teaching and clinical research which is integral to our ever-evolving field of Radiology.

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Bojan Petrovic, MD

Conference Role: 

Expo Director

Neuroradiologist, NorthShore Site Director for University of Chicago Neuroradiology Fellowship, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is fun and makes a big impact in patient care!

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Carina Yang, MD

Conference Role: 

Symposium Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Radiology
Vice Chair of Diversity & Inclusion
Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology
Director of Neuroradiology Fellowship

University of Chicago

Why is radiology important?

Radiologists provide important diagnostic information and sometimes perform minimally invasive interventions - both of which clinicians heavily depend on to care for patients with a variety of pathologies. We see things in patients others can't.

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Hala Mazin, DO

Conference Role: 

Co-Chair of Fundraising Committee

Radiology Resident

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

I love being involved in the care of almost every patient that walks through the hospital and assisting every specialty better diagnose and treat their patient. I also love the technological advances in early cancer detection and treatment that radiology offers.

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Kirti Kulkarni, MD

Conference Role: 

Symposium Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Radiology
Director of Breast Imaging Fellowship

University of Chicago Hospital

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is the FUTURE. It is at the intersection of technology and medicine.

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Mariah Bashir, MD

Conference Role: 

Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Assistant Professor, Neuroradiology and Otolaryngology

Loyola University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

Radiologists help the most patients in the hospital every single day. We guide management when stakes are the highest.

 
 

Expo Panelists

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Olga Pasternak-Wise, MD, MS

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Assistant Professor

University of Chicago

Why is radiology important?

A picture is worth 1000 words," but we must master a huge body of knowledge
to see beyond the image. Our job is to formulate diagnoses, communicate effectively, guide management and remain fully engaged in patient care, while balancing the hospital revenue goals with appropriateness criteria. Most radiologists also teach and try to inspire others, whether in private practice or in an academic setting. Radiology isn't a job, it's a challenging and fun profession - a truly intellectually stimulating one.

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Susan Palasis, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Division Head, Pediatric Neuroradiology
Vice Chair, Medical Imaging

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Why is radiology important?

Because it is central to diagnosis and patient management.

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Gregory Henkle, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Medical Director of Radiology
Radiology Program Director

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields / Radiology Partners

Why is radiology important?

I love contributing to the education of our future radiologists!

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Michael Ralls MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine

Rush University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

Radiology plays a role in all different parts of medicine.

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Georgia Spear, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Chief of Breast Imaging
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Why is radiology important?

Radiology/Breast Imaging is my passion. Early detection saves lives and with advancements in technology and our radiology/breast imaging medical expertise, we can make a tremendous impact on reducing mortality due to breast cancer.

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Mariah Bashir, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Assistant Professor, Neuroradiology and Otolaryngology

Loyola University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

Radiologists help the most patients in the hospital every single day. We guide management when stakes are the highest.

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Cecil G. Wood III, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Assistant Professor, Body Imaging

Northwestern University

Why is radiology important?

Radiology allows me to combine my knowledge and expertise with the latest technology to bring positive change to patient's lives.

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Esther N. Udoji MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Breast Imaging and Intervention

Radiology Associates of Atlanta/Piedmont Healthcare

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is an art and it touches so many lives.

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Kuhn Hong, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Assistant Professor, Clinical Science

Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is a specialty that involves all the spectrum of medicine

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Danielle Yang, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Chief Resident

Northwestern University

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is an innovative and expansile field integral to clinical medicine from diagnosis to treatment and response.

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Mona Gupta

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Associate Professor of Radiology
Section of Interventional Radiology

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Why is radiology important?

Interventional Radiology embodies healthcare reform. With interventions, both diagnostic and therapeutic, in nearly every body system, interventional radiologists offer minimally invasive, image guided treatments that are safe and effective alternatives to surgery. Patients have shorter recovery times and avoid the risks of anesthesia. Driven by innovation, the field is constantly growing and evolving.

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Jennifer Nicholas, MD, MHA, CPH

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Vice Chair of Education, Department of Radiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Division Chief, Pediatric Radiology
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Why is radiology important?

Pediatric radiologists are privileged to play a critical role in the course of a child's life- from diagnosing congenital anomalies to diagnosing surgical emergencies.

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Danial Jilani, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

Northwestern Palos Hospital- RNC private practice

Why is radiology important?

Best of both worlds. Diagnostic radiology feeds intellectual curiosity while interventional procedures allows for impactful clinical care.

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Albert Gjeluci, MD

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Resident physician in diagnostic radiology

Loyola University

Why is radiology important?

I love radiology because it places you in the frontline and grants us the opportunity to make an impact by being first to make diagnosis.

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Jessie Aw-Zoretic, MB ChB

Conference Role: 

Panelist

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Why is radiology important?

I fit Radiology like a glove fits into a hand. I love the imaging and then analysis of what I see. I love the fact that we are involved with so many clinical colleagues throughout the hospital.

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Marielia Gerena, MD

Conference Role: 

Assistant Professor Diagnostic Radiology, Director of Quality and Patient Safety

Loyola University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is a passion.

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Albert Song, MD

Conference Role: 

Diagnostic Radiology
Medical Director, MacNeal Hospital Residency/ Fellowship Program Director, Radiology
Associate Professor

Loyola University Medical Center

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is a passion.

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Joelle Wazen, MD

Conference Role: 

Abdominal radiology Fellow, Founding member of the committee of diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is a fascinating and versatile medical specialty that plays a pivotal role in establishing diagnosis and guiding treatment. Without Radiology other medical specialties would be at a major deficit!

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Mitchell Farag, MD

Conference Role: 

Radiologist

Morris Hospital

Why is radiology important?

Radiology is a passion.