Our Mission is to promote the career advancement and personal well-being of women radiologists and scientists in the Department of Radiology at Duke. We strive to foster a culture that actively encourages, supports, and mentors women to become engaged members of the department and future leaders in Radiology. Our shared values of equity, service, and discovery inform our mission to narrow the gender gap in Radiology.
Karen Johnson, M.D., M.S.
WIR - President
Kirti Magudia, MD, PhD
WIR - VP for Scholarship/Networking
Vivian Minkemeyer, M.D.
WIR - VP for Trainee Affairs
Alixandra S. Purakal, M.D.
WIR - VP for Communication/Service
GRAND ROUND SPEAKERS
Our Grand Rounds speakers bring experience, passion, and spirited dialogue - we learn from each other.
Barbara Hertzberg Lectureship for Women’s Health
This lectureship was established to honor Dr. Barbara Hertzberg, whose career at Duke spanned over 30 years
Dr. Barbara Hertzberg focused her academic career on the field of Ultrasound with a special interest in OB/GYN imaging. In addition to over 100 publications and 40 book chapters, she is the editor of two books: most notably the Ultrasound Requisites, an essential publication for all radiologists who practice ultrasound. Dr. Hertzberg has received the departmental Excellence in Teaching award five times, attesting to her dedication to educating future generations of radiologists.
Geeta Swamy, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development, Duke University Medical Center
Women in Academic Medicine: The Past, Present, and Path Forward
Geeta Swamy M.D. addresses the issues faced by women in academic medicine during Duke Radiology Grand Rounds. Dr. Swamy is Vice Dean and Associate Vice Provost for Scientific Integrity for Duke University School of Medicine. This was the inaugural talk in the Barbara Hertzberg Lectureship for Women's Health.
Etta Pisano, M.D., Professor in Residence of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Research Officer of the American College of Radiology
TMIST and the ACR’s Other Work in Research Registries, Including One on Breast Cancer
Dr. Etta Pisano is a Professor in Residence of Radiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is currently the Chief Research Officer (CRO) of the American College of Radiology. Etta Pisano, M.D. reviewed her life work in the field of mammography including initial results on the TMIST (Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial) clinical trial. She also discussed her new role as the Chief Research Officer for the American College of Radiology.
Kristin Porter, M.D., President of the American Association of Women Radiologists, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Inclusion Imperative in Radiology
Dr. Kristin Porter, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Abdominal Imaging Section of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Porter discussed opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in Radiology. She highlighted the work of the American Association of Women in Radiology which promotes networking and mentoring, provides support for structural/policy changes that help improve retention of women in radiology, and holds educational events which include leadership training. Dr. Porter also talked about the impact of “overwork” and its role in perpetuating the gender gap in radiology. Later the same day, Dr. Porter met with the Women in Radiology over Zoom to answer questions and discuss strategies for advancing WIR objectives during the pandemic.
Job panel discussion for residents and fellows
Guest Panel Speakers:
Duke Radiologists: Alix Purakel, M.D., Sora Yoon, M.D., and Mary Scott Soo, M.D., FACR, FSBI
Chief of Radiology, VA of Durham: Clare Haystead, M.D.
Private Practice Radiologist: Carolyn Weaver, M.D.
Financial Strategies for Radiologists
Skills Workshop on CV Writing
We recently had the first WIR-sponsored skills workshop on CV writing for all residents and fellows at an in-person and well-attended noon conference. We were lucky enough to have Mary Scott Soo lead the conference with the nuts and bolts of CV writing and organization. Jay Baker spoke on considerations for those planning on an academic career. Duke Radiology residency alum and former Duke radiology MSK fellow, Lyndon Jordan, now managing partner of Wake Radiology, spoke on CV considerations for those planning a career in private practice.
NETWORKING AND SOCIAL EVENTS
We are committed to meeting and socializing in the face of many challenges... note the different forms socializing has taken in the last few years.
2023-2024 Annual Welcome Party
2023 End of Year Extravaganza
2022 Annual Holiday Party
2022 Women in Radiology Networking Event
2022 Annual Welcome Party
2021 5th Annual Holiday Party
WIR ZOOM MEETING OCT 2021 Topic: “Work/life balance” featuring two of our own faculty as guest speakers, Drs. Waly Pabon-Ramos and Tammy Kreuzer.
Waly and Tammy discussed how they successfully managed their family life and careers.
Tips such as seeing work/life balance in a longitudinal view rather than moment to moment; and giving yourself credit for how much you’ve accomplished, even when you don’t feel like you fit in with the other “moms” or “the men at work”. Waly explained how she has found a live-in nanny “au pair” to be very helpful. Another comment was to “forgive yourself if you make mistakes”—you can’t do it all perfectly!”
Dr. Waly Pabon-Ramos is from the Division of Interventional Radiology. Dr. Pabon-Ramos has 4 children ages: 4- 12 years old.
Dr. Tammy Kreuzer is from the Community Radiology Division and she specializes in Mammography. Dr. Kreuzer has a blended family from two marriages with 7 children ranging in age from 17 to 25 years old.