Resident Research

Duke Radiology residents are provided with the time, resources and mentoring to pursue research throughout residency, but especially in the 4th year, when residents are allowed up to 10 months of dedicated, protected research time.

In addition, Duke Radiology is a proud to off residents the new Duke R38 Research Pathway for residents committed to a career as a physician investigator.  This NIH-funded opportunity provides 18 months of protected research time sponsored by a R38 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) grant.  During PGY-3, the Resident-Investigator will identify a Preceptor.  PGY4-6 will then consist of 18 months of clinical rotations and 18 months of protected research time, to be completed in blocks of at least 6 months long each.  At the conclusion of residency training, successful ROR StARR Resident-Investigators will be guaranteed a 1-year subspecialty fellowship of their choice that will include research time.

Residents currently in the program have published articles in Radiology, AJR, Academic Radiology, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR), Academic Medicine, Molecular Imaging, Medical Physics, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography (JCAT), Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and others.

Our residents have presented their work within the last year at RSNA, AUR, ARRS, Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and Rad-Aid International Conferences.

We are extremely proud of our resident’s research. Recent Duke radiology graduates have won multiple prestigious awards including the 2018 Louis A. Gilula, MD Mentor Award from the American Society of Spine Radiology, the 2018 Lauterbur Award for Best MRI Abstract from the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, the RSNA Alexander Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, multiple RSNA Traineee Research Prizes, ARRS Executive Council Award, the AAWR Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ARRS Presentation, the Roentgen Resident Research Award, and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology Radiologist-in-Training Award.

Duke Radiology 2016 graduate Jeff Prescott, M.D., PhD., receives the RSNA Alexander Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, from RSNA President Ronald Arenson at the RSNA annual meeting, on December 1, 2015. The award annually recognizes the best original scientific article published in Radiology. Jeff received the article for his paper, “The Alzheimer Structural Connectome: Changes in Cortical Network Topology with Increased Amyloid Plaque Burden.”

Department seed grants support these resident research projects.  In 2014-2015 James Ronald received an RSNA Resident Research Grant ($30,000) for “Identification of novel angiogenesis biomarkers correlating with tumor response after hepatic arterial embolization for hepatocellular carcinoma,” and Manisha Bahl won the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology Hanafee Research Grant ($15,000) for “Incidental Thyroid Nodules Detected in the National Lung Screening Trial: Estimation of Prevalence, Malignancy Rate, and Strategy for Workup.”

Residents are encouraged to use this dedicated research time to follow their intellectual passion.  In addition to hypothesis driven research, Duke residents have written books, created educational websites, and pursued global health imaging projects.  Examples of each are presented below.

Duke Radiology Residents Publications/Presentations

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Cater SW, Yoon SC, Lowell DA, Campbell JC, Sulioti G, Qin R, Jiang B, Grimm LJ. Bridging the Gap: Identifying Global Trends in Gender Disparity Among the Radiology Physician Workforce. Acad Radiol. 2018 Aug;25(8):1052-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2017.12.021. Epub 2018 Feb 15. PMID: 29398433

Wildman-Tobriner, Ben, Brendan Cline, Chris Swenson, Brian Allen, Charles Maxfield. “Evaluating Resident On-call Performance: Does Volume Affect Discrepancy Rate?” Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  PMID: 29398149

Cline, Brendan, Lynne Hurwitz, Charles Y. Kim. “MR venography of the central veins of the thorax.” Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. PMID: 28777165

“AngioVac assisted thrombectemy and IVC filter retrieval for severe filter-associated thrombus,” Brendan Cline, Raj Gondalia, and Charles Kim. Finalist at the SIR 2019 Trainee case competition.

Brendan Cline, James Ronald, Jon Martin, and Charles Kim. Feasibility of HeRO graft insertion through stent interstices: A proof of concept,” Adam Zuchowski,  Presented at the 2019 Society of Interventional Radiology Meeting, March 2019, Austin, Texas.

Cooper J, Morgan R. Co-authors on poster “Rethinking Journal Club: An evidence based Medicine Approach” presented at the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) national meeting in Savannah, GA on May 16, 2019, and then again at the SRHS 2019 GME Research Day on May 7, 2019

Desai H, Gondalia R, Suhocki P. “Percutaneous Hepaticojejunostomy Across an Isolated Bile Duct After Klatskin Tumor Resection”. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2019. PMID 31349977

Khandani AH, Commander CW, Desai H, Oldan JD, Wong TZ, Benefield T, Ivanovic M. “Visual and semiquantitative analysis of 82Rb uptake in malignant tumors on PET/CT: First systematic analysis”. Nuclear Medicine Communications. 2019. PMID: 30920430

Brian D. Fogler, MD, Mina Makary, MD, Priya Dube, DO, Vincent L Flanders, Kannan Natarajan MD, Joshua D. Dowell, MD, PhD. “Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis for Submassive Pulmonary Embolism: Retrospective review of 113 patients with 6 month follow-up.” RSNA Abstract Presentation November 27, 2018.

Janos S, Schooler GR, Ngo JS,  Davis JT. Free-breathing unsedated MRI in children: justification and techniques. JMRI 2019; PMID: 30635955

Konanur M. Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Is Associated with an Increased Frequency of  New or Worsening Hepatic Encephalopathy after Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation. JVIR Volume 30, Issue 2, February 2019, Pages 163-169; PMID: 30638914

Mittendorf A. Deep learning model for liver MRI segmentation. ISMRM Poster Presentation, Montreal, Canada, May 12-14, 2019.

Mittendorf, AMNgo L, Bozdogan E, Chaudry M, Chen S, Janas G, Johnson J, Zhu Z,   Mazurowski M, Bashir, M. Deep Learning Model for Liver MRI Segmentation. International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019. Accepted for May 2019 presentation.

Ngo JS, Solomon JB, Samei E, Richards T, Ngo L, Allen BC, Davis J, Devalapalli A, Groller R, Marin D, Maxfield CM, Pamarthi V, Patel BN, Schooler GS, Frush DP. (2018, May). An Innovative Simulation Paradigm for Evaluation of Subtle Liver Lesions in Pediatric CT: Performance and Confidence. Oral Presentation at: Society for Pediatric Radiology; Nashville, TN. 2018.

Shropshire E, Chaudhry M, Miller C, Allen B, Bozdogan E, Cardona D, King L, Janas G, Do RK, Kim CY, Ronald J, Bashir MR. LI-RADS Treatment Response Algorithm: Performance and diagnostic accuracy.  Radiology 2019; 00:1–9, PMID: 31038409.

Shropshire E, Chaudhry M, Miller C, Allen B, Bozdogan E, Cardona D, King L, Janas G, Do RK, Kim CY, Ronald J, Bashir MR. LI-RADS Treatment Response Algorithm: Performance and diagnostic accuracy. Presented at: SCBT-MR annual meeting 2018; Washington D.C. – Recipient Lauterbur Award: best MR oral presentation. Presented at: RSNA annual meeting 2018; Chicago, IL. – Recipient Resident Travel Award

Shropshire ES, MD; Schneider M, MSc; Zhang Bohui, MS; Alaattin Erkanli, PhD; Nickel MD, PhD; Bashir MR, MD. Assessing variability in MRI-based quantitative measurements of body fat in patients with NASH. Accepted for presentation at ISMRM 2019 (International Society for MRI in Medicine), Montreal, 5/13/19.

Dixon A, Johnson K, Strickland L, Said N. Assessing the Effectiveness of a Health Care Economics Curriculum for Radiology Residents. J Am Coll Radiol 2019, PMID: 30819453

Wildman-Tobriner B1, Cline B2, Swenson C2, Allen BC2, Maxfield CM2. Evaluating Resident On-Call Performance: Does Volume Affect Discrepancy Rate? Current problems in diagnostic radiology. PMID: 29398149

Willhite, JP; Strickland, L; McCrum, EC. “From Pre-Op to Post-Op: The Radiologist’s Role in the Evaluation of Femoroacetabular Impingement”. 2018 RSNA Educational Exhibit



Educational Sites

HeadNeckBrainSpine (HNBS): Education site designed by recent graduate, Dr. Brett Young. The site provides a thorough review of neuroanatomy in conjunction with case-based learning.