UNC Department of Radiology 2nd Quarter 2014: Highlights & Honors

Take a look at some of our highlights and honors from April - June 2014.

UNC Department of Radiology 2nd Quarter 2014: Highlights & Honors click to enlarge Associate Professor Dr. Laura Heyneman (left) received the 2014 Charles A. Bream Teaching Award at the Department’s end-of-year banquet in June 2014
UNC Department of Radiology 2nd Quarter 2014: Highlights & Honors click to enlarge Matthew Parrott, PhD, received a three-year, CTSA-KL2 Award from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute in May 2014

News & Events

May 18 – UNC Health Care’s 1st Annual “Cure HHT” 5K walk/run (co-facilitated by UNC’s Department of Radiology, Division of Hematology-Oncology & Center of HHT Excellence)

June 12 Vital Signs: Chair Liaisons Selected for UNC Health Care System
Department Chair Dr. Matthew A. Mauro Named Chair Liaison for Affiliates


June 12 Employee News Online:Putting North Carolina on the Map
Neurointerventional Radiology Division Chief Dr. Sten Solander Treats Brain Aneurysm Survivor & Awareness Advocate

June 13 – Eight Diagnostic Radiology residents and 10 subspecialty residents and fellows completed their training and were honored at the Department’s end-of-year banquet. Chosen by all residents for her excellence in teaching, Associate Professor Dr. Laura Heyneman received the Department’s 2014 Charles A. Bream Teaching Award.


Hongyu An, PhD, received an NIH-funded R01, entitled, “Rapid, Robust and Non-invasive Cerebral Oxygenation Measurements using MRI” in spring 2014.

Drs. Diane Armao and J. Keith Smith were named Co-Principal Investigators for UNC’s Department of Radiology and School of Public Health Community Research Partnership Project, entitled, “A Pilot Study Aimed at the Dissemination and Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines in Pediatric CT Scan Radiation Dose Reduction.” This project was funded by a North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Dissemination & Implementation Science Award in May 2014. (Co-Investigators: Timothy Carey, MD; MPH, Christopher Shea, PhD; Terry Hartman, MPH / Consultants: Jay Crawford, Pete Petrin)

Dr. Diane Armao, and Drs. Hongyu An and J. Keith Smithwere named Co-investigator and Neuroimaging Consultants, respectively, on an NIH R01 entitled, “Giant Axonal Neuropathy Gene Therapy,” five-year funding awarded in April 2014. (P.I.: Steven J. Gray PhD - UNC Gene Therapy Center)

Sheryl G. Jordan, MD, was appointed to serve on the UNC School of Medicine’s Student Promotions Committee in May 2014 .

Sheryl G. Jordan, MD, was elected to the NC American College of Radiology Executive Board as Alternate Councilor in spring 2014.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, served as course director of “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: A New Future for Mammography,” a one-day program co-hosted by the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Winston-Salem, NC, in May 2014.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, was appointed Chair of the Breast Imaging Refresher Courses for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in June 2014.

Matthew C. Parrott, PhD, received a three-year CTSA-KL2 Award in May 2014 from UNC’s North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute for his project entitled, "Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to Evaluate Nanoparticle Drug-Delivery."

Richard Semelka, MD, founded the "Body MRI Consortium,” an organization of 11 academic centers across the U.S. with a focus on collaborative body MRI research, in May 2014 and serves as Director.


American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) 52nd Annual Meeting (Montreal, Quebéc, Canada) May 2014: “MRI/PET in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. Preliminary observations.” (Authors: Ramalho J, Gershon T, Greenwood R, Castillo M, Lee YZ.)

Academy Health Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA) June 2014: “The Effect of the Mammographic Technologist Workforce on Radiologists’ Interpretative Performance of Diagnostic Mammography” at the (Authors: Henderson LM, Benefield T, Bowling JM, Durham D, Marsh MW, Schroeder BF, Yankaskas BC)

American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) 52nd Annual Meeting (Montreal, Quebéc, Canada) May 2014: “Stationary Digital Tomosynthesis for Neuroradiology Applications.” (Authors: Lee YZ, Burk L, Lu J, Shan J, Zhou O).

Patrick Keating, MD, presented,  “A Breast Cancer on the Rise: Single Institution Clinicopathologic and Radiologic Findings in 53 patients with Metaplastic Breast Cancer” at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, in May 2014. (Authors: Keating P, Jordan S, Jordan Z, O’Connor S.)

Yueh Z. Lee, MD, PhD, presented, “Whole body PET-MRI in patients with NF I:  Preliminary Observations of Image Quality & Artifacts” at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting in May 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Authors: Ramalho J, Gershon T, Greenwood R, Castillo M, Lee YZ)

American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) 52nd Annual Meeting (Montreal, Quebéc, Canada) May 2014: “Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging Microhemorrhages Do Not Represent Metastases in Patients with Primary Breast Cancer or Melanoma.” (Authors: Bazyar S, Ramalho J, Franceschi AM, Lee YZ)

Terence Wong, MD, PhD, delivered the Charles Barry Burns Emerging Technology Lecture, entitled, “Imaging for Alzheimer’s Disease: are we there yet?” at the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc. (NCSRT) Annual Conference in Clemmons, NC, in April 2014.

Terence Wong, MD, PhD, presented, “Application of Targeted Imaging to Cancer Care,” at the  Molecular and Translational Oncology Workshop in Chicago, IL, in April 2014.

Terence Wong, MD, PhD, presented, “The Role of CT: Evaluation of Gynecologic Tumors,” at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting, in St. Louis, MO, in June 2014.

Pinakpani Roy, MD, presented, “Intersequential comparison of misregistration in subdiaphragmatic organs between PET-MR and PET-CT” at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, in June 2014. (Authors: Roy P, Lee JKT, Sheikh A, Shepherd M, Hengsterman S, Lee YZ, Lin, W).

Amir H. Khandani, MD, presented, “Hybrid PET/MR: Basic concepts and clinical indications,” at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, in June 2014.  (Authors: Khandani AH, Fielding JR, Sheikh A).

American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL) May/June 2014: “Phase I trial of docetaxel/prednisone plus fractionated dose radiolabeled anti-prostatespecific membrane antigen (PSMA) monoclonal antibody 177Lu-J591 in patients with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).” (Authors: Tagawa ST, Whang YE, Kaur G, Vallabhajosula S, Christos PJ, Nikolopoulou A, Jhanwar Y, Sheikh A.)

Arif Sheikh, MD, presented UNC’s Division of Hematology/Oncology May 2014 Grand Rounds, entitled, “Evolving Concepts of Nuclear Pulmonary and Thromboembolic Imaging.”


Chen Y, Zhu H, An H, Armao D, Shen D, Gilmore JH, Lin W. More insights into early brain development through statistical analysis of eigen-structural elements of diffusion tensor imaging using multivariate adaptive regression splines. Brain Struct Funct. 2014; 219:551-569.

Armao D, Smith JK. The Health Risks of Ionizing Radiation from CT Examinations. N C Med J. 2014 Mar-Apr; 75(2):126-31.

Armao D, Smith JK. The Overuse of CT and the Onslaught of Incidental Findings. N C Med J. 2014 Mar-Apr; 75(2):127.

Biola H, Best RM, Lahlou RM, Burke LM, Dewar C, Jackson CT, Broder J, Grey L, Semelka RC, Dobson A. With "big data" comes big responsibility: outreach to North Carolina Medicaid patients with 10 or more computed tomography scans in 12 months. N C Med J. 2014 Mar-Apr;75(2):102-9.

Burke LM, Biola H, Grey L, Lahlou RM, Best RM, Semelka RC. Computed tomography utilization in the North Carolina Medicaid population with a focus on "high exposure" patients, 2007-2012. N C Med J. 2014 Mar-Apr;75(2):95-101.

Onega T, Hubbard R, Hill D, Lee CI, Haas JS, Carlos HA, Alford-Teaster J, Bogart A, DeMartini WB, Kerlikowske K, Virnig BA, Buist DS, Henderson L, Tosteson AN.  Geographic Access to Breast Imaging for US Women.  J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 May 30.

Jordan S. “YOUR PRACTICE NEEDS TO KNOW: ACR BI-RADS® ATLAS 2013.” North Carolina Radiological Society Spring 2014 Newsletter.

Tucker AW, Lee YZ, Kuzmiak CM, Calliste J, Lu J, Zhou O. Increased microcalcification visibility in lumpectomy specimens using a stationary digital breast tomosynthesis system. SPIE Medical Imaging. SPIE 9033, Medical Imaging 2014: Physics of Medical Imaging, doi:  10.1117/12.2043522

Shan J, Tucker AW, Lee YZ, Heath MD, Wang X, Foos D, Lu J, Zhou O. Evaluation of imaging geometry for stationary chest tomosynthesis. SPIE Medical Imaging. SPIE 9033, Medical Imaging 2014: Physics of Medical Imaging, 2014. doi: 10.1117/12.2043314

Li G, Nie J, Wang L, Shi F, Gilmore JH, Lin W, Shen D.  Measuring the dynamic longitudinal cortex development in infants by reconstruction of temporally consistent cortical surfaces.  Neuroimage. 2014 Apr 15;90:266-79. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.12.038.

Li G, Wang L, Shi F, Lin W, Shen D. Simultaneous and Consistent Labeling of Longitudinal Dynamic Developing Cortical Surfaces in Infants. Med Image Anal. E-pub: 25 June 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.media.2014.06.007

Meng Y, Li G, Lin W, Gilmore JH, Shen D.  Spatial distribution and longitudinal development of deep cortical sulcal landmarks in infants.  Neuroimage. 2014 Jun 17. pii: S1053-8119(14)00481-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.06.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Liao S, Shen D, Chung ACS. "A Markov Random Field Groupwise Registration Framework for Face Recognition." IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell. 36(4):657-669, 2014.

Liu M, Zhang D, Shen D. Hierarchical Fusion of Features and Classifier Decisions for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis. Hum Brain Mapp. 35:1305-1319, 2014.

Min R, Wu G, Cheng J, Wang Q, Shen D, the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Multi-atlas based representations for Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Apr 18. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22531. [Epub ahead of print]

Sanroma G, Wu G, Gao Y, Shen D. Learning to Rank Atlases for Multiple-Atlas Segmentation.  IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2014 May 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Suk H-I, Shen D.  Subclass-based Multi-task Learning for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis. Front. Aging Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00168

Wang L, Chen KC, Gao Y, Shi F, Liao S, Li G, Shen SG, Yan J, Lee PK, Chow B, Liu NX, Xia JJ, Shen D.  Automated bone segmentation from dental CBCT images using patch-based sparse representation and convex optimization. Med Phys. 2014 Apr;41(4):043503. doi: 10.1118/1.4868455.

Zhu X, Suk H, Shen D. A novel matrix-similarity based loss function for joint regression and classification in AD diagnosis. Neuroimage. 2014 Jun 7. pii: S1053-8119(14)00463-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.078. [Epub ahead of print]

Thung KH, Wee CY, Yap PT, Shen D; Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Neurodegenerative disease diagnosis using incomplete multi-modality data via matrix shrinkage and completion.  Neuroimage. 2014 May 1;91:386-400. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.01.033. Epub 2014 Jan 27.

Yap PT, An H, Chen Y, Shen D. Uncertainty Estimation in Diffusion MRI Using The Non-Local Bootstrap. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2014 Apr 29.