All nine 4th-year Diagnostic Radiology residents – Drs. Benson Langdon, John Campbell, Michael Cellini, Adanna Emekauwa, Francisco Grippi, Hamilton Howe, Justin Rodriguez, Israel Saramago, Brooks Wilson – received confirmation of passing the American Board of Radiology (ABR) core exam in August 2019.

Diane Armao, MD, received a $46K award from Hannah’s Hope Fund (HHF) for continuing research on behalf of children with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN). This work runs in tandem with an ongoing NIH Phase I gene therapy clinical trial for the treating children with GAN.

Valerie Jewells, DO, gave two invited lectures — Pediatric Brain US with MRI correlation and Pediatric US of the Spine and Head & Neck with CT and MRI Correlation — in Denver, CO, in September 2019 at the American Osteopathic College of Radiology semi-annual meeting, entitled, “Annual Advances in Cross Sectional Imaging with Emphasis on US & CT.”

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, served on the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP)’s Breast Imaging Categorical Course faculty panel and presented three lectures — “Non-wire Localization Techniques” / “Architectural Distortion” / “Invasive Breast Cancers” — in September 2019.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, presented, “Breast Cancer: Screening & Precision (Personalized Medicine)” at the Epidemiology Seminar Series at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in September 2019.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, was named to the University of North Carolina’s Promotion & Tenure Committee for Associate Professor Appointment in July 2019.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, was named to the University of North Carolina’s Post-Tenure Review Committee in July 2019.

Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, was chosen as a Book & Concept Reviewer of Radiology with a focus of breast imaging & diseases (Springer Publishing) in July 2019.

Professor of Radiology Joseph KT Lee, MD, served as Keynote Speaker — “MR for local staging of Rectal Cancer” — for a Scientific Session on “Cancer Imaging Biomarkers” at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2019 Annual Meeting in May 2019 in Honolulu, HI.

Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of UNC’s Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Research Program Zibo Li, PhD, and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Center co-investigators reported in a June 2019 issue of Science their discovery of a novel method for creating radioactive tracers using PET. Their findings could make it possible to attach radioactive tags to compounds for better tracking of pharmaceuticals in the body, and imaging diseases such as cancer and other medical conditions.

Diagnostic Radiology 4th-year resident Dr. Israel Saramago received the Education Excellence Award in June 2019 from UNC’s Department of Radiology.