UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter, was founded in 2012 by the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Radiologic Science and the Department of Radiology. Global health includes issues that transcend national boundaries, like cancer, and that require worldwide, multidisciplinary cooperation — so our partnerships have a Local Global approach.
UNC Global Radiology – Bibliography and Cumulative Snapshot
UNC Global Radiology – 2020 Annual Report and COVID-19 Response
Currently, we support established, longitudinal programs with RAD-AID International:
1) In Nairobi, Kenya, we have partnered with the University of Nairobi to establish an interventional radiology (IR) fellowship – the nation’s first. UNC IR faculty and staff provide education (hands-on, simulation, and didactic) for Kenyan radiologists, technologists, and nurses. During 2020, the IR fellowship received approval, and the first Kenyan IR trainees have begun the training program. Additionally, we aim to begin an exchange for UoN colleagues to visit UNC VIR after the pandemic.
2) In Lilongwe, Malawi, we are supporting a Malawian physician to complete radiology residency in South Africa and two Malawian radiographers to obtain advanced degrees–with the aim to increase local expertise and capacity. Additionally, we contribute to a formal curriculum (didactic and hands-on) to increase the ultrasound skills of the imaging technologists with intent to certify. Finally, we work with other departments through UNC-Project Malawi and at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) to promote and to educate about relevant imaging appropriateness criteria at KCH.
3) In North Carolina, we participate with the RAD-AID USA Women’s Health Access Program to understand systemic breast cancer screening access barriers for under-served populations and to create solutions that deliver more equitable care for all North Carolinians. We strive to optimize our own processes within the UNC Department of Radiology, and we work with local partner organizations to increase community engagement through education.
UNC Global Radiology, a RAD-AID Chapter, Faculty Advisors
Melissa Culp, MEd, RT(R)(MR) is the Director of UNC Global Radiology and a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology. She is the Founder and Chapter Chief of the UNC RAD-AID Chapter.
Robert G. Dixon, MD, FSIR is the faculty lead for Kenya initiatives, the Interventional Radiology Program Director, and a Clinical Professor of Radiology. He serves as Program Manager of RAD-AID Kenya.
Cherie Kuzmiak, DO, FACR, FSBI is the Division Chief of Breast Imaging and a Professor of Radiology. She participates with the RAD-AID USA Women’s Health Access Program.
Katrina McGinty, MD is the faculty lead for Malawi initiatives and a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology. She is a radiologist volunteer with RAD-AID Malawi.
Get Involved Today!
Ready to get involved? Please email Melissa Culp to get started or to learn more. We offer a Global Health Leadership Pathway and other global radiology opportunities for our UNC residents. Our nurses and radiologic technologists are essential members of our interprofessional teams; RAD-AID International has information and resources for nurse and radiologic technologist volunteers. Additionally, we have a medical student elective in global radiology for UNC MS4s. Finally, donations made through this link support UNC Global Radiology. All members of the UNC community are welcome!