2017 Summer Newsletter

U. Joseph Schoepf, MD 
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

NASCI Members,




McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Physician Scientist Training Program, Research Tract

It is a tremendous honor to be awarded the 2017 NASCI Rising Star Fellowship. I am a current chief resident in the final year of my radiology residency at Northwestern University, and will be pursuing fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Imaging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. My interests in fluid mechanics and computer science have continually evolved since my time as an undergraduate in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and these interests ultimately led me to pursue a career in cardiovascular imaging. I have been very fortunate to have outstanding clinical and research mentors in cardiovascular imaging at Northwestern, particularly during a two-year research training experience in the Cardiovascular MRI research group prior to residency, and this recognition is a direct reflection their support. My research and clinical interests include medical imaging, cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment, lung cancer, fluid mechanics, and computer science. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with and learn from the NASCI leadership as I continue building my career in cardiovascular imaging.

Medical University of South Carolina

Assistant Professor, Director of Cardiovascular MRI Research

Dr. Varga-Szemes is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Varga-Szemes, a native of Hungary, received his MD in 2007 and his PhD in cardiovascular MRI in 2013. Dr. Varga-Szemes is the Director of Cardiovascular MRI Research in the Department of Radiology at MUSC and also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Varga-Szemes has authored 80+ peer-reviewed publications and 150+ scientific abstracts. He has received multiple societal awards, including the SCMR Regional Fellowship Award, the ISMRM Magna Cum Laude Award, and the NASCI AHA Young Investigator Award. Dr. Varga-Szemes is a member of multiple major radiology societies including RSNA, NASCI, ISMRM, and SCMR. He is a reviewer for 15 scientific journals, an Associate Editor for JMRI, and Deputy Editor for European Radiology Experimental. Dr. Varga-Szemes has served as a PI on NIH grant awards. His primary research interests include myocardial tissue characterization and the development of unenhanced MR angiography techniques.

AHA Winners:
Rest and stress T1-mapping and T1 reactivity in patients with and without coronary artery disease
Marly van Assen, MD
University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen/ Medical University of South Carolina

Coronary CT Angiography-Derived Fractional Flow Reserve Based on Machine Learning for Risk-Stratification of Non-Culprit Lesions in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome 
Taylor Duguay, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Dual-Energy CT Angiography of Lower Extremity Runoff:  Impact of a prototype Advanced Calcium Subtraction Algorithm on Diagnostic Accuracy
Domenico Mastrodicasa, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Poster  Winners:

Tube Voltage Adapted Contrast Media Injection Protocols for Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography:  Impact on Radiation and Contrast Dose; 
Philipp von Knebel Doeberitz, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Cardiovascular MRI in Thoracic Aortopathy - A Focused Review of Recent Literature Update
Bradley David Allen, MD
Northwestern University

Utility of T1 mapping in Identifying Lipomatous Metaplasia in Ischemic and Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathies; 
Krishna Kapoor
UT Austin

Multimodality Imaging of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH): pearls, pitfalls, and mimics
Courtney Chen
University of California San Diego Medical Center


Dr. Robert Steiner is a diagnostic radiologist with a special interest in cardiac and pulmonary diseases. He is a Clinical Professor of Radiology and Pulmonary Medicine at Temple University and has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Steiner has had extensive experience in both academic and private practice of diagnostic radiology including the role of radioisotope studies, angiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) for the identification and diagnosis of a variety of diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Cardiology, and he is the author or co-author of over 150 scientific publications and 5 medical textbooks. During his career he has instructed hundreds of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Dr. Steiner has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Radiology by Castle and Connolly from 2010 to 2015.

2017 - 2018 Leadership

Charles White, MD, FNASCI

University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, MD


President - Elect
Karen G Ordovas, MD, MS, FNASCI

University of California
San Francisco,CA 



Vice President
Jacobo Kirsch, MD, FNASCI

Section Head, Cardiothoracic Imaging; Vice-Chairman, Division of Radiology
Cleveland Clinic Florida


Diana Litmanovich, MD, FNASCI

Thoracic & Cardiovascular Imaging Staff Radiologist
Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center


Greg Kicska, MD, PhD FNASCI

University of Washington




Immediate Past President

U. Joseph Schoepf, MD, FNASCI

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

On behalf of the NASCI Board and membership, we would like to thank you for your support of NASCI and its mission. This year, thanks to your generous assistance and membership, we were able to offer more than 30 hours of continuing education, monthly Case-in-Point and journal activities, and Rising Star Fellowships to two outstanding young investigators.  We invite you to continue your support of NASCI and renew your membership.

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Matthew Cham, MD
NASCI Membership Chair

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Check out the NEW
Case in Point 

July, 2017 Case
A Fat Beat 

NASCI’s Case in Point is a bi-monthly web site posting of interesting cases submitted by clinicians from all over the world. Submitted cases are peer-reviewed by the Case in Point editors and thus may be listed as peer-reviewed web publications on the CVs of case submitters. Additionally, selected cases posted on the NASCI website are recommended for publication in the International Journal for Cardiovascular Imaging. If you have a didactic cardiac imaging case that highlights relevant teaching points - submit your case today! ARCHIVES

Great Cardiac Teaching Files. From the Archives of NASCI.org



David A. Bluemke, MD, PhD, Named Editor of Radiology

Following an extensive search to find a new editor for the premier research journal in radiology, the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is pleased to announce that David A. Bluemke, MD, PhD, MsB, FAHA, FACR, will become editor of the journal Radiology in January 2018. He succeeds Herbert Y. Kressel, MD, who has served the journal since 2007 as an innovator and visionary. Dr Kressel
will retire as editor at the end of 2017.

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