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2017 – Rising Star Awardees


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.