2021 Gold Medal Recipients, Honorary Member, Outstanding Contributions in Neuroradiology Education, and Foundation of the ASNR Outstanding Research Award Recipients

The 2021 ASNR Awards Committee, chaired by Robert M. Barr, MD, FACR, has selected the following as recipients of the ASNR 2021 Annual Awards.

ASNR Awards Robert I. Grossman, MD and James G. Smirniotopoulos, MD with the 2021 Gold Medal

Robert I. Grossman, MD, was named the Saul J. Farber Dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and chief executive officer of NYU Langone Health in July 2007. In this role, he oversees more than 40,000 faculty and staff members across six inpatient locations and over 350 ambulatory sites throughout the New York region and in Florida. Most recently, NYU Langone completed a full-asset merger with Winthrop-University Hospital, now known as NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, one of Long Island’s top medical centers. Also part of NYU Langone are Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer center, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and NYU Grossman School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. As dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Grossman led the historic and unprecedented initiative of providing tuition-free medical education for all current and future students in its MD degree program. Dr. Grossman’s pivotal leadership was recently chronicled in World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health, by William A. Haseltine.  Dr. Grossman received his BS in biology from Tulane University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in radiology and neuroradiology.

James G. Smirniotopoulos, MD, an internationally recognized expert in Neuroradiology education, is also a pioneer in electronic and online radiologic education. Jim has been teaching Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation in Neuroimaging since 1984 – first at the AFIP (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology), and now for the AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology).  He has created a legacy of innovation—correlating radiologic and pathologic images, creatively using animations and drawings, and employing a unique lecture style—all in the name of teaching more than 40,000 residents over the past 37 years.

Dr. Smirniotopoulos is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Instuture and Georgetown University School or Medicine – where he also did his Residency and Fellowship training. He left the AFIP in 1995 to become Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD. Many have come to know him through his groundbreaking work at the USUHS, where he developed MedPix®—an Open-Access Web-based teaching file application that allows cases to be shared with military and civilian physicians all over the world. Dr. Smirniotopoulos was awarded a patent for MedPix® in 2006. Dr. Smirniotopoulos has been the Chief Editor of Medpix® since 1999. Medpix® is now hosted and sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) – which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). https://medpix.nlm.nih.gov/home

A familiar face at the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) meetings, Dr. Smirniotopoulos has been Refresher Course Faculty for more than twenty-five years.  He was the Neuroradiology panelist for the RSNA’s Image Interpretation Session in 1996, the Sunday panel moderator in 1998, and the expert “lifeline” for the Neuroradiology panelist in 2008.

Doctor “S” – as his Residents and Students call him, is a Professorial Lecturer for George Washington University; and, a Special Volunteer at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications,  U.S. National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Smirniotopoulos is an Expert Consultant in Evidence-Based Medicine for Sigma Health Consulting, LLC.

ASNR Awards Mario Muto, MD with the 2021 Honorary Member Award

Dr. Muto is Head of the department of Diagnostic Imaging and Advanced Technology and Chairman of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology of Cardarelli Hospital in Naples, Italy since 2003. He got the degree in Medicine and Surgery at University Federico II in Naples and he became specialist in Radiology in 1990. During this residency he was visiting fellow at dept. of Radiology of the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he also went back always as visiting fellow in 1991 and 2001 spending this time under the guide of N. Bryan and K. Murphy.

In 1996 he was also visiting fellow at the dept of Neuroradiology of Hopital St. Anne in Paris under the guide of J. Meder.

Dr. Muto is an internationally recognized expert in diagnostic and interventional of the spine such as endovascular interventional neuroradiology, with particular references to stroke treatment.

Dr. Muto is appointed professor at Vanvitelli University in diagnostic Radiology and he has been President of Italian Association of Neuroradiology in the year 2017-2019, President of the Italian Annual Meeting of Neuroradiology in 2015, President of the Annual Meeting of European Society of Neuroradiology in 2015, President of XV meeting of the World Federation Therapeutic Interventional Neuroradiology in 2019.

Dr. Muto has been also active advisor of the European Society of Neuroradiology in the years 2009-2016 as chairman of the spine section. During those years he established constant relationship with American Society of Spine Radiology being always present at the annual meeting as attendee or speaker.

He is member of ASNR since 30 years ago and ASSR since 20 years and member of many any international society as ESR, RSNA, WFTIN and WSO.

He has published on international journal clinical studies on new advanced treatment for the management of spine pain and stroke.

ASNR Awards Tabassum A. Kennedy, MD and Barton F. Branstetter, MD, FACR with the 2021 Outstanding Contributions in Neuroradiology Education Award

Dr. Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology.  She served at the Neuroradiology Fellowship Director for 7 years at the University of Wisconsin, before taking on the role of UW Neuroradiology Division Chief.

Dr. Kennedy graduated from Pomona College in Claremont California where she studied Neuroscience and Art History.  She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and completed her Radiology Residency training at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St Louis.  Dr. Kennedy moved to Madison, Wisconsin where she completed a 2-year Neuroradiology fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Howard Rowley, Dr. Aaron Field, and Dr. Lindell Gentry.  During her fellowship, she obtained subspecialty training in Head and Neck Imaging.

The education of medical students, residents and fellows in Neuroradiology is her primary academic mission.  She has a passion for teaching and constantly strives to incorporate new techniques into her teaching rapporteur, with the goal of increasing learner engagement.  Since 2010, when she joined the UW Department of Radiology, she has spent the majority of her academic time developing and implementing enduring educational tools and resources to teach the complex topic of Neuroimaging, Head and Neck Radiology and Imaging Appropriateness.  In 2012, she created www.learningneuroradiology.com and more recently in 2020, she launched www.learningheadandneck.com. These websites have had over a million page views with visitors from around the world illustrating the global reach of Dr. Kennedy’s educational efforts.

At the ASNR, she lead the Neuroradiology Fellowship Committee through several significant initiatives over the past 3 years including updating the ACGME fellowship requirements, moving to a unified common application system as well as helping to create a national Neuroradiology Fellowship Curriculum.

Dr. Kennedy has been a longstanding member of the ASNR, ASHNR, RSNA, ACR and AUR and has served on numerous committees for these organizations.

Dr. Branstetter is a Professor of Radiology, Otolaryngology, and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He has served as Chief of Neuroradiology for UPMC since 2011.  Dr. Branstetter was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the educational journal Neurographics, and he remained in that role for 10 years.

Dr. Branstetter attended The University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Mathematics.  He then attended medical school at the University of California at San Diego, where he spent an additional year performing research in Interventional Radiology.  He pursued residency at the University of Pittsburgh and remained there for fellowships in Neuroradiology, ENT Imaging, and Imaging Informatics.  He has served as Fellowship Director for both Neuroradiology and Radiology Informatics at UPMC.

Dr. Branstetter has been a member of the ASNR since 2001.  He has served on numerous ASNR committees, including the Education, Program, Executive, Publications, Research, Standards and Guidelines, Membership, Practice Parameters, Electronic Learning Center, Electronic Education & CME, Outstanding Presentations Awards, Education Technology, Case of the Day, and Computer Sciences and Information Committees.  He has chaired several of these committees.  Dr. Branstetter founded the ASNR Case of the Day at the annual meeting in 2012.

Dr. Branstetter is known for his research in various areas of head and neck imaging, in particular PET/CT of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.  He was a founding member of the ACR/ASNR NIRADS initiative.  Dr. Branstetter has authored over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented over 180 abstracts at national meetings.  Most of these scientific endeavors had a trainee as first author under Dr. Branstetter’s mentorship.

Dr. Branstetter has been recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Fellow of the College.  He has also been recognized by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine as a Fellow of the College of SIIM.

The Foundation of the ASNR Awards Patricia Ellen Grant, MD with the 2021 Outstanding Contributions in Research Award

Dr. Patricia Ellen Grant is a Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She holds the Boston Children’s Hospital endowed chair in Neonatology, is the Director of the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) and is a clinical Neuroradiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Grant obtained her BSc and MSc in Physics and her MD from the University of Toronto. She did her internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver followed by residency in Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital. She obtained her fellowship in Neuroradiology from the University of California in San Francisco, where she first developed her lifelong passion for research in pediatric neuororadiology under the mentorship of A. James Barkovich, MD. She then spent 10 years at Massachusetts General Hospital where she was Division Chief of Pediatric Radiology and, under the mentorship of Bruce Rosen MD PhD and Gilberto Gonzalez MD PhD, first became an NIH funded researcher

In 2009, Stella Kourembanas MD and Rick Robertson MD recruited Dr. Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital and provided her with the resources to start a new research center, the FNNDSC. The goal of FNNDSC is to develop technologies that enable optimization of cognitive, behavioral and neurological outcomes in pediatric patients with medical disorders, in particular fetuses and neonates.  The FNNDSC has attracted top talent from around the world, and as Director Dr Grant has led or collaborated on key initiatives that include: building a novel pediatric sized MEG system that has been FDA approved and is now used for presurgical planning in young epilepsy patients; developing a sophisticated computational infrastructure that reduces the burden for clinicians and researchers to employ analytics and deep-learning techniques on large clinical datasets and to enable real time analytics on streaming clinical data, work that was featured in the Washington Post in 2018; pioneering the use of  Frequency Domain Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy (FDNIRS-DCS) to monitor neonatal brain health in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and operating room; and developing novel MRI techniques to assess fetal neurodevelopment and placental health, featured on Science Friday 2017. The FNNDSC currently has 14 faculty members and 7 postdoctoral students.

Dr. Grant has been a PI or co-PI on ten NIH grants and one NSF grant since 2002, raising more than $25 million. She has published over 230 original articles in highly respected journals including AJNR, Radiology, Neurology, Neuroimage, Pediatric Research, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and PNAS.  Her work is highly influential, with over 14K citations, h-index 64, i10-index 177 [google scholar]. She has been invited to lecture around the world and gave the Mansfield Lecture at ISMRM in 2020. She has been a longstanding member of the ASNR, ASPNR, RSNA, SPR and ISMRM, serving on multiple committees for these organizations including the Board of Trustees for ISMRM and is a Senior Fellow of the ISMRM. Currently she sits on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.