Biography

As Vice Chairman of Community Radiology for the Department of Radiology, I have both administrative responsibilities in addition to my clinical responsibilities. Administrative roles include strategic planning and oversight of expansion of community imaging locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This includes contribution to business development and market analysis assessment. Currently, I play an active role in strategic planning and decision making for additional community facilities slated to open in the future in Fort Worth and Frisco surrounding cities. Throughout my tenure, additional leadership roles included the successful leadership of the transition closing of the 150 bed St. Paul University hospital and the opening of the new Clemments University Hospital in Dallas, Texas. I’ve lead the hospital and outpatient radiology divisions in reorganization, accreditations, and quality improvement processes. It was also my responsibility to assist in the design and planned opening of new main campus sites including the UTSW Outpatient Ambulatory Radiology Clinic. I have been actively involved in creating new policies and practice guidelines with successful credentialing and accreditation of those facilities. I provided successful oversight for multiple Joint Commission Reviews of St. Paul, Zale-Lipshy and Clements University Hospitals. I have also lead our department in acquisition of numerous American College of Radiology accreditations and random ACR quality audits. Regulatory requirements with dose monitoring and protocol development are additional projects that have also thrived under my leadership. Additional certifications which I have lead also include the completion of requirements leading to designation of the University of Southwestern Medical Center imaging sites as National Cancer Institute of Imaging Excellence facilities (NCI). I lead in the establishment of a lung cancer screening program at UTSW along with a CT Colon Cancer Screening program. Both programs have made an impact on patient care. I currently remain the Director of the UTSW Lung Cancer Screening Program which opened to the public on November 1, 2011 as a multi-disciplinary operation. I also continue participation in funded clinical research in CT cancer imaging with ties to potential biomarkers. During my career, I have served as co-investigator of various pulmonary funded research projects also related to pulmonary fibrosis. I am currently co-investigator on two funded multi-center trials involving pulmonary CT, and I have participated in training of radiologists, research students, and technologist to meet the research parameters for these studies. Furthermore, I am the director of the UTSW CT Colon Cancer Screening Program. I have been a longtime advocate of CT Colonoscopy Imaging, and I have served as an international and national instructor and speaker in CT Colonography imaging. I served as a national spokeswomen for the American Cancer Society creating a public education video on CT Colonoscopy. I advocate for the use of CT Colonography screening imaging for colon cancer detection. I have also been a spokesperson on National Public Radio and various local television/newspaper media on the topic of CT Colonography as well as an invited lecturer within the national and international arena on numerous imaging topics. I have recorded several public service videos to educate the public on this matter for the American Cancer Society, and more recently for the ACR. I currently serve on the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee and on the ACR National Radiology Data Registry sub-committee for CTC. Last but not least, I am currently involved in the University of Southwestern Medical Health system’s population health and accountable care efforts. I chair the Radiology Utilization subcommittee for the Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) accountable care organization (ACO). My initiatives with the ACO included planning and directorship as Course Director for 2 CME courses for Non-radiologist healthcare providers. The 2017 event hosted 400 plus attendees. I am also a member of the SWHR oversight Utilization Committee. In this role I have organized and directed two Radiology Appropriateness CME courses for non-radiology providers along with several other endeavors geared toward improvement in appropriate radiology utilization efforts by primary care and other referring providers. I am heavily involved in the ACO’s population health management strategies.

Education

Medical School
Univ of Nebraska (1991)
Internship
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1992), Diagnostic Radiology
Residency
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1995), Diagnostic Radiology

Research Interest

  • 3-D ultrasound evaluation of urinary incontinence treatments
  • CT lung perfusion

Publications

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Honors & Awards

  • THORACIC PAPER AWARD WINNER "CT Perfusion as a Biomarker for Lung Cancers Containing Genetic Mutations"
    MD Anderson Cancer Clinic (2018)
  • UTSW Black History Month Recognition
    Office of Faculty Diversity and Development (2016)
  • Jack Westcott Award
    Society of Thoracic Radiology (2015)
  • Certificate of Merit 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting
    Radiological Society of North America (2011)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • American College of Radiology - Colon Cancer Committee
  • American Medical Association
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • High Value Practice Academic Alliance
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICAVL) at UT Southwestern Ultrasound
  • National Radiology Data Registry CTC Registry Committee
  • Society for Abdominal Radiology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Radiological Society