Women in Radiology


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The Women in Radiology interest group for the University Hospitals Department of Radiology, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), recognizes that significant gender disparity exists in the field of radiology across the U.S. Our mission is to improve the awareness of the value of diversity within our UH/CWRU Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program as well as the entire Department of Radiology. We actively create a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment for women in radiology. We also strive to support diversity in our field as a whole, including underrepresented minorities in radiology.


Current Action Plan to Support Diversity in Radiology

  • Provide professional support and mentoring to female radiologists and radiology trainees (residents and fellows)
  • Work closely with our radiology residency program to increase the number of female radiology residents
  • Increase female representation within the field of radiology by mentoring undergraduate and graduate/medical students

Planned Events and Projects for 2019-2020

The Department of Radiology provides mentoring lunches on campus for radiology residents and medical students, including such topics as:

Women in Radiology Grand Rounds

Speaker: Rachel Winder
Date: March 3, 2020
Rachel Winder is a government relations manager from Benesch Law in Columbus, OH who works on behalf of the Ohio American College of Radiology (ACR). She will be giving an update on state legislative events.

Diversity Grand Rounds

Speaker: Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew MD, University Hospitals Diversity Officer
Date: TBA

Resident Work-Life Information Packet 

For: Incoming Residency Candidates and Residents

Leaders: Sooyoung Martin MD (PGY-4), Cynthia Patena, Leah Sieck MD

Wellness and Connection Fall Retreat

Date: October 12, 2019
Leaders: Karma Salem MD (PGY-4), Sheila Berlin MD, Lina Mehta MD, Leah Sieck MD

The Confidence Code Book Club

Date: Spring 2020
Leaders: Elham Najafpour MD (PGY-5), Erin Alencherry MD (PGY-5)

New Resident Wellness Committee

Leader: Lisa Walker MD (PGY-5), Leah Sieck MD, Resident leaders from all class levels


Women in Radiology STAR Award

The Women in Radiology STAR Award is an annual resident award given to an individual who models service and advocacy for medical education as a whole and, specifically, for Women in Radiology’s work towards improving diversity, inclusiveness and equality in our profession.

  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Divya Kumari MD

Steering Committee Leads Enriching Environment

Leah Sieck, MD

Leah Sieck, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Women in Radiology Coordinator
Steering Committee, Case Western Reserve University Women Faculty School of Medicine
Social Media Coordinator for Breast Imaging

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Chaitra Badve, MD

Chaitra Badve, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Neuroradiology

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Sheila Berlin, MD

Sheila Berlin, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Director of Quality and Safety
Director of Pediatric CT
Pediatric Radiology

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Lina Mehta, MD

Lina Mehta, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Associate Dean for Admissions, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Nuclear Medicine

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Holly Marshall, MD

Holly Marshall, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director of Medical Student Education, Radiology
Breast Imaging

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Sooyoung Martin, MD

Sooyoung Martin, MD

PGY-4 Diagnostic Radiology Chief Resident, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Fellowship Interest: Abdominal Imaging

Shivani Pahwa, MD

Shivani Pahwa, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Fellow, Interventional Neuroradiology

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Cynthia Patena

Cynthia Patena

Radiology Residency Academic Education Coordinator, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/ Case Western Reserve University

Donna Plecha, MD

Donna Plecha, MD

Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Interim Co-Chair, Department of Radiology
Section Chief of Breast Imaging

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Karma Salem, MD

Karma Salem, MD

PGY-4 Diagnostic Radiology Chief Resident, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Fellowship Interest: Breast and Women’s Imaging

Lisa Walker, MD

Lisa Walker, MD

PGY-5 Diagnostic Radiology Chief Resident, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Fellowship Interest: Interventional Radiology

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