Faculty Awards & Recognitions

John M. Moriarty, MD

Congratulations to John Moriarty, MD, FSIR for Receiving the JVIR 2021 Editor's Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Paper

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) awarded John Moriarty, MD, FSIR the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) 2021 Editor's Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Paper for his article titled “Endovascular Removal of Thrombus and Right Heart Masses Using the AngioVac System: Results of 234 Patients from the Prospective, Multicenter Registry of AngioVac Procedures in Detail (RAPID). J Vasc Interv Radiol 2021; 32:549–557. The purpose of the research project is to assess device and procedural safety and technical success associated with the use of the AngioVac System to remove vascular thrombi and cardiac masses. The RAPID registry data demonstrate that the AngioVac System can be safely and effectively used to remove vascular thrombi and cardiac masses across a broad range of patient populations. The limited use of the device to remove pulmonary emboli in the present series precludes recommending the use of the AngioVac device for this indication.

Dr. Moriarty is a specialist in vascular and interventional radiology at UCLA, Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Radiology, Director of UCLA IVC Filter Clinic, Director of Cardiology-IR Innovation, and Co-Director of Vascular Ultrasound. He is the national principal investigator for the RAPID registry of Angiovac usage for treatment of clots and vegetations, and an investigator on multiple trials for stents, IVC filter, treatment of acute and chronic DVTs and novel embolic materials.

About the JVIR Editor’s Awards:

The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology grants awards for exceptional research published in the journal in two categories: clinical research and laboratory investigation. The winning manuscripts are selected after a rigorous review of all JVIR articles published in the preceding year, voted on by the present editors, and decided on by the editor-in-chief. The chosen articles represent research that may substantially impact the IR community at present or in the future. These awards will be presented during the plenary session of the SIR annual meeting. Click here to view the complete list of 2021 JVIR Editor’s Awards.


Dr. Ito

Dr. Rintaro Ito, a Visiting Assistant Professor, Interviewed with the 2021 RSNA Daily Bulletin about Using AI to Fight COVID-19 Pneumonia

The RSNA Daily Bulletin featured Dr. Ito's interview on November 30th, 2021. His education exhibit, “How Should Radiologists Use AI To Fight COVID-19 Pneumonia?” (INEE-8), was awarded the Cum Laude award.


Dr. Luke Ledbetter Interviewed with the 2021 RSNA Daily Bulletin about Case-based Review Helping Differentiate Head and Neck Tumors from Mimics

The RSNA Daily Bulletin featured Dr. Ledbetter’s interview on December 3rd, 2021.

Ashley Prosper

Dr. Ashley Prosper Interviewed with the 2021 RSNA Daily Bulletin about the Importance of Equitable and Inclusive Health Screening Programs and the Need for Better Outreach to Minority Populations.

The RSNA Daily Bulletin featured Dr. Prosper’s interview on December 3rd, 2021.


Kathleen Ruchalski, MD Named FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellow

Kathleen Ruchalski, MD was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellowship by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

The FDA-AACR oncology educational fellowship is designed to promote scientific progress through exchange of scientific knowledge in oncology education, collaborative learning, and research. Through targeted educational activities and interactions with experts from the AACR and the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellows will increase their familiarity and experience with oncology drug development and the regulatory review process.


Dr. McNitt-Gray Receives 2021 Distinguished Investigator Award

Michael McNitt-Gray, PhD, DABR, received the 2021 Academy Council of Distinguished Investigators Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.

Dr. McNitt-Gray is a Professor of Radiology, the UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Radiation Safety, and the Director of Physics and Biology in Medicine Graduate Program. His research interests involve investigations into X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging with the goal of maximizing the information that can be extracted from the resulting image data.

The Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of medical imaging. Dr. McNitt-Gray will be inducted into the Academy’s Council of Distinguished Investigators during RSNA’s annual meeting in Chicago this year.