Trainee Awards & Recognitions

Congratulations to Ali Bassir, MD for Receiving the 2023 SAR Trainee Scholarship Award

12/22/2022

Ali Bassir
Ali Bassir, MD

The Society of Abdominal Radiology awarded Ali Bassir, MD, the 2023 SAR Trainee Scholarship Award for a project entitled “Assessment of diagnostic efficacy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) for detection of hepatocellular carcinoma with two protocols (CEUS LI-RADS and WFUMB-EFSUMB) on Lumason and Definity subcohorts.” These merit‐based scholarships are provided for oral presentation of a scientific abstract at the annual meeting of the Society. This scholarship is offered to you due to the excellence of the abstract submitted to the Society for presentation at the SAR 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting, February 26 - March 3, 2023, at the Fairmont Austin in Austin, Texas.

In this project, his team investigated the diagnostic performance of CEUS in the detection of HCC and compared the efficacy of two protocols and two contrast agents. This study showed excellent performance of CEUS in detecting HCC. This project was highlighted by Aunt Minnie in Road to RSNA 2022: Ultrasound Preview, which is the largest and most comprehensive community Web site for medical imaging professionals worldwide.

Ali Bassir is a Research Fellow at Abdominal Imaging Lab at UCLA Radiology under supervision of Steven. S. Raman, MD, FSAR, FSIR. His research is focused on Cancer Imaging, particularly the role of ultrasound in the detection and treatment of malignancy. He published several articles in prestigious radiology journals and presented his projects at several radiology conferences. In addition, He received the Young Investigator Award at the 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound for his project on the treatment of prostate cancer using high-intensity ultrasound (TULSA).


Congratulations to Pedram Keshavarz, MD for Receiving the RSNA Trainee Research Award 2022

12/08/2022

Pedram Keshavarz, MD
Pedram Keshavarz, MD

The Board of Directors and the Committee of Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) awarded Pedram Keshavarz, MD the RSNA Trainee Research Award plus $1000 in the Genitourinary category for his project titled “Detection and Classification of Prostate Cancer on Multiparametric MR Imaging Using Artificial Intelligence: A systematic review of 6,231 patients”. This award is presented in recognition of an important contribution to research in radiology by a trainee in the field and presented at the 108th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of RSNA, November 2 - December 1, 2022. The end goal of the project is to investigate the performance of different models of Artificial Intelligence for the detection and classification of prostate cancer on multiparametric MR imaging.

Dr. Keshavarz work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Abdominal Imaging Research Lab under the guidance of Steven. S. Raman, MD, FSAR, FSIR. Dr. Keshavarz is an active member of RSNA, an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Abdominal Radiology, Resident and Fellow Section (SAR-RFS), and a Committee Member of the Research and Innovation at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). Dr. Keshavarz is interested in Abdominal Imaging, Cancer Imaging, and Interventional Oncology and collaborates with other institutions such as bioengineering and biomedical physics to develop advanced deep learning algorithms and quantitative imaging techniques for early diagnosis and prediction of treatment response to image-guided procedures for patients with cancer, especially liver cancer.

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Congratulations to Ali Bassir, MD for Receiving the 2022 Young Investigator Award

09/28/2022

Ali Bassir
Ali Bassir, MD

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation awarded Ali Bassir, MD the 2022 Young Investigator Award plus $2500 Travel Grant for his project “Pivotal study of transurethral ultrasound ablation of the prostate: MR thermometry parameters and clinical response at 4-year follow-up. “ The award was established to recognize outstanding research by scientists-in-training in the field of focused ultrasound.

Ali Bassir is a Research Fellow at Abdominal Imaging Lab under supervision of Dr. Steven Raman. His research is focused on cancer imaging, particularly the role of ultrasound in detection and treatment of malignancy. He studied the efficacy of MRI-guided Transurethral Ultrasound Ablation (TULSA) in treating prostate cancer by assessing clinical and MR thermometry. This study showed efficacy and safety of this advance and minimally-invasive procedure and introduced a promising alternative for prostate surgery.

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Congratulations to Pedram Keshavarz, MD for Receiving the JVIR 2021 Editor's Award for Distinguished Clinical Study

08/31/2022

Pedram Keshavarz, MD
Pedram Keshavarz, MD

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) awarded Pedram Keshavarz, MD. the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) 2021 Editor's Award for Distinguished Clinical Study of his project titled “Image-Guided Percutaneous Pancreatic Duct Drainage: A 10-Year Observational Study,” which is selected by the Editors of JVIR as one of 10 papers to receive a Distinguished Clinical Study Certificate for 2021. The end goal of the project is to investigate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous pancreatic duct drainage, including the results of a new technical refinement: steering, using a co-axial large gauge needle to avoid critical structures in percutaneous image-guided pancreatic duct access.

Dr. Keshavarz works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Abdominal Imaging Research Lab under the guidance of Steven. S. Raman, MD, FSAR, FSIR. Dr. Keshavarz is an active member of SIR and also an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) Resident and Fellow Section (RFS). Dr. Keshavarz is interested in Abdominal Imaging, Cancer Imaging, and Interventional Oncology and collaborates with other institutions such as bioengineering and biomedical physics to develop advanced deep learning algorithms and quantitative imaging techniques for early diagnosis and prediction of treatment response to image-guided procedures (TACE, RFA, MWA, CRA, and Y-90) for patients with cancer, especially liver cancer.

About the JVIR Editor’s Awards:

The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) 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.


UCLA Radiology's 8th Annual Research Poster Day

6/03/2022

UCLA Radiology 8th Annual Research Poster Day

Congratulations to the winners and all who took part in this year's Research Poster Day held on Thursday, May 26th, 2022. This year, there were 30 trainees presented 26 posters.

Winning Presenters and Posters:

1st PlaceJason Chiang, MD, PhD
Computational Modeling of Combination Embolization and Microwave Ablation Therapy Using Perfusion Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)

2nd PlaceAlex Chung, MD
Quantitative Flow Parameters Differentiating Oncocytoma and Papillary Renal Cancer from Clear Cell Renal Cancer on Perfusion MDCT

3rd PlaceDaniel Bradley, MD
Axillary Adenopathy after COVID-19 Vaccination

3rd PlaceKenton Kagy, DO
Incidental Osseous Lesions on Breast MRI. How Many Actually Warrant Follow Up?


UCLA Radiology's 7th Annual Research Poster Day

6/01/2021

Research day winners

Congratulations to the winners and all of our Fellows, Residents, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and Graduate Students who took part in this year's virtual Research Poster Day held on Thursday, May 13st, 2021. This year, there were 32 trainees presented 33 posters.

Winning Presenters and Posters:

1st PlaceFelipe Urdaneta, MD
Limited Z-Axis Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

2nd PlaceL. Luciano Ponce Mejia, MD
Robotic Assisted Neuroangiography: Feasibility and Technical Note of Initial Experience

3rd PlaceTimothy Iafe, MD
Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellow Case Volumes Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic at UCLA


Congratulations to Jason Chiang, MD, PhD for Receiving the 2020-2021 Philips/RSNA Research Fellow Grant

07/16/2020

 Jason Chiang, MD, PhD
Jason Chiang, MD, PhD

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education Foundation awarded Jason Chiang, MD. the 2020-2021 Philips/RSNA Research Fellow Grant of $50,000 for his project titled "Computational Modeling of Combination Transarterial Embolization and Microwave Ablation Therapy Using 4D Flow MRI in an in Vivo Porcine Liver Model."

Under the guidance of Edward Lee, MD, PhD and Kyung Hyun Sung, PhD, Dr. Chiang utilizes novel flow sensitive MRI sequences to quantify changes in hepatic blood flow during the embolization portion of combination therapy. The end goal of the project is to create a computational model that incorporates MR-derived flow data into a tool that helps radiologists predict the final microwave ablation zones and their margins during combination therapy.

About the Philips/RSNA Research Resident/Fellow Grant
This grant provides investigators a chance to explore powerful ideas. Working alongside an experienced advisor, trainees gain insight in research methods and techniques; it is a catalyst to pursue research at a critical point in a radiologist’s career. One-year grant of $30,000/$50,000. Click below to view the complete list of 2020 RSNA Research & Education Foundation New Grants Recipients.


UCLA Radiology's 6th Annual Research Poster Day

06/01/2020

Winners

Congratulations to the winners and all of our fellows and graduate students who took part in this year's virtual Research Poster Day held on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. This year, there were 34 trainees presented 33 posters.

Winning Presenters and Posters:

1st PlaceBrian Dubin, MD
Behind NME Lines: Leveraging a Machine Learning Algorithm to Reduce Biopsies of Benign Nonmass Enhancement in the Breast

2nd PlaceMelina Hosseiny, MD
Differentiation of Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma from Oncocytoma Using Aorta-Lesion-Attenuation-Difference (ALAD) on Multiphasic Computed Tomography

3rd PlaceYinn Cher Ooi, MD
Novel In Vitro Model of Arteriovenous Malformation for Endovascular Embolization and Flow Analysis


UCLA Radiology's 5th Annual Research Poster Day

06/11/2019

winners

Congratulations to the winners and all of our fellows and graduate students who took part in the 5th Annual Research Poster Day held on Thursday, May 16th, 2019. This year, there were 54 trainees presented 56 posters in the exhibit.

Winning Presenters and Posters:

1st Place:  Rohollah Nasiri, MS
Characterization of Force Generated in 3D Cardiac Tissues Using PDMS Platform

2nd Place:  Melina Hosseiny, MD
Machine Learning Based Texture Analysis of CT Images In Small Renal Masses: How We Can Differentiate Angiomyolipoma Without Visible Fat From Different Types of Renal Cell Carcinomas

3rd Place:  Cedric Pluguez-Turull, MD

  • The Breast Tomography- Detected Architectural Distortion: Tumor Characteristics, Upgrades and Biopsy Methods
  • The Breast Tomography- Detected Architectural Distortion: Imaging and Clinical Predictors of Pathologic Outcome

Ruiming Cao Received the ISBI 2019 Runner-up for the Best Paper Award

05/08/2019

Ruiming Cao Received the ISBI 2019 Runner-up
Ruiming Cao and Kyung Hyun Sung, PhD

The paper “Prostate Cancer Detection and Segmentation in Multi-Parametric MRI Via CNN and Conditional Random Field” by Ruiming Cao, et al. was presented and selected as the runner-up for ISBI 2019 best paper award at the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in April 2019.

Ruiming Cao is currently a second-year graduate student in computer science at UCLA, working on multi-parametric MRI analysis at the UCLA Magnetic Resonance Research Lab, advised by Kyung Hyun Sung, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Radiology, and co-advised by Fabien Scalzo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Computer Science, Neurology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.