Welcome to the Dalhousie Department of Diagnostic Radiology
At the Department of Radiology, we provide a rich undergraduate educational experience so that our graduates will understand and master the services and acquire abilities for their proper use.
We provide an excellent program in postgraduate education and develop our expertise and technology in diagnostic imaging and therapeutic radiology for the people of the Maritime Provinces.
With our Continuing Medical Educational programs, particularly for those physicians practising in the Maritime Provinces, we provide a high quality research program which not only allows for the provision of research experience for our graduates, but brings new information to our specialty.
Holiday Greetings - December 3, 2013
Autumn is known as a time of falling leaves and this year it was a time of accreditation for the Department of Radiology. As many of you know, the Royal College visited for an external review of our radiology residency training program on November 4. During the exit interview, the reviewers indicated that they were very pleased with our progress in dealing with the previously documented weaknesses and stated they would make a strong recommendation for a full approval of our program. Many thanks to Peter Brown, Margaret Garnier and Gisele Phelan for stewarding us through this process and, indeed, thanks and congratulations are due to all of our faculty and residents for such a fine evaluation.
Also this fall the CDHA underwent an Accreditation Canada visit and our department received an excellent report meeting 123 of 126 accreditation standards. Congratulations and thanks to Vicki Sorhaindo, Josephine Gale, Susan Delaney and the entire team for our success in this accreditation round.
Thirdly, the Faculty of Health Professions, School of Health Sciences, underwent accreditation for its programs, and all three imaging programs – Radiography, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine, received positive accreditation status. Congratulations to Carol Gillis and her teams for these excellent results.
Congratulations to Dr. Naeem Khan on his appointment as Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at the IWK Health Centre and, as well, thanks to Dr. Khan on a successful Atlantic Radiology Conference this fall.
As you will see later in the newsletter, Dr. Heather Curtis has taken on the challenge of being our Nova Scotia Association of Radiologists president. I am sure you join me in wishing Heather well and I know she can count on your support over the next two years.
As we approach the holiday season, I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the very best wishes for a prosperous New Year.
All the Best,
Dr. David Barnes
Head, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
December 3, 2013 - The Diagnostic Radiology residency program underwent a Royal College accreditation review on November 4, 2013 headed by Dr. Karen Finlay from McMaster University. The review committee overwhelmingly supported a recommendation of full approval for our program.
This is thanks to the hard work of all the faculty, staff, and residents. Many of our program strengths were highlighted, but our faculty, staff, and residents were at the top of the list. The survey team recognized how engaged and genuinely interested everyone is within the program which lead to the excellent result. Thank you to everyone who supported and assisted in the accreditation process.
December 3, 2013 - Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Ross and Elena Tonkopi who presented at the European Association of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting.
Their research: Impact of CT Dose Reduction Strategy on CT Diagnostic Value in Oncologic PET/CT. The pair conducted research on significant dose reductions undertaken in PET CT and it's effect on image quality.
December 3, 2013 - I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the members of the NSAR. I am pleased to have been selected as the new president and will do my best to serve the membership and represent you, the members, on matters that arise over the next two years. Myself and the new executive, welcome your feedback and encourage you to approach any of us regarding ideas and or contributions you may wish to make. Please feel free to pass on any current or future goals you would like to have the NSAR address.
I would like to thank our past president, Dr. James Clarke, and the previous board members for the diligent work they have carried out which is evident in the solid foundation they have left on which to build. I look forward to working closely with James and the new executive in the coming years. We have already had a chance to meet and planning is well underway for the next Atlantic Radiology Conference in Fall 2014. This would be a great time to welcome and introduce Dr. Jens Heidenreich as our new Scientific Meeting Chair. He is bringing a fresh perspective and great deal of enthusiasm to the task as well as the board. A big thank you is also due for Dr. Naeem Khan for the hard work he has put into the organizing of this same meeting over the past two years.
Other initiatives that we will be addressing include the Master Agreement 2015 negotiations as well as keeping abreast of the Fee-Code Rewrite. Other key initiatives include Quality and Appropriateness as well as the Lab/DI Initiative.
Myself and the new executive, welcome your feedback and encourage you to approach any of us regarding ideas and or contributions you may wish to make. Please fell free to pass on any current or future goals you would like to have the NSAR address.
I look forward to working with you over the next few years.
December 3, 2013 - Thank you all for participating in the last Atlantic Radiology Conference. We had fantastic speakers getting us up to speed on the latest developments particularly in Head and Neck and Body imaging, while at the same time covering every area of Radiology.
A big thank you goes out to our invited J.S. Manchester guest lecturer Dr. Suresh Mukherji and Royal College of Radiology guest lecturer Dr. Koenraad J. Mortele.
I would also like to thank the organizing committee and all other speakers and discussion participants for making the conference a wonderful educational experience.
Preparations for next year are already under way. After focusing on Neuroradiology in 2012 and Head & Neck this year the focus in 2014 will be on Chest imaging and the Musculoskeletal system. I future years we will focus on Breast imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Body imaging before we cycle back to the head. Nevertheless, like in previous years the program will touch on all aspects and areas of Radiology and allow you to gain plenty CME credits.
Next years Satellite Symposium will be a multidisciplinary approach to “back pain”.
We intend to revisit anatomy, clinical presentation, indications and contraindications to imaging, treatment and referral pathways.
Surely we will have opportunities to ‘Stump the Expert’ and for self-assessment modules like the MacKeen Felson Quiz.
Looking forward to seeing you again in Halifax,
Atlantic Radiology Conference, Annual Scientific Meeting
In late 2011, Dr. Bob Abraham and two Materials Scientists, Dr. Daniel Boyd and Dr. Sharon Kehoe, co-invented a novel permanent radiopaque embolic agent at Dalhousie University. In early 2012, the team formed a spin-off company, ABK Biomedical Incorporated, which has since negotiated an exclusive worldwide license for the technology. The company was created not only to develop and commercialize this initial product but also to develop next generation embolic agents including resorbable radiopaque drug eluting agents to be used for chemoembolization of primary or secondary liver tumours.
PGY5 resident, Craig Wilson presented two exhibits at RSNA this year. "CT Angiography and CT Perfusion in the Evaluation of Cerebral Vasospasm after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" and "Diagnosing Osteomyelitis in the Diabetic Foot"
PGY4 resident, Nicole Hughes presented. Her topic was: "Acute Pancreatitis: The Role of contrast enhanced Computed tomography"
PGY5 resident, Jordan Kavanaugh, presented two projects: "Review of Different Neuroimaging Ancillary Tests Used in Confirmation of Brain Death with Focus on CT Perfusion" and "Differentiating Intraventricular Brain Tumors in Children and Adults: A Pictorial Review and Diagnostic Algorithm"
September 20, 2013 - We are pleased to announce Dr. Susan Duffy has joined the Dalhousie Department of Radiology as a staff radiologist in Abdominal Imaging. Dr. Duffy graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 2006. Following residency training in Radiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she completed 2 years of Fellowship training at Stanford University in Abdominal Imaging, Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Imaging. Her clinical interests include oncologic imaging and imaging of gastrointestinal diseases.
July 29, 2013 - Sharon Clarke has been awarded a CDHA grant, funded in the spring competition. The grant was a CDHA category 1 grant entitled "Comprehensive MRI of Cholesteatoma: Towards obviating the need for second-look surgery" funded for $91,400 over 3 years. Dr. Matthias Schmidt is a co-investigator on the grant (along with Dr. Bance and Dr. Bowen) and Dr. Naeem Khan (IWK radiologist) is a collaborator.
Sep 1, 2013
Tom Mammen has accepted an MSK fellowship at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver.
Tetyana Martin has accepted a Breast fellowship in Vancouver.
Ian Cheyne has accepted an MRI fellowship at UBC.
Peggy Yen has accepted a Breast fellowship in Vancouver.
August 3, 2013 - Congratulations to PGY5 Resident, Ian Cheyne on the arrival of his new son, Jacob Robert Cheyne. Jacob weighed 6 pounds, 10 oz.
September 17, 2013 - PGY5 Resident, Craig Wilson, has just become a new Dad for the second time with baby boy Max. Max weighed in at 7 pounds and 10 oz. Congratulations Craig!
August 12, 2013 - Dr. Robinette Butt delivered baby Abigail Grace Ryan arrived weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces. Congratulations, Dr. Butt.
September 10, 2013 - Dr. Mike Rivers-Bowerman and his wife Helen celebrated the birth of their second child, a daughter, who arrived at 2331 hrs on September 10, 2013. Anna Marilyn Jane Rivers-Bowerman tipped the scales at 8 pounds 12 ounces, outdoing her brother by a single ounce. Helen and Anna are now resting comfortably at home after a whirlwind 36 hour stay at the IWK Health Centre here in Halifax, NS.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jai Shankar was a recipient of a CHAR/GE Healthcare Development Award for 2013.
Congratulations go to Dr. Shankar for all his hard work and high standard of proposals.
His proposal was: CT perfusion in the prognostication of cerebral high grade glioma, which earned him a tie for second place and $5000.
Summer Softball Game
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Aug 1, 2013 - Welcome New Fellows and Residents
We would like to give a warm welcome to Basim Felemban, who will be joining us this year as a Body Imaging Fellow. Dr Felemban is a consultant radiologist, who graduated from UQU medical faculty in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 2003. He subsequently graduated from the Saudi Board of Radiology in Jan 2010. He worked in the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia as an Acting Consultant and Chairman of Radiology Department at King Faisal Hospital, Makkah from 2010 - 2013.
Mohammad Wazzan will also be joining us this year as a Body Imaging Fellow. Dr Wazzan received his medical degree in 2005 from Umm AI-Qura University, Makkah, KSA. He fininished his Residency Training Radiology program in 2011, at Jeddah Center, Western Region, KSA. He was a Manager and Staff Physician in the Deportation Polyclinic Ministry of Interior Jeddah, KSA. Dr. Wazzan worked at MOI as consultant radiologist and was a member of military screening program. Please join us in welcoming Dr Wazzan.
New resident Aamir Suhail was born in the Arabian Gulf in the Sultanate of Oman, moving to Canada in his early years and spending the better part of his childhood in Mississauga, Ontario. Aamir completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences and undergraduate medical training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario before joining the Dalhousie Radiology residency program. Aamir's aims are to develop sound procedural and technical skills in Radiology and to get involved in academic medicine through clinical research.
Matthew Wu was raised in Halifax and graduated from Dalhousie medical school in May 2013. During medical school he co-founded the Dalhousie Radiology Interest Group. His interests include paddling, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, football and European handball.
John Paul King graduated from Memorial University School of Medicine in May 2013. He has had extensive volunteer experiences over the past 10 years and his interests include running, football, Frisbee, curling and swimming.
Douglas Choo graduated from Dalhousie medical school in May 2013. He graduated with a degree in architecture in October 2007 and presented his Master of Architecture Thesis on: “Of dragons and gardens: Designing a home for the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia. He has done volunteer work with youth and elders, won various awards, one being the Leadership/Administrative position in Medicine as Founder of the Dalhousie Radiology Interesting Group in January 2011. His interests include Tae Kwon Do, squash, cardio and music.