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AUR Announces 2016 GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Graduates

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Released: July 26, 2016

AUR Contact:
Stephanie Taylor

OAK BROOK, Ill. — The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) recognized the 2016 GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Graduates at its Winter Retreat in La Jolla, California in February 2016.

The 2016 Graduating Fellows are:

  • Richard G. Abramson, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Technology Assessment of Multi-parametric MRI as an Early Cancer Treatment Response Biomarker
  • Shadpour Demehri, MD, Johns Hopkins University
    Diagnostic Performance, Therapeutic Impact, and Cost-effectiveness of Advanced Imaging Paradigms in Patients with Chronic Wrist Pain
  • Adam Talenfeld, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    Resect, Ablate or Observe? – SEER-Medicare and Cost-effectiveness Analyses of Small Renal Mass Treatment Strategies for Older Patients
  • Heidi R. Umphrey, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Pilot Study of Dual-energy (DE) Contrast-enhanced (CE) Digital Mammography to Detect Breast Cancer in Patients with Increased Breast Density (BI-RADS Category 3 or 4)

The GERRAF program was initiated in 1992 to help meet the scholarly and research support needs of radiology. The specific purpose of the GERRAF Award is to bring the benefits of radiological advances to medical practice and the public. The mission is twofold. First, it is to develop a cadre of academic radiologists trained in patient-oriented and health services research and demonstrate the value of such training to the field of radiology. Second, it is to provide an opportunity for a critical mass of young radiologists from a wide geographic distribution of academic health centers to receive exceptional training in clinical research methodology. The Fellowship also serves to develop the academic careers of its recipients through a program of mentoring and networking, each being a key element of professional success.

Funding is made possible by an unrestricted grant provided by GE Healthcare.

AUR is an association of over 2,000 academic radiologists, residents, and fellows. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. (

The mission of the AUR is to advance the interests of academic radiology, enhancing careers in academic radiology and advancing radiological science, research and education.