VCU Radiologist Provides Humanitarian Aid to Communities in India

Richmond, VA - July 2021 - In response to the surge in SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) cases in India, Siddhi Shah, M.D., VCU Radiologist and Assistant Professor specializing in Emergency Radiology and Neuroradiology, and her husband Jagdip Shah, M.D., retired VCU Anesthesiologist, donated $750,000 in equipment and clinical care support to communities with significant medical need. The equipment, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, went to hospital ICU units with the logistics and distribution coordinated by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). Allocation of the medical equipment was based on urgency with aid going to hospitals in the epicenters of India’s COVID-19 crisis.

After receiving an email from AAPI with news about the dire situation in India, Drs. Siddhi and Jagdip Shah were compelled to support the association’s humanitarian work. Together they coordinated access to oxygen and adequate critical care.

“We could not believe the news from India and we really wanted to help,” remarks Dr. Siddhi Shah. “My husband and I are both originally from India. We even earned our medical degrees from the same medical college there. It felt natural to want to provide life-saving equipment to communities with the greatest need, to bolster frontline hospitals buckling under the crush of patients sick with COVID-19.”

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) recognized the Shahs for their philanthropic support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic presenting the couple with an award of recognition at the association’s July 2021 annual convention.

Speaking for her and her husband, Dr. Siddhi Shah said, “It’s a blessing that our clinical experience and our relationships with the medical community in India changed the outcomes for so many families. We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from AAPI, and we hope that our effort inspires compassion and acts of kindness especially among young people and those in medical community.”

The VCU Department of Radiology, recognized nationally and internationally as a leading academic medical department, provides patients with the highest standard of care and innovative procedures. The Department offers highly competitive residency and fellowship programs with faculty dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in subspecialty diagnostic and interventional radiology. The Department’s clinical excellence is available in all modalities, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is an association with 80,000 physicians in the United States and a charitable foundation dedicated to free clinics and health fairs in India.

New Faculty Hires

Welcome Our Newest Fellowship Trained Radiologists

Reza Amerinasab, M.D.

Reza Amerinasab, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Reza Amerinasab, M.D.

Reza Amerinasab, M.D.

Assistant Professor



Tappahannock Hospital

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Judson Frye, M.D.

Judson Frye, M.D.

Affiliate Professor

Judson Frye, M.D.

Judson Frye, M.D.

Affiliate Professor


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Yujie Qiao, M.D.

Yujie Qiao, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Yujie Qiao, M.D.

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Breast Imaging Services and Lung Cancer Screening at VCU Health Tappahannock

Richmond, VA - July 2021 - The VCU Department of Radiology expands breast imaging services and the Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program to VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital

VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital entrance with large bushes and flag poleBreast imaging services available at VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital include screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast MRI and breast ultrasound. VCU breast imaging specialists are part of an interdisciplinary team that includes pathologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, and geneticists, all who have special training in breast cancer.

The Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program, Virginia’s first American College of Radiology-Designated multidisciplinary lung cancer screening center, is recognized by the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer as a Screening Center of Excellence in Central Virginia. Fellowship trained thoracic radiologists use low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) technology to provide lung cancer screening care for patients throughout Virginia. The specially trained radiologists work in conjunction with Pulmonary Medicine, Thoracic Surgery and Smoking Cessation to offer complete patient care. 

Faculty Promotions

Malcolm K. Sydnor Jr., M.D. Promotion to Professor

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Richmond, VA - June 2021 - Malcolm K. Sydnor Jr., M.D., Vice Chair of Quality and Safety for the Department of Radiology, Division-Chair of Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division, and Medical Director of the VCU Health Baird Vascular Institute, receives promotion to full Professor effective July 1, 2021 for his accomplishments as a clinician, teacher and mentor.

Dr. Sydnor is a graduate of the VCU School of Medicine where he also completed his radiology residency before completing his vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Sydnor has subsequently worked at VCU for his entire career where he has specialized in minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures. In addition to his exceptional clinical work, Sydnor’s research encompasses saphenous vein ablation, trauma, and other topics. He has given numerous lectures on the regional and national stage, and his research and other academic endeavors have made a significant impact to the field of interventional radiology. He has also trained more than 100 Radiology residents and over 20 Vascular Interventional Radiology fellows.

“I could not be more proud of Dr. Sydnor's promotion to professor as this is an important recognition of his academic work. One of the greatest rewards of a department chair is to witness a resident become an outstanding radiologist, remarks Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., Chair of the Department of Radiology. “I appreciate his many contributions to our Department and University not only as an interventional radiologist but also as an educator and leader. His service as Division Chair of Interventional Radiology and as Vice Chair of Quality and Safety is invaluable!”

A major personal and professional milestone, Dr. Sydnor celebrates the opportunity to serve the VCU School of Medicine community and his profession as a full rank Professor.

Yang Tang, M.D., Ph.D. Promotion to Associate Professor

Emergency Radiology Director Yang Tang M.D., Ph.D.Richmond, VA - June 2021 - Yang Tang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Emergency Radiology and Director of Quality Assurance for Diagnostic Radiology, is granted promotion to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2021. The promotion recognizes his substantive contributions to research and teaching, and his clinical expertise in the field of emergency radiology.

Dr. Tang earned a M.D. from the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his radiology residency at the VCU School of Medicine and his neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. In addition to emergency and trauma radiology, Tang’s areas of interest include neuroradiology, quality and safety, and neurovascular disease. Well published, Tang has authored books including, Atlas of Emergency Neurovascular Imaging and Emergency Neurology – A Case Based Approach, as well as several peer-reviewed papers and articles.

“Dr. Tang is a self-motivated, talented, productive, and energetic radiologist who performs at an extremely high level in all facets of academic life – teaching, scholarship, and service, “ said Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., Chair of the Department of Radiology. “As soon as I worked with Dr. Tang during his first year of radiology residency, I was impressed by his work ethic and breadth of knowledge. I knew with certainty that he was a radiology star in the making,”

Dr. Tang looks forward to fulfilling the responsibilities and expectations of his new role as Associate Professor.

Lung Cancer Screening Experts Present at VCU Department of Internal Medicine Medical Grand Rounds

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Richmond, VA - June 2021 - Mark S. Parker, M.D., FACR and Elizabeth K. Proffitt, M.D. presented, "Update on 2021 United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines" for the VCU Department of Internal Medicine Spring 2021 Medical Grand Rounds on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Medical Grand Rounds presentations are both virtual and in-person learning opportunities. 

Dr. Mark S. Parker is Professor for Diagnostic Radiology and Internal Medicine, Director of the Thoracic Imaging Division, Director of the Thoracic Imaging Fellowship Program, and Director of the Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program. Parker is a member of the American College of Radiology National Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Steering Committee and Lung Cancer Screening Incidental Findings Subcommittee.

Dr. Elizabeth K. Proffitt is Assistant Professor for Diagnostic Radiology Cardiothoracic Imaging Division and a member of the American College of Radiology National Lung Cancer Screening Registry’s Subcommittee on Quality Improvement & Education.

Radiology Nurses in the News

Interventional Radiology Nurse Has a Deep Commitment to Others

Image of Richmond Times Dispatch Nurses Week 2021 feature of Rachel Grace ReisingerRichmond, VA - May 2021 - Nurses' Week 2021 ran from May 6th through May 12th this year and Central Virginia media shine spotlight on two VCU Department of Radiology nurses.

Rachel Grace Reisinger who became a nurse in 2012 and currently works within Interventional Radiology is one of several nurses in Central Virginia featured in "Nurses: The Heart of Health Care" a special publication of The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Reisinger also helps care for patients with COVID-19 and, when off duty, volunteers to give the COVID-19 vaccine.


Lung Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator's Cancer Journey Helps Her Connect with Patients

Michelle Futrell lung cancer screening navigator with patientRichmond, VA - May 2021 - Michelle Futrell, VCU Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator, and Program Coordinator featured on WTVR News 6 Buddy Check during Nurses' Week 2021. Futrell discovered a lump during a breast self-exam leaving her fighting and surviving breast cancer during much of 2019. Click on this WTVR Buddy Check link to watch the video and read her courageous story to learn how her journey helps her connect with patients.


MRI Online Pancreas Imaging Mastery Series Course by Neeraj Lalwani, MD is Live

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Richmond, VA - April 2021 - Neeraj Lalwani, MD, abdominal imaging specialist and associate professor for the VCU Department of Radiology, has partnered with MRI Online to offer a comprehensive continuing medical education series on pancreas imaging. The course is part of the MRI Online Imaging Mastery Series and includes 45 videos for 160 minutes of informative content. Dr. Lalwani reviews current techniques for imaging the pancreas and discusses pancreas anatomy, protocols, metastatic disease and surgical procedures

MRI Online is an online continuing education resource providing courses and cases for practicing radiologists to expand their radiology expertise across all modalities. MRI Online partners with proven educators to create training opportunities for radiologists in every stage of their career.


MRI Online Pancreas Imaging Mastery Series Course

Laura R. Carucci, M.D. named Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging

Portrait of Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSARRichmond, VA - April 2021 - Laura R. Carucci, MD, FACR, FSAR has been named Chief of the Abdominal Imaging section for the VCU Department of Radiology. Dr. Carucci completed her radiology residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She then joined the VCU School of Medicine faculty and has risen to the rank of full professor. She has held multiple leadership positions in the department including Director of Computed Tomography (CT), Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Director of Abdominal MRI. In 2020, she received the prestigious award of Fellow of the American College of Radiology. 

Dr. Carucci specializes in gastrointestinal imaging and genitourinary imaging as well as performs and interprets abdominal and pelvic CT, MRI and GI/GU fluoroscopy studies. She is a well-respected professor and researcher, and is nationally known for her exceptional clinical skills and compassionate patient care. Dr. Carucci's clinical research interests include, bariatric imaging, postoperative GI and GU imaging, and luminal GI tract imaging. Dr. Carucci is the Chair of the Society of Abdominal Radiology GERD disease-focused panel and serves on the editorial board of RadioGraphics as Associate Editor and chair of gastrointestinal imaging.

Visit her faculty profile for more information about Laura R. Carucci, M.D.

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D. Inaugural Speaker for "Who We Are" Series

“Who We Are” alumni speaker series offers students a sense of connection and a glimpse of the future

Richmond, VA - April 2021 - VCU School of Medicine Dean, Peter F. Buckley, M.D., recommended Dr. Ann Fulcher, M’87, H’91, as the series’ inaugural speaker for the "Who We Are" alumni speaker series because of her many career achievements – leading to her current position as chair of the school’s Department of Radiology – and her success as a photographer. 

Dr. Fulcher’s enthusiasm for her chosen specialty may have persuaded more than a few listeners to consider radiology. But she also acknowledged that because her focus for years was entirely medical, she didn’t get into photography until about a decade ago. That, she says, really opened up her world to others who think a different way.

The VCU School of Medicine alumni speaker series, “Who We Are,” kicked off February 2021 to bolster experiential learning during COVID-19. The series offers students a sense of connection and a glimpse of the future. 

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Neeraj Lalwani, M.D. Guest Editor

Guest Editor of Seminars in Roentgenology Issue with Colorectal Cancers Focus

Neeraj Lalwani M.D. white lab coatRichmond, VA - April 2021 -  Neeraj Lalwani, M.D., abdominal imaging specialist and associate professor for the VCU Department of Radiology is the featured guest editor for Volume 56, Issue 2 of Seminars in Roentgenology. The editorial focus for this issue is colorectal cancers. 

Read more about Dr. Neeraj Lalwani and our Abdominal Imaging Section.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Faculty to Speak at the American Roentgen Ray Society 2021 Annual Meeting

Richmond, VA - April 2021 - Two faculty members from the VCU Department of Radiology Cardiothoracic Imaging section to present at the American Roentgen Ray Society Virtual & On Demand Annual Meeting, April 18-22, 2021.

Elizabeth Kate Proffitt, M.D. and John D. Grizzard, M.D. to present an educational scientific exhibit on, "When Right is Wrong: A Cardiac MRI Imaging Review of Isolated Right Ventricle Enlargement.”

Visit the following link to learn more about our Cardiothoracic Imaging section.

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Recent Radiology News

VCU Department of Radiology Expands to VCU Health Emergency Center at New Kent

The VCU Department of Radiology offers advanced medical imaging, including digital X-ray, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) at the VCU Health Emergency Center at New Kent, now open.

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