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Message from Department Chair

Dear Friends,

We are excited and prepared for the April 30 opening of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. After years of planning, we are delighted to provide comprehensive inpatient pediatric imaging services including CT, MR, US, radiography, and interventional radiology in a child- and family-friendly environment.

In addition, we look forward to welcoming our new class of radiology residents and a new member of our Breast Imaging team. I encourage you to review the entire newsletter as it offers more news about our ever-growing Department!

Be well,

~ Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., FACR, FSAR, FSABI

VCU Pediatric Imaging Sees Growth

The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU opens its doors to patients on April 30th.

The $400 million project is the only freestanding children’s hospital in the Richmond area and includes a 16-story Children’s Tower, 72 inpatient beds including 24 in the intensive care unit, 6 operating rooms, and 21 emergency department rooms.

In preparation for the grand opening, we’ve been steadily expanding pediatric imaging capabilities by recruiting staff and installing new equipment to offer a full range of services — plain film, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound. 

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Virginia Radiologists Join Together for Lobby Day

VCU Department of Radiology attendings, residents and alumni participate in 2023 lobby day.

five radiologists standing in front of a white fireplaceVCU Department of Radiology attendings, residents and alumni joined the Virginia Radiological Society (VRS) during their annual lobby day on January 31, 2023.

Drs. Mohammad Gharavi, Leila Rezai, Gianna Blundo, Trent Pannell and Jacqueline Urbine (as pictured below L to R) joined 11 other radiologists, including VCU Radiology Alumnus Dr. Scott Conrad from Radiology Associates of Richmond. They went to the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Virginia and walked door-to-door to meet with legislators from both sides of the aisle and discuss important bills that protect patients and providers.

The legislation our radiologists addressed with legislators pertained to protecting providers against threats, expanding funding in the state budget for the Virginia Mental Health Access Program, increasing primary care Medicaid reimbursement, and removing existing questions about mental health on licensure and registration applications.

Radiologists came from VCU, UVA, EVMS, Commonwealth Radiology, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and the Radiology Associates of Richmond to participate in this year’s Radiology Lobby Day.

(Photo courtesy Gianna Blundo, D.O.)

Match Day 2023

VCU Department of Radiology New Residents

We are proud to introduce the newest members of our diagnostic radiology and integrated interventional radiology residency programs.

Diagnostic Radiology Class of 2028

  • Sean Herman - George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Fatima Kadiri - Université Hassan II de Casablanca
  • Lucas Marks - Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Colton McBride - Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Allison Sullivan - Medical University of South Carolina
  • Adam Trusty - Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Perry Witt - University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Integrated Interventional Radiology Class of 2029

  • Amritpal Bhangoo - New York Institute of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Miraj Khan - West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interventional Radiologist Receives Shining Knight Honor

Portrait of Brian Strife MDBrian Strife, M.D., Vascular Interventional Radiologist and Assistant Professor to be honored as a Shining Knight by the VCU Health Trauma Center at the 14th Annual Shining Knight Gala on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

At this year’s gala, Dr. Strife along with other Shining Knights will be recognized for their role in saving the life of one specific trauma patient with net proceeds from the event benefitting injury and violence prevention programs at and through the VCU Medical Center.

Dr. Strife completed his medical education at VCU, including his medical degree, internship, radiology residency and interventional radiology fellowship. We are proud Dr. Strife will be honored as a Shining Knight who touched the life of one of our patients.

Learn more about the 2023 Shining Knight Gala

Shareh Hallaji, M.D.

Shareh Hallaji, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Shareh Hallaji, M.D.

Shareh Hallaji, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor


M.D. – Ross University School of Medicine
Internship – Pinnacle Health Hospitals
Residency - Radiology, VCU Health
Fellowship - Breast Imaging, VCU Health

Breast Imaging Expands with New Hire

We are pleased to welcome back alumna Shareh Hallaji, M.D. as an Assistant Clinical Professor to our Breast Imaging section. Dr. Hallaji earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Miramar, FL. She then completed her Internal Medicine internship at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Hallaji joined us in 2017 for her radiology residency and she stayed at VCU to complete her Breast Imaging fellowship in 2022.

Breast Imaging Physician Advocates for Cancer Screenings on WTVR CBS 6.

Priti Shah, M.D. discusses the importance of breast cancer screenings for individuals with dense breasts

Priti Shah, M.D., medical director of Breast Imaging at VCU Health, advocates for breast cancer screenings in a recent WTVR CBS 6 Buddy Check story, “Why dense breast tissue could be hiding cancerous lumps or masses.” The story follows the brave journey of Christina Miner who has dense breasts and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 at the age 44.

VCU Health Radiologists Earn Top Docs Status

Portrait of Brian Strife MDPortrait of Gregory Vorona M D in a white lab coatGregory Vorona, M.D. (left), Pediatric Radiologist., and Brian Strife, M.D. (far left), Interventional Radiologist, made The Richmond Magazine 2023 Top Docs list. This year more than 210 VCU Health providers were included in the list for their professionalism and the quality care they provide our patients.

Dr. Vorona made the list in the Diagnostic Radiology category. Dr. Strife earned top billing on the 2023 Top Docs list in the Interventional Radiology category. 

Learn more about the 2023 Top Docs providers