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Message from Department Chair

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of our Image of Excellence newsletter. In the last edition, I outlined how we were managing our COVID-19 pandemic response and the profound operational changes we made to prevent community spread of the virus. Despite the challenges, we adapted well to protect our staff and patients while also providing critical medical imaging support to VCU Health.

As of January 28th, the first dose COVID-19 vaccination rate for Radiology faculty was 95 percent, exceeding VCU Health's goal for first dose vaccination rates. Our combined effort will help build team immunity, reducing the odds that a team member unknowingly spreads the virus.  

In this newsletter, you will see our West Hospital expansion and learn more about the breast imaging services that we will soon be offering in the West End of Richmond. I am also proud to share a summary of professional achievements made by our Cardiothoracic Imaging faculty and to introduce our newest Musculoskeletal faculty member, Aram Salem, M.D.

Thank you for your continued grace and generosity. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

Be well,

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

Radiology Department Renovation and Expansion Updates

Our Main 3 renovation project is underway. This major construction project includes a new vascular interventional radiology suite with new equipment, a 5th interventional radiology room with expanded patient recovery space, and an interventional suite with dedicated CT and ultrasound. While we added a new CT scanner, we moved our MR scanners to Gateway Basement. Nuclear Medicine, which is located in Gateway 2, will also receive a new SPECT CT unit. New reading rooms will occupy the space formerly used as Main 3 faculty offices, which recently moved to West Hospital. The Radiology Conference Room also moved to West Hospital.

The Radiology Department now occupies the entire 2nd floor of the West Hospital and includes the majority of our faculty offices, administrative staff space, and the Radiology Residency Director’s office. Our new office furniture is in place and faculty members are starting to move in. Once complete, this expansion project will increase our presence and advance our capabilities in Richmond.

Photo Gallery of the VCU Department of Radiology West Hospital Expansion

The VCU Department of Radiology West Hospital expansion included several months of construction creating faculty and administration offices, education spaces, and meeting rooms for the purpose of meeting the Department's educational needs and operational growth. Swipe or mouse left through photo gallery.

Main Lobby

Radiology lobby in West Hospital

Conference Room

Conference room in West Hospital


West Hospital kitchen


Reading Room

West Hospital Reading Room


Resident Lecture Hall

radiology resident lecture hall in West Hospital


Faculty Office

Large faculty office in West Hospital


Common Area Workspace

Radiology West Hospital Common Work Space

Breast Imaging Expands To West End

VCU Health Breast Imaging and Women's Health/Gynecology Partner to Expand Services to Short Pump

VCU Health Breast Imaging is partnering with VCU Health Women's Health/Gynecology to provide clinical services at the new GreenGate medical office located off W. Broad Street in the Short Pump-area of Henrico, VA. The collaborative venture will provide women with the most comprehensive and medically-advanced care available in central Virginia.

VCU Health Breast Imaging will offer screening mammograms using the latest mammography units each with 3D technology capability. The projected start date for the new GreenGate medical office is Summer 2021.

Spotlighting the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section

Outstanding Achievements by our Cardiothoracic Imaging Faculty

Portrait of Mark Parker MD FACR in white coat

Mark S. Parker, M.D. was course director, moderator and presenter for the ARRS COVID-19: Clinical Features and Spectrum of Imaging Findings Virtual Symposium held January 22, 2021. The day-long symposium provided a comprehensive overview of the origin, pathophysiology, and varied clinical presentations of COVID-19 infection. Dr. Parker's opening presentation, "Emergence of COVID-19 and the Subsequent Pandemic," was followed by a variety of informative sessions by accomplished faculty. 

The virtual symposium was free to ARRS members and in-training members. It drew more than 950 attendees making it the most widely attended ARRS symposium, The symposium is currently available on demand with credit through March 19 for symposium registrants.
Dr. Parker also participated on the American College of Radiology RADPEER Committee contributing to the preparation of an original Clinical Practice Management article "Forty-One Million RADPEER Reviews Later: What We Have Learned and Are Still Learning."


Portrait of Shaimaa Fadl, M.D. in medical white coat

Shaimaa A. Fadl, M.D. presented "Use of Prone Positioning in Patients with COVID-19 and Interpretation Challenges" at the ARRS COVID-19: Clinical Features and Spectrum of Imaging Findings Virtual Symposium held January 22, 2021.

Follow the links to learn more about the American College of Radiology RADPEER  and the American Roentgen Ray Society (links open to new windows).

Upcoming Contributions by the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section

Society of Thoracic Radiology - Thoracic Imaging 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Resident Bootcamp

Franklin Dana, M.D., Shaimaa A. Fadl, M.D., and Mark S. Parker, M.D. will present at the Society of Thoracic Radiology - Thoracic Imaging 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Resident Bootcamp, March 6-10, 2021.

Dr. Dana to present on two topics, including "The Superior Mediastinum & Thoracic Inlet" at the Resident Bootcamp on March 6, 2021 and "Primary and Secondary Lesions of the Tracheobronchial Tree and Interventional Therapies" at the Annual Meeting on March 10, 2021.

Dr. Fadl to present a lecture on "Imaging of Pulmonary Tuberculosis" at the Annual Meeting on March 10, 2021.

Dr. Parker to present a lecture on "Test Your Skills and Knowledge on the Lateral Chest X-ray" at the Annual Meeting on March 8, 2021.

Learn More About Thoracic Imaging 2021

American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Virtual & On Demand Annual Meeting

John D. Grizzard, M.D. and Elizabeth Kate Proffitt, M.D. will present an educational scientific exhibit on "When Right is Wrong: A Cardiac MRI Imaging Review of Isolated Right Ventricle Enlargement" at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Virtual & On Demand Annual Meeting, April 18-22, 2021.

New Radiology Faculty Member

Introducing our newest VCU Department of Radiology faculty member

White coat portrait of Aram Salem M.D.

Aram N. Salem, M.D. joins our Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section, coming to us from Washington Radiology in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Salem earned his M.D. at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, IL, completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and his fellowship in musculoskeletal MRI at Radnet Radiology in Los Angeles, CA.

Click the profile photo to learn more about Dr. Salem and the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Section.

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