Entrepreneurial Women in Radiology: Role Models of Success

Yoshimi Anzai, Carolyn C. Meltzer, Kristen K. DeStigter, Stamatia Destounis, Barbara K. Pawley, M. Elizabeth Oates

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Radiology is undeniably male dominated. Alongside surgery and orthopedic surgery, academic radiology ranks near the bottom in having the lowest proportion of full-time female faculty members. Despite many efforts to recruit talented women, the pipeline entering the radiologic disciplines continues to flow at a trickle. One factor is the relative lack of role models for female medical students. Entrepreneurial women in radiology can lead the field with their innovation and creativity, courage, and commitment. In this article, the authors highlight two entrepreneurial female radiologists who shared their success stories at the American Association for Women Radiologists’ session at the 2015 ACR annual meeting. Their successes underscore the potential for such women to serve as role models to female medical students and even college undergraduates. Despite the gender gap in radiology, the field has yielded some exceptional women who can take on challenges, overcome barriers and assume risks, create strategies and processes to operationalize their visions, secure funding, and expand their enterprises to make sustainable impacts both at home and abroad. As we move toward more patient- and family-centered care models and become increasingly visible to diverse populations, there is no better time for female leaders in radiology to inspire the next generation to join our essential and rewarding specialty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-1382
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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  • Leadership
  • entrepreneurship
  • gender equity
  • radiology
  • role models
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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