My activities since being appointed to the faculty at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), have been dedicated to clinical service (70%), research (20%), teaching and administration (10%). As an academic radiologist at a leading cancer center, I have established myself as an excellent diagnostic radiologist among our referring physicians, and participated in several research projects that have resulted in peer-reviewed manuscripts. I have strived to be an imaging- clinician-scientist, working to bridge the gap between oncologists and the radiologists by way of innovative research meaningful to clinical practice.
I completed my radiology residency in May 2002, at one of oldest and leading medical colleges in India. I completed a two year fellowship training in oncoradiology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in November 2007. I have had a strong commitment to academic and research pursuits. During my training, I conducted research on uterine artery embolization for treatment of fibroids in Indian women, submitted as my post graduate thesis in May 2002. I also served as the Chief Resident in 2001-2002, and was instrumental in developing the departmental teaching file. In my fellowship year, I specialized in cancer imaging, and thereafter, I chose to specialize in oncologic imaging and joined the staff at BWH/DFCI radiology to further pursue my goal of becoming an excellent imaging clinician-scientist.
My clinical expertise and achievements are developed in two major areas, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and tumor response criteria. I have completed several research projects focused on cancer imaging and monitoring the response of cancer to therapy. I have been actively involved in the MRI division at DFCI since its inception in 2005, and have been instrumental in developing the musculoskeletal tumor imaging service and whole body MR imaging at DFCI. In my current role as MRI director, I facilitate and oversee all clinical and MRI research activities at DFCI.
My interest in whole body MRI began with a collaborative radiology and oncology project in my second year attending the DFCI faculty. This is a prospective study of whole body MRI as a screening tool for patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and is under accrual phase. Following the successful implementation of the whole body MRI protocol in this cohort, we are collaborating with various disease groups to expand the role of whole body MR imaging in diagnosis, risk stratification and therapeutic decision making
In addition to clinical and research work, I am also committed to teaching in academic medicine. As the Clinical Director of MRI, I have been actively involved in teaching activities that promote the fellows knowledge of MRI with relevance to clinical practice, oncologic and imaging expertise. Day to day, I serve as a junior faculty mentor for our radiology fellows and rotating residents, providing guidance in career decisions, research projects and in other scholarly activities.