Dr. Christopher Comstock is an attending radiologist and director of Breast Imaging Postgraduate Education at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Comstock is co-author of “Abbreviated Breast MRI: A Practical Guide” published this year. He is currently the Imaging Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Breast Committee and is chair of the ACR Committee on BI-RADS Breast MRI. Dr Comstock is Co-PI of an active multicenter trial titled Effect of Preoperative Breast MRI on Surgical Outcomes, Costs and Quality of Life of Women with Breast Cancer (Alliance A011104/ACRIN 6694) and Study chair of the recently opened ECOG-ACRIN trial EA1141, “Comparison of Abbreviated Breast MRI and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in Breast Cancer Screening in Women with Dense Breasts”.
Stamatia Destounis, MD is a practicing Radiologist at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, and Clinical Professor of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Destounis serves as a reviewer for several peer-review journals and is an ACR Ultrasound and MRI accreditation reviewer and the Chair of the Breast MRI Accreditation Committee and Economics Committee. She is active on several committees for SBI and is the current Chair of the Patient Care and Delivery Committee. She participates with several Radiology sub-committees locally, as well as nationally and is a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society and local women’s groups and health care organizations.
Dr. Destounis is actively involved with research, acting as the PI on several clinical trials conducted at her practice. Dr. Destounis’ personal research interests include Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, screening mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI, and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters throughout her career on these topics.
Dr. Linver is Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of New Mexico, and Director Emeritus of the Breast Imaging Center of X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, P.C., in Albuquerque. He has been a specialist in Breast Imaging for the past 30 years.
Dr. Linver is a busy lecturer on mammography, having presented over 1,300 lectures in 37 states in the U.S. & in 24 other countries around the world. He is the author of over 60 published articles and textbook chapters on mammography, and is a strong political proponent of quality mammography, having helped to shape the Final Rules of the Mammography Quality Standards Act and the BIRADS Atlas. He is past chair of the Committee on Breast Ultrasound Accreditation, and a long-standing member of the BIRADS Committee, for the American College of Radiology.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging . In 2010, he was chosen as one of the 10 most effective Radiology Educators in the United States by the subscribers and members of AuntMinnie.com.
Kara-Lee Pool is currently an Assistant Professor in Radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles with a clinical focus in Breast Imaging and Pediatric Imaging. Her research, community initiatives and program building are focused on global health research and education. Dr. Pool produced an award-winning documentary titled “Mountains of Hope” about the challenges of HIV in Lesotho. She created an ultrasound technique with colleagues at the University of Cape Town to evaluate mediastinal lymphadenopathy in children as a marker of pulmonary tuberculosis. Her current research in Malawi includes training local clinicians in point-of-care ultrasound as a tool in the diagnosis of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. She is conducting a collaborative project with oncologic surgeons in South Africa with the goal of implementing diagnostic breast ultrasound to assist in triaging palpable breast masses. She is also conducting a collaborative project with Infectious Disease specialists in Brazil on imaging of ZIKA infected patients. Dr. Pool created one of the first formalized four-year global health curricula for radiology residents. She is an Operational and Management Team leader for RAD-AID International and an International Outreach Committee Member for the Society of Breast Imaging. Dr. Pool is an invited lecturer for the World Health Organization on the topics of breast ultrasound and ultrasound of infectious diseases.
The vast majority of my radiology work has been clinical diagnostic imaging and image guided interventional procedures. While my early career included general ultrasound with a focus on women’s imaging, since 2005 I have been practicing strictly as a breast imager. This organ based sub-specialty includes multiple modalities as well as image-guided biopsy and other procedures.
My research has included clinical studies of newer technologies such as elastography and some aspects of MRI, as well as mammographic diagnostic dilemmas.
One area of continued focus has been international teaching and training in women’s imaging. This began in 1993 in Armenia and has included work in Ukraine, Pakistan, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jordan, Egypt, Colombia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Nepal, Chile, and China. Much of the international teaching has targeted developing and limited resource regions of the world, and some has been funded through grants.
I have been a course director for multiple comprehensive breast imaging symposia, both within the USA, and internationally, including 1 in Costa Rica and two in South Africa.
My research interests currently focus on breast density and cancer risk, with a newer focus on in-depth tissue analysis with imaging-pathology correlation, imaging genomics and personalized risk stratification.
Dr. Murray Rebner was born in Montreal Canada. He received his undergraduate and medical training at McGill University in Montreal. He completed his radiology residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan. He did a one year fellowship in breast imaging, chest imaging and ultrasound at the same institution.
He remained on the faculty of the department of diagnostic radiology at the University of Michigan for four years and he attained the rank of assistant professor.
He then went to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan where he was a senior staff radiologist for eight years. He became the section chief of breast imaging there after three years. He worked exclusively in breast imaging and helped develop their fellowship program in that subspecialty.
Dr. Rebner then joined the staff at Beaumont Health and he has remained there for the past twenty years. He is the immediate past director of the division of breast imaging and a professor of radiology and molecular Imaging. He is committed to bringing the best cutting-edge technology to Beaumont patients in order to help reduce their mortality and morbidity from breast cancer. Under his leadership his division introduced digital mammography, mammography CAD and MR guided breast biopsy to the women in Michigan. Beaumont Health was also the first in the state to receive breast MRI accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
Dr. Rebner has authored or coauthored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented multiple papers and posters at scientific meetings. He has served as a moderator for numerous scientific sessions at the Radiological Society of North America. He has lectured and taught throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
He has received numerous awards throughout his career. Some of these include distinguished reviewer awards from the journal Radiology, Best Doctors in America, and a distinguished service award from General Electric for his dedication to the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. His current academic interests include digital breast tomosynthesis and imaging of women who are at high risk for breast cancer. Dr. Rebner is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging. He has served as treasurer, vice president, president and the immediate past president of the Society of Breast Imaging.
He has been married to his wife Susan for 33 years. They have 2 children Rachel 31 and Max 29. They enjoy traveling, singing in a choir, playing golf and bridge together
Maryann Hardy (UK)View bio
Dr Maryann Hardy is a Professor of Radiography & Imaging Practice Research at the University of Bradford, UK where she previously held strategic roles of Associate Dean – Research & Knowledge Transfer and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. As a fully tenured Professor, she is recognized as a professional leader both in the UK and internationally and has authored over 50 book and journal publications and received research income in excess of £1.4m. She has been invited to sit on a number of national research funding panels and is a reviewer for a wide range of research funding bodies and Journals. She is the current British Institute of Radiology Vice-President for Education and past president of the UK Radiological Congress. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and a member of Editorial Board for Radiography Journal. As an experienced academic radiographer, she has a wealth of expertise in developing and delivering innovative education programmes and a wide multidisciplinary and international professional network. She is passionate about radiographers fulfilling their potential as a profession in their own right and the opportunities advances in computerisation and technology might provide for improved service delivery.
Dina Husseiny Salama (Egypt)View bio
Prof. Dina Husseiny Salama, MD, PhD
- International Expert and Lecturer at the (United Nations/ International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA) Vienna, Austria in (Medical Imaging + Radiation Protection+ Emergency preparedness and response)
- Professor and Head of the Radiology and Radiation Protection Department, Atomic Energy Authority, Egypt.
- Director of Radiation Safety Sector at the Egyptian Society of Radiology and Nuclear medicine
- International advisor of the IAEA DG Yukia Amano in Technical Cooperation
- Chair of the Radiation Protection Committee till present.
- Regional consultant of the WHO , Switzerland
- Board member of Afrosafe and Arabsafe.
- Chairman , moderator and lecturer in many international and national conferences
- Supervising Masters , MD and PhD students in the fields of Radiology , Cancer management radiation safety , medical physics, radiation technology.
- Involved extensively in research and published many valuable international publications in the field of Radiology , Cancer detection & treatment , radiation protection and