Matthew Smith Wins RSNA Resident Research Award

A research project aimed at developing a new way to image lung perfusion has won a VUMC Radiology member a coveted award.

Abdominal Imaging fellow Matthew Smith, MD, PhD, was chosen as this year’s recipient for the RSNA Resident Research Award. Dr. Smith’s research, “Detecting pulmonary embolism using fluoroscopy and spectral analysis: a non-contrast method” started in 2019 when he joined the department as a first-year Diagnostic Radiology resident.

He was nominated by the department to recognize his work and efforts towards this research.

"My project has been incredibly rewarding,” says Dr. Smith. “From initial brainstorming sessions to the latest clinical validation with Interventional Cardiology. I could not have done this without my team, and I'm especially thankful for Drs. Gary Smith and Jared Grice."

Using his PhD in Medical Physics along with his medical degree, Dr. Smith has utilized all aspects of his training to get to this point.

“Matt has been incredible researcher,” says Jared Grice, DMP, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. “He’s built the project largely himself and assembled collaborators from not only his interpersonal skills, but also his skill sets in image processing and coding.”

Dr. Smith says a relationship with an industry partner developed at last year’s RSNA conference could help further the project.

“This connection recently provided a potential for further development, so we can get this technology to patients who would benefit,” says Dr. Smith.

This goal of getting the work to patients, along with the passion behind the investigator, is what Dr. Steven Harris says makes this project and Dr. Smith stand out.

“This award is wonderful news,” says Steven Harris, MD, PhD, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Associate Program Director. “Matt has applied his tremendous enthusiasm and strong technical background to an innovative project with an eye for clinical translation.”

Congratulations, Dr. Smith!