Krystyna Barnard
October 22, 2020

Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Women in Radiology (WIR), recently graduated from the Leading, Empowering and Disrupting (LEAD) Program, a joint initiative of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments’ (SCARD) and GE Healthcare. She was among 20 emerging leaders from radiology and industry selected to participate in the 2019-2020 LEAD Program.

A yearlong program, LEAD is designed for women in mid-career levels or beyond who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, as well as an expressed interest in pursuing leadership roles within their respective organizations.

In addition to increasing the number of women in leadership roles, the overall goal of the LEAD Program is to “create an opportunity for healthcare providers and industry to align around similar diversity challenges and opportunities.”

As part of the programming, Dr. Spalluto participated in monthly virtual training, and a combination of live and virtual meetings, mentorship and networking events.

“The LEAD program uniquely empowers women in academia and industry to pursue leadership,” said Dr. Spalluto. “The mentorship and networking opportunities are unparalleled. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with the cohort of women from this LEAD class!"

Since joining Vanderbilt as faculty in 2014, Dr. Spalluto has been appointed to various leadership roles in the Department of Radiology. In addition to leading the WIR program, she currently serves as Vice Chair of Health Equity and Associate Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“Dr. Spalluto’s accomplishments are wide and varied,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology. “Since establishing the Women in Radiology program at Vanderbilt, she has become a national force in leadership development for women, and is a tremendous role model for our early-career women faculty and trainees.”

Outside of Vanderbilt, she serves as President of the American Association for Women in Radiology, and on the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Commission for Women and Diversity.

“We are so lucky to have Dr. Spalluto at Vanderbilt,” added Dr. Omary. “The entire field of academic radiology is going to be better because of her contributions, and I am excited to see her continued success.”