Women In Radiology

As part of our Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s vision to create a culturally diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment, the Women In Radiology group is an initiative to promote a departmental culture supportive of the career advancement of female clinicians. Our purpose is to develop knowledgeable, successful, confident women prepared to achieve career success and assume leadership positions.

Our Female Faculty Development Program has been structured to offer opportunities for development and mentorship and to provide tools and support to our female faculty. The program hosts educational modules, which include topics such as Work Life Balance, Enhancing Your CV, Conflict Management and The Art of Self Promotion. In addition to increasing knowledge, our educational meetings serve as an opportunity for networking among junior and senior faculty members, strengthening intradepartmental mentoring.

Our aim is to eliminate barriers and provide support in order to narrow the gender gap in radiology.    

Our Leadership

VUMC Radiology, Women In Radiology Leadership

From left: Drs. Courtney Tomblinson, Lucy Spalluto (back) and Elizabeth Snyder

Lucy Spalluto, M.D.

Lucy Spalluto, M.D.
Director, Women In Radiology
Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Snyder, M.D.

Elizabeth Snyder, M.D.
Associate Director, Women In Radiology 

Courtney Tomblinson, M.D.

Courtney Tomblinson, M.D.
Associate Director, Women In Radiology

Stephanie Spottswood, M.D.

Stephanie Spottswood, M.D., MSPH
Former Co-Director, Professor Emerita Consultant 

In Focus: Meet our Female Faculty

Vicky Morgan, Ph.D.

Vicky Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and member for the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS), is a biomedical engineer with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Dr. Morgan graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and earned her masters and doctorate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1999, and she currently has secondary appointments in biomedical engineering, neurological surgery and neurology. Her primary interest is in clinical translational research bring new imaging methods to patient care.  

Past In Focus articles:
Dominique Delbeke, M.D., Ph.D..
Marta Hernanz-Schulman, M.D., FAAP, FACR.
Glynis Sacks, M.B.B.Ch.
Rochelle Andreotti, M.D.
Lori Deitte, M.D.

Publications and News

Vanderbilt’s Women in Radiology Hosts Diversity Networking Event
The Purse Strings of Radiology
Marie Curie - Stirring the pot
A Leadership Intervention to Further the Training of Female Faculty (LIFT-OFF) in Radiology
Closing the Private Practice Gender Gap
35 Years of Experience from the AAWR: Increasing the Visibility of Women in Radiology 
A Female Faculty Development Program for Radiology 

Recent Program Meetings:

Dr. Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, FACP and Dr. Lori Deitte, MD spoke on the topic of Developing Your Educational Portfolio.

Dr. Dewey discussed how we can turn our daily teaching activities into documentable scholarship.  She discussed turning Educational Activities into a Scholarly Approach (drawing from educational resources) and then into actual Scholarship (contributing to educational resources) by using the 3 P's of scholarship - Product, Peer Reviewed, Publicly disseminated (MedEd Portal or manuscripts for example).  She also discussed the importance of documenting both quality and quantity of teaching activities by distributing assessment surveys.  Most important, is to keep up to date on documenting all teaching/scholarly activities (daily resident teaching, noon conferences, medical student teaching) so that they do not become missed opportunities.

Dr. Deitte discussed the department's new Faculty Professional Development Update Form which can be used at your annual meeting with your section chief to document what you have achieved and what you hope  to achieve.   She emphasized the importance of collaboration within the department.  We discussed the importance of tracking trainee evaluations of faculty members.

Developing Your Educational Portfolio - Dr. Dewey's Slides


William Cooper, MD, MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs (Department of Pediatrics), and Professor of Health Policy led our discussion on Enhancing Your CV.  He suggested using a "Career Vision Worksheet" and discussed Advancing Your Career by:

1.  Discerning your passion

2.  Determining your path

3.  Defining (demonstrating) your contributions

Advancing Your Career - Dr. Cooper's slides

Career Vision Worksheet

Dr. Meg Rush, MD, MMHC led a discussion on the pathway to leadership and administrative roles.

Dr. Rush is the Chief of Staff and Executive Medical Director of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  She is the former Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and has held numerous additional leadership roles.

Dr. Rush’s Talking Points on Leadership:

Strengths a Leader Demonstrates:

  • Integrity
  • Ability to Build Relationships
  • Trust
  • Humbleness

How to become a leader:

  • Watch people who do it well and people who don’t
  • Listen – Recognize barriers to listening
  • Understand that your skills may be nontraditional
  • Look to your past
    • Know strengths/weaknesses
    • Understand how others see you
    • Know how to use your strengths
  • Know when to speak, when not to speak
  • Know to whom you can go for advice and know who you can trust
  • Recognize that you can’t do it all
  • Let things go that are out of your control
  • Trust the people who support you
  • Love what you do

Don’t be afraid to take opportunities:

  • Understand the difference in Research vs. Leadership opportunities
  • Realize you may not be able to excel at everything (research, leadership, administration) at the same time

Keys to a Functional Mentorship Relationship

  •             Respect
  •             Teaching
  •             Tough love
  •             Not your best friend

Recommended Reading:

  • 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
  • Crucial Conversations - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
  • Boys in a Boat – Daniel James Brown
  • StrengthsFinder – Tom Rath

Learning Exercises Available through Vanderbilt:

Dr. Reed Omary, Department of Radiology Chairman, led a discussion on the department's promotional guidelines.  Pertinent information discussed can be accessed via the following links:

Radiology Faculty Tracks and Promotion Guidelines

Vanderbilt Appointments, Mentoring and Promotion of Faculty

Vanderbilt Professional Development Programs

Supporting Documentation

VUMC Standardized CV Format

Documentation of Teaching Form

Vanderbilt Faculty Professional Update Form


Dr. Dominique Delbeke, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Professor and Director of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography, Department of Radiology VUMC led an informative discussion on Writing and Reviewing for Medical Journals.

We reviewed the global differences in the leading radiology journals and the types of manuscripts each tends to accept/solicit.

Writing and Reviewing for Medical Journals - Dr. Delbeke's Slides

Radiology Journal Descriptions

Katarzyna J. Macura, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, Professor of Radiology, Urology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University and Chair, American College of Radiology Commission for Women and General Diversity, shares how to get involved with a national society.


Dr. Gretchen Jackson spoke on work/life balance issues for women in academic medicine.

Gretchen Purcell Jackson, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Jackson is a board-certified general and pediatric surgeon and an internationally recognized informatician with over 20 years of contributions to surgical science, informatics research, and innovations in health information technologies.