It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for...the 2018 Minnie winners have finally been announced! We love the Minnies because they’re a way to truly recognize those individuals who go above and beyond every day in our industry, the ones who are driving innovation and change and pushing our industry forward. The list of winners for the 2018 Minnies was just released, and we were so excited to see a familiar face among the winners!

Tess Cook MD, radiology, radiology faculty

Most Effective Radiology Educator

Winner: Tessa Cook

Tessa is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She divides her clinical practice between the Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Department of Radiology of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Research is a tremendous passion and focus for Dr. Cook, whose primary interests include radiology informatics, radiation dose monitoring, advanced image processing and radiology education. She is the principal developer of RADIANCE, a free, open-source dose monitoring software for CT, which was released worldwide in 2010.

We were lucky enough to have Dr. Cook as a faculty member for our 2017 CT symposium, where she educated attendees on topics such as coronary CT in patients with cardiac arrhythmia, patient oriented radiology reporting, how to automate radiology recommendation tracking, and dealing with acute coronary and aortic syndromes in cardiovascular emergencies.

Every year we’re impressed by the caliber of faculty that speak at our annual symposium, but Dr. Cook stood out among even our most seasoned experts and attendee favorites. It was clear to us then that she possesses not only an incredible amount of knowledge and a passion for radiology that is nearly unmatched, but also a unique ability to share that knowledge with others by educating, engaging, and challenging them. We cannot think of a more deserving person for this award, and look forward to seeing how bright her future continues to be!

We also want to take a moment to recognize longtime faculty members Dr. Willi Kalender and Savvas Nicolaou, who were both in the running for Most Effective Radiology Researcher. Dr. Kalender was runner up in the Most Effective Radiology Researcher category, and Dr. Nicolaou was nominated for the award as well.