SSR Researcher Spotlight
Lauren Ladd, MD
- Academic medicine has always been a passion and a goal of mine. Thanks to many amazing mentors and colleagues, I have been fortunate to live this passion, including contributing to several research projects in varying areas of the musculoskeletal system, as well as in nonclinical areas.
- My clinical research has ranged from the study of osteopetrosis with prodigious endocrinology colleagues, to hip and other joint injection topics both in fellowship and in practice, to metal artifact reduction techniques in the imaging of hip prostheses, and now shoulder anatomy in surgical planning.
- Additional non-clinical areas of research and service that I participate avidly in, which are as important to the field as clinical research, are the topics of diversity and inclusion in radiology.
Autosomal dominant osteopetrosis type 2 (ADO2)
Gadolinium safety in MR Arthrograms
SSR Young Investigator Award:
Starting with a focus on the disparity of women in radiology, I have worked and continue to work to promote the improvement of and study of representational diversity within radiology.
Our field is behind most other specialties in representational diversity. It is well established that businesses and medical teams who are of more diverse identities and backgrounds have better outcomes, innovation, customer/patient-orientation, and improved cultural competence of all team members. Thus, we owe it to our patients and colleagues to work to improve these disparities.
Who am I outside of work?
My “Two Cents”
- Teamwork makes the dream work – Collaboration and working with a great team are keys to starting and moving projects forward, so developing relationships with your radiology and referring colleagues is a valuable part your career in research.
- Pursue what you are interested in so that it feels less like work and more like purpose. And most importantly, make sure your priorities align with and include all of your values – including both inside and outside of work.