SSR Scholars Program

Congratulations to our 2023 SSR Scholars!

Tristan Cooper-Roth: U Arizona (AZ)
Collin Edwards: NY Presbyterian-Columbia (NY)
Rakesh Goli: Brigham and Women’s (MA)
Breiona Hamilton: Vanderbilt (TN)
Thomas Harper: Einstein Montgomery (PA)
Joseph Knox: UCSF (CA)
Jaclyn Lundberg: U Pennsylvania (PA)
Mana Modares: U Toronto (ON, Canada)
Tyler Montgomery: Aventura Hospital (FL)
Michael Nisiewicz: U Kentucky (KY)
Samia Sayyid: Rochester General (NY)
Kevin Selting: Creighton (NE)

We are excited to continue the SSR Scholars Program, an exciting educational opportunity for 1st and 2nd year radiology residents (PGY2 and 3) interested in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Radiology. This is a merit-based scholarship program sponsored by the Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR).

The goal of the SSR Scholars Program is to expose junior radiology residents to the different facets of MSK radiology. The scholarship will provide each recipient with:

  • Free registration to the 2023 and 2024 Annual SSR meetings with $500 per meeting in financial support from the SSR to attend the annual meetings in person.
  • Registration to the specialty “MSK Ultrasound” course at your first SSR meeting which includes hands-on scanning opportunities in small group settings.
  • Pairing with an SSR Scholar mentor who will serve as advisor for career guidance and/or possible research project. (SSR Scholar mentors are made up of leading MSK radiologists throughout the United States.)
  • Becoming a resident leader in the SSR; with opportunities to help run the SSR Resident Working Group, the SSR Education Club, the Resident Breakout Session at the Annual Meeting, and other SSR initiatives geared towards residents and fellows.
  • Dedicated Meet and Greet session (at the meeting) with MSK Fellowship directors to discuss the MSK Radiology Fellowship application process.

Become part of the SSR Resident Working Group Visit us on Twitter (@ssr_rwg) and Instagram (@ssr.rwg). The SSR scholars are also granted access to the annual meeting events, including the scientific sessions, CME lectures, and Members’ dinner.

SSR Scholars Award Criteria

The SSR scholars will be selected by a review committee made up of experienced SSR members from across the country who have demonstrated a strong interest in resident and fellow education. Each applicant will be assessed based on their past accomplishments (as stated in their CV), answers to essay questions (which were part of the initial application), and letter of recommendations. The committee will be looking for (1) evidence of a strong interest in MSK radiology as a future subspecialty and (2) candidates who would most benefit from the program.


Past Scholars Program Winners 

2022 SSR Scholars include:

Ahmed Awad: John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Mike Bao: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dennis Barbon: Oregon Health and Sciences University
Allison Blake: Northwestern University
Thien Dang: University of Toronto
Leopoldo Garcia Zapata: University of Maryland Medical Center
Divya Kishore: Emory University School of Medicine - Diagnostic Radiology
Delaram Shakoor: Yale- New Haven
Paul Wojack: Northwell Health - North Shore/Long Island Jewish
Esther Zusstone: New York University Diagnostic Radiology

2021 SSR Scholars include:

Alireza Abadi: University of Washington
Joe Baal: University of California, San Francisco
Alison Esteva Sanders: Northwestern University
Rishabh Gattu: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Dana Kerr: Duke University
Allison Khoo: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Jonathan Lin: University of California, Los Angeles
Alexander Marchese: University of Vermont Medical Center
Jennifer Padwal: Stanford University
Alisha Rathi: Northwell

2020 SSR Scholars include:

Antoine Azar: Mayo Clinic, Florida
Hadas Benhabib: University of Toronto
Hoiwan Cheung: University of Washington
Kristopher de Ga: University of California, Davis
MeNore Lake: Mt. Auburn Hospital
Nicholas Laucis: Henry Ford Health System
My-Linh Nguyen: Emory University
Stephany Ross: Northwestern University
Shruthi Suresh: Geisinger Health System
Katherine van Schaik: Beth Israel Deaconess

These scholars continue to meet with their individual SSR Mentors and have worked on various projects, including the SSR Educational Syllabi (to be published soon on the SSR website) as well as their continued participation on the Resident Working Group.