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SABI Mentoring Program

The objective of this program is to support the career growth and personal development of the SABI members. We seek to enrich their professional experience and optimize their contributions to the field of body imaging.

Please see below to learn more about our areas of focus and our committee members' expertise.

Thank you to our Sponsor Bracco

Program Options


This course uses the 4-square framework described by Dr. Hicks to conduct helping conversations in professional interactions, to adopt solution-focused thinking and move from transactional to transformational leadership. This longitudinal commitment involves virtual didactic and coaching sessions that last throughout the academic year.

Success Strategies

In this track, radiologists at any career stage will learn about and discuss a range of topics associated with career success and avoiding pitfalls, including identifying attributes of a good mentor/mentee, how to give and receive feedback, basic concepts of radiology productivity and the revenue cycle, basic negotiation skills, career pathways and tracks to leadership, maintaining work-life balance, and long-term career and financial planning. Through focused readings and candid discussions, this track will help prepare the next generation of radiologists for continued life and work accomplishments.

Career Development

The Career Development track helps junior radiologists launch and grow satisfying and impactful careers with an academic focus. By combining didactic presentations, moderated discussions, Q&A sessions with established radiologist leaders, and optional individualized mentoring sessions, we aim to help the next generation of imagers lead and succeed.

mentorship committee

Dr. Neil M. Rofsky

A Professor and Chair of Radiology at UT Southwestern and the Effie and Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Rofsky also serves as Co-Director of Translational Research for the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC), a collaboration of UT Southwestern and the University of Texas at Dallas. As Chair of Radiology, he also leads efforts to rapidly bring the benefits of new technologies, including some developed at the AIRC, into clinical practice.

Dr. Carolyn Wang

Dr. Carolyn Wang is an Associate Professor in Radiology subspecializing in abdominal imaging at the University of Washington. She serves as the Medical Director for Imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Her research is focused on oncologic imaging, imaging biomarkers for treatment response, patient safety and quality, and contrast media.

Dr. Tara Catazano

Dr. Catanzano is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. As the Radiology Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Radiology, she is very active in education and faculty development. In addition, she holds a position as the Associate Director for Academic Career Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs at UMMS-Baystate. It is in these roles that she continues the educational development of her trainees and faculty members.

Dr. Catanzano has a substantial number of research and clinical interests including abdominal imaging in pregnancy, appropriate imaging utilization, faculty development, and educational innovation. Her passion, however, remains developing the next generation of clinical and academic radiologists.

A recent first author on a paper entitled Web-based Conferencing: Tips. Tricks, and Scenario-based Best Practices for Clinicians During a Pandemic Crisis, Dr. Catanzano has expertise in leading remote teams.

Dr. Zand Khashy Rafat

Iranian-Canadian father, novice philosopher and mid-career radiologist living in Montreal. Associate professor of radiology, body MRI enthusiast, current director of MRI Value and Quality at McGill. Recent graduate of McGill's International Masters in Health Leadership and Harvard PON Negotiation and Conflict Management programs. First cohort graduate of SABI’s coaching program. Coaching instructor in SABI’s COOLEST (COaching cOnversations as a LEadership STyle) program since 2020

Dr. John Leyendecker

Dr. Leyendecker is currently Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for radiology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. He completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, radiology residency at Emory University, and fellowship training at Wilford Hall Medical Center (VIR) and Mallinckrodt Institute (body MRI). He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in academic radiology as division chief, modality director, and vice chair for various institutions. He has authored several textbooks in abdominal imaging and publishes on a wide range of subjects, including MRI, spectral CT, and general abdominal imaging. Dr. Leyendecker has a long history of committee service to the RSNA, ARRS, SAR, ABR, and ACR. He served as the Igor Laufer Visiting Professor for the Society of Abdominal Radiology in 2014-2015 and recently joined the Executive Council of the ARRS as the Chair of the Scientific Program and Symposia Committee. In 2020 he became a member of SABI, attracted to the vibrant community dedicated to the development of young talent. He considers mentoring faculty members and trainees one of the greatest joys and privileges of an academic career

Dr. David Mayer

Retired after 36 years of Diagnostic Radiology with primary subspecialties of Body Imaging and MSK. Also spent most of my career as a Chief or Chairman, primarily in Radiology Departments with Residents and/or Fellows. Extensive management and physician leadership experience.

Dr. Michael Gee

Michael Gee, MD, PhD is the Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations, Chief of Pediatric Radiology, and Director of the Pediatric Imaging Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is an expert on rapid MRI protocols, non-sedation MRI techniques, and imaging biomarkers in oncology and inflammatory bowel disease. He also has a long-standing interest in trainee education, innovative teaching methods and career mentorship for trainees and junior faculty.

Dr. Desiree Morgan

Mentor and life-long learner, Desiree currently is learning as she mentors in the 2020-2021 Coaching as a Leadership Style group. She also serves on the Executive Board of SABI, and as Vice Chair of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is involved in faculty development as well as resident and fellow training programs. She has recently been tapped as a Learning Community Lead Mentor for the School of Medicine at UAB.

Dr. Aarti Sekhar

Dr. Aarti Sekhar is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Emory University Department of Radiology and the "Member-at-Large" on the SABI board of directors. She is a renowned radiology educator with a current appointment on the AIRP faculty, honored as Emory Radiology teacher of the year, and has given numerous national/international lectures. She is also passionate about coaching, wellness, and upping our PPT game through visuals and storytelling.



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