Leesburg, VA (July 27, 2020) – The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) held its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting on the SIIMU platform. The Society’s mission focuses on advancing the imaging informatics field by fostering education, research, and innovation.

The SIIM Annual Meeting is where the enterprise imaging community comes together to recognize the achievements of its diverse membership. The following awards and prizes were presented during this year’s annual meeting.

Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, CIIP, FSIIM and Barton F. Branstetter IV, MD, FSIIM were inducted into the College of SIIM Fellows on Thursday, June 25, 2020 during the SIIM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation in recognition of their achievements and accomplishments in medical imaging.

Dr. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Radiology, Chief 3D and Advanced Imaging Fellowship Director, and Imaging Informatics Fellowship Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Branstetter is the Chief of Neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.

Dr. Cook’s and Dr. Branstetter’s exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the imaging informatics field are reflected by bestowing upon them the Society’s highest honor.

These awards are presented to individuals with an area of study and interest in imaging informatics, who are in a full-time training program, or who have completed their training program within 2 years of the SIIM Annual Meeting, and whose research abstracts received the highest scores during the peer-reviewed process.

Paul H. Yi, MD
Johns Hopkins Radiology
Knee Imaging Biomarkers for Sex and Race: A Deep Learning Analysis of The Osteoarthritis Initiative

Joseph N. Stember, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Eye Tracking with Speech Recognition can Automatically Produce Labels for Deep Learning from Standard Interpretations: A Proof-of-principle Application to Fully Simulated Interpretation of Brain Metastases on MRI

Teresa T. Martin-Carreras, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Readability and Interpretability of a Spanish Lay-language Glossary of Musculoskeletal Terms

Brain A. Xavier, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Are Commercial Deep Learning Builders Superior to Traditionally Built Machine Learning Models for Natural Language Processing? A Head-to-head Comparison using Abdominal CT Protocol Classification Journal of Digital Imaging Awards

Annually, the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editors of the Journal of Digital Imaging, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of SIIM, select and recognize the best papers and the most valuable reviewer for the previous year.

Best Paper – Journal of Digital Imaging
Rita Noumeir
Active Learning of the HL7 Medical Standard 
First Online – October 2018 | Volume 32, June 2019: pp 354–361

Most Valuable Reviewer – Journal of Digital Imaging
Victoria Barnosky, PhD, RT (R)(CT)(QM), CRA, CIIP
In recognition of the reviewer judged to have contributed the most to the peer review process of the Journal of Digital Imaging, Volume 32

Most Downloaded Paper – Journal of Digital Imaging
Mohammad Hesam Hesamian, Wenjing Jia, Xiangjian He, Paul Kennedy
Deep Learning Techniques for Medical Image Segmentation: Achievements and Challenges
First Online – May 2019 | Volume 32, August 2019: pp 582-596

The primary goal of these inaugural awards is to promote and recognize the outstanding accomplishments of medical imaging informatics professionals.

The Dr. Joe Gitlin Award
Janice Honeyman-Buck, PhD, FSIIM
University of Florida

The Dr. Ruth Dayhoff Award for the Advancement of Women in Medical Imaging Informatics
Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, FSIIM
Penn Medicine

The Early Career Achievement Award
Joseph Stember, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The Gold Medal of the Society Award
David Avrin, MD, PhD, FSIIM
University of California San Francisco

The Imaging Informatics Innovator Award
Wei Qian, PhD
University of Texas El Paso

The Educator Award
Herman Oosterwijk, MS, MBA
OTech, Inc.

During the first virtual Hackathon, informaticists and developers built interfaces that are changing the way health information systems work, communicate, and interact with each other. The following teams were awarded best projects:

First Place
Alok Anand, Diego Angulo, Chris Hafey, Vikesh Sood, Darrell Woelk,
Rajeev Nowrangi, Stacey O’Connor, Walter Wiggins

Second Place
DEID Recipe Builder – Cleveland Clinic

Third Place
Patient Remote Registration – Great Lakes #1 / Marquette University

2020 Hackathon Audience Choice Award
DEID Recipe Builder – Cleveland Clinic

Doing More Together Award
Great Lakes #1 / Marquette University

About the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine represents healthcare professionals with interest in enterprise information and image management. SIIM is a not-for-profit organization focused on education, clinical practices, research, and innovation in the field of imaging informatics. The Society is committed to actively contributing to the development and advancement of imaging informatics professionals and scientists worldwide and to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare.

Priyanka Harilal

Publish date

Jul 28, 2020


  • Annual Meeting
  • Enterprise Imaging

Media Type

  • Press Release

Audience Type

  • Clinician
  • Developer
  • Imaging IT
  • Researcher/Scientist


PIIRT Chapter 10: Ancillary Services

May 7, 2024

Dive into the fascinating world of imaging informatics with SIIMcast, the official podcast of the Society for Imaging Informatics in…


Between Two Fellows with Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski and Dr. Tessa Cook

Apr 16, 2024

Welcome to another special episode of the SIIMcast, recorded live at the SIIM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Join us for a…


Effective Strategies for Post-Production Monitoring of AI Algorithms in Radiology

Apr 1, 2024

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms into radiology practices is rapidly increasing, with many promising applications on the horizon.…