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The mission of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® is to establish foundational evidence for health policy and radiology practice that promotes the effective and efficient use of health care resources and improves patient care.

AUR-ACR Neiman Health Policy Institute Social Event: Opportunities in Health Services Research


If you are attending AUR 2023 and are interested in a career in health services research, join us Monday, April 24 from 5-7pm in Brazos conference room (located on level 2 of the JW Marriott Austin) for a pre-meeting social event co-sponsored by AUR and the ACR Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Connect with leaders in the field, learn about research paths and make connections to help you become a successful health services researcher.

Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served!

Come Join US!

The AUR 2023 social event will equip radiologists at all levels, with information, resources, and connections to help them become a successful health services researcher.

You Will Learn:

  • How to become a health services and policy researcher
  • What you need to know as a radiologist interested in research
  • How to get started or build on early experience — training, mentorship, funding
  • Get your questions answered by experienced researchers and other trainees

Confirmed Panelist


Hanna Zafar, MD, MHS

Associate Professor and the Assistant Vice Chair of Quality in the Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Zafar’s educational background, clinical practice, & research experience make her exceptionally suited to design novel interventions that positively impact the practice of evidence-based radiology. Her expertise in outcomes research provides a unique knowledge base to identify and study gaps at the intersection of clinical medicine & radiology care systems. Her research is focused on optimizing the reporting, management, and outcomes of non-emergent actionable imaging findings. 


Ruth Carlos, MD, MS, FACR

Professor of Radiology, University of Michigan, Editor-in-chief, Journal of the American College of Radiology and Chair of GE AUR Research Radiology Academic Fellowship (GERRAF)

As the Chair and alumnus of GERRAF, a national program supporting early-stage investigators in health services research and care delivery, Dr. Carlos has mentored more than 10 current and past award recipients. Her mentorship has been recognized by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. 


Ryan K. Lee, MD, MBA

Chair, Department of Radiology, Einstein Healthcare Network, Part of Jefferson Health and Professor of Radiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Dr. Lee’s areas of expertise include radiation management in imaging, radiology clinical decision support, and MRI Safety. He is known for his work not only in CT radiation dose reduction, but also in the reduction of variance in radiation dose. An authority on quality in radiology, he serves on several quality and safety committees in the Einstein Healthcare Network.



Moderator: Stella Kang, MD

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Population Health Imaging & Outcomes, Department of Radiology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Dr. Kang practices abdominal radiology and serves as Director of Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. As a principal investigator, she applies methods of comparative effectiveness research, including decision science and evidence synthesis, as well as health care delivery science.



Location: Brazos conference room, located on level 2 of the JW Marriott Austin



  • Sign-in, get drinks/food


  • Introduction to HPI mission and programs – Elizabeth Rula, PhD, Executive Director of the Neiman Health Policy Institute (HPI)


  • Information about the research course and the event, introduce speakers, moderate panel – Stella Kang, MD

5:30PM – 6:00PM

  • Panel speakers: Dr. Zafar, Dr. Carlos, Dr. Lee

6:00PM – 6:15PM

  • Group Thought Exercise lead by Dr. Zafar

6:15PM – 6:45PM

  • Mentoring Session

6:45PM – 7:00PM

  • Social Time

Register Here