Radiology Faculty Mentoring

UCSF Radiology Faculty Mentoring 

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The Radiology Mentoring Award

The Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring has been presented since 2015 to one faculty member in recognition of their extraordinary achievements and dedication to faculty mentoring.

2020 Mentor Award, John Kurhanewicz, PhD

2019 Mentor Award, Thomas Link, MD, PhD

2018 Mentor Award, David Saloner, PhD

2017 Mentor Award, Susan Wall, MD

2016 Mentor Award, Bill Dillon, MD

2015 Mentor Award, Judy Yee, MD

2020 Radiology Mentoring Award - John Kurhanewicz, PhD

The 2020 June graduation ceremony was a virtual zoom celebration but this did not diminish our pride in our faculty and our celebration of the recipient of the 6th annual Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. Over the past more than 30 years in our department, and more than 25 years as faculty, Dr. John Kurhanewicz has been an exceptional mentor for hundreds of students, residents, fellows, and especially the junior MD and PhD faculty. Below are just a few of the many comments received from MD and PhD faculty for his nomination.

"John’s counsel is astute and savvy, and he has seemingly limitless patience to hear all matters of concern, small or large, from more junior faculty.  Importantly, he is also generous in sharing credit and gracefully highlights the accomplishments of his peers.  He achieves all of this with an unerringly cheerful disposition and an eye toward making the department stronger. When I grow up, I want to be like John!" 

"Dr. Kurhanewicz has been such a tremendous mentor to so many people here in the Department and beyond during his 30+ years of distinguished career. His generosity in sharing his knowledge, time, and connections to help young scientists and physicians succeed is truly remarkable. I am extremely grateful to John for helping me launch my research program here as a radiologist. I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this year's Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award!"

"John is has been a great research mentor to numerous graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty in the department, including myself.  He has always been open to new ideas for research projects.  But he has also always impressed the importance of pursuing rigorous experimental procedures and quality data, despite the sometimes painful and repetitive steps required, in order to advance scientific discovery in MR imaging."

"John has been an extraordinarily supportive and helpful mentor, in all aspects of my research career. He has always provided sound and thoughtful scientific advice. There are also many very literal ways he has taken care of me as a junior scientist with respect to grant support, authorship, and collaborative projects."

"John is a leader in my field (and in many others). Because he is internationally known for his superb work, people constantly reach out to him for meetings, projects, and many other requests. In spite of being a very busy faculty, since I met him 17 years ago, he always found time for me, to guide me and give me advice. His door was and continues to be open for me, and for that John, I thank you very much!"

2019 Radiology Mentoring Award - Thomas Link, MD, PhD

At the Radiology Graduation dinner on Friday, June 7, Dr. Thomas Link was presented with the Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. This award is presented to a faculty member, as voted on by all the Radiology faculty. Below are some of the quotes that were received for his nomination, articulating why his colleagues wished to recognize his many mentoring contributions to our department.

"Thomas always goes out of his way to ensure that his mentees have every opportunity for success. He is extremely supportive and generates good will wherever he goes."

"Thomas is very proactive in making sure that junior faculty are on track to success within the department. He actively engages other faculty in his projects and leadership roles. Even though he is probably busy with his other academic activity, he always makes time to support and mentor those junior to him."

"I have always been struck by Dr. Link's tireless support for trainees, researchers, and junior faculty. It is easy to imagine forgetting about early career struggles when you've reached his level of research success, so the tremendous empathy he demonstrates for his mentees is all the more inspiring."

"Thomas always takes the time to mentor junior faculty. I know that I can go to him with any questions or concerns and that he will take the time to listen and do anything he can to help. He has invested so much time and effort into my career and I can’t thank him enough."

"Dr. Link has always been very accessible and open to my questions and concerns and I always felt that he really cares for me as a scientist but also as a human being."

"He is a master of career development and knows how to steer those he mentors away from crucial pitfalls and toward key new relationships and academic pursuits. It is hard for me to overstate how important his support for me has been in the early successes I have had in my academic career. I will always be grateful to have had him as a mentor."

David Saloner, PhD and Thomas Link, MD, PhD

2018 Radiology Mentoring Award - David Saloner, PhD

Dr. Saloner has previously been nominated for numerous Distinction in Mentoring awards for his outstanding service to our department in guiding and supporting both PhD and MD faculty members and trainees in their careers. He is highly valued as both a research and career mentor at UCSF and a leader for academic radiologists and researchers.

Below are just a few of the quotes that were received for Dr. Saloner’s nomination, articulating why his colleagues wished to recognize his mentoring contributions to our department.

“Dr. Saloner is always supporting junior faculties and trainees. He has been contributing a lot for the department mentor program.”

“He always thinks of the success of his students and junior researchers very highly, and helps them build academic careers.”

“Always acts fairly and professionally, gives great insights”

“Maintains a goal of helping junior faculty - considers what may be helpful for others and acts on it.”

“I always have respected his unbiased and selfless opinions on many aspects of faculty promotion and life in our department.”

Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, David Saloner, PhD, and Christine Glastonbury, MD.

2017 Radiology Mentoring Award - Susan Wall, MD 

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Wall, the recipient of the 2017 Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. Dr .Wall has been described as the “ultimate mentor to the mentors”. For many years she led the mentoring program and has mentored many junior and senior faculty. She has contributed immeasurably to the success of many in our department, as is evident from some of the quotes below that were received with her nominations.

“Deeply knowledgeable, extremely generous with her time, and highly caring about the wellbeing and progress of all faculty.”

“Her impact has been felt across the spectrum of our department and throughout the medical school where these efforts have been emulated.”

“She is often in the background helping people who have problems, concerns or complex situations that they want handled confidentially and with compassion. She is always available for counseling and has so much knowledge of the politics of academics that she is a valuable source of advice.”


Dr. Susan Wall honored with 2017 Radiology Mentoring Award

2016 Radiology Mentoring Award - Bill Dillon, MD

Dr. Dillon receives 2016 Radiology Mentoring Award

At the Radiology Graduation dinner on Friday, June 17, Dr. Bill Dillon was presented with the Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring. This is the second year that this award has been presented to one faculty member, as voted on by all the faculty within our department. Below are some of the quotes that were received for his nomination, articulating why his colleagues wished to recognize his mentoring contributions to our department.

“Throughout his tenure in the Department of Radiology at UCSF, he has profoundly influenced the careers of faculty within and outside of the field of neuroradiology. “

“He is an invaluable source of support, inspiration, and advice.”

“He is a fantastic role model for faculty and trainees.”

“His exemplary service as a role model for faculty mentorship.”


Dr. Bill Dillon receiving his award from Dr. Ron Arenson and Dr. Christine Glastonbury, with 2015 recipient Dr. Judy Yee.

2015 Radiology Mentoring Award - Judy Yee, MD

The inaugural Radiology Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentoring was presented to Dr. Judy Yee, vice-chair of Radiology and Chief of Radiology at the VA Medical Center. In statements supporting her nomination it was noted that:

"Dr. Yee is incredibly supportive of her faculty and is readily available to give advice. She has a genuine interest in helping her junior faculty advance.” 

"She has been an outstanding faculty mentor to many junior and mid-level attendings.”

“She uses her role as a nationally recognized and respected leader to recommend and give opportunities to UCSF faculty not only in the Abdominal Imaging section but in Interventional, Neuroradiology and Ultrasound sections as well.”

“Despite being in a completely different section Judy has always reached out to let me know about opportunities I should consider, avenues I might find rewarding and people who might be able to help me. That is the mark of an outstanding mentor: someone who takes the time, for no clear reward themselves, to help me find my pathway.”


Drs. Christine Glastonbury, Maureen Kohi, Judy Yee, and Stefanie Weinstein.