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  • About RSNA
  • Paula J Woodward MD

  • Teaching has been Dr Paula J. Woodward’s life ambition, which explains why the achievement of which she is most proud is being named Teacher of the Year—a total of six times at three different institutions during her career.  

    Students use words such as “role model,” “passionate,” and “amazing” to describe Dr Woodward, an internationally renowned professor. They say it is an “honor” and “privilege” to have been taught by her during their residencies. While she loves reading student comments such as “Dr Woodward rocks,” the more formal feedback conveys the appreciation and respect students have for her methods—methods that she continuously measures against her own high standards and expectations.

    Dr Woodward currently holds the David G. Bragg, MD, and Marcia R. Bragg Presidential Endowed Chair in Oncologic Imaging at the University of Utah Medical Center, where she also has served as a professor in the radiology department since 2005. From 1992 until 1999, she served as abdominal imaging section chief, residency program director, vice-chair of education, and co-director of the obstetric diagnostics center.  

    Dr Woodward has excelled as a radiology educator while also contributing to the research side of the field. Transecting the bounds between abdominal imaging and obstetrics, Dr Woodward’s work displays her unusual versatility. She earned her reputation as a leading expert in obstetrics as the lead author of the book, Diagnostic Imaging: Obstetrics, currently in its second edition and considered a standard in the field of fetal imaging.

    A member of eight professional societies, Dr Woodward particularly values her service to the American Board of Radiology (ABR). She served as an ABR oral board examiner in ultrasound in 1996, 1998, and 2004, and in genitourinary radiology in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. From 2004 to 2008 she was a member of the ABR Written Exam Committee (genitourinary section), and from 2008 to 2013, the ABR Oral Exam Committee (genitourinary section).

    Dr Woodward oversees project formulation, authoring, and collating of medical data into textbooks and several widely used online medical diagnostic support products. She has authored or coauthored nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 books in addition to Diagnostic Imaging, and nearly 200 book chapters.  She served as a RadioGraphics contributing editor from 2002 until 2006. She participated in the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and Gynecologic Oncology Group (ACRIN/GOG) study on cervical cancer and in a thyroid cancer study conducted in Kazakhstan, in which 3000 ultrasonographic examinations were performed in rural village inhabitants exposed to nuclear fallout.

    Before assuming her current position at the University of Utah, Dr Woodward was named Distinguished Scientist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), in Washington, DC, in 1999. At the AFIP, she also served as the genitourinary section chief and acted as the radiologic pathology course director.  Dr Woodward received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver, Colorado, after earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Upon completing medical school, Dr Woodward fulfilled her commitment to the United States Air Force (USAF) with 8 years of service as an internal medicine intern, a flight surgeon assigned to a C-5 unit, and a radiology resident at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

    In recognition of her remarkable achievements as a mentor, teacher, researcher, and author, the RSNA is pleased to name Dr Woodward its 2014 Outstanding Educator.