Outstanding Educator


Recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award are pioneers in their specialty and have made significant contributions to radiologic education over the last 15 years. Our Board of Directors carefully selects one radiologist each year that they believe best exemplifies this ideal and long-term commitment to the field.

Mark E. Mullins, MD, PhD
Mark E. Mullins, MD, PhD
A prolific author, researcher and expert neuroradiologist, Mark E. Mullins, MD, PhD, is professor of radiology and imaging sciences, neurology and neurological surgery at Emory University School of Medicine (EUSOM) in Atlanta.


RSNA 2020 Outstanding Educator and Outstanding Researcher Award Presentation

“I have had the honor of working with Mark through the American Board of Radiology,” said RSNA President James P. Borgstede.  “Mark is truly an outstanding educator, and RSNA is privileged to have the opportunity to honor him.”

Dr. Mullins is director of radiology medical student education, vice chair for education and program director emeritus of the diagnostic radiology residency program in the Department of Radiology at EUSOM. He has been on the faculty since joining EUSOM as the associate program director of the diagnostic radiology residency in 2005.

Dr. Mullins’ primary clinical interests include stroke and brain tumor imaging. He has authored or co-authored over 120 publications and served in a variety of editorial roles on journals, including Academic Radiology, Neurographics, American Journal of Roentgenology II/Integrative Imaging, Neurosurgery and Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI.

Dr. Mullins earned his medical degree from the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. He also earned an MS and a PhD, both in chemistry, from Harvard University. Dr. Mullins began his postgraduate training in 1997 as an internal medicine intern at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. He completed his radiology residency and fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he was co-chief fellow and received the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award in 2002.

As an attending at MGH, Dr. Mullins ascended to assistant director for medical student radiology education and director of neuroradiology education before leaving to accept an appointment at EUSOM.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Mullins has pursued personal excellence through professional development activities such as the Harvard Medical Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists program, Association of University Radiologists (AUR)/Philips Academic Faculty Development Program, and EUSOM “Learning to be Better Teachers” program.

Dr. Mullins is a past president of the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, the Alliance of Clinician-Educators in Radiology, and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. He serves on the AUR Board of Directors as chair of the Fellow Nominating Committee. He previously served as an examiner for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and has chaired the ABR Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology Committee since 2017.
Recognized for excellence in teaching, Dr. Mullins has received the Alliance of Clinician Educators in Radiology Achievement Award (2018), the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology Outstanding Teacher Award (2017), EUSOM Dean’s Teaching Award (2016) and was also named a EUSOM Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Outstanding Mentor (2017). In 2007, he was named a Valerie P. Jackson Fellow in Education from the American College of Radiology.  Earlier this year, Dr. Mullins was also named the ARRS Distinguished Educator for 2020.