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Outstanding Researcher Award

Every year, we select one person who has made significant contributions to radiologic research over the last 15 years. The Outstanding Researcher Award is meant to honor that pioneer who has fundamentally changed the future of our field.
Krupinski
Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD

2019 recipient: Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD

Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD, a professor and vice chair for research in the Departments of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Psychology, and BioMedical Informatics at Emory University in Atlanta, is a renowned investigator in the arena of perception and cognition in medical imaging, studying how the image information, automated enhancements and human factors influence image interpretation.

She has been the associate director of evaluation for the Arizona Telemedicine Program and co-director of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where she leads multiple research initiatives on utilizing telemedicine to improve patients’ access to care.

“Dr. Krupinski is a leading investigator in perception and cognition in medical imaging and interpretation,” said RSNA President Valerie P. Jackson, MD. “Her cutting-edge research has had a meaningful impact on the clinical practice of radiology.”

In her research, Dr. Krupinski has explored the effects of image manipulation on clinical observer performance and investigated conditions such as experience level and fatigue as factors that impact interpretive accuracy and efficiency. Her eye-tracking experiments have demonstrated how training levels and expertise, display type, and reading environment can affect performance.

Dr. Krupinski received her BA from Cornell University and her MA in experimental psychology from Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she was named Most Outstanding Psychology Graduate Student and Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Arts and Sciences. She completed her postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiology and received her PhD, also in experimental psychology, from Temple University in Philadelphia.

An experienced leader, Dr. Krupinski is a past chair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, past president of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), president of the Medical Image Perception Society, and past chair of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). She has taught a number of RSNA courses over the years.

Dr. Krupinski has contributed to more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and she serves on a number of editorial boards and is co-editor of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. She has served as Intergovernmental Personnel Act Scientific Subject Matter Expert to the U.S. Army Medical Research & Material Command (MRMC) Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center. She has served on the program committees of more than 30 academic societies, including SPIE, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), SIIM, the International Workshop on Digital Mammography, and the World Congress of High-Tech Medicine.

Well recognized for her outstanding contributions to research, Dr. Krupinski received the Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award in 2014 and the ATA President's Award for Individual Leadership in 2017. 

Past recipients

2018: Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD
2017: Mitchell D. Schnall, MD, PhD
2016: Clifford R. Jack Jr, MD
2015: G. Scott Gazelle, MD, PhD
2014: Theodore S. Lawrence, MD, PhD
2013: Norbert J. Pelc, ScD  
2012: A. James Barkovich, MD
2011: Bruce R. Rosen, MD
2010: Charles A. Mistretta, PhD 
2009: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD  
2008: Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD
2007: Bruce J. Hillman, MD
2006: Richard L. Ehman, MD
2005: Dixon M. Moody, MD
2004: Steven M. Larson, MD
2003: Robert C. Brasch, MD
2002: Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD
2001: Gary H. Glover, PhD
2000: Charles B. Higgins, MD
1999: Kurt Amplatz, MD
1998: Barry B. Goldberg, MD
1997: Elliot C. Lasser, MD
1996: Eric J. Hall, DSc
1996: David E. Kuhl, MD