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From Schoolteacher to Radiologist: New Chair Has Drive, Skills to Elevate Radiology Department to the Next Level

By Amanda Harper
Published October 2008

Jannette Collins, MD, found her first love in education.

Her second was in medicine. By combining them, she found the perfect career.

Collins, UC’s new chair of radiology, started out as a teacher for severe behaviorally handicapped teenagers. Her work in the field led her to medical school with an interest in psychiatry.

“I learned quickly that my interests reached beyond psychiatry, which ultimately ledme to radiology,” she recalls.

“I was able to practicemedicine while continuing to teach—something I’ve always enjoyed doing.”

During her UC interview process, Collins noticed a number of coincidences that seemed to magnetically draw her to the College of Medicine.

The department’s first chair, Ben Felson,MD, was a well-known leader in radiology education, a specialty she had built her own career around and a legacy she could continue to build upon at UC.

The department and clinical practice were starting to go through many of the same changes she had lived through at the University of Wisconsin—namely a major facility renovation and consolidation of multiple clinical departments into a more cohesive, single clinical practice.

Collins lived and worked in Cincinnati for seven years and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. After 19 years in Wisconsin, this was an opportunity to come full circle.

“UC has a strong reputation for training top-quality radiologists, and I’m excited to continue building upon that tradition of excellence,” says Collins, who will officially assume chairperson responsibilities Feb. 1, 2009.

Mary Gaskill-Shipley, MD, will continue to lead the department as interim chair until then.

Collins replaces Robert Lukin, MD, who retired in February 2008 after 15 years as chair of the department. Collins will be the fourth chair and the first woman to lead UC’s radiology department.

She joins UC from the University of Wisconsin where she currently serves as a professor of radiology and medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on advanced cardiothoracic and diagnostic breast imaging, including mammography, ultrasound and image-guided biopsy.

During her tenure inWisconsin, Collins has held numerous leadership roles, including radiology residency program director (1996–2001), associate vice chair of education (1998–1999) and assistant dean of graduatemedical education (1999–2001).

A respected educator and clinician, she also serves in national leadership roles including her current role as president of the Society of Thoracic Radiology, chair of the American Roentgen Ray Society’s Maintenance of Certification Committee and head of the Radiological Society of North America series of refresher courses on education.

She has had major editorial roles with the American Journal of Radiology , Radiology, Academic Radiology and the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Collins is currently the editor-in chief of Seminars in Roentgenology. She is also a peer reviewer for nine radiology-focused medical journals and serves on the editorial board of Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

Collins was ranked first in a class of 120 at the Medical College of Ohio. She completed her diagnostic radiology residency at Wisconsin, and a thoracic imaging fellowship at Yale University.

In addition to her clinical training, she completed one-year fellowships in medical education research, radiology journalism and executive leadership in academic medicine.

A clinician-scientist, Collins has published nearly 100 peerreviewed manuscripts and more than 75 book chapters, book reviews, editorials and published seminars regarding breast and cardiothoracic imaging as well as educational issues.

Her primary research interests include imaging lung transplants, thoracic trauma, small airway disease and cystic fibrosis as well as medical education research.

Collins is board-certified and will continue her clinical practice in cardiopulmonary imaging.

She and her husband, Ken, will reside in Mt. Adams.

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