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2022 DI Nominations will open June 15, 2022
Please direct all questions to Academy staff Casey Cappelletti, [email protected] 

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Established in 2012 to acknowledge and celebrate high levels of achievement in the field of academic imaging research.

Goal and Rationale:

The goal of this award is to recognize individuals for their accomplishments in imaging research. The program is intended to especially encourage those who have achieved scientific excellence while still being involved in clinical care, but it is not limited to clinician scientists only. The possibility of attaining recognition as a Distinguished Investigator may be identified as a career goal for Radiology Department faculty members who wish to focus on research. Receipt of such recognition could serve as an important asset in the future careers of those individuals.

The award is open to all faculty members with primary appointments in academic Radiology Departments that is a member of the Academy. This includes radiologists, other physicians whose clinical focus is imaging, and medical imaging scientists. The goal is to recognize Radiology faculty for accomplishments, rather than qualifications. Nominations are strongly encouraged for faculty at mid-career, and they can be submitted by either the Chair or Research Chair of an academic Department of Radiology.

There is no limit on the number of individuals that an Academy member institution may nominate. The deadline for submission of the nomination form for this current year is being announced shortly.

The award is presented at a ceremony held during the annual RSNA meeting. Recipients of the award will become members of the Council of Distinguished Investigators of the Academy.


Council Co-Chairs —Reed A. Omary, MD, MS, and Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD, represent the Council on the Academy Board of Directors. The Co-Chairs review all nominee submissions to ensure they meet the criteria established, then present the slate to the full Academy Board for a vote of approval at the Spring meeting.


  • Nominator and Nominee must belong to a Member Institution of the Academy.
  • Primary professional appointment in an academic Department of Radiology.

  • MDs, DOs, and/or PhDs are eligible.

  • Academic rank of at least Associate Professor or its equivalent.

  • Significant research contributions.

  • Sustained productivity, including at least 25 peer-reviewed scientific research publications in which they are first author or senior author.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment as an independent investigator with a substantial ongoing research program. The nominee should have completed at least 6 cumulative years of funding as the Principal Investigator of major competitive extramural research grants.

Future applications may be submitted by either the Chair or Research Chair of an academic Department of Radiology. The 2021 application for Distinguished Investigators is now closed, our nomination period for 2022 will be open June 15, 2022. For reference please see our nomination worksheet for 2021 Distinguished Investigator nominees.

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