Screen Shot 2020 07 22 at 2.13.51 PMOn Thursday, July 16, the Radiology Department presented its Top Faculty Teaching Awards for Excellence in Resident Education for the months of January 2020 through June 2020. These awards were determined by the average of faculty evaluation scores completed by residents along with top-scoring faculty vote on by residents.

The award recognition took place during a department-wide Zoom call to ensure social distancing among employees.

We would like to congratulate the following ten faculty members:

Top Faculty Teaching Awards for Excellence in Resident Education

gchoudharyGagandeep Choudhary, M.D.

Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics

“I love working with Dr. Choudhary. He’s got a contagious enthusiasm, and he’s a wonderful teacher.”

sgalganoSamuel Galgano, M.D.

Abdominal Imaging

“Wonderful teacher and company, always have a great day and learn a ton with Dr. Galgano. Five stars!”

cburganConstantine M. Burgan, M.D.

Abdominal Imaging

“Dr. Burgan is an excellent teacher. He shares interesting cases and provides helpful criticism. Clearly dedicated to residents..”

sgaddamanuguSiddhartha Gaddamanugu, M.D.


“Emphasizes resident education everyday which is very appreciated!! I feel like I learn something every single time I work with Dr. Sid!”

dmilnerDesmin Milner, M.D.

MSK Emergency Department

“Dr. Milner is my favorite evening attending. She regularly teaches, is approachable, and helps out with the list! She sets the bar for what a call attending should be.”

jzarzourJessica Zarzour, M.D.

Abdominal Imaging

“Even as a program director, Dr. Zarzour goes above and beyond and out of her way to make sure that every trainee has the most meaningful educational experience possible. Constantly dedicated to the residents’ educational well being.”

asmithAndrew Smith, M.D., Ph.D.

Abdominal Imaging

“Dr. Smith is high energy and this positively motivates residents to learn and question as much as possible while working with him. He is always a pleasure to be around.”

ksmithJ. Kevin Smith M.D., Ph.D.


“Dr. Smith is obviously dedicated to resident education and is a great resident resource at the VA.”

nelson matos Ruiz ERNelson Matos-Ruiz, M.D.

MSK Emergency Department

“Dr. Matos is a fantastic teacher and makes the reading room a fun and engaging environment.”

dmorganDesiree Morgan, M.D.

Abdominal Imaging

“Always a pleasure to work with Dr. Morgan. She is a great teacher and introduced me well to the world of body MR. She is a great example in the department of hard work, enthusiasm, and teaching.”

mlockhartMark Lockhart, M.D., M.P.H.

Abdominal Imaging

“Dr. Lockhart is a devoted teacher who challenges us and pushes us to excel.” “Always works hard and supports others.”

hsotoudehHouman Sotoudeh, M.D., Ph.D.


“Dr. Sotoudeh shows dedication to resident education by providing prompt feedback regarding pertinent/missed findings and discussing high yield teaching points.”

jmcconathyJonathan McConathy, M.D., Ph.D.

Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics

“Great teacher, very knowledgeable. Particularly enjoy his case conferences and core review oriented powerpoints.”

sgrumleyScott Grumley, M.D.


“A great mentor in the radiology room and outside of the field of radiology.” “Always goes the extra mile to teach residents!”

rvarmaRakesh Varma, M.D.

Interventional Radiology

“Dr. Varma is one of the most integral members of the IR department. His technical skill amazes him, but I am more impressed by his kindness and ability to teach residents and fellows how to be better doctors.”