Canon receives highest honor from American Association for Women in Radiology

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is the AAWR’s highest honor and recognizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership, teaching, research and scholarship by women in radiology professions.
Written by: Mary Ashley Canevaro
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Headshot of Cheri Canon, M.D.Cheri Canon, M.D.Cheri Canon, M.D., the Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected to receive the 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, the American Association for Women in Radiology’s highest honor. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership, teaching, research and scholarship that have impacted women in radiology professions. 

“As a budding radiologist, I remember being so inspired by the prior recipients of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award,” Canon said. “I was in the audience for many of these ceremonies. These women were larger than life and instilled in all of us such optimism and inspiration. I am so honored and humbled by this award, and I hope that, although now in a virtual world, aspiring leaders will see someone who looks like her.” 

Canon was nominated by Kristin Porter, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Radiology and AAWR president-elect.  

“Dr. Canon epitomizes the spirit of this award through her exceptional service to the AAWR and radiology, with an emphasis on the advancement of women in radiology,” Porter said. “She has made a lasting impact on women in radiology, medicine and the broader community, including serving as vice president of the American College of Radiology, as chancellor on the board and previously as chair of the ACR Commission on Education. Dr. Canon is only the second woman president of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments since its inception in 1966.”

Canon will be recognized by the AAWR for her selection in November 2020.