Interview with Dr Marilyn Siegel

23 April 2013 : Marilyn J. Siegel, M.D. is currently Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

She is a recognized leader in pediatric radiology with a special interest in use of cross-sectional imaging techniques for evaluation of pediatric diseases. She is also an experienced thoracic radiologist.

Dr. Siegels teaching accomplishments have been recognized by the Teacher of the Year award at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and the Master Teacher Award in Radiology from the State University of New York.

Over the last decade Dr. Siegel has dedicated time to developing accreditation standards for CT body imaging and most recently for cardiac imaging for the American College of Radiology.

For the last four years, Dr. Siegel has also devoted time to being chair of the diagnostic imaging committee for the Childrens Oncology group and is initiating new standards for oncologic imaging in children.

She takes 5 minutes out of her busy schedule at Ultrafest2013 for a quick chat.

Q: Hello Dr Siegel, and welcome to Mumbai. Let us know how and why did you choose your specialty? ?

I have boards in pediatrics as well as radiology, so it made sense to combine the two and become a pediatric radiologist. I also became hooked on pediatric radiology when I rotated through the service as a resident.

Q: Whats a typical day like for you?

Up at 5AM, short walk to work (yes I walk) and arrive around 6:30 AM. Time for coffee and email before the clinical day begins at 7AM. A typical clinical day is 7-5 and then at least another hour plus to sign reports and catch up with email. That describes 3 days of the week. The other 2 days I read research studies and hopefully get a chance to doing some scientific writing.

Q: How do you spend your free time?

Traveling is clearly one of my hobbies. Other hobbies are reading, going to movies, and cooking.

Dr Siegel at Jaipur, India

Q: You have a huge publication record. Tell us about some of your current areas of research and if any new books are in the offing?

Next book is CT Atlas of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. To be published by Springer next month. CT Atlas ofAlso in the works is a research article comparing diffusion weighted MRI and PET/CT for staging lymphoma.

If DW-MRI can stage lymphoma and predict response it offers an alternative imaging study to PET/CT and it has the potential to reduce radiation exposure. I also am working on several phantom and clinical studies assessing new dose reduction technologies in CT.

Q: While teaching and lecturing, you may have visited many countries as well as traveled across the United States. Which of these trips have been most enriching or anecdotal?

Every trip has something to offer. If I had to choose trips that were most enriching, I would say visits to South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and some countries in Asia. The cultures are so different from mine. If I had to choose one place that has spectacular for scenery or sights, I would choose New Zealand. If I want to go to a gorgeous place and just relax, I choose Hawaii. That really is an incredibly beautiful place and there is nothing to do but relax.

Q What motivates you day to day in your clinical, research, or teaching endeavors?

Being able to tackle a clinical problem and reach a solution that can help a particular patient provides day to day motivation. Our goal as physicians is to impact patient care and that is a major motivating factor in my work. In addition, teaching the residents and the sense of accomplishment when completing research projects is incredibly motivating.