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Christine (Cooky) O. Menias, M.D., named 2019 ARRS Distinguished Educator

American Roentgen Ray Society

Leesburg, VA, May 5, 2019--Christine (Cooky) O. Menias, MD, was named the 2019 ARRS Distinguished Educator at the ARRS 2019 Annual Meeting this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. The award recognizes outstanding educators who are dedicated to radiology education and celebrates inspirational people committed to providing education that results in improved participants' competence and performance and ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes.

Menias is a professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Arizona, as well as a consultant in the Department of Radiology, and chair of the Division of Abdominal Imagining. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2013, she was a professor of radiology, co-director of Body Computed Tomography and Emergency Radiology, and the assistant residency program director of radiology at Washington University's Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, where she currently holds an adjunct professorship. She is a diplomate in radiology of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and has been an examiner for the American Board of Radiology since 2003.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, "Cooky" received her undergraduate degree in biology from Marquette University and her M.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and abdominal imaging fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. Her special areas of interests include oncologic, transplant, gynecologic, and emergency radiology.

Menias is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of abdominal radiology and oncologic imaging. She has published 6 books, 14 book chapters, 71 Radiographic manuscripts, and 215 peer-reviewed publications. She serves on the editorial boards of several radiology journals and is an associate editor of both RadioGraphics and Abdominal Radiology.

In addition to her many significant contributions to ARRS, Menias is an active member of several prestigious radiology societies. She was selected as the 2016-2017 Igor Laufer Visiting Professor of the Society of Abdominal Radiology and currently serves as the chair for the Education Exhibits Committee for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Praised as a gifted, enthusiastic, and inspiring teacher by her students and colleagues, Menias has received numerous teaching awards including multiple "Teacher of the Year" honors at Washington University. She has been named "Educator of the Year" by the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic and received consecutive "Teacher of the Year" awards at Mayo Clinic. She has received multiple RSNA Cum Laude Awards, and for the last 5 years RSNA has presented her with its Honored Educator Award. Her substantial track record with ARRS' educational program includes 13 instructional courses, two review courses, five categorical courses, and three scientific sessions since 2004.


Founded in 1900, ARRS is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States and is an international forum for progress in radiology. The Society's mission is to improve health through a community committed to advancing knowledge and skills in radiology. ARRS achieves its mission through an annual scientific and educational meeting, publication of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) and InPractice magazine, topical symposia and webinars, and print and online educational materials. ARRS is located in Leesburg, VA.

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