Comparative Effectiveness Research Award

The ASNR comparative effectiveness award has been incredibly important in jump starting my career. This generous and unique funding mechanism provides opportunities not otherwise possible for junior faculty. In my case, it has afforded the opportunity to be principle investigator on my first prospective randomized clinical trial in imaging guided spine intervention. Designing and executing this well-mentored trial has resulted in rapid acquisition of a unique skill set that will be invaluable throughout my future career, particularly as I work toward constructing larger trials. Hopefully these efforts will lead to significant impacts on the field of neuroradiology by informing treatment algorithms for spine pain interventions. The ultimate goal is to maximize treatment effectiveness, thereby improving our patient’s lives. Upon completion of the award period, I plan to use the data obtained to compete for national funding through the NIH. I am extremely grateful to the ASNR and to the donors, and I pledge to maximize the return on their investment in me and in neuroradiology’s future.