Dr. Pisano, Recipient of American Roentgen Ray Society 2012 Gold Medal
The American Roentgen Ray Society's Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded for distinguished service to radiology.
Etta Driscoll Pisano, MD is Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Medical University of South Carlina (MUSC) College of Medicine. Dr. Pisano is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Medicine. She trained in radiology at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Hospital. She joined the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010.
Recognized as one of the top 20 most influential radiologists in the country, Dr. Pisano is a world-leader in mammography. She served as principal investigator on a landmark study of digital mammography that demonstrated the superiority of the technology for hte detection of cancers in youger women. Results were published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Pisano has also as principal investigator on more than two dozen other publicly funded research studies, and her aggregate grant total tops $95 million. In addition, she has been highly successful in research and development projects funded through corporations, conducting studies with total funding in excess of $2 million. She holds three patents and founded NextRay, a radiology company in Chapel Hill, NC.
Dr. Pisano's work has resulted in publication of more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and she has contributed hundreds of scientific and professional education presentations in areas ranging from radiography to medical ethics. She is a reviewer for 18 medical journals in radiology, cancer and women's medicine, and is a member of the editorial boards of several of the leading publications on her fields of interest.
In her work as a teacher and professional medical educator, Dr. Pisano has received awards for excellence and innovation. She feels her mentorship relations with students are among the most important of her academic contributions.
Dr. Pisano is married to Jan Andrew Kylstra, MD, a nationally respected retinal surgeon. The couple has four children ranging in age from mid-teens to mid-20s.