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Executive Committee


Dr. Dennie is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Ottawa, the Division Head of Cardiac and Thoracic Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital and the co-director of Cardiac Radiology and MRI at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. She is the immediate past and founding president of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology.

Her primary interest is in the education domain. She is the past Chair of the Diagnostic Radiology Examination Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has also been director of Undergraduate Radiology medical education, Radiology residency program director, Cardiac Radiology fellowship director and director of Continuing Medical Education in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa. As CME director, she organized over 50 national and 5 international CME conferences and received the Award of Excellence in CPD from the University of Ottawa in 2019. In 2021, she also received the Woman Leadership Award.

She has 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written 7 book chapters and is Associate Editor for Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. She has given close to 200 invited presentations at national and international meetings including the RSNA, IDKD, ESCR, ARRS, STR, NASCI, ATS, World Congress of Thoracic Imaging and the CAR.

Prachi Agarwal, MD, FNASCI

Dr. Prachi Agarwal, Professor of Radiology is Division director of Cardiothoracic Radiology and Co-Director of the Congenital Cardiovascular MRI program at University of Michigan. She obtained a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the School of Public Health. She has over 100 publications and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She is the Editor-in-chief of Seminars in Roentgenology and Chair of the American Board of Radiology (Cardiac Imaging Subsection).

Daniel Vargas, MD, FNASCI

Daniel Vargas, MD is associate professor and section chief of cardiothoracic imaging at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where he also serves as the cardiothoracic imaging fellowship co-director.

Matthew Cham, MD

Dr. Matthew Cham is a Professor of Radiology, the Director of Cardiac MRI, and the Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship Director at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Cham attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine through its Early Admission program, earning an MD degree with Distinction in Research. He completed his radiology residency at the University of Rochester where he received the Radiological Society of North America’s Resident Research Award for his work on pulmonary CT angiography and thromboembolic disease. He subsequently completed a Thoracic Radiology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and a Cardiac MRI fellowship at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Before joining the University of Washington, Dr. Cham was the Director of Cardiac Radiology at the Weill Cornell and Icahn Mount Sinai Medical Centers in New York City where he helped to create one of the largest cardiovascular CT/MRI programs in the country. He has been awarded Radiology Teacher of the Year at Cornell, Mount Sinai, and the University of Washington.

Dr. Cham currently serves as the Chair of Cardiac Online Longitudinal Assessment in the American Board of Radiology and Chair of Enduring Materials in the American College of Radiology. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters in cardiothoracic imaging. He has delivered more than 200 invited lectures in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Elsie T. Nguyen, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FNASCI

Dr. Elsie T. Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Radiology at University Medical Imaging Toronto, University of Toronto. She completed her thoracic imaging fellowship at the University of British Columbia and cardiovascular imaging fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Nguyen is the Vice-Chair of on SIDE (Support, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity), and the Cardiothoracic Division Lead for Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. She is also the President of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology (CSTR).

She is passionate about education and has won several teaching awards at the undergraduate and post-graduate level and leads several research initiatives including creating a joint Breast and Cardiovascular Screening Program, optimization and utilization of coronary CT angiography among primary care physicians and MR imaging of non-ischemic cardiomyopathies.

Mentoring, sponsoring and coaching trainees and faculty to achieve their full potential is a passion and source of joy and meaning in her day to day work.

Phillip M. Young, M.D.

Phillip Young is a Professor of Radiology and Chair of the Division of Body MRI at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Young’s academic and clinical interests are primarily in application of advanced diagnostic imaging technology to cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Young has served as a co-investigator on two NIH R01 grants, has published over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and eight book chapters. Dr. Young and his mentored trainees have earned top awards for scientific presentations at the Radiological Society of North America, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, American College of Physicians, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Young is also an effective educator, twice recognized for excellence in teaching Mayo Clinic residents, and he maintains an active national and international lecture schedule.
He has been a faculty member for 25 Mayo Clinic CME courses, as well as the RSNA, NASCI, ISMRM, and national society meetings in China, Guatemala, Chile, and Brazil.

Dr. Young obtained an undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University, and spent one Michaelmas term at the University of Oxford as a visiting undergraduate. He subsequently obtained an MD with honors in radiology from Case Western Reserve University, and was awarded the Martin I. Perlmutter prize for outstanding performance in radiology. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at CWRU and a diagnostic radiology residency at Mayo Clinic Florida, he completed an MRI fellowship at Stanford University prior to joining the staff at the Mayo Clinic.