Resident Awarded Department's First RSNA Research Fellow Grant

We are pleased to announce that Felix Yap has been awarded an RSNA Research Fellow Grant for his investigative work on imaging analysis of certain types of renal cancers. This prestigious research grant is available for radiology residents in their final year of prescribed residency training, and the financial support is disbursed during the subsequent year of fellowship training. Felix's project, titled "The Shapely Renal Mass: Quantitative Contour Evaluation of Renal Cell Carcinoma," has been carried out in the USC Radiomics Lab  under the mentorship of Dr. Vinay Duddalwar. This is the first time a USC radiology resident has secured a fellow research grant for work carried out in the Radiomics department.

Felix Yap, embracing futuristic technology while on service in the Interventional Radiology suite in 2017.

Felix Yap, embracing futuristic technology while on service in the Interventional Radiology suite in 2017.

Felix reports that "it is a great honor for me and my mentor Dr. Vinay Duddalwar to be awarded this $50,000 RSNA Research Fellow Grant for our investigation on using quantitative shape metrics to non-invasively differentiate benign from malignant renal tumors on imaging." During his Body fellowship at USC next academic year, the grant will allow him "to explore a longtime passion: the mathematics behind shape and its influence on clinical decision-making on imaging." He states that "radiology's unique roots in math, physics, and engineering are the basis underlying our field's objective and reproducible methods for diagnosing disease." He further explains that "with the hype surrounding machine learning in radiology, I hope that this project will exemplify that radiologists can embrace new technologies to empower ourselves rather than shy away from them."

Finally, Felix points out several important lessons he has learned throughout this research experience: (1) Math skills go a long way; (2) It's important to do what you love, and love what you do; (3) Never forget your mentors; and (4) Be sure to pay it forward. These principles are sure to take Felix far in his research endeavors, medical career, and life in general.

Congratulations, Felix!

-t. iafe