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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Etta D. Pisano, M.D., is Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Prior to coming to MUSC in 2010, Dr. Pisano served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and Director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.  

Dr. Pisano is an expert in breast cancer imaging and has been named by Diagnostic Imaging magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in radiology. She is a Past President of the Association of University Radiologists and the American Association for Women Radiologists.  She served as the Principal Investigator of the largest clinical trial ever run by a radiologist, which enrolled 49,528 women in a study comparing digital to film mammography, the results of which were published in 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Pisano was awarded one of the first Ladies’ Home Journal Health Breakthrough Awards. In 2008, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a recipient of the 2010 Gold Medal from the Association of University Radiologists and the 2012 Gold Medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society. Other awards include the Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Association for Women Radiologists (2012) and the Helen Taussig Living Legacy Award from the National Women’s History Museum (2013).

Dr. Pisano is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Duke University School of Medicine.  After completing a rotating internship in a community-based program in Pensacola, Florida, she completed her radiology residency at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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