Katie D. Vo, MD
MALLINCKRODT INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGY
Professor of Radiology
2023 Dean’s Impact Award Recipient
Katie D. Vo, MD, provided key leadership for the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology during the pandemic in multiple ways. She led the extremely busy neuroradiology practice from a compact reading room situation, where the high density of faculty and trainees was unsafe due to the risk of co-infections. Vo worked closely with Vamsi R. Narra, MD, to deploy decentralized reading rooms at multiple locations remote from Barnes-Jewish Hospital as well as at individual radiologists’ homes to continue to deliver high-level neuroradiology interpretations in a timely fashion for patients. She also developed workflows for trainee education which included regular teaching conferences and Zoom read-out sessions. These workflows were effective but not as efficient as in-person readings and education; still, Vo managed to keep her large team engaged and continued to address all of the radiology department’s missions. When COVID-19 numbers were reduced, she and her team were among the first to return to the reading rooms to enhance patient care and trainee education. Vo’s leadership by example was key to radiology succeeding during the pandemic.