Vamsi R. Narra, MD
MALLINCKRODT INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGY
Professor of Radiology
Senior Vice Chair for Clinical Imaging Informatics and New Clinical Business Development
2023 Dean’s Impact Award Recipient
Vamsi R. Narra, MD, spearheaded the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology’s use of remote reading rooms scattered about the medical center, off-site and at physician homes to ensure MIR could continue to interpret radiology images throughout the pandemic. Narra quickly identified the rapidly growing scale of the pandemic and the necessity to separate reading areas to minimize the risks of cross-infection among radiologists and patients. He worked closely with Katie D. Vo, MD, to help MIR identify and procure reading room spaces separate from the medical center and from the Emergency Department, including new reading rooms in remote Washington University and BJC HealthCare buildings. In addition, he developed new methods and processes for deploying workstations at radiologists’ homes. This allowed radiologists who had been exposed to COVID-19 to continue to work and deliver care to patients while minimizing further exposure. Narra was also instrumental in developing new approaches for resident education during scan reading, allowing trainees to continue learning at a distance. Overall, his major contributions in the IT space allowed MIR to safely deliver diagnostic services throughout the pandemic.