Who We Are - About Us


Laurie L. Fajardo, MD, MBA, FACR, FSBI

Dr. Fajardo graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her radiology residency training and fellowship at the University of Arizona. She has served in academic breast imaging faculty positions at the University of Arizona, the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the University of Iowa (where she also served as the Department Chair for 10 years). Currently, she heads the Breast Imaging Division at the University of Iowa. Dr. Fajardo was an innovator in the development of stereotactic core breast biopsy, digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis. She has participated in many multi-centered clinical trials evaluating new breast imaging technologies and therapies for breast cancer. She has received several NIH, DOD and industry grants to support her research. Dr. Fajardo has been actively involved in academic breast imaging with respect to the development of clinical guidelines, best practices and the education of breast imaging postgraduate fellows. She is the author of more than 125 scientific papers and has delivered over 200 invited lectures and scientific papers nationally and internationally. She has served as a consultant to many national organizations including: the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (Guideline Panel for Quality Determinants in Mammography), the NCI/NIH (Chair and member of many grant review panels, consensus development panels and strategic planning committees), the American College of Radiology (Commission on Economics, Appropriateness Criteria Development Committees, Practice Guideline Committees, Chair/Co-Chair - ACR Nominating Committee), the American College of Radiology Oncology Imaging Network (Executive/Steering Committee, Research Strategy Committee, Chair - Publications and Media Committee, Chair - Committee on Data Sharing, and Breast Clinical Trials Committee) and the Academy for Radiology Research. Dr. Fajardo has served on executive committees and in editorial positions for the JACR, Academic Radiology, Radiology and AJR. She served as a member of the NIH Consensus Development Panel: Breast Cancer Screening in Women Ages 40-49, and on the Scientific Advisory Integration Panel for the USA MRDC-Army Breast Cancer Research Program. Dr. Fajardo was a member of the Board of Directors of Hologic, Inc and is currently a member of their Scientific Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Physician Advisory Panel for Philips Healthcare.

Markus Holzhauer, MD

Dr. Holzhauer, is a native from Mannheim, Germany, who studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg and completed a residency in Radiology at Hannover Medical Center (MHH) and a fellowship in Breast Imaging at Duke University in Durham NC. After several years as faculty at the Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, he obtained Board Certification in Radiology and entered private practice. He is shareholder at Windsong Radiology in Williamsville NY, a private practice with a unique legacy of a patient centered Radiology. Dr. Holzhauer came to the US with a strong passion to further enhance his experiences in Breast Imaging but also became committed to use his unique perspective to develop innovative concepts to improve quality and teaching of breast imaging to the benefit of the patients. He is section reviewer for Breast Imaging of the Journal of Radiology Case Reports, and Co-author of Breast Imaging, McGraw-Hill Cased Based Review Series.

Roland Talanow, MD, PhD

Dr. Talanow, is a native from Germany, who studied medicine at the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg/Germany where he also completed his PhD. He completed his Radiology residency as well as a Nuclear Medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland/Ohio. Dr. Talanow is a US Board certified physician and licensed in several states and has been director of Nuclear Medicine while working in private practice. He started being involved in teaching and IT, especially web-based technology, as early as in the mid-1990s. Dr. Talanow has published several medical books related to the United States Medical Licensing Examination as well as Radiology. He continued to focus his work on Radiology and web-based education and developed and presented many web-based programs that serve this purpose, some of them being society awarded. During his career, Dr. Talanow has founded the largest online community for Radiology professionals, Radiolopolis, the PubMed indexed Journal of Radiology Case Reports and became chief editor of a novel interactive Radiology case review book series which is published in conjunction with the publisher McGraw-Hill. The Breast Imaging book of this book series is connected to the MammoCoach program.

Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, MPH

Dr. Vijayaraghavan currently heads the Breast Imaging Division at UMass Medical School, accredited as a Center of Excellence by the ACR. He is also the Director of their Breast Imaging Fellowship Program and is a member of the school's committee on National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). He graduated with a MBBS degree from JIPMER, Pondicherry, India. After his initial residency, MD in Diagnostic Radiology, he practiced as a general and interventional radiologist in India. Subsequently, Dr. Vijayaraghavan pursued a second residency in Radiation Oncology at India's premier Cancer Hospital, Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), where he first developed interest in Breast Cancer and its management. Dr. Vijayaraghavan subsequently moved to the United States. He is American Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology with a fellowship in Women's Imaging from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has a Master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health with specialization in Health Care Management. He joined the faculty of UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2005. He actively coordinates the weekly multidisciplinary breast conferences and the biweekly rad-path meetings at the hospital. He is committed to the education of residents and fellows, enhancing the quality of medical care and optimizing resources. He is a reviewer to many journals including JRCR (breast section). His current research interests include exploring reader variability in interpretation of screening mammograms; the role of breast CT in evaluation of breast density; and mass characterization and response to therapy.

Chris Flowers, MD, FRCR, FSBI

Dr. Flowers graduated in Medicine from the University of London, UK. and completed his radiology residency and breast fellowship at Nottingham University Hospitals. Leading the West Wales division of Breast Test Wales, he developed the National Breast Screening Program in Wales and also worked in the Swansea Hospitals to develop the symptomatic (diagnostic) breast service. He authored a book on the practical aspects of breast biopsy (in it's infancy at that time) and developed the Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group website. In 2007, he was recruited to the University of California, San Francisco as Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, where he developed teaching tools and lectures for residents, medical students and lectured at postgraduate courses. He worked alongside the multidisciplinary breast cancer group that developed as the University of California ATHENA Breast Health Initiative, and became primary investigator for radiology. Although he was then recruited to Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, FL where he was Director of Breast Imaging and Research, he continued working with the ATHENA Breast Imaging Group and has lead BI-RADS reader calibration studies. Now working at the Jonnson Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, he is developing breast imaging QA procedures and a Statewide breast imaging and pathology database to be used for teaching and research. MammoCoach has allowed the authors to develop teaching sets to mimic real life situations, starting with screening mammography. This experience is based on the highly successful PERFORMS program in the UK, which is used for assessment of mammographer performance, but also has different teaching sets.

Gary J. Whitman, MD, FACR, FSBI, FSRU, FAIUM

Dr. Whitman graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and he completed his radiology residency at Cleveland Clinic, followed by fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Whitman served on the radiology staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital and as an instructor of radiology at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1996. In 1996, Dr. Whitman moved to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Since 1996, Dr. Whitman, has advanced from assistant professor to associate professor to professor with tenure. Currently, Dr. Whitman is a professor of radiology and radiation oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and he serves as the medical director of the mobile mammography program and chair-elect of the faculty senate. Dr. Whitman is also a member of the executive committee of the faculty senate and the institutional continuing medical education committee. He is a former chair of the continuing medical education committee. Dr. Whitman has authored over 120 peer reviewed articles in all aspects of breast imaging. Dr. Whitman is a well known speaker, and he has directed several continuing medical education courses in conjunction with the Houston Radiological Society and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Whitman is a former Houston Radiological Society president, and he is a fellow, former treasurer, and former member of the board of governors of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Whitman is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and he currently serves as a mammography accreditation reviewer for the American College of Radiology. Dr. Whitman is a fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, and he currently serves on the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound finance committee. Dr. Whitman is also a fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging, and he is the current editor of the Society of Breast Imaging Newsletter. Also, Dr. Whitman is the current vice president of the Association of University Radiologists.