SUNY Downstate Researchers Receive “2022 Scientific Paper of The Year Award” from Premier Radiology Publication

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Nov 1, 2022

Aunt Minnie Recognizes Groundbreaking Research In Workload Management For Radiology Departments

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University today announced that premier radiology publication Aunt Minnie has awarded four researchers from SUNY Downstate, Dr. Robert Alexander, Dr. Stephen Waite, Dr. Susanna Martinez-Conde and Dr. Stephen Macknik, the 2022 Scientific Paper of the Year award for their research paper titled, “Mandating Limits on Workload, Duty, and Speed in Radiology”. The contributors to this work outside of Downstate include Michael A. Bruno from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Radiology, Elizabeth A. Krupinski from the Emory University Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, and Leonard Berlin from the Rush University Medical College Department of Radiology and University of Illinois.

The research, published in Radiology in June 2022, examines the relationship between interpretation speed and error rates in radiology, the potential influence of artificial intelligence on reading speed and error rates, and the possible outcomes of imposed limits on both caseload and duty hours.

“Research and innovation continue to guide the great work of our Downstate faculty, who prove time and time again our commitment to advancing knowledge through cutting edge research,” said Downstate senior vice president for research David Christini, Ph.D. “As the workloads our healthcare workers bear continue to grow, this research is a key step forward in understanding how to ensure every patient receives the thorough and rapid care they deserve, while also ensuring our workers are not overburdened, and are given the time needed to ensure accurate interpretation of testing results. I am honored to congratulate the authors for this impressive and well-deserved award, and I look forward to their continued advancements.”

The Aunt Minnie Scientific Paper of the Year award was announced as part of the 2022 edition of the Minnies,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. Nominations for this year’s campaign included over 200 candidates in 14 categories, ranging from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Educational Mobile App. Finalists are selected and voted upon by an expert panel of radiology luminaries.

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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHD, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.