Dr. Sowmya Varada Receives 2019 RSNA Trainee Research Prize

December 10, 2019
Sowmya Varada, MD

Third-year radiology resident Sowmya Varada, MD, was awarded a Trainee Research Prize for her presentation “Evaluation of Athletic Pubalgia in the Setting of Femoroacetabular Impingement” at the 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Convention this December. The awards recognize the contributions of medical students, residents, and fellows to the annual RSNA meeting.

Dr. Varada’s research looks at the prevalence of athletic pubalgia in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) on MRI. FAI is a common condition characterized bony overgrowth along the hip or femur, causing impingement on hip movement. Among other long-term complications, it may predispose to athletic pubalgia, a syndrome of lower abdominal and groin pain seen in athletes. The retrospective study identified a high prevalence of various MRI injury patterns of athletic pubalgia in patients with FAI, which adds to the growing theory that there is pathophysiologic interplay between the two processes.

Dr. Varada presented her paper at the convention on December first and received a monetary award.

Held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the annual RSNA Convention is one of the largest medical meetings in the world, bringing together radiologists, medical physicists, and other medical professionals from more than 54,000 member organizations to interact, explore, and discuss innovations and advances in the field of radiology.

Dr. Varada is a graduate of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.