Women in Radiology (WIR) Ally Award

The Women in Radiology group of the Michigan Medicine Department of Radiology seeks to recognize research and advocacy in several domains that are aligned with the group’s mission. Specifically, this award will recognize efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion in trainee or faculty recruitment, selection, and hiring; career development and leadership for women and underrepresented minorities; wellness and work-life balance in radiology in general; and health disparities related to image-based screening, utilization, or outcomes in underrepresented groups.

All Department of Radiology faculty, house officers and staff are eligible to be nominated. If the efforts are those of a team, the nomination should be submitted to recognize the team and the award will be shared. The $500 gift will not be issued this year, however the recipient will receive recognition in an alternative format.

Nomination Process:

  • Women In Radiology Steering Committee will solicit nominations each spring
  • Submissions should include a description of published or presented research, public advocacy or other activities resulting in policy, administrative or operational change aligned with the above goals
  • Nominees may include radiology residents, fellows, faculty, or staff members of any gender or a team of people
  • Nomination letters are due May 15, 2020
  • Send letters to: WIR-Ally-Award@umich.edu


Annette Ingram Joe, MD

Dr. Joe was nominated by multiple people for her numerous contributions at the national and local levels which include years of mentoring and educating under-represented minority groups, reducing healthcare disparity and promoting health education in minority patients, and working to increase the number of minority organ donors in Michigan.

Dr. Joe was nominated by several people and each person described different highly impactful service activities. This list includes activities described in the nominations.

  • Dedicated years of mentoring the next generation of doctors from under-represented minority groups at the high school, undergraduate, and medical student levels and local, regional, and national levels.
  • Promoting medical education among minority medical students and physicians by being involved in organizations and committees such as the:
    • Michigan Radiological Society’s Commission for Women & Diversity in Radiology
    • Fitzbutler Jones Society of the University of Michigan
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion committee for the Department of Radiology
    • Black Medical Association at Wayne State and U of M, giving & arranging talks
    • National Medical Association (promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent) by being on the scientific committee and giving talks, attending local and national meetings
    • Putting on the Michigan Medicine Simfest hands-on breast biopsy workshop at the Student National Medical Association meeting
  • Actively working to reduce health disparities in minorities and improve minority health by:
    • Giving talks to underprivileged girls and mothers about breast health to reduce disparity in these groups at greater risk for morbidity/mortality
    • Being a member of The Greater Wayne Counter Chapter of The Links, Inc, a national community service organization for professional women of color where she has given talks to local and chapters about early breast cancer detection
    • Advocating for African-American breast cancers survivors through the Sisters Network--Greater Metropolitan Detroit Chapter (the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the US).
  • Actively working to increase the number of minority organ donors in Michigan by:
    • Being a board member of the Minority Organ Transplant Education Program
    • Life Walk participant and team organizer
    • Being on the Governing Board of Gift of Life in Michigan
  • Other relevant honors include:
    • Distinguished Service from the National Medical Association section on Radiology
    • University of Michigan Black Pre-Med Association Mentor Award