The late Saroja Adusumilli, M.D. was a promising young faculty member dedicated to extraordinary patient care. She was an excellent clinical radiologist, capable investigator and outstanding educator. A member of the University of Michigan faculty since September 2002, she was a well-respected authority on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a member of the Department of Radiology's abdominal imaging group. An alumna of the University of Michigan Radiology residency program, Dr. Adusumilli was elected chief resident by her peers in 2000, an honor reserved for those with leadership potential and clinical skill. After joining the U-M faculty, she became a valuable mentor to the current residents and fellows. At the time of her death, she was assistant professor of Radiology and associate director of the department's residency program. She was active in research and was interested in MRI of the prostate and MR colonography. Dr. Adusumilli received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania after her residency at the University of Michigan.
Reflections on Dr. Adusumilli's Career and Contributions
"She was something special. Although not many patients meet or think about the person who's responsible for interpreting their medical images, Saroja took that responsibility incredibly seriously, and cared deeply about her patients."
DR. RICHARD COHAN
"Every image was a person to her—a mother, a father, a son—and she tried hard to figure out what was wrong and how to help."
DR. HERO HUSSAIN
"Her selfless dedication to patient care and teaching made her a role model for faculty and trainees alike."
DR. N. REED DUNNICK
"Saroja was a wonderful human being. Her dedication to the Radiology residency, to the Radiology department, to patients, to her colleagues was tremendous, beyond compare. She was an excellent radiologist, an outstanding teacher and most importantly a genuinely caring and compassionate person who always placed the interests of her colleagues, residents, and patients ahead of her own."
DR. ELAINE CAOILI
"Saroja was such an incredible person. Our class gave her a teaching award when we were fourth year residents. The award was as much about what a great teacher she was for us as well as our way of expressing to her how much we loved her and appreciated her."