Terry Desser


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Terry S. Desser
Professor, Radiology
Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2008-2009

Dr. Desser is Professor of Radiology and the Residency Program Director at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her AB degree from Princeton University and her MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has undertaken research in radiographic contrast media, both in the pharmaceutical industry and at Stanford, and recently has been pursuing work in applying simulation methods to Radiology education.

Since becoming residency program director in 2004, Dr. Desser has become interested in the problem of gender imbalance among practitioners of Radiology. She has organized evening events for women residents and medical students to raise awareness of Radiology as a specialty choice and to provide networking opportunities by introducing current women trainees to practicing women radiologists in the community. For her fellowship, Dr. Desser will expand these outreach efforts and will conduct research on female medical students' perception of Radiology and its changes over time. She will also work with the Office of Diversity to identify opportunities to foster mentoring of young female faculty in Diagnostic Radiology and throughout the medical school.