Nina Kowalczyk began her career in 1976 as a student in the Mount Carmel Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology in Columbus, Ohio.  Upon graduation, Nina accepted a radiography position at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Starting as a staff radiographer,  she later worked as a special procedures technologist working in mammography and computed tomography. During her employment at University Medical Center, she returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science degree from OSU in 1981. While in school, Philip Ballinger recruited her to assist with the monumental task of updating the 5th edition of Merrill's Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures.

 In 1981 Nina also accepted a position as instructor and clinical coordinator for the Radiologic Technology Division, School of Allied Medicine, at the Ohio State University.  She completed her Master of Science degree from OSU in 1984, and in 1985 she left the university to accept a position as program director of the Riverside Methodist Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.  Nina served as program director until she was promoted to assistant director of radiology in 1988.  While employed in administration, Nina was heavily involved in quality management and also trained in MR on her own time in the evenings and on weekends, subsequently working as a contingent MR technologist.  In 1991 she accepted a temporary assignment to serve as a consultant for U.S. Health Corporation, serving as an assistant to the senior vice president of Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio.

In 1992 Nina was recruited to return to the Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, where she was employed as associate technical director of radiology until 2001.  She obtained ARRT certification in quality management during this time. In 2001 she returned to education, her true passion, as a lecturer and clinical instructor in the Radiologic Technology Division, School of Allied Medicine, at OSU.  During quarter breaks and summers, Nina volunteered to return to the CT clinical environment to become reacquainted with the technological advancements in this field.  She obtained ARRT certification in computed tomography in 2004.  She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in work force development at the Ohio State University.

Nina has been actively involved in professional societies at the local, state, and national levels.   She served s an ASRT ECE Counselor from 1983-1988, as an Ohio Affiliate delegate from 1988-90, served in various ASRT chapter delegate positions for nine seatings of the House of Delegates, and has been an active member of the Radiologic Technology Editorial Review Board since 1995.

At the state level, Nina has held every office in the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists, served on every committee, served as chairperson for four annual meetings, and served as editor of the OSRT newsletter since 1996. In1992 Nina was named OSRT Technologist of the Year for her commitment to obtaining state licensure for technologists.  She received honorary lifetime membership in the OSRT in 2003. She is currently a member of the ASRT Grass-roots Network and a member of the Radiation Generating Equipment Subcommittee for the Ohio Department of Health Radiation Advisory Committee.

Nina has lectured and published extensively. She has presented 19 lectures to state affiliates and four lectures at ASRT Annual Conferences, as well as presenting numerous lectures at the local level.  Nina has authored seven peer-reviewed manuscripts, one videotape and two online CE presentations for ASRT, and contributed to the 5th through the 9th editions of Merrill's Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures.  Nina coauthored Radiologic Pathology for Technologists, which was published in 1988 by the C.V. Mosby Company and is currently in its 4th edition. In1996 C.V. Mosby also published her text Integrated Patient Care for the Imaging Professional.

Nina and her husband Doug, a dentist, have been married for 28 years. Their son Nick is a sophomore in high school and is interested in a career in architecture. Nina enjoys family activities such as tennis, golf, hiking and snow skiing. She loves to relax in the Colorado Mountains, where she hopes to retire.  Her true passion, is serving as a mentor to younger technologists and students to encourage their professional and scholarly growth.

Ohio is very proud of you, Nina! Congratulations!

Two other RTs  were also honored by elevation to Fellow.
Pictured below
Pam Tubbs of Indiana; Nina Kowalczyk of Ohio;
Cathy Parsons of Tennessee

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