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Janet Strife

Janet Lang Strife

Monday, April 20th, 1942 - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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Janet L. Strife, M.D. April 20, 1942 – May 8, 2019

Janet Lang Strife MD died peacefully in Boulder, CO on May 8, 2019 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Janet was born April 20, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA to William and Llda Lang. She graduated from Millburne HS (NJ), Oberlin College and received her MD from New Jersey College of Medicine in 1968. After 3 years of residency at University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) she completed Radiology residency and Pediatric Radiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Janet joined the radiology faculty at Johns Hopkins but returned to Cincinnati (CCHMC) in 1978 where she advanced to Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1989 and was appointed Radiologist-in-Chief at CCHMC from 1992-2002.
Janet’s passion was to support, educate and promote young radiologists, especially women, as they trained to become pediatric radiologists at CCHMC. Over 55 trainees completed Pediatric Radiology fellowship under her guidance. Janet had tremendous energy and in addition to her work she enjoyed the outdoors; walking, biking, swimming and skiing with friends and family. She had a warm personality, was genuinely kind and generous.
Janet made significant contributions to multiple national radiology organizations including as president of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) (2000) and the Association for Program Directors in Radiology (2003), as a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology (2003-2010) and as a member of the Radiology Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, she played leadership roles in the American College of Radiology, the Association of Women Radiologists, the Radiological Society of North America and the Association of University Radiologists. Janet received a variety of awards including the CCHMC Pediatric Residents’ Excellence in Teaching Award (1991), the Founders’ Award from the Woman’s Faculty Association at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2004), the Outstanding Clinician Award from the CCHMC Department of Radiology (2004), the Founders Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society (2007). Nationally Janet received the John A. Kirkpatrick Award from the SPR (2000), Honorary Membership in European SPR (2001), the Alice Ettinger Award from the American Association of Women in Radiology (2005), the Lifetime Service Award from the American Board of Radiology (2010) and the most distinguished honor from the SPR, the Gold Medal (2010). During this time Janet published over 120 books, chapters and original articles.
After 40 years in Cincinnati, Janet and her husband retired in 2012 to Boulder, CO to be closer to their 3 younger children and 6 youngest grandchildren.
Janet is survived by her husband of almost 52 years, C. Frederic, 3 daughters, Christine Browning (Clifford), Katherine Teruel MD (Mark), Susan Strife and son Michael Strife (Samantha) and grandchildren, Hadley, Cooper and Holly Browning; Cyril and Harper Teruel; Dillon and Adelaide Strife; Riley Leach and Ivy Strife and sisters Marjorie Smith and Jean Rexford.
Memorial service will be held at Pocono Lake Preserve, PA in July. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Pediatric Radiology Education Fund, 3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229 or to a charity of choice.
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Randy Richardson

Posted at 03:42pm
One of the great leaders in radiology passed away this week. If anyone ever asked me what kind of radiologist I would like to be, I would always have answered that I would like to be like Janet Strife. Janet was Chief of radiology while I was a fellow at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. She was president of the Society of Pediatric Radiology in 2000 and President of the Program Directors in Radiology in 2003-2004. She had many peer reviewed publications, textbooks and chapters on pediatric radiology.
I am sure her great knowledge base and leadership experience helped to make her a great mentor but I don’t remember reading any of her journal articles or books or even any of the lectures she gave.
What I remember is how she sparked my interest in cardiac imaging by allowing me to sit with her and read the cardiac catheterizations in babies and children with congenital heart disease.
What I remember was her invitation to thanksgiving dinner at her home with all of the other radiology fellows where we sat and enjoyed the company of Janet, Fred and her family.
What I remember is her comforting my teary eyed wife who was frustrated because we couldn’t find a place to live Cincinnati.
The word “mentor”, in my opinion, is often overused and underperformed. I never remember Dr. Strife using the word mentor to describe herself but she was one of the greatest mentors I have ever known.
Her legacy will live on in the lives of many, like me, who have benefitted from her leadership, teaching and mentorship.

Mohamed Eltomey

Posted at 09:13am
I remember back in 2007 when I was I visiting fellow at CCHMC coming from Egypt to complete my thesis. On my second day at the hospital still sorting out my paperwork I met her and she immediately offered me help, even offered me her car. I was really struck by her kindness and her unconditioned will to help everybody. I was truly sad to hear that she passed away. She will be missed.

Mohamed Eltomey

Posted at 09:13am
I remember back in 2007 when I was I visiting fellow at CCHMC coming from Egypt to complete my thesis. On my second day at the hospital still sorting out my paperwork I met her and she immediately offered me help, even offered me her car. I was really struck by her kindness and her unconditioned will to help everybody. I was truly sad to hear that she passed away. She will be missed.

Anil Rao

Posted at 01:59pm
I was fortunate to have trained and learnt from Janet Strife during my fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. I still continue to learn from her professional and humanitarian qualities as long as I am alive. She was a Guardian Angel, mentor and and exemplary role model to me and many others who were fortunate to have their lives touched by this noble soul. There are probably very few people who have walked on this planet with such humanitarian qualities. The earth has become poor for losing such a virtuous soul. I will always remember her enthusiasm, kind and smiling face forever. It is a huge loss for everyone.

Cynthia Pan

Posted at 04:53pm
Janet inspired me when I was a Fellow when working in 1986-89 with Fred. She was such a wonderful role model for young women in medicine. I was a new mother, and her kindness to me helped ease those stresses that we all feel. She and Fred grew their family with care and I know Fred gives Janet the credit for being the center of their successful and beautiful family. My deepest condolences go out to all of the family. ~Cindy Pan and Bill Crelin, Milwaukee, WI

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