Radiating Hope: Radiology Department Blog


Welcome Lisa Qiu and Hien “Lena” Lai

Welcome Lisa Qiu and Hien “Lena” Lai


I’m Lisa Qiu and I use she/her pronouns. I’m originally from New York City and more recently moved to Portland, Oregon, for my medical education.  

I decided to take a year off between my third and fourth year of medical school to come to Cincinnati Children’s for a research fellowship in the Department of Radiology. Through this fellowship, I hope to gain experience in academic research, learn fundamental skills in reading imaging, and carry out research studies from start to finish. Cincinnati Children’s stood out to me as a place with a plethora of intersectional clinical and research opportunities that will expose me to complex pathologies in kids.  

In my spare time, I am a woodworker and enjoy building functional objects with my hands. Otherwise, I spend my time playing fetch, trail running, hiking, and canoeing with Oakie, my golden retriever. Sometimes he reads with me too. The latest book we’ve read together was Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong.   


Hello! My name is Hien “Lena” Lai. I was born in Viet Nam and moved to the US in 1998. I grew up here and have lived in Cincinnati for most of my life. Ever since I started taking care of my grandmother as her home health aide, I have had a strong interest in the medical field. I did not want to be a doctor or a nurse. After some research, I decided on pursuing radiography at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash and graduated from the program in 2018.   

My work has always been about caring for others and I am excited for the opportunity to care for all our kids here at Cincinnati Children’s.  

I love traveling the world, sightseeing, and visiting national parks with family and friends. I like to sing and read, and enjoy watching movies in my free time.   

I look forward to knowing each one of you, learning from you, and at the same time contributing to the team.  

Side note: I am also a qualified medical and educational interpreter helping the limited English proficiency (LEP) Vietnamese. My permanent clients are my parents ;). 


Meredith Towbin, copyeditor

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About the author: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.