The Board of
Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announced today
that David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., Ms.B., FAHA, FACR, will become editor of
the journal Radiology
in January 2018.
Dr. Bluemke is
the radiologist-in-chief of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center and senior investigator at the
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in
Bethesda, Md. He also is adjunct investigator for the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute (NHLBI). Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Bluemke will become
professor of radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of
Wisconsin – Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (UW – Madison).
“Radiology is the premier
journal in our field, with a strong focus on innovation in imaging,” Dr.
Bluemke said. “In order to lead the field, the journal needs to publish cutting
edge research articles in radiological imaging. Such topics are often highly
specialized. Therefore, the journal will provide increased editorial content to
explain the significance of novel research findings. In this way, we can all
benefit by a better shared understanding of new research results and their impact
on our clinical practices.”
research interests lie in cardiovascular disease and its complications, with
his primary focus on atherosclerosis imaging and the use of traditional and
molecular imaging techniques to evaluate myocardial tissue. The aim of Dr.
Bluemke’s work is to employ imaging modalities to detect, quantify and monitor
subclinical disease. He received an RSNA R&E Foundation Research Seed Grant
in 1995 for his study “Prevention of Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
Using MR Imaging and Spectroscopy.”
“As editor of Radiology, David will
provide visionary leadership. He brings to the position a wealth of knowledge
and experience, coupled with innovative ideas that will enhance appeal for the
readers and further elevate the journal’s impact factor,” said Vijay M. Rao,
M.D., chair of the RSNA Board of Directors. “It is an exciting time for Radiology.”
A graduate of
the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Dr. Bluemke earned his medical degree
and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Chicago. He completed a
diagnostic radiology residency and a cross-sectional fellowship at the Johns
Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received a Master
of Science in Business from JHU, as well as a Certificate in Business of
Medicine. He has completed the Executive Leader Program at JHU and the NIH
Executive Leadership program.
completing his residency in 1993, Dr. Bluemke became an instructor and later an
assistant professor of radiology at JHU School of Medicine. After serving as an
associate professor in the departments of Radiology and Cardiology, in 2006 he
became a professor in the departments of Radiology and Medicine.
In 1997, he
became the clinical director in the MRI division of the Department of Radiology
at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2008, he became a tenured senior investigator for
the NIH and radiologist-in-chief at the NIH Clinical Center, a position he
served as deputy editor of Radiology
from 1993 to 1997. He
has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
Journal of Computed Axial
Radiology and the International
Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. Dr. Bluemke has co-authored more
than 600 peer-reviewed publications, 540 scientific abstracts, and 38 book
chapters and monographs. He has been a reviewer for more than 35 scientific
journals, including Radiology,
RadioGraphics, Journal of the American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine.
Bluemke’s many awards and honors are the outstanding teacher award in
cardiovascular imaging from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in
Medicine (ISMRM), the elite reviewer award from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,
two Executive Council awards and a silver medal from the American Roentgen Ray
Society, Cum Laude and contrast agent awards from the Society of Computed Body
Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, two NIH Director’s awards and the NIH
Clinical Center Director’s award. In 2014, Dr. Bluemke was the recipient of the
Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, which recognizes the
best original scientific article published in the journal Radiology.
In 2007, Dr.
Bluemke was named among the top 10 radiologists by Medical Imaging. He has been listed multiple
times among America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. In 2015, AuntMinnie.com named Dr.
Bluemke the year’s Most Influential Radiology Researcher.
is an experienced scholar and leader in radiology,” said Mary C. Mahoney, M.D.,
RSNA Board Liaison for Publications and Communications. “He has the vision to
guide the journal through the changes on the horizon with the digital age and
keep the journal relevant and vital to our readers and our researchers.”
member of RSNA, Dr. Bluemke served on the Scientific Awards Committee and the
Research and Education Seed Grant Review Panel from 1999 to 2003. He served on
the Scientific Program Committee from 2007 to 2010. He has served on the Task
Force on Quantitative Imaging and Imaging Biomarkers since 2011. He has
delivered more than 20 lectures at RSNA annual meetings since 1991.
also has served in many capacities with a number of other professional
societies, including the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American
Roentgen Ray Society, the Association of University Radiologists, the American
College of Cardiology, American Heart Association (AHA), the Society of Computed
Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBTMR), the Society of Cardiovascular
Magnetic Resonance, and ISMRM. He is a fellow of the ACR, AHA, ISMRM, SCBTMR
and the North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging.
delighted that Dr. Bluemke will be joining the Department of Radiology at the
University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Medicine and Public Health,” said
Thomas M. Grist, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology at UW – Madison.
“While David’s editorial duties will undoubtedly be his primary focus, our
department will partner with the RSNA to ensure that Dr. Bluemke has the
opportunity to continue his strong connection to clinical and academic
radiology at a local level. We are looking forward to learning from his unique
insight, and we are excited for him to return to his Wisconsin roots.”
will succeed Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., as Radiology
editor. Dr. Kressel has served the journal since 2007 and will
retire as editor at the end of 2017. During his tenure, Dr. Kressel introduced
new journal innovations and features, such as the Radiology Select collections of essential
modality articles, and various online enhancements, such as Radiology podcasts with
study authors. Dr. Kressel also instituted operational efficiencies, improved
the scientific rigor of the journal through the institution of author and
reviewer checklists, and increased author recognition through the development
of the Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence.
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