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    May 01, 2013

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    Numbers in the News

    Number of years before a mature quantitative imaging methodology is expected to be established for predicting and/or measuring tumor response to therapies in clinical trial settings. Read more here.

    The number of years the Mayo Clinic refrained from performing adrenal vein sampling (AVS) before resuming the procedure in 1990. Read more about the interventional procedure that is underutilized despite its diagnostic accuracy here.

    Approximate number of fans on RSNA’s Facebook Page, one of the social media tools that keep members updated on all things RSNA. Access these tools from RSNA.org via the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons in the footer below.

    Estimated cost in dollars of a sound-masking system for an approximately 500-square-foot radiology reading room, which can decrease associated distractions. Read more about other ergonomics solutions for the radiology reading room here.

    RSNA 2013 HONORED Lecturers Announced

    Damian E. Dupuy, M.D.
    Irving L. Weissman, M.D.
    Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D.
    K. Kian Ang, M.D., Ph.D.


    Damian E. Dupuy, M.D.
    Providence, R.I. 

    Irving L. Weissman, M.D.
    Stanford, Calif. 

    Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D.
    Stanford, Calif. 

    K. Kian Ang, M.D., Ph.D.

    To Be Announced

    AUR, APDR Bestow Honors

    Ronald L. Arenson, M.D.
    Michael J. Shortsleeve, M.D.

    The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) honored esteemed members at the AUR 61st Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

    AUR awarded its gold medal to Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Arenson has served on numerous RSNA committees and is currently chairman of the RSNA Board of Directors.

    APDR awarded Michael J. Shortsleeve, M.D., the Achievement Award. Dr. Shortsleeve is chair of the Department of Radiology and director of radiography service at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and a clinical assistant professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School.

    National Strategy for Appropriate Medical Imaging Focus of ABRF Summit

    American Board of Radiology Foundation (ABRF) logo  

    A diverse array of stakeholders gathered to discuss a national strategy for safe and appropriate medical imaging at the American Board of Radiology Foundation’s (ABRF’s) fourth national summit, “Safe and Appropriate Imaging: Partnership for a Patient-Centered Approach,” held in March in Bethesda, Md.

    ABRF is a public/private/professional partnership whose mission is to demonstrate, enhance and continuously improve accountability to the public in the use of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

    The March summit advanced the work of the foundation’s August 2012 summit in which leaders identified several current quality and safety gaps in medical imaging and described attributes of an optimized medical imaging system. Attendees of the March summit began jointly developing a national strategy and creating solutions that address those gaps.

    According to Glenn S. Forbes, M.D., chair of the ABRF Board of Directors, “During and between the summits, the ABRF convenes representatives from five domains—healthcare providers, regulatory agencies, payors, equipment manufacturers, and the public/patients—and facilitates a diverse, inclusive, collaborative effort to define and optimize the pathway to safe and appropriate medical imaging.

    “The unique nature of this assembly is the all-inclusive and diverse representation of the participants,” Dr. Forbes said. “Leadership from all large national entities representing effort in medical imaging were invited and responded for participation. A common agreement has been made to not represent constituent interests, but rather, to focus solely on the needs of the patient and improvement for the public good.”

    Learn more about ABRF at www.abrfoundation.org or contact abrfoundation@abrfoundation.org.

    SIR Bestows 2013 Gold Medals

    Wilfrido R. Castañeda-Zuniga, M.D.
    David A. Kumpe, M.D.
    Kenneth R. Thomson, M.D.
    Images courtesy of the Society of Interventional Radiology

    The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) recently presented gold medals at its annual meeting in New Orleans:

    Wilfrido R. Castañeda-Zuniga, M.D., is an emeritus professor of radiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and professor of radiology at University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio.

    David A. Kumpe, M.D., is the director of interventional neuroradiology and a professor of radiology, neurosurgery and surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.

    Kenneth R. Thompson, M.D., is a professor and director of radiology at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

    Stern Receives SMRI Academic Excellence Award

    Eric J. Stern, M.D.

    The Mexican Society of Radiology and Imaging (SMRI) awarded its Academic Excellence Award to Eric J. Stern, M.D., during the society’s recent annual meeting in Mexico City. Dr. Stern is a professor of radiology, adjunct professor of medicine, medical education and bioinformatics, and global health and vice-chair, academic affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Jadvar Named ACNM President

    Hossein Jadvar, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

    The American College of Nuclear Medicine named Hossein Jadvar, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., president for 2013-14. Dr. Jadvar is an associate professor of radiology biomedical engineering and the vice-chair of research at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Dr. Jadvar is a past recipient of an RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Research Seed Grant.

    American Board of Radiology Elects New Trustees

    J. Anthony Seibert, Ph.D.
    Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.

    The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has elected Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., as a trustee for radiation oncology and J. Anthony Seibert, Ph.D., as a trustee for medical physics, both effective July 1. Dr. Hahn is chair and Henry K. Pancoast professor of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Seibert has been a professor of radiology and medical physics at the University of California Davis Medical Center since January 1983 and is currently associate chair of radiology informatics.

    SAR Bestows Honors

    SAR Honors
    RSNA Board Liaison for International Affairs Richard L. Baron, M.D. (left), receives the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) 2013 Walter B. Cannon Medal from SAR president Stuart G. Silverman, M.D. (right).

    The Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) awarded its 2013 Walter B. Cannon Medal to RSNA Liaison for International Affairs, Richard L. Baron, M.D., at its recent annual meeting. Dr. Baron is dean for clinical practice and a professor of radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center where he has served as chair of radiology for nine years. Richard L. Clark, M.D., an emeritus professor of radiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, was awarded the 2013 Howard M. Pollack Medal.

    Suresh K. Patel, M.D., an attending physician in the department of radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Ali Shirkhoda, M.D., a clinical professor of radiology at the University of California School of Medicine at Irvine, were respectively awarded the GU and GI Lifetime Achievement Awards.

    In Memoriam

    Philip E.S. Palmer, M.D.

    Philip E.S. Palmer, M.D., a pioneer in promoting the use of radiology and radiation therapy in Africa and developing countries, died January 3, 2013. He was 91.

    Dr. Palmer was an emeritus professor of radiology at the School of Medicine at the University of California (UC) Davis in Sacramento. He joined the staff in 1970 as the first radiology department chair and spent the next 20 years of his professional career there, also serving as director of diagnostic radiology at the UC Davis Medical Center.

    Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Palmer worked in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to introduce the use of new techniques in diagnostic radiology, including neuroradiology and angiography, and radiotherapy for cancer patients in the region. He also chaired the radiology department at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

    After retiring from UC Davis in 1990, Dr. Palmer spent 30 years as a consultant for the World Health Organization in Geneva and led a modernization of radiologic education and practices in Romania following the end of communism.

    Dr. Palmer received the Roentgen Medal from the German Radiological Society in 1993. He received the first Béclère Medal, the highest award of the International Society of Radiology, and gave the first Béclère Lecture in 1996. Dr. Palmer served as RSNA second vice-president in 1994 and received the RSNA Special Presidential Award in 2000.

    Marian Godiksen Schuyler, who served as RSNA interim executive director from 1988 to 1989 prior to her retirement, died January 11, 2013. She was 82.

    In the 1990s Schuyler worked side-by-side at RSNA with her husband George Schuyler, director of scientific meetings. He was presented with an RSNA Gold Medal at the 1988 Scientific Assembly for his accomplishments, specifically his assistance in moving the annual meeting from Chicago’s Palmer House to McCormick Place.

    During her career, Schuyler worked in various capacities for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), ending her career there in covert operations. While working at the CIA, she attended evening classes to complete her first year of law school. In the mid-1960s, Schuyler worked with the Inner-City Teaching Corps, an elite group of future leaders working to close the achievement gap in Chicago’s urban schools.

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