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A pioneer in abdominal imaging and in the gastrointestinal applications of CT and MR imaging, Richard L. Baron, MD, was elected to the Board at RSNA 2008.
"RSNA has been a major part of my professional life for the last 30 years," said Dr Baron. "It is important to me to give back to the radiology community and help shape radiology education for the next generation. RSNA is the organization that has the most significant impact on radiology education and science in clinical practice. I'm proud to be a part of it."
"Over the last several years Dr Baron has been the driving force behind the education exhibits displays. His innovative ideas were instrumental in enhancing the Case-of-the-Day format at the RSNA annual meeting. He also created a new display design that facilitated review of backlit and computer-enhanced exhibits," said Dr George S. Bisset III, MD "He will be an invaluable asset as RSNA expands its educational efforts."
An RSNA member since 1978, Dr Baron is currently 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. Previously, Dr Baron crisscrossed the country, teaching and practicing in St. Louis, Seattle and Pittsburgh, where he was chair and professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh and the founding president and CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, one of the country's largest medical provider groups currently with more than 2,000 physicians.
After graduating cum laude from Yale University, Dr Baron attended Tufts University before completing his medical degree at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. An internship in internal medicine at Yale University was followed by his radiology residency and abdominal radiology fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University. Later in his career he continued his education at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Over the years, Dr Baron has been principal investigator on a dozen research projects and has earned many research awards from numerous national radiology societies, especially in the area of diagnostic imaging of liver disease.
He has served in leadership roles for several national radiology societies, including as president of the Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance and the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists. He has served on the executive council of the American Roentgen Ray Society and is a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Dr Baron is an honorary fellow of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology, and an honorary member of the Argentine Society of Radiology, Argentine Federation of Associations of Radiology, and Chilean Society of Radiology. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology.
Dr Baron has authored more than 120 scientific articles, more than 40 book chapters and review articles, and has presented hundreds of invited lectures. He has received the Radiology Editor's Recognition Award four times. Dr Baron serves or has served as an associate editor, editorial consultant or reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals, including Radiology, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, Contemporary Oncology, Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, American Journal of Roentgenology, Gastroenterology, Liver Transplantation, and Archives of Internal Medicine.