• Sarah S. Donaldson, MD

  • President, Stanford, CA 

    Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., is RSNA president for 2013. Dr. Donaldson is the Catharine and Howard Avery Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif., serves as associate residency program director of radiation oncology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and is chief of radiation oncology service at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

    As president, Dr. Donaldson will help shape and implement RSNA's vision and strategic goals to advance the radiologic sciences and embrace the model of patient-centered care. "I am proud to promote the RSNA mission around the world," she said. "My goal is to enhance collaborations and partnerships amongst the radiologic sciences worldwide to provide efficient, safe and cost-effective use of imaging. I will work with the Board of Directors and the many loyal RSNA member volunteers to promote our strategic plan and to emphasize patient-centered radiology."

    Among Dr. Donaldson's priorities are providing more services for international members, supporting the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, encouraging residents, fellows, and young investigators to become the thought leaders of tomorrow; fostering the development of new technologies and facilitating informatics strategies to improve patient care.

    Dr. Donaldson began her academic appointments at Stanford as an assistant professor of radiation therapy in 1973. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Donaldson served as the residency program director and from 1997 to 2011, as associate chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford. She has received both leadership and teaching awards at Stanford and most recently was awarded the Dean's Medal of the Stanford School of Medicine.

    Dr. Donaldson has authored or coauthored more than 220 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 81 book chapters and review articles, and two books. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications including Cogent Medicine, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, Journal of the American College of Radiology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Medical and Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Donaldson has been invited to lecture at more than 200 institutions and meetings throughout North America, Japan, Europe and Australia. During her career she has served numerous medical organizations and societies including the American College of Radiology (ACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Pediatric Oncology, American Radium Society (ARS), Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society and the National Academy of Sciences. She was the first female president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Board of Radiology.

    Dr. Donaldson received the Marie Curie Award of the American Association for Women Radiologists in 1998 and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award of the American Medical Women's Association in 2005. She is the recipient of gold medals from ACR, ARS and ASTRO and is one of a select few radiologists who are members of the Institute of Medicine.

    As a longtime member of RSNA, Dr. Donaldson has served on the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees and Scientific Exhibits Committee and was elected second vice-president in 2003. She served as the RSNA Board liaison for publications and communications from 2007 to 2010, board chairman from 2010 to 2011 and president-elect from 2011 to 2012.


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