President, San Francisco, CA
Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., FACR, is president of the
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Dr. Arenson is the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished
Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at
the University of California, San Francisco, where he has been since 1992.
As RSNA president, Dr. Arenson’s focus is on the importance
of patient-centered care and radiology’s evolution from volume- to value-based
“As the healthcare industry grows increasingly complex and
patients become more involved in every stage of their medical care, radiology
must adapt to embrace value-based practice and the patient-centered care model.
As president, I hope to continue to advance these initiatives and encourage the
development and use of informatics tools to improve the care we provide to our
patients,” he said.
Dr. Arenson earned his medical degree in 1970 from New York
Medical College in New York. He completed his internship at Beth Israel Medical
Center in New York and his diagnostic radiology residency at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Arenson began his academic career in 1976 at the
University of Pennsylvania (Penn) after serving in the U.S. Navy at the
National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. During his tenure at Penn, Dr.
Arenson was associate chairman of clinical services in radiology, director of
administrative services and interim vice provost for information systems and
computing for the campus.
Dr. Arenson has authored or co-authored over 110
peer-reviewed scientific articles, four book chapters, three books and numerous
exhibits, audiovisuals, abstracts and editorials. He has served on the
editorial boards of several journals, including Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Journal of Digital Imaging,
Academic Radiology and Journal of the
American College of Radiology. Dr. Arenson has been an invited lecturer
nationally and internationally at nearly 250 universities and institutes.
During his career, Dr. Arenson has been an active member of
several medical societies and organizations, including the American College of
Medical Informatics (ACMI), Association of University Radiologists (AUR), Society
of Chairmen in Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD), the Academy of Radiology
Research (ARR) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), where he has served
on several committees. He was a founding member of the Radiology Information
System Consortium (RISC), now the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
(SIIM). Dr. Arenson holds fellowships in the ACR, ACMI and SIIM. He is
past-president of the AUR, SCARD and ARR, and served on the National Advisory
Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as the NIH Council of
Throughout his career, Dr. Arenson has received many honors.
He received the Alumni Medal of Honor from New York Medical College in 2001 and
received a gold medal from AUR in 2013. He has been the keynote speaker at many
events, including RSNA 2007 and the American Board of Radiology Foundation
Dr. Arenson’s research achievements include the development
of a catheter that can be steered in a magnetic field, allowing interventional
radiologists to reach further into smaller blood vessels. Dr. Arenson and
fellow researchers filed a patent on the invention in 2001. The patent was
recently nominated for a national fair on technology, and Dr. Arenson is now working
with faculty on the next-stage prototype.
A member of RSNA since 1974, Dr. Arenson has served on
numerous committees, including the Publications Council, Education Council, Public
Information Advisors Network, Research Development Committee and the Radiology
Informatics Committee (formerly Electronic Communications Committee), of which
he served as chairman from 1999 to 2005. In 2007, he was elected to the RSNA
Board of Directors and has served as the Board liaison for the annual meeting
and technology. He served as Board chairman from 2012 to 2013, and
president-elect from 2013 to 2014.