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    July 1, 2016

    RSNA 2016 Plenary Lecturers

    The RSNA Board of Directors has announced the distinguished individuals who will deliver honored lectures at the 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.


    Opening Session Lecture
    "Hope, Hype, and Harm as Medicine Enters the Digital Age: Lessons From (and for) Radiology"
    Robert M. Wachter, MD
    San Francisco


    Opening Session Lecture
    "When Machines Think: Radiology's Next Frontier"
    Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD


    New Horizons Lecture
    "Beyond Imaging: Radiology of Tomorrow"
    Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, Dr(hc)
    New York City


    Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology
    "The Transformation to Value- Driven Health Care"
    Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD
    Salt Lake City, Utah


    Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology
    "Prostate Cancer: Improving the Flow of Research"
    Colleen A. Lawton, MD


    Numbers in the News

    5,700Size-in square feet-of the AMIGO Suite, a surgical research environment housing advanced imaging equipment. Read about image-guided lung cancer research underway at the AMIGO Suite here.

    600The number of SA-CME offerings in RSNA's eLearn Online Library. Read more about RSNA's full roster of CME resources here.

    60The percentage of RSNA's followers on social media who are in the 25-44 age range. Read about the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee's discussion about engaging more trainees in networking here.

    50Number of institutions that have implemented RSNA's Diagnosis Live online audience response system. Read more about this and other mobile technology transforming radiology education here.

    Castillo Named New ARRS President

    Mauricio Castillo, MD, was named president of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) during its recent annual meeting in Los Angeles.


    Dr. Castillo, an author, professor and radiologist, has served as the chief of the division of neuroradiology and professor of radiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., for 23 years. Born in Guatemala, Dr. Castillo received his training in diagnostic radiology at the University of Miami, followed by a two-year neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

    A prolific author and peer reviewer, Dr. Castillo's 5th edition of "Neuroradiology Companion" is to be published later this year. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for Radiology and as the neuroradiology/head and neck subcommittee chair of the RSNA Scientific Program Committee from 2006 to 2009.

    Fifth Annual International Day of Radiology Focuses on Breast Imaging

    On Nov. 8, join more than 140 radiologyrelated professional societies from around the globe in celebrating the advances that radiologic innovations have brought to patients worldwide.

    This year, the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is dedicated to breast imaging and the essential role that radiologists play in the detection, diagnosis and management of diseases of the breast.

    IDoR is sponsored by RSNA, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), with a dedicated website (IDoR2016.com) and social media activities. The sponsoring societies are joined by the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI), and the Image Wisely® and EuroSafe Imaging campaigns in recognizing the significance of our specialty in breast healthcare.

    Visit RSNA.org/IDoR for promotional materials you can customize for your practice or organization.

    QIBA Annual Meeting Highlights Efforts to Contribute to NIH Research

    Approximately 90 stakeholders, representing imaging clinicians, physicists, industry and government, gathered recently in Alexandria, Va., for the 9th RSNA Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) Annual Meeting.

    During the two-day meeting, plenary speakers from two National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutions, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provided insights on how QIBA efforts could contribute to ongoing NIH research priorities and high-profile initiatives, including the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) initiative and Cancer Moonshot.

    Three panel sessions engaged participants in discussions on topics of cross-modality interest: claim guidance, profile feasibility testing and profile conformance. Reports from the four modality coordinating committees highlighted QIBA activities, accomplishments and challenges of the past year.

    Significant portions of each day were dedicated to working meetings of the various biomarker committees, allowing them to advance their profile development and discuss groundwork projects and strategies for profile deployment and adoption. For more information on QIBA, visit www.rsna.org/QIBA.

    AIUM Presents Annual Awards


    The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) presented Dirk Timmerman, MD, PhD, the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award at its recent annual meeting in New York City. Dr. Timmerman is a professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Leuven and clinical head of benign gynecology and gynecological ultrasound at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.

    The AIUM also bestowed honorary membership to Aris T. Papageorghiou, MD, and Paul Sidhu, BSc, MBBS, MRCP.

    Dr. Papageorghiou is a professor in fetal medicine and obstetrics at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London and associate professor of fetal medicine at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. Recognized as a world authority on the application of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in clinical practice, Dr. Sidhu is a professor of imaging sciences and consultant radiologist at King’s College London.

    Other honorees included Michael C. Kolios, PhD, (Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award), professor in the Department of Physics and associate dean of research and graduate studies, Faculty of Science, and an affiliate scientist at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

    Alfred Abuhamad, MD, (Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award), is the vice dean for clinical affairs, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, professor of radiology, and the Mason C. Andrews professor of obstetrics and gynecology, at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

    John Christian Fox, MD, (Peter H. Arger Excellence in Medical Student Education Award), is a professor of clinical emergency medicine, vice chair of academic affairs, emergency ultrasound fellowship director, and assistant dean of student affairs at UC Irvine Medical Center.

    Daniel A. Merton, BS (Distinguished Sonographer Award), is a senior project officer for the Health Devices Group at ECRI Institute in Pennsylvania.

    In Memoriam


    Gerald W. Friedland, MD

    Renowned clinical radiologist, researcher and administrator Gerald W. Friedland, MD, died April 2 in Las Gatos, Calif. He was 82. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Dr. Friedland was a professor emeritus of radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Dr. Friedland was also the former chief of the Veteran Affairs (VA) medical center in Palo Alto, Calif. He published more than 100 medical articles, 35 book chapters and contributed to four books, including, "Medicine's 10 Greatest Discoveries," which led him to organize the first Pioneering Women in Medicine conference in 2000. The Palo Alto VA hospital named the Gerald W. Friedland Learning Center in his honor. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Stanford.