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    October 01, 2013

    Numbers in the News

    The approximate number of RSNA 2013 courses that count toward the Certificate of Achievement offered by the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM). Learn more about ARLM-eligible courses in the RSNA 2013 Meeting Preview section here.

    Tons of material—including recyclables such as fiber, compost, bottles and cans—diverted from the landfill during RSNA 2012. Read about continued Green Meeting efforts for RSNA 2013 here.

    The number of open access (OA) journals covering all fields—science as well as other areas of scholarship—according to the online Directory of Open Access Journals. Read about the new OA publishing option for RSNA’s journals here.

    The number of abstracts RSNA received for consideration for presentation at RSNA 2013—231 more than last year. Read about the rich offering of scientific presentations, education exhibits and courses chosen for 2013 in the Meeting Preview section here.

    2014 RSNA Membership Renewal Under Way

    RSNA membership renewal for 2014 is underway. Renew online at RSNA.org/renew or by mail with the invoice sent to you early in October. When renewing, take a moment to update your profile with current contact information.

    All RSNA members have access to RSNA journals online. Because online access to Radiology and RadioGraphics is tied to membership status, if your payment has not been received by December 31, 2013, your online subscriptions will be automatically inactivated.

    Practices can take advantage of RSNA’s group billing option. For more information on the option and/or to renew membership by phone, contact the RSNA Membership Department toll-free at 1-877-RSNA-MEM or at 1-630-571-7873, or send an e-mail to membership@rsna.org.

    2014 R&E Grant Application Process Opens This Month

    Individuals interested in obtaining RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation grants for 2014 can begin submitting their applications starting in October. For more information, go to RSNA.org/Foundation or contact Scott A. Walter, M.S., Assistant Director, Grant Administration at 1-630-571-7816 or swalter@rsna.org. Grants available include:


    Deadline—Jan 10
    ► Education Scholar Grant
    ► RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Radiology Education Research Development Grant


    Deadline—Jan 15
    ► Research Scholar Grant
    ► Research Seed Grant
    ► Research Resident/Fellow Grant



    Deadline—Feb 1

    Learn about the 2013 R&E Foundation grant recipients and their projects here.

    Journal of Thoracic Imaging Launches Educational Web Feature

    Journal of Thoracic Radiology

    To better promote quality improvement in cardiopulmonary imaging among radiologists and trainees, the Journal of Thoracic Imaging (JTI) recently launched a new Quality Corner section in its online journal at www.thoracicimaging.com.

    This new Web feature contains links to a variety of open-access educational content including: a collection of review articles devoted to quality improvement and radiation dose reduction; succinct reviews of American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria® for cardiopulmonary imaging; a list of suggested Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) projects in cardiopulmonary imaging; a blog series devoted to quality improvement; and links to open-access resources on quality matters.

    SNMMI Names Officers, Bestows Awards

    Gary L. Dillehay, M.D.
    Peter Herscovitch, M.D.
    Hossein Jadvar, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
    Dean F. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
    S. Ted Treves, M.D.


    Gary L. Dillehay, M.D., a professor of radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, was named president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) during its recent annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

    Other SNMMI officers elected for 2013-14 are Peter Herscovitch, M.D., director of the PET Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., president-elect, and Hossein Jadvar, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., tenured associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering and vice-chair of radiology research at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, vice president-elect.

    Dean F. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice-chair of radiology and professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, environmental health sciences at Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, received the prestigious Paul C. Aebersold Award recognizing outstanding achievement in basic science applied to nuclear medicine.

    S. Ted Treves, M.D., professor of radiology and director of the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine at Harvard Medical School, received the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to nuclear medicine. Dr. Treves also serves in several capacities at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he founded the first Division of Nuclear Medicine and served as its chief for more than 40 years.

    Piwnica-Worms Named Chair at MD Anderson

    David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D.

    MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has named David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Cancer Systems Imaging and deputy division head of research affairs for the Division of Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Piwnica-Worms previously served as director of the Washington University Medical School Molecular Imaging Center and its BRIGHT (Bridging Research with Imaging, Genomics and High-Throughput Technologies) Institute.

    Dr. Piwnica-Worms received a two-year Squibb Diagnostics (now Bracco Diagnostics Inc.)/RSNA Research Scholar Grant in 1989. He has served on numerous RSNA committees and is a current member of the RSNA Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN).

    Fraass Receives AAPM William D. Coolidge Award

    Benedick Fraass, Ph.D.

    The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) awarded renowned medical physicist Benedick Fraass, Ph.D., the William D. Coolidge Award for his distinguished career, including his pioneering work in radiation oncology, at the Society’s recent annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    Dr. Fraass is vice-chair of research and a professor and director of medical physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Los Angeles. Dr. Fraass was named professor emeritus of the University of Michigan in 2011, where he served as director of the Radiation Oncology Physics Division from 1984 to 2011.

    ESGAR Honors Claussen and Somers

    Luis Martí-Bonmatí, M.D., Ph.D., Sat Somers, M.D., and Alan Freeman, M.D.
    Left to right: ESGAR President Luis Martí-Bonmatí, M.D., Ph.D., Claus Claussen, M.D., and Michael Laniado, M.D.
    Luis Martí-Bonmatí, M.D., Ph.D., Claus Claussen, M.D., and Michael Laniado, M.D.
    Left to right: ESGAR President Luis Martí-Bonmatí, M.D., Ph.D., Sat Somers, M.D., and Alan Freeman, M.D.

    Claus Claussen, M.D., and Sat Somers, M.D., were awarded honorary fellowships by the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiologists (ESGAR) at the recent Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course held in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Claussen is a professor of radiology and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany. Dr. Somers is a professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Radiology at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

    Mukherji Named Michigan State University Chair

    Suresh K. Mukherji, M.D.

    Suresh K. Mukherji, M.D., was named chair of the Department of Radiology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Dr. Mukherji formerly served as division director of neuroradiology at the University of Michigan.

    Dr. Mukherji received a Nycomed Inc./RSNA Research Seed Grant in 1993 and a Fuji Photo Film/RSNA Research Scholar Grant in 1996. He currently serves on the R&E Foundation Public Relations Committee and the Neuroradiology/Head and Neck Scientific Program Sub Committee.

    Host Societies Sought for International Visiting Professors

    National radiology societies in, or that primarily serve, developing countries are invited to apply to host an RSNA International Visiting Professor (IVP) team. The IVP team will lecture at the host’s national radiology society meeting. In addition, the society will be responsible for organizing visits to educational institutions that have active radiology training programs with the need and potential for educational enrichment from a visiting professor team.

    Host societies are also expected to provide hotel accommodations and meals for the IVP team for the duration of their visit and communicate program, schedule and hospitality arrangements to IVP team members and RSNA staff. The deadline to apply for 2015 IVP visits is December 31, 2013. Find more information and an application at RSNA.org/IVP.

    International Day of Radiology

    IDOR logoRSNA, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), along with other participating societies around the world, will celebrate the second International Day of Radiology (IDoR) on November 8, the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roëntgen, Ph.D.

    IDoR is meant to build greater awareness of radiology’s value and contributions to patient care and the vital role of the radiologist in the healthcare continuum.

    Last year, international societies recognized the day through various activities, including lectures, symposia, social media promotions and press events. The main focus of IDoR 2013 will be lung imaging, highlighting the important role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of a wide variety of lung diseases.

    Two new booklets, The Story of Radiology, Vol. II and Thoracic Imaging, will be available, along with additional promotional materials, for download on RSNA, ACR and IDOR websites. For more information on how you can join the celebration, visit IDoR2013.com or RSNA.org/IDoR2013.

    In Memoriam

    Sidney Wallace, M.D.

    Sidney Wallace, M.D., a pioneer in interventional radiology, died May 25, 2013. He was 84.

    Dr. Wallace was professor emeritus of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he served as a professor of radiology, chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and head of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging.

    Dr. Wallace was instrumental in advancing the knowledge and techniques used in interventional radiology around the world. He was one of the first to recognize interventional radiology’s unique role and advocated for supervising patient care and taking an active role in the decision-making process.

    Dr. Wallace was a staunch supporter of the role of research in interventional radiology and is one of the founders of the John S. Dunn Research Foundation Center for Radiologic Sciences at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    Dr. Wallace received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and served his radiology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, both in Philadelphia. After retiring in 1996, Dr. Wallace developed the drug paclitaxel poliglumex, which is being studied as a treatment for ovarian cancer.

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