During this year as RSNA celebrates its 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, RSNA News will take a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.
The first to receive RSNA’s highest honor was Heber Robarts, M.D., credited by his peers with “catching the vision of the science of radiology while it was in its infancy.” Among the 185 other individuals to have received the medal is Marie Skłodowska-Curie, in 1922.
At mid-century the RSNA meeting was growing so quickly that RSNA President Warren W. Furey, M.D., sought ways to streamline the scientific program. Presentations were limited to 20 minutes, with an opening discussion of 10 minutes and succeeding discussions of 5 minutes—this format paved the way for how 2,000-plus scientific papers are now presented at the meeting each year.
Since its inception, the Research & Education Foundation has awarded $40 million in grant funding for nearly 1,000 young investigators. Surveys show that for every $1 granted by the Foundation, recipients receive 40 additional grant dollars as principal investigator or co-investigator from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health.
The standard for digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) developed by the American College of Radiology and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association subsequently became the universal standard for medical imaging.
The program offers clinical investigators a weeklong opportunity for one-on-one mentoring and instruction in clinical research design, regulatory issues, biostatistics, ethics and other topics, as well as specific guidance in crafting protocols for imaging clinical trials. More than 200 researchers have participated.
Charged with advising RSNA on the effectiveness of its resident and fellow programming and other resources, and encouraging free membership among radiologists in training, the committee continues RSNA’s longstanding commitment to the next generation of physicians. RSNA 1969, led by President John H. Gilmore, M.D., featured “radiologic roundtables” to facilitate trainees’ relationships with experienced practitioners.
Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., an accomplished breast imager and staunch advocate of patient-centered radiology, became the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors beginning in mid-March.
Dr. Mahoney was appointed as Board Liaison for Publications and Communications, replacing William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., who will become the executive director of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in April. Dr. Mahoney will serve in this capacity through the RSNA 2014 Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly, at which time a member will be elected to the position for a five-year term.
“As we traverse a new landscape in patient-centered medicine, RSNA remains the leading organization promoting radiology research and education to improve patient care,” Dr. Mahoney said. “I am honored to serve on the RSNA Board of Directors at this critical juncture in our specialty.”
A professor of radiology, vice chair of research and the Eugene L. & Sue R. Saenger Chair of Radiological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, as well as director of Breast Imaging at Barrett Cancer Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mahoney is also a trustee of the American Board of Radiology and a fellow of ACR.
A long-time member of RSNA, Dr. Mahoney was chair of the Public Information Committee from 2010 to 2012 and has served on several committees, including the Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Public Relations Committee. She currently chairs the Patient-centered Radiology Steering Committee, the driving force behind RSNA’s Radiology Cares™ campaign.
“Being patient-centered means you’ve considered the patient experience holistically—from the first time they have contact with any member of your staff until the time they are given their reports—and into your follow-up communications,” she said. “The RSNA Radiology Cares campaign was devised to encourage and facilitate radiologists’ meaningful engagement in the patient experience.”
Dr. Mahoney received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1979 and her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1983. She began her residency training in diagnostic radiology at Montefiore Hospital in New York, and went on to complete her residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, becoming chief resident of the Department of Radiology in 1987.
Dr. Mahoney has authored or co-authored numerous publications and is a sought-after speaker, giving hundreds of invited lectures throughout the U.S.
William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., a nationally recognized expert on radiology economics and reimbursement, has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) effective April 2014.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Thorwarth has practiced as a radiologist with Catawba Radiological Associates in Hickory, N.C., where he also serves the Frye Regional Medical Center, Catawba Valley Medical Center and Caldwell Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Thorwarth has previously served as ACR President, chair of the ACR Economics Commission, a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors and was honored with the ACR Gold Medal in 2010. The William T. Thorwarth, Jr., M.D., Award, which honors ACR members and staff who demonstrate excellence in economics and health policy, is named after Dr. Thorwarth.
After serving as the RSNA Board of Directors Liaison-designate for Publications and Communications throughout 2010, Dr. Thorwarth served as the Board’s Liaison for Publications and Communications from December 2010 through March 2014. “The opportunity to serve our specialty as a member of the RSNA Board of Directors has been a career highlight for me,” Dr. Thorwarth said. “It has been a privilege to bring my private practice and past organization experience to the Board.” His extensive RSNA involvement includes serving as chair of the RSNA Finance Committee, founding the Visionaries in Practice (VIP) program for the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation and serving as VIP committee chair from 2004 to 2009. He also has served on the R&E Fund Development and 25th Anniversary Campaign committees and the R&E Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2009.
As chair of the Publications Council, Dr. Thorwarth has overseen the development of an open-access option for journal manuscripts to satisfy the mandates of research funding agencies. In addition, he has been a prime mover in the efforts of RSNA to promote patient-centered radiology, particularly through the Radiology Cares™ campaign.
At Dr. Thorwarth’s prompting, RSNA’s Radiology Cares and ACR’s Imaging 3.0 initiatives have united to help highlight the import of radiologists’ involvement in the care of their patients. “The Radiology Cares Campaign emphasizes our critical role in the patient experience and merges seamlessly with the Imaging 3.0 program,” Dr. Thorwarth said. “All radiologists need to become familiar with both programs and incorporate them into their daily practice.”
James H. Thrall, M.D., has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Dr. Thrall is chairman emeritus, Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Juan M. Taveras professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Thrall has served as president of the American Roentgen Ray Society and as chair of the Board of Chancellors and president of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Thrall was awarded the RSNA Gold Medal in 2007 and served on the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008.
Also appointed was Raphael Lee, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Outpatient Service at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
William L. Barrett, M.D., has been named director of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Cancer Institute. Dr. Barrett also serves as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, as medical director for UC Health’s Barrett Center and as associate director for education and community outreach with the UC Cancer Institute.
Dr. Barrett serves as an American Cancer Society Liaison and on the American Board of Radiation Oncology Board Examination Committee for Head and Neck Cancer. He is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, and Cancer.
Denis J. Le Bihan, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for developing a new imaging method that has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of strokes. The innovative diffusion MRI technique of the brain has also been used for detecting cancer and mapping the fibres connecting different brain regions, opening the way for a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, autism, schizophrenia and neurological disorders.
Dr. Le Bihan is a medical doctor, physicist and director of NeuroSpin, an institute at the French Nuclear and Renewable Energy Commission at Saclay near Paris. Dr. Le Bihan previously served as associate editor and consultant to the editor of Radiology.
The awards was also presented to Italian biochemist Elena Conti, Ph.D., director of the Department of Structural Cell Biology at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, for her important contribution to understanding the mechanisms governing ribonucleic acid quality, transport and degradation.
The awards were to be presented in April by the Louis-Jeantet Foundation at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 1986, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine distinguishes leading-edge researchers who are active in the European Council member countries.
RSNA and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) have announced the recipients of the 2014 AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grants:
RSNA and AAPM have partnered to support a total of eight new Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)-accredited imaging physics residencies over the next six years. Each organization is providing $560,000 in funding for new imaging physics residencies in either diagnostic or nuclear medicine.
Under new requirements for accredited residency training from the American Board of Radiology, medical physicists must complete an accredited two-year residency program in order to take board exams and achieve the Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) designation.
“The quality of imaging studies is significantly improved by the participation of qualified medical physicists,” said N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., the Fred Jenner Hodges Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor and president of the RSNA Board of Directors. “Currently, there are too few CAMPEP-approved training programs to satisfy the need for medical physicists. Both societies are delighted with the enthusiasm with which this offer has been accepted and the quality of the program applications.”
“The AAPM is thrilled for this partnership with the RSNA to establish imaging physics residencies,” said John E. Bayouth, Ph.D., the Bhudatt Paliwal Professor and chief of physics in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and president of the AAPM. “Structured and documented training provided in clinical medical physics residency is essential to produce the highest quality medical physics services for patients. Clinical Medical Physics residency is required for board certification, certification is required to become a Qualified Medical Physicist, and QMPs are the only individuals recognized as qualified to perform a spectrum of clinical tasks. The AAPM believes this linkage is essential for patient safety and quality of care.”
Each grant recipient institution will receive $35,000 per year for four years in 50 percent matching support of two residents. After completion of the grant, the programs are expected to pick up the full trainee funding. Three additional institutions were awarded funding beginning in 2013: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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Applications are still being accepted for the RSNA William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship. The one-month fellowship offers the opportunity to work with Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., in Boston and RadioGraphics Editor Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., in Burlington, Vt. The Eyler fellow will also visit the RSNA Publications and Communications Division at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., and work with the RadioGraphics editorial team at RSNA 2014.
The application deadline for the Eyler fellowship is May 1. Learn more at RSNA.org/RSNA_Editorial_Fellowships.aspx.
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