During this year as RSNA celebrates its 100th annual meeting and scientific assembly, RSNA News takes a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.
The prevailing mood of RSNA 1959 was excitement about scientific advancement. Exhibitors talked of developing remote-controlled radiographic units, while scientific presenters demonstrated how huge computers could be used to facilitate diagnostic radiology. “I am firmly optimistic about the future of radiology,” noted Lawrence L. Robbins, M.D., in his presidential address. “It will require careful preparation for change: constant study, revision and application of attitudes in the education of the student (and ourselves); unrelenting search for new and real opportunities for basic research; and judicious direction of evolving methods of practice to provide the best care of the patient.”
By the 1960s the medical field was growing and included more and more support personnel who were not physicians. The RSNA annual meeting welcomed allied scientists who supported radiologists and the RSNA Physics Committee was renamed the Associated Sciences Committee (now the Associated Sciences Consortium). Some 3,000 radiology support personnel now attend the RSNA annual meeting each year, with a multi-day Associated Sciences Symposium being just one of many offerings catering to their needs.
What present-day annual meeting attendees have experienced as the Lakeside Learning Center grew out of efforts by RSNA leaders—challenged by the limited space for the Society’s annual meetings—to do everything they could to streamline the program while still including new and developing areas of radiology.
The RSNA International Visiting Professor program annually sends teams of North American professors to lecture at national radiology society meetings and visit radiology residency training programs at selected host institutions in developing nations. Edmund A. Franken Jr., M.D., was RSNA’s inaugural visiting professor, teaching at the University of Nairobi in Kenya for six weeks. IVP teams have traveled to 43 developing nations.
The Legacy Collection, a searchable archive of Radiology issues spanning 1923 to 1998, made seminal articles in the specialty available online for the first time. “Readers and researchers now have enhanced access to the literature that has shaped the field as we know it,” Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., noted as the collection made its debut.
Alexander R. Margulis, M.D., clinical professor of radiology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in N.Y., was appointed to the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Dr. Margulis was selected by the President of the French Republic for his merits and accomplishments in radiology worldwide and his contribution to expanding radiology innovation and research.
Dr. Margulis received the RSNA Gold Medal in 1983 and has served on numerous RSNA committees. The RSNA Alexander Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, established in 2012, recognizes the best original scientific article published in RSNA’s peer-reviewed journal Radiology.
American College of Radiology (ACR) chief executive officer (CEO) and visionary in the movement to improve patient care, Harvey L. Neiman, M.D., F.A.C.R., died June 5, 2014, after a long illness. He was 71.
Dr Neiman’s many accomplishments included spearheading the ACR co-founding of the Image Wisely® and Image Gently® initiatives to raise awareness of opportunities to lower radiation dose used in medical imaging, and guiding the development of the Dose Index Registry®.
Dr. Neiman was awarded the RSNA Gold Medal at RSNA 2013. At the ceremony, 2013 RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., said, “His visionary leadership combined with his skills at consensus building mark his truly distinguished career.”
“Radiologist, educator, investigator and physician leader, Harvey Neiman was also a devoted husband and father,” added N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., 2014 RSNA President. “He succeeded as an academic radiologist and as a leader of a private practice group. His integrity and focus on patient care endeared him to radiologists everywhere.”
Dr. Neiman was born in Detroit. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed his radiology residency and a fellowship in angiography at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He began his career in Washington, D.C., as an instructor at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and chief of cardiovascular radiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He spent the next 10 years as a professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also served as director of angiography and sectional imaging. He also was director of angiography at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Neiman was a clinical professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 2002 and a professor of radiology at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2000 to 2003; during that time, he also served as chair of the Department of Radiology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 2003, Dr. Neiman became CEO of ACR. In that role, he helped establish the ACR Education Center, Radiology Leadership Institute and Harvey Neiman Health Policy Institute. Dr. Neiman was also involved in the creation and implementation of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Among numerous accolades bestowed on Dr. Neiman were the ACR Gold Medal in 2013 and the prestigious Béclère Medal, the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Radiology.
An RSNA member since 1977, Dr. Neiman served as a refresher course faculty member and plenary session moderator for numerous RSNA annual meetings.
In a first-of-its-kind meeting in Latin America, RSNA partnered with the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR), to sponsor the 44th Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR) meeting held in May in São Paulo, Brazil.
The meeting—which drew more than 5,000 attendees—rapidly accelerated the engagement between RSNA and Brazilian radiologists.
“This partnership exemplifies our desire to bring together the diverse skills and ideas from not only North and South America, but from around the world," said Richard L. Baron, M.D., 2014 RSNA Board of Directors Chairman and JPR Program Coordinator.
Dr. Baron and SPR Scientific Director Renato A. Mendonça, M.D., organized sessions on topics including informatics and professionalism. More than 30 RSNA speakers, including five members of the 2014 RSNA Board of Directors, lectured at dozens of sessions during the meeting.
RSNA also sponsored a booth in the exhibit hall, offering an 18-month membership to new members (JPR attendees only). RSNA added more than 170 new members during JPR 2014.
JPR 2014 marks the first of three meetings (to be continued in 2016 and 2018) as part of RSNA’s partnership with SPR to develop the meeting’s education program.
“The RSNA and the SPR are devoted to the dissemination of the knowledge of radiology. I have the best expectations for this joint venture," Dr. Mendonca said.
The RSNA Board of Directors has named the lecturers who will present during the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Symposium at RSNA 2014. They are:
Robert Gillies, Ph.D.
Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.
Matthew D.F. McInnes, M.D., an associate professor at the University of Ottawa and radiologist and diagnostic radiology residency program director at Ottawa Hospital, has been named the 2014 RSNA Eyler Editorial Fellow. Andrew Degnan, M.D., a first-year radiology resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is the 2014 Olmsted Trainee Editorial Fellow.
Dr. McInnes’ work focuses on clinical genitourinary imaging and systemic review and meta-analysis research. In 2013, he received an Editor’s Recognition Award with Special Distinction from Radiology, for which he has reviewed 22 manuscripts since April 2012. He has also served as deputy editor for evidence-based practice for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Dr. McInnes hopes the Eyler fellowship will allow him to mentor others at his facility. “Our department is large (more than 60 radiologists) with a strong clinical service, but is relatively inexperienced in research compared with major centers in the U.S.,” Dr. McInnes said. “There are few mentors in our department who can help guide junior faculty through the process of research and publication. I hope that this fellowship will help me build the skill set required to fill this important role.”
Dr. Degnan’s areas of expertise are in neuroradiology and musculoskeletal radiology. He has served as journal reviewer for Neuroradiology, BMC Medical Imaging and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, in addition to publishing in multiple major publications. Following his undergraduate work at George Washington University, Dr. Degnan attended graduate school at the University of Cambridge, England, where he conducted research within the National Health Service. He has also collaborated on an international study with researchers in Shanghai, China.
Although Dr. Degnan believes publishing in scientific journals is key to disseminating new information, that alone is not enough, he said. “The greater challenge is to place findings into a context and ground these facts into a greater purpose directed toward enhancing scientific thought and improving the human condition,” he said. “In radiology, we are fortunate to have journals that aim toward such noble aspirations.”
Both fellows will work with Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., in Boston and RadioGraphics Editor Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., in Burlington, Vt. The Eyler fellowship lasts one month and the trainee fellowship lasts one week. Each fellow will also visit the RSNA Publications and Communications Departments at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Dr. McInnes will also work with the RSNA editorial team at RSNA 2014.
Alfred L. Weber, M.D., an icon in head and neck radiology, passed away March 19, 2014. He was 87.
Dr. Weber was a pioneer in CT and MR imaging of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He served as chief of radiology emeritus at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, as a professor emeritus of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a clinical professor of radiology at the University of Missouri Medical School.
After leaving Germany in the 1950s to complete his radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Weber later founded the Pediatric Radiology Department at Massachusetts General and was appointed chief of radiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He authored many books and collaborated on numerous case studies, abstracts and scientific exhibits pertaining to head and neck radiology and neuroradiology.
Dr. Weber served as a visiting professor and invited speaker at many universities, hospitals and professional radiological organizations around the world, including those in Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, India and China. He was a past-president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and served as co-organizer of the combined European/American Society of Head and Neck Radiology meeting held in Zurich in 1986. He was an honorary member of the Brazilian College of Radiology.
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