RSNA 2017 Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology “Strategies for Radiology to Thrive in the Value Era”


Jonathan B. Kruskal, MD, PhD, will present the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater. He will discuss the challenges of defining the term “value” in the context of medical imaging and finding metrics with relevance to both the patient and the radiologist.

Dr. Kruskal received his medical degree (MB, ChB) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa in 1982. After completing an internship in medicine and surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, he joined the South African Liver Research Center at UCT as a research scholar, where he earned a PhD degree in hepatic molecular physiology and developed an assay for the newly identified protein D-dimer. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, Dr. Kruskal completed his radiology residency at Harvard Medical School’s New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston in 1994.

With the support of a 1998 GE Healthcare/RSNA Research Scholar Grant, Dr. Kruskal developed intravital optical methodology for imaging gene expression, angiogenesis and metastatic pathways in a solid tumor mouse model.

He joined the faculty of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center specializing in abdominal imaging, and in 2001, Dr. Kruskal was appointed chief of abdominal imaging, then rose to radiology chair, a position he holds today. He is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.

As an expert on quality improvement in medical imaging, Dr. Kruskal serves as deputy editor of RadioGraphics, editing the Practice, Policy and Quality Initiatives section. He currently serves as chair of the American College of Radiology Intersociety Committee Executive Committee and is a former chair of the RSNA Quality Improvement Committee.