RSNA 2023 Gold Medalists: Valerie P. Jackson, MD 

A highly regarded educator and leader, Valerie P. Jackson, MD, has devoted decades to inspiring excellence in radiologic education. 

Valerie P. Jackson, MD
Valerie P. Jackson, MD 

Dr. Jackson is the Eugene C. Klatte Professor Emeritus of Radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. From 2014 until her retirement in 2020, she served as executive director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). 

“During our collaborative work at the ABR as well as the RSNA Board of Directors, we became great colleagues and close friends,” said RSNA President Matthew A. Mauro, MD, “Val shows dedication to each and every assignment she embarks upon and always conducts herself with the utmost integrity. Her  contributions to our discipline are expansive.”

An Indiana University alum, Dr. Jackson received her medical degree from the school in 1978 and completed her residency there in 1982, where she was a faculty member until 2014. During that time, she directed the residency program for a decade and served as department chair from 2003 to 2014. 

At the ABR, Dr. Jackson played an integral role in the development and improvement of the ABR’s core programs. She oversaw the redesign and launch of a new website, the rollout of Online Longitudinal Assessment, and a revamping of volunteer committee organization and processes. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Jackson has dedicated her expertise to research, teaching and national service, primarily in the breast imaging and radiology education arenas. She has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters and imaging textbooks including Diagnosis of Diseases of the Breast. Dr. Jackson also has served as a reviewer for journals such as the American Journal of Roentgenology, Journal of the American College of Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Medical Physics, Academic Medicine and Radiology

Dr. Jackson was RSNA president in 2019, selecting the theme “See Possibilities—Together” for the annual meeting. During her President’s Address, she spoke of opportunities for radiologists to make meaningful connections with their patients, families and the health care team. 

During her tenure on the RSNA Board of Directors, RSNA led the specialty in advancing AI technology, sponsoring an array of initiatives—including the AI Showcase and RSNA Deep Learning Lab—to help radiologists understand how data-driven tools can be used to improve patient care. She has been an RSNA member since 1982, the year she completed her residency, and has served the Society in capacities including chair of the Refresher Course Committee, chair of the Breast Imaging Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee and a member of the Public Information Advisors Network. She served on the RSNA Research and Education Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015.  

Dr. Jackson was a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors from 1996 to 2003, chairing the Commission on Education. She also is a past president of the Indiana Radiological Society (IRS), the ACR, the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and the Society of Breast Imaging. 

Widely recognized for her meaningful career contributions, Dr. Jackson has been awarded gold medals from the IRS, SBI and ACR. She is an RSNA Honored Educator and a fellow of the ACR. The Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship recognizes her work with the ACR. The Association of Program Directors in Radiology honored her with its achievement award in 2015, and she is an honorary member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.