May 13, 2013
Senator David Vittner (R-La.) received the American College of Radiology’s Congressional Award for Radiological Excellence (CARE Award) for his championship of radiology issues in the Senate.
According to the ACR, during the health care reform debate, Senator Vittner proposed and won bipartisan support for an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that asked the federal government to set aside the November 2009 U.S. Preventive Screening Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on breast cancer screening and mammography. In addition, in May 2010, the Senator wrote to Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary,... Read More »
April 22, 2013
A radiologist running the Boston Marathon with his daughter, a pediatrician, were among the first health care providers on the scene after bombs exploded at the finish line of the race. According to the Boston Globe and the L.A. Times, Joe Stavas, M.D., a professor of Radiology and Vascular Interventional Radiology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, was close to the finish line when the bombs exploded.... Read More »
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February 14, 2013
Russell P. Branzell has been selected President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Branzell will assume the role, effective April 5, 2013, and work with current President and CEO Richard A. Correll, who will transition into Chief Operating Officer of the organization.
February 12, 2013
On July 25-28, 2013, the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Annual Event will be held at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. This year’s keynote presenter is Tom Daschle, the former South Dakota Democratic Senator who was largely responsible for getting President Obama’s Affordable Care Act written and through Congress.
Daschle’s keynote address will be titled “Getting It Done: What’s Next for Healthcare Reform,” according to an ACR press release.
“This year’s annual event... Read More »
January 28, 2013
Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., developer of diagnostic imaging agents, has appointed Jeffrey A. Bailey as president and chief executive officer.
Brian A. Markison, who joined Lantheus’ Board of Directors in September 2012, also has been appointed as Chairman of the Board.
Bailey brings 26 years of leadership experience to Lantheus, having previously served as chief operating officer of Fougera Pharmaceuticals, chief commercial officer of King-Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and president and general manager of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Bailey will replace Donald Kiepert, who resigned from Lantheus to pursue other opportunities, ... Read More »
January 24, 2013
Strand Diagnostics, developer of the know error system, appointed Laura Beggrow as President. Beggrow previously served as Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Genomic Health, where she brought Oncotype DX products to the breast and colon cancer markets and increased sales from $10 million to more than $200 million per year.
“We expect that her experience in building out large-scale sales organizations, and her track record of driving growth in early-stage molecular diagnostics companies will help accelerate adoption of the know error system as the new... Read More »
January 23, 2013
The ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) program will award credits towards a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business.
RLI participants can use their credits for Babson’s Fast Track MBA program, which normally requires 46 credits over 21 months to complete. Up to four Babson credits will be awarded to participants who complete levels IV of the RLI program. Additionally, RLI participants are not required to take the GMAT prior to admission in the Fast Track program, and... Read More »
January 08, 2013
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) named Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the organization. Bowen, 57, will assume the role May 13, 2013, and succeed Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, upon his retirement after 22 years of service.
Bowen has been a part of ACHE since joining the... Read More »
December 12, 2012
Jack Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., has been named the first CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group in South Flordia, which has more than 120 physicians in multiple disciplines. Ziffer has been a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician for more than 25 years. He previously served as president and CEO of Radiology Associates of South Florida and was chief of radiology and medical director of nuclear medicine and PET at Baptist Hospital. He was also director of cardiac imaging at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
December 12, 2012
Radisphere, one of the largest radiology groups in the United States, announced that they have hired Jennifer Ruth Cranny, MD, as onsite medical director of radiology at East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Cranny now leads a diverse team of more than 40 subspecialists from musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, body imaging, women’s Imaging, and emergency department radiology, according to the press release. Cranny specializes in breast imaging, and was previously the director... Read More »
October 19, 2012
The ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) has announced a leadership development program called the RLI Expedition. This three-day interactive course is meant to help radiology professionals refine their leadership skills during a challenging, real-time simulation while receiving focused feedback from trained coaches.
The RLI Expedition is designed around four principles: reflection, theoretical knowledge, skills and experience. Sessions offer concepts in leadership thinking, small group work with peers and individual coaching. Key program components include pre- and post-program work; skill development; leadership perspectives; application and... Read More »
October 16, 2012
Mitchell D. Schnall has been elected as member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), along with five other professors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Schnall is the Eugene P. Pendergrass Professor of Radiology, and the Chair of the Radiology Department, Perelman School of Medicine. He served as Deputy Chair of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) from 1999-2007, and in 2008 became ACRIN Chair. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
The newly... Read More »
September 06, 2012
Representative Patrick Meehan (R-Pa) received the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance’s (MITA) 2012 “Access to Innovation” Award for his efforts to “promote patient access to medical imaging, advancing innovation, and supporting jobs within the imaging industry.” Siemens Healthcare presented Representative Meehan with the award at Siemens’ Industrial Automation Spring House facility in Springhouse, Pennsylvania.
The 2012 “Access to Innovation” Awards recognize Members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding, ongoing efforts to promote innovation within the imaging industry and safeguard patient access to medical imaging technologies.
Representative Meehan... Read More »
August 27, 2012
Dr. Kahn, professor of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and radiologist at Froedtert Hospital, has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and given more than 140 presentations at national and international radiology meetings.
ARRS is dedicated to the advancement of medicine through radiology and its allied sciences. ARRS holds... Read More »
August 10, 2012
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) have agreed to make ACPE the newest affiliate organization of the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI).
Select ACPE courses will become a part of the RLI curriculum, allowing RLI participants to earn both RLI and ACPE credits. RLI participants can use the credits they earn from other ACPE-approved RLI courses toward an advanced business degree with one of ACPE’s four partner universities, or toward the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) Certificate. <... Read More »
August 06, 2012
Mark H. Wholey, MD, a leading interventional radiologist, formerly of UPMC, is moving to Allegheny General Hospital, a West Penn Allegheny Health System hospital whose long-time rivalry with UPMC turned into a legal battle last year when insurer Highmark announced plans to merge with West Penn Allegheny.
UPMC, formerly the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, threatened to not renew its contracts with Pittsburgh-based Highmark, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, arguing that it was against their interest to support a rival provider. A deal was reached to avoid forcing UPMC patients who... Read More »
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July 17, 2012
Virtual Radiologic (vRad) congratulated its Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Pat Basu, MD, for his election to the Council on Foreign Relations and his recent appointment to the Illinois State Board of Health.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in 1921, is an independent nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher with more than 4,500 members worldwide.
Basu, a former White House Fellow and Stanford University faculty physician, was also recently appointed by the Governor to the Illinois... Read More »
July 17, 2012
Charles Metz, mathematician and professor of radiology at the University of Chicago, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 on Wednesday, July 4.
Metz was a mathematician in the field of medical imaging and helped to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests such as mammograms and digital chest X-rays. His extensive work with receiver operating characteristics (ROC) led to the development of the “Metz filter,” which enhanced image resolution and removed image noise. ROC analysis is still used by the Food and Drug Administration to assess whether a new diagnostic imaging technique can be used in clinical settings.... Read More »
July 15, 2012
Faced with a massive, vague health care law, a stalled economy, and spiraling health care costs, GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt signaled the readiness of employers to begin to bring their muscle to bear on the health care market, even to the point of eventually bypassing insurers.
As a major health care technology manufacturer generating $18 billion in revenue, as well as an employer that spends $3 billion a year on health care for its employees, GE’s Immelt brought a dual perspective and a keen interest in the sector to a keynote address at a July 12 awards dinner... Read More »
July 02, 2012
Those thinking of honoring a long-time dedicated employee may have a hard time topping Westfields Hospital in New Richmond, Wis. It celebrated its radiology manager, Susan St. John, by naming the imaging department in her honor. She has worked at Westfield for 40 years.
Steve Massey, CEO and president of Westfields Hospital, revealed the updated “Susan St. John Imaging Department” in a special ceremony at Westfields.
Massey said that it is because of St. John’s leadership and experience that the imaging department consistently scores at the top of the scale in patient satisfaction.
June 29, 2012
Thomas Dolan, PhD, president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), plans to retire May 10, 2013, and become president emeritus, the organization announced.
Dr. Dolan joined ACHE in 1986 and served as president and CEO since 1991. The society now has more than 40,000 members throughout the United States and in 73 countries, according to the release.Read More »
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June 14, 2012
Succeeding Mochael Bohl as president is Bob Still, an 18-year practice manager for Lancaster Radiology Associates of Lancaster, PA. Bohl, practice manager for Ragiology Group, PC, SC of Davenport, IA.
Wendy Lomers becomes president-elect and director-at-large; Mary Hondl of the St. Cloud, MN-based Regional Diagnostic Radiology will be its secretary. Worth M. Saunders, CEO of Greensboro Radiology, PA, will... Read More »
May 07, 2012
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) has named Calum Cunningham vice president, Business Operations. In his new role, Cunningham is responsible for Toshiba’s business operations, specifically in maintaining customer satisfaction.
“Calum’s leadership in business operations will ensure that Toshiba continues to achieve high customer satisfaction, from point of sale and installation to training and customer support,” said Don Fowler, president and CEO, Toshiba, in a press release.
May 02, 2012
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has elected new officers for the year.
ACR Chair — Paul Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, of Dallas, was elected chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors. He has held numerous positions in the ACR, and was vice chair of the Board. Ellenbogen is a senior attending radiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and a partner in Radiology Associates of North Texas.
ACR Vice Chair — Bibb Allen, Jr., MD, FACR, was elected by the Board of Chancellors to serve as Vice Chair. Allen is the former chair of the ACR Commission... Read More »
April 11, 2012
The largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA area has a new Chief-of-Staff.
Philip L. Lund, MD, FACR, the president of Valley Radiologists of Renton, WA and current vice-chief-of-staff will assume the title at Valley Medical Center. Lund is a practicing board-certified radiologist who is fellowship-trained in pediatric radiology. In a report from Patch.com, Kathryn Beattie, MD, SVP, and CMO at Valley Medical Center lauded Lund’s trac record. “IHe has also been... Read More »
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March 12, 2012
In the March Journal of the American College of Radiology, University of Washington radiologist Jonathan Medverd, M.D., reports that radiology residents and fellows feel less prepared to handle practice management issues than best practices in the ever-evolving professional landscape. Medverd, et al., cite a greater need for practical training in issues like reimbursement rates, basic accounting principles, and practice governance among the next generation of radiologists.
The report abstract concludes: “Despite the perceived importance of radiology business practice and health care policy education, and residency training requirements in competencies related to these subjects that have been... Read More »
March 09, 2012
Emily Sonnenblick, MD, a co-founder of New York City’s Rosetta Radiology, is among three women honored this week as “Mother of the Year” by the American Cancer Society.
She was recognized for her work in women’s imaging at Rosetta Radiology and her dedication to family values and community outreach, according to a press release from Rosetta Radiology.
Dr. Sonnenblick is a member of RSNA, the New York Metropolitan Breast Society, the Ultrasound Society, the ACR and the New York County Medical Society.... Read More »
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December 16, 2011
The American College of Radiology’s newly created Leadership Institute added its first affiliate organization this week with the Radiology Business Management Association.
The Leadership Institute plans to begin offering courses in professional development beginning in August 2012. The new curriculum will include RBMA’s existing programs and offer greater opportunities for CE credits.
“The partnership with the RLI allows RBMA to take its industry leading radiology business and practice education in new directions and to stay in the vanguard of the education needs of radiology professionals,” said Michael Mabry, RBMA’s Executive Director, Read More »
December 12, 2011
Linda Wilgus, the executive director of a network of imaging centers in Indiana, was awarded Chief Financial Officer of the year by the Indianapolis Business Journal among private companies with revenues under $100 million annually.
Wilgus heads Northwest Radiology Network, which owns three freestanding imaging centers and provides services at 18 hospitals and 13 other centers around Indianapolis. Over the past 15 years under Wilgus’ leadership, the practice has grown from 13 to 49 physicians with revenues topping $36 million per year, according to a recent article at IBJ.com.
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December 01, 2011
The Radiological Society of North America’s new president, George S. Bisset III, M.D., says he wants to improve member benefits through more interactive forms of education, according to an RSNA press release.
The organization announced the makeup of its new Board of Directors at the RSNA 2011 annual meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Bisset is the chief of pediatric radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital and a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He has also authored or co-authored more than 20 books and nearly 200 scientific papers.
Chosen as president-elect was Sarah... Read More »
November 07, 2011
Laying the foundation for radiology’s first professional development and leadership academy, the Radiology Leadership Institute ™ (RLI) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) today announced that it has established the RLI Common Body of Knowledge™ (CBK). The RLI CBK provides the framework for delivery of multi-level, in-depth instruction in critical leadership areas, including finance and economics; legal and regulatory; strategic planning; practice management; professional development; and service, quality, and safety.
Each level of instruction will place a particular emphasis on the areas of practice management, professional development, and legal and regulatory issues.
“Traditionally,... Read More »
September 16, 2011
The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) earlier this week endorsed four deficit reduction proposals estimated to save $410 billion over 10 years.
The council is urging Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to create a Medicare Exchange in which private plans would compete on cost, quality, and value; gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67; reform Medicare’s cost-sharing structure; and implement medical liability reforms, including a cap on non-economic damages.
HLC President Mary Grealy says the recommendations would “contribute to deficit reduction without placing an unfair or disproportionate burden on patients, health care consumers or... Read More »
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