Leading the Field
ACR recognizes leaders in the imaging community at this year’s annual meeting.
Each year, the College awards individuals whose work and dedication advances and strengthens the specialty. Spanning continents and subspecialties, this year’s recipients include individuals from across the community of imaging. Commendations will be awarded at the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting in May.
Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR
Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, completed an internship and two years in general surgery and research at the University of Alabama Hospital, before completing his residency in diagnostic radiology at Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham.
Allen’s involvement with the ACR started in the early 1990s as an officer for the Alabama state chapter and working as a member of the Alabama Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) regarding local Medicare/coverage issues. From there, Allen suggested to the ACR Commission on Economics that the College develop a network of the state CAC representatives, which became the ACR CAC Network. Allen later became a state councilor and member of the CSC. He later went on to become the ACR advisor and then ACR member of the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee. Within the Commission of Economics, he served as chair of the CAC Network and Reimbursement Committee and then served as chair of the Commission on Economics.
After serving on the ACR BOC as chair of the Commission on Economics, Allen was elected chair of the BOC and later ACR president. As ACR president, Allen also chaired the Commission on Membership and Communications. While Allen was BOC chair and vice chair, he facilitated the development of the Imaging 3.0® initiative and worked closely with other radiology societies to ingrain the quality and value message into the radiology culture. After his term as ACR chair, Allen stayed involved in important issues facing radiology including AI and currently serves as chief medical officer of the ACR Data Science Institute™. Allen also serves as chair of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® advisory board.
Looking back at this career, Allen is most proud of the physicians he’s worked with in his community hospital’s radiology residency program, as well as the young people recruited as volunteers for the Commission on Economics. “Two volunteers have become commission chairs and one is the current ACR BOC chair,” says Allen. “Seeing their accomplishments eclipse mine warms my heart. It has been a true privilege working with them and providing modest mentorship.”
Allen points to service to the ACR and organized medicine as the highlight of his professional life. “I encourage every radiologist to find the time to participate in the ACR or other specialty society,” Allen says. “It will benefit you, your practice, and all radiologists.”
Manuel L. Brown, MD, FACR
While he was growing up, Manuel L. Brown, MD, FACR, had an uncle who was a radiologist. At the time, Brown found the idea boring and planned a career as a chemist or lawyer. However, on a six-month European tour between his junior and senior years in college, he visited the International Museum of Surgical Science — a trip that entranced him. He decided to go to medical school, undeterred by his advisor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor telling him he wasn’t going to be accepted.
After completing medical school, Brown thought he was going to be a cardiologist. During his internal medicine internship, he realized cardiology was not for him — instead falling in love with radiology and nuclear medicine. He thrived at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., staying there for 14 years. He then moved to Pittsburgh to raise two young sons and where he started a state-of-the-art PET center, practiced nuclear radiology and served as vice chair of the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Brown currently serves as chair of the department of radiology and the Zolton J. Kovacs Endowed Chair at the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit.
Brown is a former ACR president and a former chair of the Commission on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He has participated in many organized medical societies and encourages young radiologists to do so by leading by example. According to Brown, “Whether it’s the ACR, the ABR, or the American Roentgen Ray Society, I encourage, I facilitate, and I try to get radiologists involved in radiology organizations as part of giving back to our specialty.”
David C. Kushner, MD, FACR
Virginia Beach, Va.
David C. Kushner, MD, FACR, says his life’s mission has been focused on improving healthcare for children. He attributes his progress in diagnostic pediatric radiology to the hard work of ACR members, staff, and mentors who have guided and helped him.
Born in Fargo, N.D., his journey took him to an undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Kushner trained in a pediatric internship and residency, followed by a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, after which he returned to Boston for a radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Kushner then returned to Boston for a pediatric radiology fellowship and chief residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, followed by an appointment as chief of radiology at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, in Norfolk, Va.
Kushner currently serves as medical director for quality and safety at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. He also serves as professor of pediatric radiology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He formerly served as chief of pediatric radiology at MGH, followed by an appointment as chair of radiology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the George Washington University.
Kushner is former president of the ACR and former chair of the Commission on Membership and Communications. More than 100 of his research articles have been published in refereed and non-refereed journals. In addition, he has written numerous book chapters and abstracts. He also contributes his time as a manuscript reviewer for several pediatric and radiology journals.
Kushner calls it a unique privilege to care for sick children and their families. According to Kushner, “When I have been able to work with my team to improve the lives of children, the reward is immeasurable.”
Seung Hyup Kim, MD
Seoul, South Korea
Seung Hyup Kim, MD, had no intention of being a doctor. He was interested in animals, especially fish, and in photography — hobbies that he says may have led to a career as a radiologist. When he was starting his career as a radiologist at Seoul National University Hospital, fortune struck when those senior to him took the specialties of the larger parts of the body. Only urogenital radiology was vacant, and Kim happily took it. “After 30 years as a urogenital radiologist, I can say it was one of the best things I chose in my life, and I am proud to be a part of my specialty,” Kim says.
Kim was a visiting radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, and his mentor was Howard M. Pollack, MD, a pioneer of uroradiology. Pollack had vast collections of teaching files to prepare for his book Clinical Urography. Kim learned how the materials had been collected, categorized, and retrieved by using the ACR Index, an online computer system that allowed radiologists to access a list of radiologic diagnoses from any web browser. Kim did the same and published Radiology Illustrated: Uroradiology. Kim since has published numerous books, chapters, and papers, as well as made frequent presentations and lectures.
As immediate past president of the Korean Society of Radiology (KSR), Kim, now professor of radiology and urology at the Seoul National University College of Medicine, believes that through this award, ACR is acknowledging not only his career in Korean and international radiology, but also the efforts of the Korean Society of Radiology. According to Kim, “I am deeply grateful to ACR and KSR for this honor.”
Anne W.M. Lee, MD
Anne W.M. Lee, MD, became fascinated with radiology during medical school. Upon graduation, aspiring diagnostic radiologists in Hong Kong were required to complete one year of clinical work before pursuing the specialty. Lee sought advice from John H.C. Ho, MD, known to the radiology community in Hong Kong as “Emperor Ho.” Ho advised Lee to use the year to study clinical oncology. During that year, Lee found her dream career of fighting cancer and began a career treating nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC).
Lee calls NPC a unique cancer, rare in western countries but prevalent in Southeast Asia. NPC often presents in advanced stages. Lee had a leading role in revolutionizing
the staging system and in rallying over 20 international experts to develop guidelines for radiotherapy planning.
Lee is most proud that the age-standardized incidence rate for NPC has decreased by 70 percent and the corresponding mortality rate has decreased by 71.4 percent from 1983 to 2016 (statistics from the Hong Kong Cancer Registry). The five-year cancer-specific survival for NPC has increased from 50 percent in the late 1970s to 85 percent in the 2010s.
Lee established the department of clinical oncology at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong in 1994. According to Lee, when celebrating the hospital’s
tenth anniversary in 2004, among the patients invited on stage was a mother with her nine-year-old daughter. The mother had been treated for Stage 2 NPC when she was
four months pregnant. To minimize scatter radiation dose to the womb, Lee and her staff made a heavy lead shield to cover the abdomen for the course of 35 fractions. It took four staff to position the shield. “At that anniversary event, we wheeled out the shield and showed the little princess how we had protected her before she was born,” Lee says.
Distinguished Achievement Award
James L. Morrison
James L. Morrison served as ACR’s assistant executive director of member services, retiring in 2013 after nearly 18 years with the College.
Morrison received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1966, a master’s in radiological physics from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Morrison came to the ACR in 1995 after completing over 29 years of commissioned service in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). While in the Army, he worked primarily as a radiological physicist in a clinical radiation oncology setting. His 21 years as a commissioned officer in the USPHS were spent working for the FDA in the Bureau of Radiological Health and Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Working in the clinical environment, Morrison is proud of the contributions he made to patient care. While at the FDA, he helped develop national and international radiation safety guidelines including the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992. He also helped develop programs to address a variety of medical device adverse incidents. At the ACR, he recalls the dedication of ACR staff in providing superior member services. Morrison’s advice to leaders is to trust their colleagues and seek new solutions to challenges. “There are many ways to get to the top of the hill,” says Morrison. “I’m not going to tell you how to get there. Just get there.”