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Arizona Radiologist Wins GOP Primary for U.S. House

DlUR9LtVAAA2llXAmy K. Patel, MD, breast radiologist in Kansas City, Mo., showed her support for Stephen L. Ferrara, MD, retired Navy captain and former Navy chief medical officer, at ACR 2018.
Stephen L. Ferrara, MD, a retired Navy captain and former Navy chief medical officer, made history as the first radiologist in the United States to win a contested primary race. Ferrara secured the GOP nomination for the open U.S. House seat in Arizona’s Phoenix-based 9th congressional district, which is expected to be a highprofile race in November.
Following the primary election vote, Ferrara recognized the importance of the support from his specialty. “I am honored to have earned the trust and support of the voters of the 9th congressional district to serve as the Republican nominee in the general election,” said Ferrara. “There are so many great people who have helped my campaign, but I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the tremendous amount of support I’ve received from the radiology community — I’m grateful beyond words.”
To read more, visit acr.org/Radiologists-in-Primaries.

RLI Launches New Podcast

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The ACR Radiology Leadership Institute® has launched a new podcast that will explore the world of healthcare leadership through a series of in-depth interviews with pioneers in the field. Duke University’s Geoffrey D. Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, moderates the podcast, diving deep with radiology leaders who inspire, connect, and build across a spectrum of clinical environments and organizations. There are challenges and opportunities within radiology that didn’t exist just years ago, according to Rubin. The aim of this podcast series is to learn from those who are already shaping the future of healthcare and encourage those who want to join.
To listen and subscribe, visit bit.ly/RLI-TakingTheLead.

Is Your Medical Physicist an ACR Member?

The ACR has been a strong advocate for medical physicists over the years. Important technical standards, quality control manuals, accreditation programs, and policy guidance are driven by ACR’s medical physicist members. Medical physics graduate students and residents enjoy free ACR
membership plus reduced and graduated fees in the first few years after completing clinical training. Encourage the new generation of medical physicists to get involved and help shape the impact of medical physics on the field of radiology.
Learn more at acr.org/membership.

Pisano Named ACR Chief Research Officer

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Etta D. Pisano, MD, FACR, has been named chief research officer of the ACR. Pisano is the first woman to hold this ACR position. “Dr. Pisano is a giant in the clinical research community. She will identify clinical and socioeconomic research opportunities that can advance the practice of radiology and improve patient care,” said ACR CEO William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR. “We are proud to have her as chief research officer for the entire College which will allow us to tap her talents and experience across the ACR.”
Pisano previously served as chief science officer solely for the ACR Center for Research and Innovation™.
Learn more at acr.org/Pisano-CRO.

ACR DSI Promotes the Value of Standardized AI Use Cases

Allen at podium Square 8 23ACR Data Science Institute™ Chief Medical Officer Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, co-chaired the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Workshop on AI in Medical Imaging.
The ACR Data Science Institute™ (DSI) made a case for standardization, interoperability, and reportability in the development of AI algorithms for medical imaging at the recent National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Workshop on AI in Medical Imaging. Co-chaired by DSI Chief Medical Officer Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, the workshop outlined opportunities in foundational and translational research related to machine learning in medical imaging. “We’re basically taking AI and human intelligence and combining those together. The trick is to define where we focus attention in narrow AI for the next 10 to 20 years, as we wait for general AI to become more reliable,” said DSI Chief Science Officer Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, in a call for the reasonable implementation of AI to enrich the human-machine interface. Findings from the workshop will be published in two white papers.
Watch the recorded event at acr.org/ACR-DSI_NIH-Workshop.

Nov. 8 is the International Day of Radiology

Nov. 8, 2018, marks the 123rd anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of the X-ray. International Day of Radiology celebrates radiology professionals’ essential role in healthcare, and the importance of radiology research, diagnosis, and treatment for safe patient care. A joint effort of the ACR, RSNA, and the European Society of Radiology, the event highlights the tremendous advances in modern healthcare made possible by medical imaging.
Learn more at acr.org/IDOR, and join the conversation on social media using #IDoR2018.

Neiman Institute and Georgia Tech Partner on Policy and Imaging Research

The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® has partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL). The HEAL will focus on applying big data analytics and AI to large-scale medical claims databases — with an emphasis
on medical imaging — to better understand how evolving healthcare delivery and payment models affect patients and providers. “The HEAL will provide needed research to inform the national medical imaging policy debate and develop new approaches for improving population health,”
said Danny R. Hughes, executive director of the Neiman Institute. According to ACR BOC Chair Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, “This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity to leverage the Neiman Institute’s policy expertise with the analytical capabilities of a world-class engineering institution to address the pressing problems of improving population health, increasing access to medical care, and reducing medical costs.”
Learn more about HEAL at bit.ly/HPI-HEAL.


Alexander R. Margulis, MD, FACR


Alexander R. Margulis, MD, FACR, an ACR Gold Medalist, passed away in September at the age of 97. Margulis was a giant and a pioneer in the field of radiology, serving as the head of the University of California-San Francisco’s radiology department for 26 years before joining the faculty at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was a founding father in gastrointestinal (GI) radiology and held one of the early leadership positions within the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology (now known as the Society of Abdominal Radiology).

Margulis was a co-founder of both the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology. He served as president of the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, and the California Academy of Medicine. He published more than 280 manuscripts and 21 books, including the very first textbook on GI radiology. Among the numerous awards he received were eight honorary doctorates, the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, the University of California Medal, and the Gold Medal of the RSNA. Margulis will be remembered as a mentor, leader, and visionary who indelibly shaped the field.
To learn more about Margulis’s life and work, visit bit.ly/Alex_Margulis.

What Has ACR Done for You?

In the next few months, you will hear about the ways in which the College has made strides to advocate for and protect your reimbursement, expand educational offerings to help sharpen your diagnostic and leadership skills, guide you through coding changes, and more.
With the year winding down — 2018 membership expires Dec. 31 — we want to hear from you. How has your investment in ACR supported you in your professional journey this year? Has being a member helped your career, impacted your practice, or expanded your network? Let us know.
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Women in Radiology: Are We There Yet?
Melissa A. Davis, MD, MBA, assistant professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at Yale University School of Medicine, discusses how women can progress in the field at bit.ly/Women_Rads.

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