Following the Leaders

The College recognizes leaders from throughout the radiology community. 


February 2015

Each year, the College awards individuals whose work and dedication advances and strengthens the specialty. From the bustling streets of Moscow to the plains of Oklahoma, this year's recipients include individuals from across the global community of imaging. Joining the Gold Medal and Honorary Fellowship, a new award debuts this year: the Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors highly notable service to the College and the radiology profession, both clinical and non-clinical. All awards will be presented at the ACR 2015 Convocation in May.

Gold Medal

Carl R. Bogardus Jr., MD, FACR, Stephenson Cancer Center and University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

BogardusCarlNEWCarl R. Bogardus Jr., MD, FACR, describes his introduction to radiation oncology as love at first sight. He appreciates the opportunity the specialty affords him to both delve into physics and spend time with patients. From teaching to private practice, business to consulting, Bogardus's interests and abilities range widely. In his 48 years of membership and service to the ACR, he has been a member of the Board of Chancellors (1985– 1992), serving as secretary (1987–1991) and president (1991–1992). He is one of the only individuals to serve as president of ASTRO and ACR simultaneously. Bogardus is adamant that the ACR has shaped his career and insists many of his accomplishments would have been impossible without the College.

Alongside his work in the ACR, Bogardus has devoted most of his career to developing the Radiation Oncology Coding and Nomenclature System, which he feels will be his most lasting contribution. In 2000, he started ONCOCHART electronic medical record, now one of the primary software programs used for management, documentation, charge capture, and compliance in radiation oncology. He is also the author of 65 articles and eight textbook chapters and has developed several other software programs specific to radiologic oncology and billing.

When he isn't working, Bogardus enjoys model railroading and the opportunity to get grease on his hands by laying tracks, running engines, and playing with big toys, as he calls them.

Many describe Bogardus as always willing to explain difficult processes with kindness and patience. Michael L. Steinberg, MD, FACR, offers, "No other individual in the history of radiation oncology has had more influence on the process of care for radiation oncology patients than Dr. Bogardus." Of being awarded the Gold Medal for his accomplishments, Bogardus says, "It is a huge, huge achievement. There is no way to say it any other way."

Honorary Fellowship

Valentin Sinitsyn, MD, PhD, Federal Center of Medicine and Rehabilitation and Lomonosov Moscow State Univeristy, Moscow, Russia

SinitsynNEWBorn in a small village outside Moscow in what was then the Soviet Union, Valentin Sinitsyn, MD, PhD, grew up in an era when access to foreign information was difficult. As his passion for radiology grew, so did his desire to foster relationships between radiology programs in the United States and Russia. He considers the ACR a "top organization for developing professional standards and guidelines" and hopes that Russian radiology societies can learn from the ACR's example. Sinitsyn aspires to use the opportunities provided by this fellowship to strengthen contacts between the ACR and Russian radiological societies to encourage similar standards in his home country.

Sinitsyn is the author of over 120 publications, including eight books and one book chapter. He also served as editor of two international textbooks. He has made numerous contributions to the field, including serving as the president of the Russian National Congress of Radiology in 2012 and president of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology in 2014. Last year, he became the first Russian president of the European Congress of Radiology, an achievement he considers the highest of his career. 

Though he enjoys art, modern literature, and collecting exotic fish, Sinitsyn says that his job is his favorite hobby. He spends his free time reading articles, reviewing papers, and preparing presentations. "To my wife, maybe it looks a little crazy," he laughs, "but my greatest motivation is radiology." As advice to radiologists, no matter where they practice, he stresses how important it is to be involved in a community of learners. "When you absorb something in a passive way, you are absorbing five to 10 percent. When I prepare it myself, I retain about 80 or 90 percent of the information," he says. "Be part of something active."

Honorary Fellowship

Lluís Donoso-Bach, MD, PhD, Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí UDIAT, Sabadell, Spain; University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; and Hospital Cliníc, Barcelona, Spain

DonosoBachNEWLluís Donoso-Bach, MD, PhD, has focused much of his research on abdominal imaging, particularly related to liver disease. He has worked tirelessly to expand global relations and international cooperation in radiology by contributing to organizations like the Spanish Society of Radiology (as president 2002–2006), the International Society of Radiology (as secretary general 2012–2014), the European Society of Radiology (as its current first vice president), and the Spanish Foundation of Radiology (as its current president). "For historical and cultural reasons, Spain is in a unique position to help build bridges between Europe and America. In today's interconnected world, radiology, medicine, and science have no borders," he says.

Since 2006, Donoso-Bach has served as chair of the diagnostic imaging department at the Hospital Cliníc of Barcelona, one of the most prestigious medical centers in Europe. He is also professor of radiology at the University of Barcelona. Donoso-Bach has recently turned much of his focus to IT implementation in diagnostic radiology. He helped build a large research and development team at Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí UDIAT, leading to several patents and products now used widely across Spain.

Each of Donoso-Bach's letters of recommendation for the honor spoke of his kind and warm personality. Friend and fellow collaborator Eric J. Stern, MD, stated, "He has a quick and charming wit, always with a smile on his face and putting a smile on mine; he is a truly joyful man." Though Donoso-Bach admits his professional life keeps him busy, he also enjoys opera, cooking, "getting away from it all in nature," and spending time with family.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Donald F. Lavanty, JD, Marymount University, Arlington, Va.; Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.; and The Federal Group, Washington, D.C.

LavantyNEWFor 42 years, Donald F. Lavanty, JD, has served as ACR's principle legislative consultant. During that time, Lavanty has been instrumental in significant legislative efforts, including negotiating and rallying for radiology within Medicare's Resource-based Relative Value Scale and enacting the Mammography Quality Standards Act. He served in the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Brigade Legal Office, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

Lavanty is also a full-time professor and department chair at Marymount University, where he teaches undergraduate paralegal courses and graduate-level legal administration as well as health care management and policy. He says teaching is his favorite hobby, and he loves playing devil's advocate to stimulate argument and conversation in the classroom. When asked what he loves about teaching, he responds simply, "That people learn."

Lavanty says winning the Distinguished Achievement Award is the highest honor he has ever received, though he insists that the award truly belongs to the ACR leadership. "I'm not good at taking compliments, and this is just overwhelming. I am just humbly grateful," he says.

By Chelsea Krieg, freelance writer for the ACR Bulletin

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