Battleship ACR

The College is moving full speed ahead.Battleship ACR

In previous issues of the ACR Bulletin James H. Thrall, M.D., FACR, has written about navigating change, and John A. Patti, M.D., FACR, has written about staying ahead of the curve.1,2 I have great admiration and respect for these and other past chairs, and I want to thank them for their mentorship.

I propose another metaphor: The ACR, large, complex, and powerful, sails along like a huge battleship. To keep the ship moving forward, we as ACR's leadership will need to make slight course corrections as we adjust to external and internal conditions. Likewise, we have many challenges in each of the College's pillars of advocacy, economics, education, quality and safety, and clinical research. Most importantly, however, we must defend the rights of our members and always keep the best interests of our patients in mind. The members of the CSC have amazing breadth and depth of expertise.

I am extremely honored and gratified to begin my two-year service as chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC). I am a private practice radiologist with 34 years of experience in a large group in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Grapevine, Texas. I am very pleased that my associates understand the need for service to organized radiology, allowing me to reduce my clinical duties substantially. I know the ACR well. I have served as an alternate councilor, councilor, and member of the Council Steering Committee (CSC) as well as a member of the BOC for more than 10 years. I also served as vice speaker, speaker, and secretary treasurer and vice chair of the board.

Drawing upon my experience and with the help of our BOC, CSC, and Council, my plan is to keep the ACR ship moving forward. The College has more than 35,000 members, 400 staff, and 1,000 physician volunteers serving on our commissions, committees, and task forces. In light of this tremendous support, the College is well equipped to make slight changes in course and respond to external factors in a positive way. The current chancellors of the BOC are as talented and diverse a group as we have ever had. Under the leadership of Council Speaker Howard B. Fleishon, M.D., M.M.M., FACR, and Vice Speaker Kimberly E. Applegate, M.D., M.S., FACR, the CSC, which has grown over the past few years, is well positioned to interface with the BOC and the Council.

The College has more than 35,000 members, 400 staff, and 1,000 physician volunteers serving on our commissions, committees, and task forces.

I plan to increase communication and interaction between the CSC and the BOC in several ways. The ACR Executive Committee will have more frequent and relevant meetings. These meetings will be more proactive than reactive and will give the CSC a greater voice and understanding of the issues and plans of the College. The speaker will also participate for the first time in leadership retreats, and the CSC will be invited to join the winter meeting of the BOC. Also, I plan to ask a chair from one of ACR's commissions to contribute a one-page update in each issue of the ACR Bulletin. The first update, which will appear in the July/August issue, will feature Albert L. Blumberg, M.D., FACR, the chair of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology. I believe these reports will increase transparency and provide you, the ACR membership, with a better understanding of the commissions' activities.

Hopefully, you are aware that we are planning to expand the AMCLC in 2015 into a meeting that will include programming for all ACR members. All of the features of the AMCLC that are important to our alternate councilors and councilors will be preserved, but we also plan to add programming from the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology, ACR Education Center, the Radiology Leadership Institute, and other sources. A planning committee is currently hard at work looking at the details of this endeavor. For more about the 2015 annual meeting, read an article in the March 2012 ACR Bulletin at

In support of the new meeting format, as well as ACR's many other projects, products, and services, we are fortunate to have CEO Harvey L. Neiman, M.D., FACR, and his dedicated staff, who are as hard working and knowledgeable as ever — despite stresses associated with renovations to the ACR headquarters in Reston, Va., and the consequent temporary relocation to an office building down the street.

From building relocations to improving services for members, the challenges ACR faces are great and the opportunities are even greater. When I first ran for the CSC, I pledged to give my time, energy, and enthusiasm to the College in my two minute speech. I reaffirm that commitment today and promise to help steer the ACR on the best possible course into the future.

1. Thrall J. “Navigating Through Change.” ACR Bulletin 2008;63(6):2.
2. Patti J. “Staying Ahead of the Curve.” JACR 2010;7(6):389–90.

Paul EllenbogenBy Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, Chair

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