Leading by Example
Meet the New ACR chair, vice chair, and Economics Commission chair
Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, 2012-2013 chair of the Board of Chancellors, may have been selected as chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors for 2012-2013, but the time he has dedicated to the College on a national scale began nearly two decades ago, when he served as an alternate councilor in 1993. Since then he's served as councilor and chief councilor of the Texas Chapter; member of the Council Steering Committee; vice speaker and then speaker of the Council; secretary-treasurer of the College; vice chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors; and as a member of many ACR committees, commissions, and task forces.
Ellenbogen graduated from Port Chester High School in New York and then went on to attend Brown University in Providence, R.I. He graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, magna cum laude with honors. In 1972, he married Maxine Ann Platt and then graduated from medical school the following year at the State University of New York Downstate's Medical Center, again magna cum laude. His internship was completed at the University of California at San Diego, where he also completed residency in diagnostic radiology from 1974-1977. During his final year of residency, he served as chief resident at the Veterans Affairs Hospital (now the VA San Diego Healthcare System) in La Jolla, California. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in ultrasound and uroradiology.
Ellenbogen's professional affiliations are widespread throughout the Texas radiology community. He is a Past President of the Texas Radiological Society and was awarded their Gold Medal in 2009. He is in private practice at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center in Dallas. He is a partner in Radiology Associates of North Texas, a larger diagnostic radiology group serving primarily the people of Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Grapevine.
You probably recognize the name Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, 2012-2013 vice chair of the Board of Chancellors, not only because he has served in various capacities during his long connection with the College but also because he penned a column in each issue of the ACR Bulletin since June 2008 as the chair of the ACR Commission on Economics.
Allen graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earning a bachelor's degree in 1979 and a medical doctorate in 1983. Following graduation, Allen became an intern and then a resident in surgery. Following that he became a research resident in the university's department of surgery.
In 1986, Allen became a resident in diagnostic radiology at Baptist Medical Center Hospitals in Birmingham, Alabama. Four years later, he earned a fellowship in body imaging at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is currently a partner with Birmingham Radiological Group, P.C., and is also affiliated with Trinity Medical Center, both located in Birmingham, Ala.
Allen has served in various positions at both the Alabama Academy of Radiology (an ACR state chapter) and at the College's national level. In addition to serving as both vice chair and chair of the Commission on Economics, he has served on the AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee, the Coding and Nomenclature Future Trends Committee, Network of Carrier Advisory Committee, and myriad task forces.
As the 2012-2013 chair of the Economics Commission, Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, brings an intimate understanding of both radiologists' daily work as well as medical administration to the position. As a member of the AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee under the auspices of Bibb Allen, she has developed and presented arguments in favor of radiologists and against the decline in Medicare reimbursement for imaging.
As a native of Ireland, McGinty earned her medical degrees — bachelor's degrees in medicine, surgery, and obstetrics — from the National University of Ireland, in Galway, Ireland. She participated in a radiology residency program at the University of Pittsburgh from 1989-1993. She also completed a fellowship in women's imaging from 1993-1994 at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Mass. In 2000, she graduated from Columbia University, in New York, with an MBA.
Currently, McGinty is managing partner and radiologist at NRAD Medical Associates, P.C. in New York. For the ACR, she has served in many capacities, including the ACR advisor to the AMA's Practice Expense Advisory Committee and the vice chair of the Commission on Economics.
By Brett Hansen