Meet the ACR Board of Chancellors, Your Executive Body
The College's executive body is designed to meet the needs of ACR members.
Excerpt from the ACR Bylaws:
ARTICLE VIII BOARD OF CHANCELLORS SECTION 1 DUTIES
The Board of Chancellors shall employ its powers for the diligent promotion of the purposes of The College, and shall have authority and jurisdiction to conduct its business and affairs in accordance with applicable laws, its articles of incorporation, and these bylaws.
SECTION 2 MEMBERSHIP
The Board of Chancellors shall consist of a number of chancellors, not to exceed thirty-three (33) members who shall be the executive body of the College. As provided in the Association's bylaws, the persons elected or selected to serve on the Board of Chancellors shall also serve on the Association's Board of Directors. To be eligible for membership on the Board of Chancellors, whether by appointment, reappointment, election or re-election, the individual must be a member or fellow of the College.
The ACR is unique among radiology organizations in large measure because, since the 1950s, it has had a democratically elected deliberative body: the ACR Council. Patterned after the AMA House of Delegates, the council is represented throughout the year by the Council Steering Committee and is charged with developing ACR policy. To implement and oversee the policies developed by the Council, the BOC is designed as an actively engaged group that assigns and manages operational and specialty commissions. Under its auspices are the ACR commissions, task forces, and committees that, with the help of over 1,300 volunteers and staff, make the College function smoothly.
The BOC for 2012-2013 was elected and appointed at the AMCLC this past April. Currently the BOC is comprised of 29 members — 18 men and 11 women — as well as an observer from the Canadian Association of Radiologists, and is composed of 18 academic physicians and 11 physicians from private practice.
These dedicated and brilliant individuals donate a great deal of time and effort on your behalf. To help you become more familiar with them, the newly revised ACR website features a page that lists each member of the BOC with an accompanying photograph, and short biography. On the home page, click "About Us," then choose "Board of Chancellors" on the right under "ACR Leadership and Governance." Contact information for the members of the board can be found by using the ACR membership directory, located on the home page. Please feel free to let any of them, including me, know if you have questions and concerns.
In addition to the information provided on the website, I am going to ask each chancellor to write about their commission activities and plans. For several years the ACR Bulletin has included a monthly column written by the chair of the BOC and another written by the chair of the ACR Commission on Economics. Well, the mission of the ACR is not only about money, so beginning with the current issue of the Bulletin, I hope you will get to know more about each chancellor and commission over the next two years. The columns of the BOC chair and economics chair will continue to be published in each issue of the Bulletin.
The first column appears in this issue on page 22 and is written by Chancellors Albert L. Blumberg, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology. You may remember him as speaker of the ACR Council from 2005 to 2007. For approximately 70 years following the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen, our profession included men and women who practiced both diagnostic radiology and radiation therapy. Although most practitioners now limit their practice to diagnostic radiology or radiation oncology, the ACR is proud to be among only a few organizations that welcomes both of these specialties into its membership and supports and promotes both types of practitioners. The radiation oncology community makes up a relatively small percentage of ACR membership, but they are strong and active and Dr. Blumberg will tell you about their activities, goals, and plans.
The chancellors lead the ACR's operational commissions, such as the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety, and specialty commissions such as the ACR Commission on Nuclear Medicine. This group also oversees the committees that function under each commission, including, for example, the Committee on Economics under the Commission on Neuroradiology. The activities of these commissions and committees are broad and complex, requiring the BOC not only to utilize their experience and wisdom but also to devote a great deal of their time and effort to the College and the profession. The BOC meets each year at the AMCLC and holds additional meetings in the fall and winter.
These talented and selfless diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists work tirelessly, interfacing with the Council Steering Committee, the ACR staff, the government — including legislative and regulatory bodies — and the public. They "conduct the business and affairs of the college" as stated in the bylaws, making both easy and hard decisions for the benefit of the radiology community and our patients. Some people suggest that the BOC is too large, but I disagree; every member is respected and given a voice, and I am proud to be a member.
By Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, Chair