Leaders Among Us
The College bestows its highest honors on today's bold pioneers of imaging.
A leader is defined as one who influences others to achieve a common goal. In medicine, leadership requires a blend of skill, inner drive, passion, and commitment to the greater good.
This year's ACR Gold Medalists and Honorary Fellows clearly exhibit all of these traits and more.
Solidifying radiology's place in the practice of medicine, these men paved the way for future radiologists. Whether they were born to be leaders, appointed, or elected by their peers, the following awardees comprise an elite group and are worthy of the high honors that will be bestowed on them at the 2011 AMCLC in Washington, D.C.
Lawrence W. Bassett, M.D., FACR
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
Advances in breast-cancer detection are among radiology's most significant achievements. Those who dedicate themselves to breast imaging represent an important subspecialty of radiology and are not intimidated by the field's demands. Instead, breast imagers are inspired by the opportunity to detect cancers early and save lives.
When the ACR's Committee on Breast Imaging was formed in 1983, Lawrence W. Bassett, M.D., FACR, was among its founding members and later served as chair. His passion for quality in breast imaging secured him positions on several other ACR panels, including the Committee for Mammography Accreditation, the Committee for Standardized Mammography Reporting: the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS®), and the ACR Task Force on Breast Cancer in 1992, on which he served as chair.
As section chief of the Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Bassett has been instrumental in the training of young physicians entering the field. In his letter nominated Bassett for the ACR Gold Medal, Carl J. D'Orsi, M.D., FACR, called the breast imaging fellowship at UCLA "a legacy for breast imaging and radiology." He commended Bassett's work on the BI-RADS committee, saying, "I can honestly state that this effort would not have been as productive without Dr. Bassett's tireless efforts as both scholar and referee."
Leonard Berlin, M.D., FACR
NorthShore University Health System, Skokie Hospital and Rush Medical College, Ill.
Surprisingly, one of the most complex issues for a physician has nothing to do with technology or patient care — rather, it is the legal implications of practicing medicine. While many may shy away from these issues, Leonard Berlin, M.D., FACR, has spent more than 30 years making this topic easier for radiologists to understand.
Berlin has authored more than 300 articles on issues surrounding ethics and physician liability. His service to the ACR and the profession includes membership on countless ACR committees, both at the local and national levels. Currently, Berlin chairs the ACR Task Force on Conflicts of Interest. Over the years, the ACR Council has constantly looked to Berlin for consultation on potentially complex legal repercussions of a certain policy or procedure. His speaking engagements have established him as an expert in medical malpractice; he has spoken to radiology practices and professional society meetings on this important topic nearly 300 times. Berlin's fellow radiologists consistently look to him for practical legal advice. In fact, he has received hundreds of unsolicited letters from his peers, asking him to weigh in on everyday topics, to which he always generously responds.
Of Berlin's achievements, Marilyn J. Goske, M.D., writes in her nomination letter, "He truly wishes to enhance patient care within radiology and embodies the physician's creed to 'do no harm.'"
"All future radiologists will be indebted to [Dr. Moore] for the foresight, energy, and persistence that resulted in this fantastic facility." — William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., FACR
Arl Van Moore Jr., M.D., FACR
Charlotte Radiology, N.C.
A leader is someone who is not afraid to step up to the plate. Past Board of Chancellors Chair and President Arl Van Moore Jr., M.D., FACR, is renowned among his colleagues in radiology and other medical fields for serving as an ACR spokesperson throughout the past two decades, as well as for his numerous leadership positions.
Moore's vision of building an educational training facility for radiologists came to fruition in 2008 when the ACR Education Center opened its doors. "All future radiologists will be indebted to him for the foresight, energy, and persistence that resulted in this fantastic facility," writes William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., FACR, in his letter nominating Moore for a gold medal.
Moore's visions have not been limited to educational pursuits. For example, he has served as liaison between the ACR and the American Medical Association since 1998 and is credited with bridging the gap between the College's academic and clinical members. And, as a founding member of RADPAC, he recognized the need to expand the ACR's government relations initiatives to secure radiology's place in the future of medicine.
During his presidency, Moore served as an ambassador for the ACR, both nationally and internationally. His influence on the College, the field of radiology, and the practice of medicine is far-reaching.
Andreas Adam, M.B., M.S.
St. Thomas Hospital, London, England
Credited with uniting European and American radiology, Andreas Adam, M.B., M.S., has no shortage of supporters. Aside from being a well-respected physician, educator, author, and speaker, Adam helped establish a new medical school in Cyprus, which is set to open in 2013. As its inaugural dean, he will be responsible for developing the institution's curriculum.
In 1981, Adam published his first scientific paper and has since published more than 100 other articles. His editorial prowess led to his appointment as editor-in-chief for two major scientific journals: Journal of Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
Adam has excelled throughout his career, earning gold medals from four different medical societies, including the European Society of Radiology. Additionally, Adam has dedicated himself to mentoring and educating others and has been an invited, named speaker on 13 occasions throughout the world. He is considered by many to be the most visible interventional radiologist in all of Europe.
Curtis A. Lewis, M.D., FACR, who has known Adam for more than 20 years, states in his letter of recommendation, "Dr. Adam has continually looked for new methods and creative ways to improve radiology, the care rendered to patients, and the quality of service to those patients."
"[Dr. Adam] is considered by many to be the most visible interventional radiologist in all of Europe." — Matthew A. Mauro, M.D.
Byung Ihn Choi, M.D.
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Byung Ihn Choi, M.D., began to stand out early in his career when he completed a visiting fellowship in abdominal imaging at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). "Dr. Choi spent a year as a research fellow in the UCSF department of radiology during the time I was leading it, and we could predict that he would become an international leader," writes Alexander R. Margulis, M.D., D.Sc., FACR, in Choi's nomination for honorary fellowship.
A distinguished expert in ultrasound and abdominal imaging, Choi has led several Asian radiology societies and other international organizations; currently, he is president-elect of the Asian Society of Abdominal Radiology and the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology. In addition to leading the department of radiology at Seoul National University, Choi has served as a visiting professor at universities and medical centers throughout the United States, including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Choi has continuously shared his expertise in abdominal radiology through publication of nearly 300 papers in scientific, peer-reviewed journals and by giving more than 250 lectures worldwide. Identified early in his career as a potential worldwide leader, he has since realized that prediction.
Lawrence Shu-Wing Lau, M.D.
International Radiology Quality Network, Victoria, Australia
Lawrence Shu-Wing Lau, M.D., has been one of the most influential radiologists in Australia for more than two decades, involving himself in countless volunteer leadership positions to improve imaging practices globally. He made a name for himself in 1989, after taking on a challenging role as editor of the imaging guidelines of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. Arl Van Moore Jr., M.D., FACR, writes in his letter of support, "Within our radiology community, [Lau] has focused on improving communication between countries on establishing international guidelines and in improving radiation safety to our patients."
Unquestionably, Lau has lived up to this statement. As chair of the International Radiology Quality Network, he oversees quality issues in imaging and develops methods to enhance synergy among international radiology organizations. In 2009, Lau was appointed a member of the World Health Organization's Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Health Care Settings. He is frequently invited to lecture worldwide on imaging guidelines, use of CT, and quality improvement, and is the author of more than 40 scientific papers and 11 books.
Without a doubt, Lau's impact on radiology has been farsighted. His dedication to advancing the field is evident by his tireless efforts to improve the quality of patient care through practice, education, and international leadership.
By Stephanie DeBoer