Ahead of the Game
Meet the College's leadership.
New chair of the Board of Chancellors, Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, is focused on the future of the specialty.
As chair of the Commission on Economics and then as vice chair of the Board of Chancellors, Allen has prioritized developing and sharing Imaging 3.0™ — a strategy that empowers radiologists to provide value in their practices as they navigate and adapt to the challenges of health care reform.
“If radiologists can take ownership of all aspects of imaging care that occur prior to and following image interpretation, we can improve patient care, bend the cost curve, and increase our value to patients, referring physicians, and the health system,” Allen said during an Imaging 3.0 presentation at RSNA. That attitude — encouraging radiologist involvement beyond image interpretation and demonstrating the value of the specialty — will surely characterize his tenure as chair.
Allen graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he earned both his bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a medical doctorate in 1983. After several years as a resident in the University of Alabama’s surgery department, Allen began a diagnostic radiology residency at the Baptist Medical Center Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986. He then completed a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Georgetown University in 1991. He and his wife now reside in Birmingham, where he is a member of the Birmingham Radiological Group, P.C., in private practice at Trinity Medical Center.
You probably recognize Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, not only because of her multiple positions within the College or her monthly column as chair of the Commission on Economics, but also because she is a social media superstar. McGinty (@DrGMcGinty) has almost 2,000 followers on Twitter and has been named one of radiology’s top tweeters by AuntMinnie.com. She also posts regularly on her blog (http://drgeraldinemcginty.com/blog) as well as an economics and government relations blog, The Voice of Radiology, which she runs with chair of the Commission on Government Relations, Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR. Visit the blog at http://voiceofradiologyblog.org.
Born in Ireland, McGinty earned her medical degrees from the National University of Ireland in Galway. In 1989, she served as a radiology resident at the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed a fellowship in women’s imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, from 1993 to 1994. Currently, McGinty is on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. She also works as an advisor for St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she is focused on Imaging 3.0 and driving down costs using highquality imaging. McGinty has worked in the ACR not only as the chair and vice chair of the Commission on Economics but also as the ACR advisor to the AMA Practice Expense Advisory Committee.
McGinty’s goals for the future of the Commission on Economics are focused on improving the specialty. She says, “I would like to see us develop a payment model for radiologists that incentivizes the highest quality patient care, facilitates innovation, and allows radiologists to demonstrate their invaluable contribution to high-value health care. With Imaging 3.0, I’m confident we are off to a great start.”
New Board of Chancellors Vice Chair James A. Brink, MD, FACR, is no stranger to the ACR and its leadership, having served as chair of the Commission on Body Imaging, the Imaging Communication Network, and the International Education Committee. Brink is also co-chair of Image Wisely® Executive Committee.
Brink attended medical school at Indiana University before completing his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. From there, he served on the faculty at both Washington University School of Medicine and Yale University, ultimately becoming chair of the Yale department of radiology from 2006 to 2013. He currently works as radiologist-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Brink also has ties abroad. As a young academic radiologist, he made a point of experiencing life in Italy due to his Italian heritage. Because of this, he participated in over 20 postgraduate courses in the country and received honorary membership in the Italian Society of Medical Radiology in 2008.
As vice chair, Brink’s future goals are all about strategy: “I’m looking forward to working with the staff and volunteer leadership to develop and revise a strategic plan that will inform and prioritize the activities we pursue to advance our many missions,” he says.
Get to know the rest of the Board of Chancellors at http://bit.ly/ACRBOC2014.
By Meghan Edwards