Remembering Harvey L. Neiman
February 8, 1943 – June 5, 2014
Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, immediate past CEO of the College, passed away June 5, 2014, following a long illness. Neiman was widely considered a medical visionary who dedicated his professional life to improving patient care.
“Dr. Neiman helped make health care better and safer. The steps he championed enabled dramatic improvements in patient care and helped shape modern medicine,” said Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association.
Under Neiman’s leadership, the ACR rose to become one of the world’s largest and most inuential medical specialty societies, taking historic steps to promote health care quality, safety, and efficiency. He oversaw a signicant expansion of the ACR’s programs and services in all five pillars of the College: advocacy, economics, quality and safety, research, and education.
Neiman led the formation of the ACR Government Relations Department to ensure that ACR became the voice of radiology on Capitol Hill and in statehouses nationwide. The ACR Education Center, Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI), and American Institute for Radiologic Pathology were all created through his visionary leadership. Neiman was also one of a handful of radiologists who conceived of and helped implement the JACR® as well as the Annual ACR Forum.
To improve quality and safety, Neiman oversaw ACR’s participation in Image Gently® and Image Wisely®. He also spearheaded the development of the National Radiology Data Registries, including the ACR Dose Index Registry®. Most recently, the College became a serious force in health policy research with the formation of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute™ named in his honor.
Neiman also prioritized clinical research. “Dr. Neiman’s support of clinical trials coordinated at the ACR Clinical Research Center and cutting-edge physician education helped medicine identify new technologies to save lives and speed the flow of medical advancements into clinical practice worldwide,” said Jerey R. Immelt, chair of the board and CEO of General Electric, one of the world’s leading diagnostic imaging manufacturers, and chair of the RLI capital campaign.
A renowned leader in radiology and medicine, Neiman received the Gold Medal award from both the ACR and RSNA. He was also a founding member and past president of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and was honored with their Distinguished Service Award. He recently received the prestigious Béclère Medal, the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Radiology. In addition, he also was awarded the first RLI Leadership Luminary Award.
Neiman was a member and distinguished fellow of the ACR for nearly 40 years. In 2003, he was named executive director and, subsequently, CEO. He served as a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors from 1994 to 2002 and as chair of the board from 2000 to 2002. Neiman
published more than 120 scientic papers in peer-reviewed journals, wrote 26 book chapters, and authored the book Angiography of Vascular Disease. He also gave more than 277 guest lectures and scientic presentations worldwide. “ACR members and staff, the radiology community, and organized medicine have lost a dear friend and colleague, exceptional leader, mentor, and luminary,” said Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors.
Neiman was born on February 8, 1943, in Detroit. He earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Wayne State University. After an internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, Neiman completed his residency and a fellowship in angiography at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He served as a professor of radiology at Northwestern University Medical School and Temple University School of Medicine. From 1985 to 2003, Neiman was chair of the department of radiology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. Neiman served as chief of cardiovascular radiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and chief of cardiac radiology at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was immensely proud of his family who survives him: his wife, Ellen (Ellie), his two daughters, Jennifer and Hilary, and his grandson, William.
In Neiman’s honor, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Harvey L. Neiman Molecular Imaging Fund c/o the American College of Radiology Foundation. More information is available at www.acr.org/neimanfund.