During this year as RSNA celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first annual meeting and scientific assembly, RSNA News will take a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.
1915: Western Roentgen Society Founded
Almost 20 years after Roentgen discovered the X-ray, radiologists practicing in the Midwest region of the U.S. were finding it difficult to travel to radiologic conventions held primarily on the East Coast. A meeting of five radiologists in the St. Louis office of Miles B. Titterington, M.D., led to the founding of the Western Roentgen Society, predecessor to RSNA.
1975: Annual Meeting First Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place
At that time McCormick Place had only one building, what is now known as the Lakeside Center. A little over 12,000 people attended that first meeting in McCormick; registration now tops 50,000 and fills three buildings.
1990: infoRAD Introduced
This new annual meeting feature was the first public demonstration of a standard for digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM), now the universal standard for medical imaging.
2000: RadiologyInfo.org Launched
The collaborative website of RSNA and the American College of Radiology was created to help patients understand radiologic procedures and interventions, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and radiation safety. The website now attracts nearly 500,000 visitors per month.
2007: “Presents” Series Debuts
These special annual meeting sessions explore the very latest developments in radiology from around the world. Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, Latin America, India, Brazil and France already have been featured as part of the Presents series; Canada and the Republic of Korea will be featured at RSNA 2014.
From left, standing:
Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., President-elect/Secretary-Treasurer
Richard L. Ehman, M.D., Liaison for Science
James P. Borgstede, M.D., Liaison for International Affairs
Richard L. Baron, M.D., Chairman
William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., Liaison for Publications and CommunicationsSeated:
Valerie P. Jackson, M.D., Liaison for Education
N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., President
Vijay M. Rao, M.D., Liaison for Information Technology and Annual Meeting
2014 RSNA OFFICERS
N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., President, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., President-elect /Secretary-Treasurer, San Francisco
G. Scott Gazelle, M.D., Ph.D., First Vice-President, Boston
Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D., Second Vice-President, Seattle
Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., Third Vice-President, New Brunswick, N.J.
Richard L. Baron, M.D., Chairman, Chicago
Distinguished radiology leader N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., is RSNA president for 2014. Dr. Dunnick is the Fred Jenner Hodges Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.
As president, Dr. Dunnick will help shape and implement RSNA’s vision and strategic goals to advance the radiologic sciences and develop the future of patient-centered practice. “We are proud of our past, but must focus on the future,” he said. “This is a time to reflect on the many advances in our field and how they help us improve the quality of the patient care we deliver. How will we translate the continued advances in medical imaging and image-guided therapy into better patient outcomes?
“We are moving from an era of ‘volume-based imaging’ to one of ‘value-based imaging,’” Dr. Dunnick continued. “It will be challenging to make that transition. However, medical imaging has so much to offer, I am confident we can succeed. Today’s research is tomorrow’s practice.”
Dr. Dunnick earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He was a radiology resident at Stanford University School of Medicine and served as chief resident his last year. Dr. Dunnick began his academic appointments at Stanford as an assistant professor in 1976. Later that year, he moved to the Diagnostic Radiology Department at the National Institutes of Health. At Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Dr. Dunnick held many posts from 1980 to 1992, including professor of radiology, chief of uroradiology and director of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging.
Dr. Dunnick has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 62 book chapters and 10 books, and has has served on the editorial boards of 14 journals.
He has served as president of the Academy of Radiology Research, American Board of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of University of Radiologists, Michigan Radiological Society, Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, Society of Body Computed Tomography, and Society of Uroradiology.
Dr. Dunnick’s service to RSNA includes the Scientific Program Committee, Research Development Committee, Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees, Education Council and the Grants Program Committee. In 2006, he was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors and served as the Liaison for Publications and Communications from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, he became the Liaison for Science and served as Chairman from 2011 to 2012, and President-Elect from 2012 to 2013.
Richard L. Baron, M.D., is chairman of the RSNA Board of Directors for 2014. Dr. Baron is a professor of radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he has been since 2002, serving as chair of the Department of Radiology from 2002 to 2011 and dean for clinical practice from 2011 to 2013.
As chairman, Dr. Baron will support RSNA’s missions and core values by placing a priority on evaluating how RSNA’s educational offerings are organized and accessed, given that lifelong learning and continuous, real-time education are now so essential to the radiology community.
“RSNA members and contributors produce a broad array of scientific and educational content that collectively provide an unmatched resource for the imaging community,” he said. “We want to optimize how we capitalize on that resource to most effectively meet our members’ needs.”
Dr. Baron also believes it is important to reach out to international members to foster valuable interaction amongst members of the radiology community worldwide.
Dr. Baron has served on RSNA committees including the Scientific Program Committee, Public Information Advisors Network, Finance Committee and the Education Exhibits Committee, of which he served as chairman from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, he was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors and served as the Liaison for Education and then as Liaison for International Affairs.
Renowned diagnostic radiologist Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., is RSNA president-elect. Dr. Arenson is the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.
As president-elect, Dr. Arenson will focus on the value and improvement of patient-centered care initiatives at the annual meeting and throughout the year. “As we enter an unprecedented period of change in our healthcare system, radiology must adapt in fundamental ways,” he said.
Having served in the past as RSNA Board Liaison for Information Technology and Annual Meeting, Dr. Arenson is committed to the use of informatics to develop the future of patient service. “In addition to its usual roles in education and research, the RSNA is in a unique position to give practicing radiologists tools to improve the services we provide our patients and referring physicians,” Dr. Arenson said.
A member of RSNA since 1974, Dr. Arenson has served on numerous committees, including the Publications Council, Public Information Advisors Network, Research Development Committee and the Radiology Informatics Committee (formerly Electronic Communications Committee), which he chaired from 1999 to 2005. He was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors in 2007 and served as Board chairman from 2012 to 2013.
James P. Borgstede, M.D., an accomplished clinician and educator whose experience and expertise in radiology economics, quality and safety, and healthcare politics have made him a voice for the specialty, is the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Borgstede will assume the position of Board Liaison for International Affairs as Richard L. Baron, M.D., becomes chairman of the Board of Directors.
“The RSNA as an organization is visionary and outstanding in both education and research in imaging and image-guided therapies,” Dr. Borgstede said.
A professor of radiology and vice-chair of professional services, clinical operations and quality at the University of Colorado, Denver, Dr. Borgstede is president of the American Board of Radiology and president-elect of the International Society of Radiology.
Dr. Borgstede’s career has included both private practice and academic radiology. He has spent his teaching career at the University of Colorado. For more than 25 years he also has worked to advance radiology through his service to and leadership of numerous national and local radiologic and medical organizations.
A member of RSNA since 1976, Dr. Borgstede has been a familiar face as part of the annual meeting refresher course faculty for many years. Dr. Borgstede has served in numerous positions with the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, including chair of the R&E Board of Trustees for the past year. He has also served on the RSNA Quality Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is currently the R&E liaison to the RSNA International Radiology Education Committee.
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) Board of Trustees has named RSNA Board of Directors Liaison for Education Valerie P. Jackson, M.D., as its next executive director, effective July 1, 2014. She will succeed Gary J. Becker, M.D., who will retire June 30, 2014.
Dr. Jackson is the Eugene C. Klatte professor of radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Jackson is also active in radiology resident education and previously served as residency program director for the Indiana University Department of Radiology.
An RSNA member since 1982, Dr. Jackson has served as chair of the Refresher Course Committee from 2009 to 2012, chair of the Breast Imaging Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee from 2003 to 2006 and as a member of the Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN). She also served on the RSNA News Editorial Board and as an Associate Editor of Radiology. She served as RSNA first vice-president from 2008 to 2009 and is a member of the RSNA Centennial Committee. Dr. Jackson also has been active in RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation committees and served on the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2012.
She delivered the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology, “Screening Mammography: Controversies and Headlines,” at RSNA 2002.
Two RSNA Honorary Members
RSNA and the entire radiology community mourn the loss of two RSNA Honorary Members and renowned physicians: Robert E. Steiner, M.D., who received RSNA Honorary Membership in 1979 and Maurice Tubiana, M.D., who was awarded the honor in 1989.
Dr. Steiner, whose career was devoted to cardiac and pulmonary radiology, died on September 12, 2013. He was 95.
Toward the end of his career, Dr. Steiner developed an interest in MR imaging and made many contributions to the field. The MRI unit at the Imperial College in London is named after him in honor of his achievements. Dr. Steiner served as a professor of diagnostic radiology at the University of London at the Post-Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, in 1960, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.
He was president of the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), and the Fleischner Society. Among his many awards, Dr. Steiner received RCR, ECR and European Association of Radiology (EAR) Gold Medals, the BIR Barclay Medal and the EAR Boris Rajewsky Medal. He served as a Radiology manuscript editor from 2001-2010.
Dr. Tubiana, a world-renowned French oncologist who played a critical role in the development of modern radiotherapy and radioprotection, died September 24, 2013. He was 93.
Dr. Tubiana was head of the Department of Radiotherapy at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, near Paris, before becoming the fifth director from 1982 to 1988. He was a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1995, and chaired the IAEA Scientific Committee and the Committee of Cancer Experts of the European Union from 1986 to 1994. He was a member of the French Academies of Sciences and Medicine and a distinguished member of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Scientific Council from 1976 to 1981.
Dr. Tubiana’s numerous contributions to cancer research include radiotherapy of lymphomas and thyroid carcinomas as well as the application of nuclear medicine to radiobiology.
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