The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) recently honored the American College of Radiology (ACR) with a 2015 “Power of A” Gold Award for its lung cancer screening advocacy, education and quality assurance programs.

“The 'Power of A' Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contribution associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world,” wrote Chris Vest, ASAE public policy director.

The ACR provided intellectual infrastructure, organization and resources to drive (CT) lung cancer screening forward:

  • The ACR Imaging Network (ACRIN)-coordinated National Lung Screening Trial showed that CT screening reduced deaths in older current and former smokers by more than 20 percent
  • The College spearheaded a coalition of more than 70 lung cancer patient advocacy groups and medical societies that gained Medicare and private insurer coverage of these lifesaving exams
  • The ACR also created a special lung cancer resources section on with an array of resources to help providers launch screening programs – including:

“We are proud to receive this award. The College’s considerable efforts, working with many others, brought incredible innovation to lung cancer care and are now helping to save tens of thousands of Americans each year from the nation’s leading cancer killer,” said William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR, chief executive officer, American College of Radiology.

As a “Power of A” gold award winner, the ACR now qualifies for consideration for a Summit Award, ASAE’s highest honor for associations. Recipients will be announced September 30 at the ASAE Summit Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.