August 05, 2016

RADPAC Draws Attention at National Conventions

Representatives of RADPAC®, the American College of Radiology Association (ACRA) political action committee, met with nearly 100 members of Congress to discuss mutual interests at the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

RADPAC hosted and participated in specialty physician receptions at venues outside the two historic four-day events.

Accompanied by government relations staff members, William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR, chief executive officer of ACRA, and Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, ACRA president, attended receptions and met with Congressional members outside the GOP Convention July 18–21.

Their efforts on behalf of radiology led to interactions with more than 50 members of Congress. The trip included meetings with Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). All serve on the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee.
From left: Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR; Rep. Gus Bilirakis; and William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR    From left: Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR; Rep. Marsha Blackburn; and William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR 

The interests of diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists were also well-represented July 25–28 when Democrats nominated their presidential and vice-presidential candidates in Philadelphia.

James A. Brink, MD, FACR, chairman of the ACRA board of directors, and Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR, board vice-chair, were joined by RADPAC representatives and ACR government relations staff. Their efforts led to interactions with more than 40 Democratic members of Congress, including Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

From left: Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR; Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham; and James A. Brink, MD, FACR    Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR, with Rep. Jan Schakowsky