February 29, 2016

Outreach Committee Expands Radiology’s Reach in Patient-Centered Care

Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Announces New Appointees; Develops Tools for Radiologists to Support Patient Engagement

Reston, VA — The newly appointed members of the Outreach Committee are focused on building relationships with other stakeholders in health care. The new committee, one of four formed under the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care, will develop needed tools to encourage radiology professionals to be the leaders in patient engagement.

“As part of the health care team, radiologists have an opportunity to improve the health care experience for patients and families,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, commission chair. “ACR’s commission is an enabler of patient- and family-centered thinking throughout radiology and health care,” he added. To that end, Outreach Committee members are integrated into activities such as the Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network™ (R-SCAN) and ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology® programming. They are also developing a member toolkit to encourage patient collaboration and inclusion. The new committee also serves as liaison to the College’s subspecialty and operational commissions and other professional societies.

The committee is under the leadership of Rawson (chair), the P.L., J. Luther and Ada Warren Professor and chair of radiology and imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He chairs the ACR Committee on Governmental and Regulatory Issues in Academic Radiology, and the Committee on Economic Issues in Academic Radiology. Rawson serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) and is a board member of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. The committee’s co-chair is Lynn A. Fordham, MD, associate professor of radiology and division chief of pediatric imaging in the radiology department at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. Fordham’s areas of research include low-dose imaging techniques, evidence-based pediatric imaging, imaging in pediatric pulmonary disease, and pediatric ultrasound and magnetic resonance (MR) applications and imaging in non-accidental pediatric trauma.

Committee members include

  • David Andrews, patient adviser, Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta
  • Jonathan Breslau, MD, FACR, Sutter Medical Group Sutter Health, Sacramento
  • Michael Bruno, MD, FACR, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.
  • Mark K Buyyounouski, MD, MS, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
  • Kevin Carter, DO, Kellam and Associates PC, Lake Orion, Mich., and McLaren Hospital Lapeer Region, Lapeer, Mich.
  • Renee Cruea, Academy of Radiology Research and Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research, both in Washington, D.C.
  • Roger S. Eng, MD, San Francisco Chinese Hospital, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Sally Herschorn, MD, CM, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington
  • Vincent B. Ho, MD, MBA, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
  • Alexandria Jo, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • Jennifer Kemp, MD, FACR, Diversified Radiology of Colorado PC, Lakewood
  • Christoph Lee, MD, MSHS, University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, UW School of Public Health and Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, Seattle, Wash.
  • John P Livoni, MD, MPH, University of California (UC) Health System, Davis School of Medicine; UC Davis Health System; and UC Davis Medical Center, all in Sacramento
  • Mike Odgren, BS, RPA, RT (R)(CT), Diversified Radiology of Colorado PC, Lakewood, Colo.
  • Bhavi Patel, MD, MBA, Augusta, Ga.
  • Lucy B. Spalluto, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Michael Suddendorf, Premier Radiology Marketing, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ian Weissman, DO, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Max Wintermark, MD, MAS, MBA, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.  

The other Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care committees focus on Economics, Quality Experience and Informatics. Resources provided by the commission enhance radiologists’ understanding of — and participation in — new practice and payment models and advise on providing more patient- and family-centered care.

Related content will be presented at ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®, with sessions focusing on
Patient-Centered Radiology: Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Compassionate and More Effective Communications
Radiology Practice Improvement: Advances in Optimizing the Patient Experience
Maximizing the Patient Experience in Radiology: Interactive Case-Based Discussions
Strategies in Imaging the Moving Child — Imaging 3.0
What We Can Learn From Our Customers: Perspectives From Three Non-Radiologists (and One Radiologist)


About the American College of Radiology
The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

To arrange an interview with any ACR member, please contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936, Maryann Verrillo at 703-390-9822 or email PR@acr.org.

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