Veterans Affairs Subcommittee

Goals and Objectives


The goals of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Subcommittee serve to exchange ideas among VA radiologists and non-VA radiologists across the nation, resource sharing and project development. This collaborative initiative between ACR and VA radiologists supports the largest health care system and education program in the United States:

  • Veterans Health Administration is the nation’s largest integrated health care system
    • 1,240 health care facilities providing care to over nine million veterans
  • Veterans Health Administration is the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical education
    • $1.78 billion in direct fiscal support
    • 11,000 full-time positions with over 43,000 residents trained at a VA facility
    • 120,000 health care professionals are trained annually
    • 15,000 affiliated medical faculty contributing to medical and scientific research
  • Collaboration with ACR’s Committee on Governmental and Regulatory Affairs in Academic Radiology

Leadership & Staff

Ian A Weissman, DO, FACR

Chair

Julie Huxsoll, MS

Staff

Roster


Tahira Fasihi Ahmed, MD Naomi Kathleen Atkins, DO Ronald Joseph Boucher, MD, FACR
Amanda Susan Corey, MD, FACR Michelle L Dorsey, MD, MPH, FACR Eric Brian Friedberg, MD, FACR
Amilcare Gentili, MD John Michael Holbert, MD, FACR Diane Marie Icenogle-Leuschen, MD, FACR
Taj Kattapuram MD Calvin Thomas Leuschen, MD, FACR Drew Moghanaki, MD,MPH
John Nicholas Nichols, MD, FACR Robert S Pyatt JR, MD, FACR Caryl G Salomon, MD, FACR
David C Semerad, MD Ashwini M Zenooz, MD
ACR is pleased to offer discounts to U.S. Military on membership dues, education products and continuing medical education.

Advocacy


ACR persuaded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to abandon a proposal that would have allowed advanced practice nurses and certified nurse practitioners to interpret advanced medical imaging studies. Learn more at the Radiology Advocacy Network.

Community


The online member community Engage provides a forum through which VA radiologists connect with a network of 37,000 radiology colleagues to exchange knowledge and share solutions. VAROCKS is a VA radiologist-focused discussion forum on Engage.

Education


ACR provides discounts to VA radiologists for continuing medical education at the ACR Education Center, Radiology Leadership Institute and the case image review opportunity called Continuous Professional Improvement. There is a substantial ACR membership dues reduction for VA radiologists.

Mentoring


There are networking opportunities to mentor to early career VA radiologists, receive mentoring from a senior VA radiologist and connect with VA Chiefs of radiology, academic chairs and private practice leaders. 

The VHA Innovators Network (iNET) launched in 2015 to build and empower a community of VHA employees who actively move VA forward using innovation to better serve Veterans and their families.

Partnership


In support of increase the access to cancer screenings, the VA-PALS (Partnership to Increase Access to Lung Screening) was formed to increase the veterans’ access to lung screening. There are 1,200 veterans diagnosed with non-small lung cancer each year among 17 participating VA medical centers with a Stage II-IV disease at presentation at 45-65%. By 2021, over 20,000 veterans had been screened for lung cancer at VA-PALS sites.