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Leading the Way

Meet the officers governing the College.
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"The ACR needs to continue to provide the platform where the difficult conversations that need to occur can occur in a professional and collegial manner."

—ACR Vice President James V. Rawson, MD, FACR
June 29, 2021


Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, has held numerous roles within the ACR, including vice chair, secretary-treasurer, Council speaker, vice chair of the Commission on Government Relations, and founder and chair of the Radiology Advocacy Network. Fleishon is on the faculty at Emory University’s department of radiology and imaging services in Atlanta.

“The College now has the opportunity to reimagine how we deliver services and value to our members and our patients,” says Fleishon. “Staff and physician volunteers are working together to evaluate our programs and services to maximize efficient, effective, and impactful deliverables. The organization’s success will depend on its investing in leading-edge infrastructure so that the ACR can modernize its processes and services.”


Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, serves as director of neuroradiology at Montefiore Medical Center and professor of radiology and neurosurgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She previously served as chair of the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety.

Bello will champion ACR’s effort to convene a Coalition promoting radiology’s role in achieving equity across healthcare. “As radiology touches nearly every part of patient care, radiologists are uniquely positioned to spearhead efforts to address health disparities and accommodate diverse patient population needs,” Bello says. “I encourage all to pledge their commitment and action to advance this vital initiative.”


Internationally renowned radiologist and US expert Beverly G. Coleman, MD, FACR, was elected president at ACR 2021. Coleman is the first Black woman to be elected president in the nearly 100-year history of the ACR.

“There is no greater accomplishment in my very lengthy academic radiology career than the ascension to the position of president of the ACR,” Coleman says. “I am proud to take this historic step and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues at the ACR to make radiologic care better for those we serve.”

Of the many issues currently facing the College, Coleman views the issues of advocacy, healthcare reform, quality and safety/imaging appropriateness, research and education, and technological advances (such as AI) as top priorities. “Imaging plays an absolutely crucial role in patient diagnosis, consultation, and management. We must come out of the ‘dark’ to be viewed as vital to the healthcare team,” she says. “Our specialty of radiology can be a leader in healthcare equity by demonstrating that diversity and inclusion are critical issues that can ensure that all Americans have access to quality healthcare. We also should strive to be a specialty that reflects the patients we serve. Reform will be challenging in this political arena; however, we can unite and excel if such advances are viewed as a priority.”

JAMES V. RAWSON, MD, FACR (Vice President)

James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, is radiology vice chair of operations and special projects, and Center for Healthcare Delivery Science Lead for Applied Engineering and Creating Value in Clinical Operations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

He most recently served as secretary-treasurer of the ACR BOC and was previously chair of the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

“The ACR needs to ensure all voices in the complex ecosystem of healthcare are heard and represented,” Rawson says. “This includes developing a diverse workforce and arming them with the best tools possible to improve the health of the communities they serve. None of this is easy or simple. The ACR needs to continue to provide the platform where the difficult conversations that need to occur can occur in a professional and collegial manner.”

“There is no greater accomplishment in my very lengthy academic radiology career than the ascension to the position of president of the ACR.”

—ACR President Beverly G. Coleman, MD, FACR

DANA H. SMETHERMAN, MD, MPH, MBA, FACR (Secretary/Treasurer)

Dana H. Smetherman, MD, MPH, MBA, FACR, is chair of the department of radiology and associate medical director for the medical specialties at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Smetherman has served as president of the Radiological Society of Louisiana, chair of the ACR Breast Commission, chair of the ACR Breast Economics Committee, advisor to the AMA CPT® Panel, and director on the Ochsner Health Board.

“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to serve the ACR as Secretary/Treasurer, especially during this critical juncture as radiologists take the lessons we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them for the benefit of our patients and communities, our specialty, and healthcare as a whole,” says Smetherman.


Amy L. Kotsenas, MD, FACR, served as ACR Council Vice Speaker and is the CSC liaison to the ACR Data Science Institute®. She is professor of radiology and a board-certified neuroradiologist and clinical informaticist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“The ACR is in an ideal position to play a key role in organizing the house of radiology to influence, direct, and control our destiny in these uncertain times,” Kotsenas says. “With member input, continued engagement, and respectful dialogue, the ACR will create a vision and develop a strategy to lead our profession through these times of change to a bright new future.”


Timothy A. Crummy, MD, FACR, is regional medical director of radiology at SSM Health Wisconsin, associate medical director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., and partner in Lucid Health-Madison Radiologists, S.C. Crummy previously served as a member of the ACR CSC.

“Historically, the ACR has kept ours among the best of medical specialties. We’ve earned this status through our leaders’ hard work and dedication,” Crummy says. “We’ve navigated previous reimbursement cycles, similar to what we face now. In the past, we succeeded through our predecessors’ experience, knowledge, and hard work. This is our foundation for paying it forward to our future members.”

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