June 12, 2018

Recognizing a Long-Time Leader in Quality and Safety

Priscilla “Penny” F. Butler, MS, FACR, FAAPM, is retiring in August 2018 after two decades of leadership in the ACR Department of Quality and Safety, most recently as a Senior Director and Medical Physicist.

Penny joined the ACR in 1998 as Director of Special Projects and quickly took on the role of heading up ACR Breast Imaging Accreditation Programs. As a Medical Physicist, she also oversaw various radiation safety and dose optimization initiatives for the College. During her tenure at ACR, Penny served on multiple committees and was an author for numerous important articles and papers, including:

Penny served as a consultant to the Quality Assurance Audit for Diagnostic Radiology Improvement and Learning for the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on Improving Breast Imaging Quality Standards. A Fellow of both the ACR and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, she also achieved recognition as an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging. One of her proudest moments was giving the John C. Villforth Lecture at the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in 2013. (John Villforth, former head of the FDA’s Centers for Devices and Radiological Health, was one of Penny’s many mentors early in her career.)

Before joining the ACR, Penny was an Assistant Professor, Professor and Diagnostic Radiologic Physicist in the Department of Radiology at The George Washington University Medical Center. Early in her career, she served as a Medical Physicist and Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. While there, she was a member of the team that developed and implemented the FDA's first mammography image quality and dose program — Breast Exposure: Nationwide Trends (BENT). 

Many of Penny’s colleagues and team offer their farewell tributes »