RLI Taking the Lead Podcasts

Episode 15: Valerie P. Jackson, MD, FACR


Getting Involved

November 21, 2019

In this episode, Valerie P. Jackson, MD, executive director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) discusses her how her passion for breast imaging led to her serving in numerous leadership positions with national organizations including the ACR, SBI, SCARD and her current roles at the ABR and RSNA. She shares how a series of great mentors provided opportunities and reinforcement which helped her overcome her reluctance to lead and fueled her passion for education, research and volunteerism. You will hear how the lessons she learned from her job as a house keeper in a hospital, raising her son, and her love of photography has shaped her approach to leadership.

“When you have the time, get involved: whether it’s your own practice, your state ACR chapter or volunteering time at a nonmedical organization. The rewards from giving your time are far greater than the time you put in.”

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 The following episode is sponsored by the Master of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University, which provides physicians with quantitative management, business strategy, and technology skills for the future of health care leadership.

Valerie P. Jackson, MD, FACR

Valerie P. Jackson, MD, FACR, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1978, completed her radiology residency there in 1982, and then served on the faculty until 2014. Dr. Jackson was the Residency Program Director for ten years and Chairman of the Department from January 2003 through May 2014. She is currently the Eugene C. Klatte Professor Emeritus of Radiology. Since 2014, she has been the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

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Did you know?

Dr. Jackson has one child, who is 36 years old. He is a medical physicist in Melbourne, Australia and she is so proud of him!

Outside of work, Dr. Jackson loves to travel and practice photography. She has been lucky to travel to many places in the world but her favorite places have been Iceland and Barcelona.

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