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September 2020: 2020 RLI Resident & Young Physician Leadership Program: Leading Change and Driving Innovation

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Moderator: Dania Daye, MD, PhD, Eleanor Gillis, MD, Nisha Sankaran, MD, Kerri Vincenti, MD

Faculty: Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, Frank Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR, Lawrence Muroff, MD, FACR, Alexander Norbash MD, MS, FACR

Join radiology’s best and brightest educators and thought leaders for a thought-provoking session that’s geared specifically for residents, fellows, and young professional leaders. We cover key professional development topics, including career management, leadership skills, and design thinking and innovation in radiology. Get ready for the job market and boost your critical thinking skills in this free leadership program.

  • Design Thinking and Innovation in Radiology - Examples and Considerations
    Radiology includes numerous examples of innovation, which does not typically follow a design thinking approach. It may be helpful to understand the potential benefits of a more design-based approach to future innovations by contrasting and comparing individual examples of radiology innovation with design thinking approaches.
  • The New Paradigm in Leadership
    Healthcare continues to change and so does the role of leaders in their healthcare systems. We will discuss this changing paradigm, including skill set development and the roles and responsibilities of successful leaders.
  • Key Factors for Success in our First Real Job
    The transition from training to the “real” world is not an easy one. There are many habits and tasks that can to insure that you succeed in your first job. We will review the key factors that differentiate success from mediocrity or even failure
  • Draconian Clauses In A Private Practice Contract Between a Group and Its Radiologists: Why Are They There; What Do They Mean?
    The employment agreement (contract) between a Radiology group and its radiologist members is not a document of parity. The protections are in place for the practice. Six clauses are typically seen in this type of contract. What these clauses are and what they mean will be the topic of this presentation.

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Faculty Bios


Alexander M. Norbash, MD, MS, FACR is Chair and Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego, in the School of Medicine. He also serves as Associate Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with principal responsibilities for Climate and Professional Development for the University of California, San Diego. He is also the founding faculty director for Blue LINC http://bluelincsd.com a team-based biodesign certificate course that includes students from the schools of engineering, business, and medicine.

He formerly served as Chair and Professor of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine from 2004-2015, where he also was appointed Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs from 2011-2015. He is an interventional neuroradiologist and his research interests include translational engineering collaborations resulting in novel tools and materials for endovascular neurologic therapies, and more recently endovascular and interventional simulation and teaching systems. Management topics of greatest familiarity include leadership, strategic planning, teamwork, and healthcare reform.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City 6 year BA/MD program, and graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Radiology Residency, he completed fellowships in both Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at Stanford University. He then served on the Stanford faculty from 1994-1998, subsequently joining the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1998-2000. He was appointed as Chief of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital from 2000-2004 and also received a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004.

He is the founding Chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Head Injury Institute, serves on the ACR Board of Chancellors as Neuroradiology Commission Chair, and is a Fellow of the ACR. He is a founding board member of the Radiology Leadership Institute of the ACR. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Radiological Society, and is a Past President of the New England Roentgen Ray Society. He is currently President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments and Vice-President of the American Roentgen Ray Society. He has developed a number of endovascular tools and products which are in which are in clinical usage, has been a cofounder of 4 start-up companies for endovascular tool development and one Imaging Core Laboratory, and has given over 500 lectures and invited presentations on six continents.


Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, FAAWR is a Professor and Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Radiology. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing her residency training in diagnostic radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she joined the faculty in the abdominal imaging section.

Dr. Canon served as the radiology residency program director and vice chair of education for seven years. She was the UAB School of Medicine Curriculum Committee chair when an organ-based curriculum was implemented. She then served as senior vice chair of operations and division director of diagnostic radiology before her appointment as chair. She sits on UAB Medicine Joint Operating Leadership Council, which is the senior leadership team for the health system.

Dr. Canon served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for eleven years, a member of the Board of Trustees, and now sits on its Board of Governors. She was the vice chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR), chancellor on the board, and previously served as the chair of the ACR Commission on Education. She is the President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) and the co-creator of LEAD, a women’s leadership development program jointly developed by SCARD and GE Healthcare. Additionally, she sits on the boards of directors for the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Abdominal Radiology, and the Academy of Radiology Research Academic Council. She is also active in the Birmingham community and is a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club. She is the past president for MOMENTUM, a Birmingham women’s leadership organization.


Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR is the author of the book: “Leadership Lessons for Success in Health Care” which takes a systematic approach to developing medical leadership skills. He is an academic neuroradiologist and is currently a Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh where he also does global radiology work for UPMC International. Previously, he served as a Professor, the Associate Chief and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Leadership in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona. He began his career in France with a visiting position at the Université de Bordeaux, and has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Professor of Radiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine where he was also the Vice Chair.

He has been honored with several major scientific research awards including the Cornelius G. Dyke Memorial award of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He also works outside of academic medicine and was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the marketing department for seventeen years where he taught both graduate and executive MBA students in the Global Consulting Practicum. That took him to five continents. In the GCP, he served in multiple leadership roles including: the Spain, United Arab Emirates, and Israel Country Manager positions as well as the East Asia Regional manager for mainland China and Taiwan.

For several years he also held an appointment as a Professor of Business Development in the Life Sciences at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, at the time the top business school in Europe. There he twice won the prestigious “Prize of Excellence” for outstanding teaching.

He served as an ASNR ambassador in Lviv, Ukraine in 2017 and has also done international medical and education work on several continents including volunteer work in Uganda, Thailand, China and Russia. He has plans to serve again in Africa and Asia in the next two years.

Dr. Lexa lectures, consults and writes extensively on issues at the interface of health care and business. He has authored over 130 peer reviewed articles as well as multiple articles in the general medical press and in alternative media as well as multiple book and encyclopedia chapters. He has given over 2,000 academic, invited, educational, business and Grand Rounds lectures as well as chairing and directing numerous educational meetings for academic, professional and business organizations.

He has chaired, co-chaired and served on several key national committees and task forces for major organizations in US radiology. Currently, he serves on the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology where he is the Chair of the Commission on Leadership and Practice Development as well as the Chief Medical Officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute and a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He is also the current chair of the ACR International Economics Committee and a member of the ACR International Commission. In the past, he also served for six years as a founding co-chair of the Future Trends Committee for the ACR.

Previously he directed health care investments for the British Technology Group International and worked as a strategic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. He is the founder and CEO of a boutique health care strategy group: LSG Ventures. He was also a partner at Philadelphia Ventures-a venture capital firm focusing on high tech medical and information technology early stage investments and he continues to work with start up companies in the healthcare sector.

He was educated and did his medical training in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Philadelphia. He is a licensed airplane pilot and an avid skier and SCUBA diver. He has raised money for several charities in multiple ways including a 100 mile ride for MS research. In his spare time, he bikes, and chases after his two Portuguese water dogs, Rocky and Gabby and his pot belly pig, Pyper.


Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR is the immediate past CEO & President of Imaging Consultants, Inc., providers of consulting services to radiologists, hospitals, and corporations. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine. For 20 years he was a member of a 45+ radiologist practice where he held several leadership positions, including serving as president.

Dr. Muroff is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and a recipient of the Gold Medal of both the Florida Radiological Society and the American College of Radiology. Dr. Muroff is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He is also listed in the publication, The Best Doctors in America 2000. His radiology socio-economic expertise and his educational expertise were recognized in separate cover stories in Diagnostic Imaging; similarly he was featured in a cover story in Imaging Economics. Dr. Muroff was designated by Aunt Minnie as Radiology’s Most Effective Educator: 2010, and was awarded the 2016-2017 Distinguished Career Achievement Award by Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. Muroff has served as president of several national and regional imaging organizations; he is an inaugural member of the Board of both the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute and the Neiman Health Policy Institute; he has authored more than 80 scientific and socio-economic articles; and he has presented over 1100 invited lectures throughout the United States and Europe.