Power Hour Webinar

June 2021: Beyond the Reading Room: The Radiologist’s Role in Health Equity

Moderator: Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, Jennifer E. Nathan, MD, and Robert S. Pyatt, Jr, MD, FACR
Faculty: Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, Jinel A. Scott, MD, Gail N. Morgan, MD, FACR

Description: This webinar features the important topic of health equity and how the ACR is doing its part to address this critical issue. Join our esteemed faculty panel—which includes Drs. Jacqueline Bello, Geraldine McGinty, Jinel Scott, and Gail Morgan, and moderated by Joshua Hirsch—as they give brief presentations on topics to include a short reflection of ACR’s initiatives, the gaps in health equity and opportunities for radiologists to get involved as an industry, community and individual, and finally how the new Radiology Health Equity Coalition is planning to move forward with current goals and expectations. Following the presentations, there will be a robust conversation with the panel, led by Dr. Josh Hirsch, and we invite audience to participate with any questions and suggestions they wish to share.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current efforts underway by the ACR to make radiological services more accessible to all
  • Recognize how radiology contributes to the health disparities
  • Identify steps we, as an industry, can take to reduce these inequalities
  • Identify steps we, as individual physicians, can take to reduce these inequalities

Recorded Webinar

Faculty Bios

Headshot of Dr. Nathan Jennifer Nathan, MD
Pyatt_190 Robert Pyatt, Jr, MD, FACR
Headshot of Dr. Hirsch Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS
Dr. Joshua Hirsch is an Interventional Neuroradiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Vice Chair of Procedural Services amongst other designations and has his academic appointment at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hirsch is a past president of both the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) and most recently the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR). He has been recognized with many awards including those for academic achievement, patient advocacy, mentoring and even one for transformational leadership. He has published over 600 papers in academic journals. Dr. Hirsch is a grant recipient from the Neiman Health Policy Institute where he serves as a senior affiliate research fellow. Dr. Hirsch is active at the College serving as the long-term councilor for SNIS, participating in multiple commissions and committees. He chairs the Future Trends Committee of the Economic Commission.
Bello_190 Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR
Jacqueline Bello completed medical school, residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and its Neurological Institute. A past president of both the NY Roentgen Society and NY State Radiological Society, she is a fellow of NY Academy of Medicine and of the ACR. As the first radiologist to be elected president of Montefiore’s medical staff, she served from 2012-2016. She is the third past president of ASNR and represents ASNR in the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Bello is a current member and immediate past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and represents the AMA as a member of the Continuing Certification Committee at the American Board of Medical Specialties. She was appointed to the Council of the LCME in 2020. Dr. Bello has received Teacher of the Year recognition from the Radiology Departments of both Columbia and Montefiore and has been elected to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Davidoff Society. She is a Columbia University President’s Gold Medalist and recipient of Columbia’s Medical Alumni Medal for Meritorious Service in addition to being a past honoree of Montefiore’s Staff and Alumni Association. Professor of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Neuroradiology for Montefiore Medical Center and Health System, she is the current Vice Chair of the ACR’s Board of Chancellors.

Headshot of Dr. McGinty 

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR
Dr. McGinty did her Medical training in Ireland at the National University and then came to the USA for residency at the University of Pittsburgh where she was Chief Resident. Her fellowship was in Women's Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx she completed an MBA at Columbia University.

She is an internationally recognized expert in imaging economics. She has served an advisor to the CPT Editorial Panel, the JCAHO and the National Quality Forum. She was Chair of the American College of Radiology's Commission on Economics and was the radiology member of the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee from 2012-2016.

In May 2018 she was elected as the Chair of the ACR's Board of Chancellors, the first woman to hold this office. She was until 2013 Managing Partner of a 70 physician multispecialty medical group on Long Island. In 2014 she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. As well as her clinical practice there she serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Contracting Officer for the Weill Cornell Physician Organization’s more than 1600 members. Her role as lead negotiator for managed care contracts at Weill Cornell Medicine incorporates both traditional fee for service agreements as well as value based payment arrangements. She is also a member of WCM’s digital health strategy team.

She serves as a Non-Executive Director of IDA Ireland, the national foreign direct investment agency and serves on the Board of Agamon, a healthcare technology start-up.

Her published work has focused on payment models for imaging, most recently a bundled payment for breast cancer screening. Recently she has focused on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Medical Imaging and has spoken at the Turing Institute and to the WHO Focus Group on AI in Healthcare on this topic. In 2015 she was voted Radiology’s Most Effective Educator by the readers of Aunt Minnie, a radiology news site with more than 140,000 members. She has more than 14000 followers on Twitter.

Headshot Dr. Morgan

Gail N. Morgan, MD, FACR
She currently serves on the American College of Radiology’s Commission for Women and Diversity as Chair of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

She developed the first ACR chapter diversity committee, and wrote the blueprint leading to the creation of 31 national chapter diversity committees to date.

A past President of the Washington State Radiological Society (WSRS), she was elected ACR Councilor representing the state for two terms. In 2018 she was awarded the chapter’s prestigious Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, notably the first woman to receive the award.

She has been an active participant in the ACR, including as Co-Chair of the Western Caucus, an ACR Council Reference Committee Chair, and as a member of the ACR State Chapters Committee and RADPAC Advisory Council.

She was elected to the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association for two terms, including on its Executive Committee, and served as Chair of the its national Nominating Committee.

Previously a diagnostic radiologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, with specialty areas in breast imaging and ultrasound, she trained many radiology residents and technologists over her career as head of the radiology residency ultrasound and breast imaging training programs for many years. She also held the positions of Section Head of Breast Imaging, and Section Head of Diagnostic Radiology for Eastside Clinics at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

She has recently retired, and now resides with her family in Atlanta, GA.

Headshot Dr. Scott Jinel A. Scott, MD, MBA
Dr. Jinel Scott is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, the Director of Emergency Radiology and the Director of Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Radiology, NYC Health and Hospital/Kings County. Dr. Scott has dedicated her career to ensuring that safety net hospitals provide high quality imaging services to the marginalized and stigmatized communities they serve whose health outcomes are heavily impacted by the effects of poverty, racism, and prejudice. She believes that robust, patient centered quality and safety programs are integral to their survival.

Additional Resources

Interested in advancing health equity in your practice and acting to reduce health disparities in radiology? Complete the ACR Commit to Act form here: www.acr.org/healthequity

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