Letter from the Chair

June 13, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Springtime is always so busy with national conferences and graduation festivities.

Emory was indeed well represented at the annual Spring meetings of the AUR, ARRS, and ACR.  At the ACR 2016 in Washington, Rich Duszak received a well-deserved service award for his many, many contributions and leadership of the Harvey L Nieman Health Policy Institute. Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Singapore, Arthur Stillman was recognized on the 25th year anniversary of his landmark JMRI publication on cardiac perfusion imaging.

At the recent Society of Nuclear Medicine conference, our own Tracey Faber Memorial Award went international. This is a wonderful legacy that will honor and support women researchers working in imaging science.

Emory Graduation Day was sunny as is the custom. The university commencement keynote address was delivered by the renowned epidemiologist William Foege, who is credited with devising the strategy to eradicate smallpox. Foege advised the students to actively seek mentors, equity, and serendipity.  

We had wonderful participation by family and friends for our Medical Imaging Program graduates, with Michael Panos delivering an inspirational address. This Graduation Day marked the 13th and last time Emory President Jim Wagner would preside over the festivities.  We are ensured a smooth transition by the recent announcement that Provost Claire Sterk, accomplished public health investigator and visionary, will take the University’s reins as our first female president.

It has indeed been an exciting time for our wonderful educators. We recently received notice that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved our department’s application for the new dual interventional radiology-diagnostic radiology (IR/DR) residency program. Kudos go to many, particularly to program director Gail Peters. I would also like to congratulate our newly named chief residents, Michael Kassin, Karina Rodriguez, and Dexter Mendoza -- a fantastic team!

Best to all,