por Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | November 16, 2016
From the November 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HealthCare Business News reached out to current RSNA President Dr. Richard Baron to learn about his background, his goals for the association and the overall direction the RSNA, and the specialty as a whole, is taking.
HCB News: What inspired you to get involved in health care?
RB: My earliest foray into health care came when I worked for a year in 1969 as a volunteer aide in a remote hospital in Ghana. Seeing the impact that even the simplest and most rudimentary health care facilities could have on the community was thrilling and engaging, and upon my return to the U.S. in 1970, I committed to preparing for a career in medicine.
HCB News: What inspired you to pursue a leadership role with the RSNA?
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My involvement with RSNA has been an invaluable component of my medical career. In addition to providing the educational and professional resources necessary to excel in my field, my RSNA affiliation has allowed me to meet and interact with colleagues around the world, fostering lifelong relationships that have been invaluable to me. As the RSNA is the premier society for radiology research and education, a leadership position with such an organization provides extraordinary opportunities to help shape the practice of radiology, to forge global connections with allied health professionals and to lay the groundwork for the future of the specialty.
HCB News: Which initiatives are you championing for the association?
Supporting research ensures that imaging continues to play a critical role in detection, diagnosis and treatment. RSNA assists young investigators in bringing their ideas to fruition through its annual meeting, its peer-reviewed journals and the efforts of the RSNA Research and Education Foundation. This year alone, the R&E Foundation will fund 101 grants totaling $4 million. That’s the highest amount ever awarded by the Foundation. RSNA also will continue to engage in important collaborations with other societies. We have recently partnered with the American Society of Neuroradiology to present a new comparative effectiveness training program, and we continue to foster increased engagement and activities with our international members and many international radiology organizations.
HCB News: Can you talk about some of the main requests from members?
RSNA’s 54,000 members around the world desire easy access to a diverse selection of education opportunities, availability of funding to continue their research and education and opportunities to network with imaging leaders. What is really wonderful to hear from members worldwide is their frequent request to be able to serve the RSNA through the many activities the RSNA sponsors. We try our best to have as broad and representative participation as possible from our members in all of our activities.